Asus 'eco-friendly' Bamboo series laptops Asus announces UK launch of U33 and U53 notebooks

20 July 2010

Asus Bamboo series laptops

The Bamboo series notebook range from Asus claims to combine a bamboo exterior, modern technologies and eco-friendly credentials for the green consumer. 

The U33 has a 13.3" LED screen and a 500GB hard drive, while the U53 measures up at 15.6" with a larger 640GB hard drive. Both models come with the latest Intel Core i5 processors, 4GB of Ram and fingerprint-resistant brushed aluminum surfacing on the keyboard. 

The laptops will be available before the end of July from a range of retailers including Micro Anvika, PC World and at a price of £849 for the U33 and £899 for the U53.

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Asus Bamboo series - the green choice?

The bamboo exterior on the U33 and U53 reduces traditional plastic use by around 15%, according to Asus. It says that apart from its green properties bamboo is also very hardwearing, making it robust and practical too. It comes in a box made from 100% recyclable bamboo materials.

The new laptops also have super hybrid engine technology which automatically manages power levels. According to the manufacturer this means users can have high performance levels when watching videos or playing games but don't waste battery life when using email or word processing, which uses less power. 

Asus claims this boosts performance and can extend battery life up to 10 hours, twice that of competitor models. We test battery life as part of our rigorous lab tests and look forward to finding out whether these models can live up to their claims.

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USB 3.0 technology

The Bamboo series laptops come with USB 3.0 technology. This is over 10 times faster than previous USB standards and delivers fast transfer speeds. 

According to Asus, USB 3.0 connections can transfer a 25GB Blu-ray film in 70 seconds or reduce iPhone charging times by 45%.

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