Asus W5A (W5G00A) - Asus' New Ultra-portable


Asus made an interesting statement earlier in the year with their S5N notebook. Its flair wasn't necessarily original, but it was, and still remains, one of the smaller ultra-portable designs available. And it's for this reason, that the S5N remains one of the ultra-portable notebooks in our own personal notebook arsenal. So, needless to say, after catching a glimpse of the new Asus W5A ultra-portable, we were immediately intrigued.  If you haven't already seen it, the Asus W5A is a bit of a departure from other "traditional" ultra-portable designs. With that in mind, let's see what Asus' is using to entice highly mobile computer users...

Asus W5A
The Specifications
_Designed for Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
_Supports 533MHz FSB

_Intel 915GM (with Intel IGP)/ICH6-M
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

_One 200-pin uSODIMM sockets
_Supports DDR2 400 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 768MB

_Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 900

Intel ICH6-M South Bridge:
- 1 x ATA 100/66
- 2 x SATA 100/66
- 40GB 4200RPM HDD

_Realtek 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
_Intel Wireless 2200BG (802.11 b/g) or Broadcom 802.11/b/g WiFi card
_Bluetooth (optional)
_56K v.92 Fax/modem

_12.1" WXGA glare type TFT LCD (native 1280 x 768)

_Compatible with AC'97 2.3
_Built in speaker

Dimension and Weight
_~ 11.7" x 8.7" x 1.2" (our sample)
_~ 3.45 lbs.

External I/O Connectors
_1 x Power port
_1 x Lock jack
_1 x PCMCIA slot (1 x Type I and Type II)
_1 x Modem jack
_1 x Ethernet jack
_1 x microphone jack
_1 x headphone jack
_1 x VGA-out port
_1 x S-video port
_1 x Card Reader (SD/MS/MSPro/MMC)
_3 x USB 2.0/1.1
_1 x 4-pin mini1394 Firewire port

Included Software - preloaded
_Power Director V3.0 DE
_Medi@Show V2.0 SE
_Symantec™ Norton AntiVirus™ 2005
_Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1
_NERO Express V6.0
_ASUS Probe V2.11
_ASUS Live Update
_ASUS ChkMail
_ASUS Power4 Gear+
_ASUS Hotkey



Measuring in at just 11.7" x 8.7" x 1.2" and with a claimed weight of 3.45 pounds (our W5A sample weighed around 3.6 lbs.), the Asus W5A is the third smallest of the three new notebooks from Asus. Its new design, namely its choice of a 12.1" glare type display, is focusing on the highly mobile multimedia pc user. The previous ultra-portable design, the S5N, was hardly a power notebook, but the new Sonoma platform really allows for a measure of power computing even in the smallest of notebooks.

Tags:  Asus, portable, Ultra, table, port, Tab, ULT, 5G, RT

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