Sunday, April 08, 2007

Tech Link (Mobile): Most Overclockable and Upgradeable Laptop On The Horizon! Asus C90's impending arrival..

Ok, this is really cool. Asus* is developing a laptop for the enthusiasts, well, it's actually a whitebook laptop but it so happen that it will be very very nice for the eager, willing, and able enthusiasts. I mean, who would replace their CPU on their laptop, upgradeable video card, and add lots of noisy fans to overclock? I am thinking that this laptop should also be compatible with their external video card upgrade solution, the Asus* XG Station. Too bad, it probably won't be compatible with Mobile Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme Edition.

Anyway, it does look like an improved version of Verified By Intel®, or for the layman, it's called Laptop BTO (Build-to-Order) platform, which should be good for consumers, giving them the freedom and option to mix/match laptop component much like a DIY-PC. Expand for more...

We were at Asus headquarters today and got some hands on time with the upcoming C90 desktop replacement style notebook. The C90 is going to be one of, if not the most, customizable notebooks on the market to date. Every aspect of it will be upgradeable and it will use the Intel Conroe processor platform.


The C90 will be a whitebook machine, meaning customers and resellers will be able to buy the barebone C90 notebook and drop in the components that they want. The basic specs on the machine are as follows:

  • Supports Intel Conroe desktop processor platform, 1.86GHz - 2.66 GHz (E6700)

  • 15.4" screen

  • 2.0 Megapixel camera built-in

  • HDMI

  • Bluetooth

  • TV-Tuner integrated

  • E-SATA

  • 8-in-1 media card reader

  • 802.11n

  • Graphics: NVidia (???? -- we can't tell)

  • Finger Print reader

  • HD-DVD and Blu-Ray drive capable

  • 3 USB ports

  • Piano gloss finish with inlaid pattern


Asus emphasized that every component for the C90 will be upgradeable. You name it: Processor, LCD, hard drive, memory, graphics card (and we can't say everything about the graphics card for a little while because Asus asked us not to, cough), optical drive -- take the old one out and put a new component it, all within minutes. The notebook is designed around the core principle of it being easy to upgrade.


Upgrade until your hearts content

The C90 has a glossy finish on top

Asus C90 underside, check out all of those vents!

And an even more giant vent on the back side!

A look at the left side ports

DVD drive


2.0 MP web camera

The C90 should be hitting the market in the mid-May time frame, though no specific date has been set.

Source:Asus C90 Customizable Notebook Hands on at Asus Headquarters


Anonymous said...

too bad i already bought a lappy last week!

death_metal said...

Well, as long as you are happy with it, I don't think it's so bad :)...have fun with your new lappy!