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Overview

The Asus U500 competes with Ultrabooks like the Gigabyte U2442 in that it offers highly portable power. With up to a Core i7 quad-core processor and powerful Nvidia GT 650M graphics, the U500 is a mobile powerhouse but don't expect lengthy battery life. Due to the Quad Core 35W CPU ,the U500 is not a true Ultrabook. Also known as the UX51, which is a little confusing!

Specifications for the Asus U500

Specifications (base version)
Manufacturer Asus
Model name U500
CPU type Intel Core i7-3612QM (Quad)
CPU speed 2100 Mhz
Graphics Nvidia Geforce GT 650M
OS Windows 8 / 8.1
Display Size
15.6" 1920 X 1080
Screen Type
LED-Backlit LCD
Touch Technology
No Touchscreen
RAM 8192 MB
SSD 256 GB
Battery capacity 74 (Wh)
Weight 2200g / 77.6 oz.
Size (w/h/d mm) 380/254/20.0 mm
Size (w/h/d inches) 15/10/0.8

Physical Interfaces
Ethernet 10/100/1000
HDMI
Headset i/f (Mic+Line)
SD card slot
USB3.0 (x3)
VGA (Mini)

Wireless Interfaces
802.11 a/b/g/n
BT 4.0
No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)

Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
AC Adaptor
Ambient light sensor
Backlit Keyboard
Wireless Display (WiDi, Miracast or similar)
IPS / Wide-View Display
Memory options available
Microphone
Stereo speakers
WebCam

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Early news - ASUS U500, UX51 Quad Core Ultrabook Alternative25/10/12

Product Notes
Also known as UX51. Multiple SSDs come in RAID 0 high performance configuration. Optional external subwoofer available.

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