The Asus U24E-XH71 is the first U24E-series model available in the US.
The 13.3-inch Asus U24E is “the world’s first 0.75-inch thin notebook with an Intel standard voltage CPU”, and the U24E-XH71 configuration sports one of these processors – the Intel Core i7-2620M 2.7-3.4Ghz dual-core. The silver brushed-aluminum-cladded ultraportable comes with Intel’s HD integrated graphics only, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5,400rpm hard disk with Windows 7 Pro pre-loaded, and a 6-cell battery. The screen is a glare-type with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.
The U24E-XH71 has no optical drive, but it sports laptops’ standard array of ports, slots, and connectivity features, including two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0, HDMI out, 5-in-1 media card reader, Wi-Fi, Ethernet LAN, and Bluetooth.
Asus’ U24E-XH71 has a chiclet-like black keyboard, 0.3MP web camera, microphone, and stereo speakers.
The notebook is priced at $829 and is currently available only via Gentech PC. For $29 less, you can purchase an ultrabook, but, on the other side, ultrabook-class ultra-low-voltage processors can’t achieve performance of a standard-voltage Core i7 chip.
A member of the Notebook Review Forum has reviewed the U24E-XH71. According to the review, the laptop is a solid performer, with a good battery life and a nice design. In PCMark Vantage benchmark, the notebook scores 8255 points and the battery life is an estimated 6 hours in notebook’s Quiet Office mode.