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Asus Unveils £699 U36 Laptop

Asus has released an ultraportable skinny laptop called the U36 that uses a standard voltage Intel Core i5 processor and yet manages up to 11.5 hours of battery life.

Unlike with the other forthcoming ultra portable, the UX21 ultrabook, Asus has opted for the cheaper, bog standard Core i5, and yet manages to exceed the battery life of its thinner counterpart.

The laptop is only 19mm thick and weighs 1.4Kg; it is made up of lightweight but resistant magnesium alloy with a nanometer coating which Asus says, will repel dirt, water and fingerprint marks.

One of the tricks Asus uses to keep the laptop as thin as possible is a dual heat-pipe which dissipates heat efficiently without adding extra height.

Asus also tells us that just switching off the USB ports using a USB toggle adds another 15 per cent to battery life (that's up to 90 minutes).

The rest of the key features are as follows; Nvidia graphics with Optimus technology, a 13.3-inch 1366x768 pixel display, 500GB HDD, Wi-Fi, card reader and an entry price of only £699. The laptop is already available from MicroAnvika.

One has to wonder what kind of battery life the U36 would reach if Asus decided to swap the standard voltage processor for a proper ultra low voltage one.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.