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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)|
|Model name||U500||CPU type||Intel Core i7-3612QM (Quad)|
|CPU speed||2100 Mhz|
|Graphics||Nvidia Geforce GT 650M|
||15.6" 1920 X 1080||Screen Type
||LED-Backlit LCD||Touch Technology
|Battery capacity||74 (Wh)|
|Weight||2200gm / 77.6 oz.|
|Size (w/h/d mm)||380/254/20 mm|
|Size (w/h/d inches)||15/10/0.8|
|Headset i/f (Mic+Line)|
|SD card slot|
|No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)|
|Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)|
|Ambient light sensor|
|Intel Wireless Display|
|IPS / Wide-View Display|
|Memory options available|
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Latest Asus U500 News
|Latest News||Track product|
|Early news - ASUS U500, UX51 Quad Core Ultrabook Alternative||25/10/12|
|Also known as UX51. Multiple SSDs come in RAID 0 high performance configuration. Optional external subwoofer available.|
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