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ASUS C90S Whitebook

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When it comes to mobile computing, a major detractor for many enthusiasts is their limited ability to upgrade components.  Typically, the hard drive and memory are readily accessible, but when it comes to graphics and other components, often times you are locked into the manufacturer's factory configuration or have to jump through hoops just to gain access to certain parts, let alone upgrade them.  This can be a major strike against mobile computing, as many users prefer the upgrade potential of a desktop PC, knowing that their investment can be easily updated in the future if the need arises.  Some user upgradeable options have begun to appear in the mobile space, however, like the product we'll be showcasing today, the ASUS C90S Whitebook.

The ASUS C90S is a notebook that you can't buy directly from ASUS.  Instead, this model is marketed as a 'whitebook' to various retailers who can configure it in various ways.  The unit can be purchased as a barebones system with no OS installed, or can come pre-configured with various flavors of Windows Vista and a myriad of hardware components.  In fact, the C90S has been seen on the market in many forms, including a completely stripped-down configuration to being outfitted with all of the latest hardware it can support.

The biggest draw for a notebook of this nature is that ASUS designed it to be easily upgraded in the future.  Through a smart layout and easy access, the C90S allows for complete upgrading, including Memory, CPU, Wireless Ethernet, Hard Drive, Optical Drive and Graphics.  This is a notebook geared as a desktop equivalent with the flexibility to grow with future technology releases.  In the pages ahead, we'll assess the upgrade potential of the C90S, from its access to components to usability and ultimately performance.

 



ASUS C90S Whitebook
Specifications & Overview
Processor & Cache Memory
Supports Intel Core 2 Extreme processor up to X6800
4MB L2 Cache
2.93GHz
1066 MHz FSB

Support Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium,
Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate,
Genuine Windows Vista® Business
*Pre-installed Operating system varies in each region, some may not even have an OS pre-installed.

Chipset
Intel® 945 G Chipset + ICH7

Main Memory
2 SO-DIMM Sockets for Expansion Up to 3GB
Support up to 3GB Dual Channel DDRII 533/667MHz SDRAM

Video Graphics & Memory
NVIDIA Mobile PCI Express Module up to GeForce 8600M GT 256MB/512MB
Display
Up to WSXGA+(1680x1050) Color Shine 15.4'' LCD

Hard Drive
Supports 2.5" 9.5mm SATA HDD
160GB: supports 7200RPM

Thermal
fan-control & multi-heat pipe thermal module

Optical Drive
5.25" 12.7 mm 8X / 24x24x10x(max.), support DVD Combo, DVD Super-Multi, HD DVD and Blu-ray Drive

Video Camera
2.0 Mega pixels rotate CMOS Camera with Face tracking function

Card Reader
8-in-1 MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/MS/MS-Pro/MS-Duo/MS-Pro-Duo

Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN
Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN
Integrated V.92 MDC Fax/Modem w/ Azalia Ver 2.1 compliant 802.11 a/b/g/n
Optional built-in Bluetooth® V2.0+EDR

Interface
1* e-SATA Connector
1*HDMI
1* D-Sub VGA Port
1* Headphone-out Jack(SPDIF)
1* Microphone-in Jack
1* RJ11 Modem Jack
1* RJ45 LAN Jack
3* USB 2.0 Ports
1* TV-Out (S-video/Composite Video)
1* IEEE 1394
1*MCX connector for TV-RF
1*Express Card 34 / 54 Support

Audio
Built-in Azalia Compliant Audio Chip
Built-in high quality speakers and 2 internal microphones

KeyBoard
19 mm full size with MS-Windows function keys
2.5mm travel
Vista K/B Start Button

Hot Keys
Power, Turbo Gear, Internet, Email, Touchpad Lock

AC Adapter
Output : 19V DC, 4.73A, 90W
Input : 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz Universal

Battery Pack & Life
Li-Ion 6 cells
4800mAh
53W (removable)
Smart Battery
2.5hrs Quick charge 95% (Power Off) / 4hrs (Power On)

Dimension & Weight
14.4 x 10.5 x 1.3~1.7 inch
6.8lbs (with Battery)

Supplied Accessories
Built-in Bluetooth V2.0+EDR
Finger Print Recognition
TV Tuner (optional)
Carrying bag

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