ASUS U53SD notebooks Bamboo Collection Review + Specifications

ASUS U53SD notebooks Bamboo Collection Review + Specifications

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On 2011/12/02, Asus announced, in a press release, that the company steps up on its green commitments with the first product to meet strict environmental requirements. This post contains that press release, along with an overview and the technical specifications of the ASUS U53SD notebooks Bamboo Collection.

ASUS U53SD Bamboo Notebook Receives Carbon Neutrality Certification

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ASUS broke new ground today by being the first manufacturer to meet the requirements of the PAS 2060:2010 Standard for Carbon Neutrality with the U53SD Bamboo Notebook. This certification makes the U53SD the first notebook in the world to achieve net zero carbon emissions throughout its product lifecycle.

The company consistently devotes itself to sustainability development and innovation to help reduce its own, as well as its consumers’, environmental impact in the years ahead. In 2009, ASUS developed the first notebook that received the carbon footprint certificate and has since combined the European Commission’s Integrated Product Policy (IPP) with eco-friendly design concepts as it continues its quest to reduce carbon emissions.

Achieving carbon neutrality with GreenASUS

ASUS analyzed the carbon footprint patterns caused by human activities, and devised a plan to reduce and offset these emissions to carbon neutrality status without net increase in the global emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG) to the atmosphere. To achieve this, ASUS reduced the U53SD’s carbon footprint by up to 10 percent using bamboo instead of plastics for parts of the notebook chassis, as well as developing energy-saving hardware and software.

Frank Lin, chief quality officer, said, “ASUS supports all available strategies to mitigate climate change. Aside from reducing carbon emissions at enterprise level, we also follow the Integrated Product Policy (IPP) to develop energy-saving technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of our products through our Eco design concepts.”

A closer look at the Bamboo Series

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ASUS Bamboo Series notebooks feature the use of bamboo on the exterior instead of the usual plastics found in most notebooks. The bamboo has been lightly-treated to retain its look and feel, giving this eco-tech marvel a warm, natural texture.

Inside, the Bamboo Series comes with the Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) technology which significantly lowers energy consumption by up to 20% through a clever combination of hardware and software.

The Bamboo Series also employ the use of 100% natural and recyclable bamboo paper and non-woven cloth in its packaging, further reducing the environmental impact of this range of notebooks.

Green milestones with GreenASUS

GreenASUS is a company-wide environmental initiative that strives to increase environmental awareness across all departments. It consists of Four Green Home Runs – Green Design, Green Procurement, Green Manufacture, and Green Service & Marketing.

This latest commitment to carbon neutrality with the U53SD Bamboo notebook continues to strengthen ASUS position as a responsible organization that looks to a Greener future as the world economy moves towards low carbon emissions, high energy efficiency and sustainability development.

ASUS U53SD notebooks Bamboo Collection Overview

ASUS Bamboo Collection U53SD notebooks with 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors

  • Elegant smoky brown bamboo exteriors exude an organic quality reminiscent of designer furniture
  • Powerful 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M graphics with 1GB DDR3 video memory boost performance
  • Intelligent power optimization in each task extends battery life to 10 hours* for all-day computing 

Protecting nature is an effort that unites us all, co-existing with innovative design, memorable style and powerful computing. With U Series Bamboo Collection notebooks, you do your part for the environment while still enjoying cutting edge technology and fashionable mobility. It’s the natural choice.

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Unique bamboo material innovation

If you’re both fashion and eco-conscious, the U Series Bamboo Collection was made for you. Notebooks sport smoky brown bamboo exteriors that retain their organic look, properties and tactile feel—creating a personal journey as the wood matures and changes with time. The natural bamboo is supported by sleek brushed aluminum surfaces and a seamless chiclet keyboard that’s as comfortable to use as it is great to look at. These notebooks are also very light, making it easy for you to be an ambassador of good taste and environmental responsibility.

ASUS picked bamboo for fetching looks as well as research identifying it as a quickly-replenishing resource whose utilization has almost no impact on the environment. Bamboo also offers tensile strength rivaling that of steel, making it a perfect substitute for plastic. Product packaging is equally eco-friendly, made of 100% natural and recyclable bamboo pulp and non-woven packing cloth.

2nd generation Intel® Core™ CPUs and new NVIDIA® graphics

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U Series Bamboo Collection notebooks are as sophisticated as they are beautiful. They feature the increased multitasking power of 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors with Sandy Bridge technology, enabling better yet more energy efficient computing. For graphics, discrete NVIDIA® GeForce™ GT 520M GPUs with 1GB of DDR3 video memory smooth out multimedia performance and offer enjoyable gaming with the latest games.

Extended battery life for true all-day computing

U Series Bamboo Collection notebooks maintain their environmental stance down to the battery. With intelligent optimization, they conserve energy while ensuring the right amount of processing power always goes into every application, creating a harmonious balance of efficiency and performance. NVIDIA® Optimus technology helps with this, automatically switching between integrated and discrete graphics modes as needed. Casual usage engages low-consumption graphics, while HD multimedia and gaming tap the full potential of the DirectX® 11-compatible GeForce® GPU. The result is a battery life of up to an incredible 10 hours*, allowing you to keep computing all day, free from relying on wall sockets.

*May vary by actual conditions 

Easy connections with Syncables software

U Series Bamboo Collection notebooks also feature Syncables technology to enable effortless sync with different devices, including desktop PCs, other notebooks, smartphones and digital cameras. Sharing files, backing up data and accessing collections quickly becomes a breeze. Intelligent syncing lets you get more done with just one light notebook as your nexus— reducing the overall energy footprint as less equipment needs to be powered at once.

USB 3.0 is another new addition to the range, enabling data transfers up to ten times faster than USB 2.0. It’s fully backward compatible so you’re assured all your existing USB devices will work as usual. Transferring massive files in mere seconds is a plus, but USB 3.0 is also good for the environment as it charges devices much faster than USB 2.0 with reduced energy consumption.

*U Series Bamboo Collection notebooks are made with genuine bamboo and thus bear unique, naturally-occurring wood grain patterns. As with any organic product, these patterns and textures may change with time. These are due to the natural characteristics of bamboo and do not indicate a defective material.

ASUS U53SD notebooks Bamboo Collection Technical Specifications

ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 2630QM Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M Processor
Operating SystemGenuine Windows® 7 Ultimate
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
This version contains all product updates (SP1)
ChipsetIntel® HM65 Express Chipset
MemoryDDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 G SDRAM
Display15.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768) LED Backlight
GraphicNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
Storage2.5" SATA
Optical DriveSuper-Multi DVD
Blue-ray reader
Card Reader3 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MS/ MMC)
Camera0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
NetworkingIntegrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g
Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.1+EDR (Optional)
10/100/1000 Base T
Interface1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack (SPDIF)
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x USB 3.0 port(s) (Optional)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
AudioBuilt-in Speakers And Microphone
Altec Lansing® Speakers
Battery8Cells : 5600 mAh 83 Whrs
Power AdapterOutput :
19 V DC, 4.74 A, 90 W
Input :
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
3/ 2 pin compact power supply system
Dimensions38.6 x 25.7 x 3.16 ~3.31 cm (WxDxH)
Weight2.81 kg (with 6 cell battery)
Manufacturer Warranty2-year limited International hardware warranty. *different by country
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Windows 7 ) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting

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