Oh sure, Asus was just gagging around with it when they took their concept bamboo laptop around the trade shows. But here in the cold light of Earth Day +1, they've announced they're actually going to mass-market these babies, in two flavors.
Essentially, these are going to be the standard 11.1" Asus S6 and the 12" Asus U6 (which they've previously covered in leather) cased in eco-friendly bamboo instead of mean ol' plastics, so prepare for a bunch of In your face, greenie! smack talk at your local Starbucks. No announcements yet on chipsets, but the current S6 uses a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T7700 Processor while the U6 runs a snappy 2.4GHz chip. Both pack a gig of RAM, a gig of super-quick DDR2 memory, and 100GB or more on the hard drive. The U6 rocked 3G internet connection capabilities, too, making this thing possibly the fastest environmentally conscious toy on the planet.
The new bambooed versions are expected to retail in the $1700 range, so they're not totally out of reach, either. We honestly can't tell if Asus weatherproofed those decks, but if saving the world means that much to you, you really might want to put a SquareTrade laptop warranty on yours, with or without Accidental Damage coverage, just to make sure your investment's saved as well. Sorry, that won't include termite infestations. We think.
Is this a brave new step for Ecolectronics (a word we just made up) or the My Pet Rock of laptops? We'll find out when the lumber starts shipping in June.
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