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Asus B23E netbook with Core i7 now available

Asus B23E netbook with Core i7 now available
Asus B23E netbook with Core i7 now available
The 12.5-inch CPU powerhouse with USB 3.0, Express card and Smart Card connectivity can now be had for $925

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Users looking for sub 13- or 14-inch notebooks are more often than not finding themselves stuck with less-than-ideal CPUs with not enough computational power for their needs.

Enter the Asus B23E, a netbook-sized business notebook with more CPU power under its hood than many of its competitors of the same class size. The 12.5-inch can be equipped with up to a standard voltage Core i7-2640M, although options for a Core i5-2540M, i5-2450M, i3-2350M or i3-2330M are expected to be available as well. RAM is configurable up to 8GB and HD storage up to 750GB with a 1366x768 resolution display, 5-in-1 card reader, 2MP webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI, eSATA, Express cardSmart Card and VGA-out all coming as standard. The only graphics option is the standard Intel Integrated 3000 GPU, although for a business-oriented notebook of this size with so many connectivity options, we definitely can't complain.

According to Asus, the notebook will be about 2.8cm (2.1 inches) thick and weigh about 1.55kg (3.30 pounds) with its 3-cell 4400mAh battery module. A spill-proof keyboard and magnesium-alloy chassis both complete the package to make one of the more potentially robust 12-inch notebooks.

A model of the B23E is now available for $925 on Amazon, but oddly enough, an official battery life listing is completely omitted through the official Asus product page.

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Allen Ngo, 2012-02-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.