ASUS Eee PC Karim Rashid Collection & U-Series Bamboo notebooks live

Jan 6, 2010
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Looking for a bright pink or bamboo notebook?  ASUS have got your back either way, unveiling both a netbook collaboration with designer Karim Rashid and a U-Series notebook with real bamboo in the casing.  The ASUS Eee PC 1008P Seashell Karim Rashid Collection is the more eye-catching of the pair, thanks to a diamond-textured (and vivid pink) shell that's supposed to create the illusion of moving light, while the ASUS U Series Bamboo uses a plastic-injected bamboo material cladding Intel 32nm Arrandale CPUs and USB 3.0 connectivity.

Aside from the casing design - it's also available in metallic brown - the Karim Rashid Eee PC 1008P mainly differs from its Seashell predecessors by virtue of the removable battery, Pine Trail processor, larger HDD and speedier WiFi.  Intel's Atom N450, 250GB and 802.11n are all onboard, together with gigabit ethernet and Bluetooth 2.1, while a nifty little VGA adapter dongle lurks underneath.  The battery is only a 3-cell pack, and ASUS aren't saying exactly how long it might last nor when you'll be able to pick up the 1008P yourself.

As for the ASUS U-Series Bamboo, it sneaks in Intel's latest Core i5 processors together with discrete graphics.  ASUS reckon it makes as much sense to consider using renewable materials in the initial design as it does to plan out recyclability when the notebook is past its best, hence the bamboo.  Again, no word on pricing, release date or full specifications.  Live photos of both machines in the gallery below.


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