- 7 Feb 08, 17:20 GMT
The release of the MacBook Air has thrown a wider spotlight on the ultra light laptop market. Lots of people pointed out to us that Apple had done nothing particularly innovative with its MacBook Air, and said companies like Sony and Asus had been releasing similar products for years with little fanfare.
My colleague Rory Cellan-Jones want to put this new category of laptop to the test so we've managed to acquire a MacBook Air and an Asus U1E.
We'll be blogging our findings in the coming week. To kick things off, we're both posting our first impressions. Here are Rory's.
I'm in possession of the Asus, which runs Vista Business. As a design object the Asus can't match the MacBook Air's sleek looks but it isn't too shabby and feels well-built and just about sturdy enough to survive being knocked about in a rucksack.
I'm impressed with the connector options - plenty of USB ports, Ethernet and a mini Firewire port.
It has a built-in web cam and fingerprint sensor - which I couldn't get to work.
The model I have comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo running at 1Ghz. And to be honest so far the machine seems to be a little underpowered.
Even opening a fresh Word document takes an age. And resuming Windows from sleep when the lid has been down takes as long as my personal laptop takes to boot from cold.
We'll be going head to head in detail next week. If you're a U1E user, I'd love to hear your views.
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