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Asus U24E-XH71 notebook now available

The 13.3-inch notebook offers a full voltage Sandy Bridge mobile i7 CPU, USB 3.0, magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis and up to 10 hours of battery life for $829

For those uninterested in the recent Ultrabook releasesAsus has got a new notebook to fill in the gap.

The Asus U24E-XH71 is a 13.3-inch notebook with a Core i7-2620M CPU, 1366x768 resolution display, integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and a 6-cell battery. Connectivity options include 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, multi-card reader, Ethernet and Bluetooth. While there is no optical drive included, the 0.75- to 1.09-inch (19.05mm to 27.7mm) thick build still allowed for a full voltage CPU, unlike the ULV processors in current Ultrabooks.

In terms of looks, the brushed magnesium-aluminum chassis should make the notebook more sturdy and lightweight compared to plastic counterparts. The notebook is also only 3.31 pounds (1.5kg), which is about half a pound heavier than the Asus UX31 ultrabook (2.86 pounds). Users can expect battery life to last for up to 10 hours on a full charge. 

The U24E-XH71 is available now for $829 with a 1-year limited warranty.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-11-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)