ASUS debuts bamboo-covered computer

Company says approach is trendy, but environmentally friendly

LAS VEGAS — A new laptop computer clad in bamboo and aluminum is the result of ASUSteK Computer's effort to create more environmentally friendly products, the company's chairman Jonney Shih announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The ASUS U Series Bamboo laptops use bamboo injected with plastic, Shih said. While the material is not more recyclable than standard plastic, the bamboo means less plastic is used to build the computer, Shih said.

When the laptop is closed, the top looks like a bamboo veneer. When open, the wrist rest and touchpad are also clad in bamboo. The remaining surfaces are brushed aluminum. 

We spent the last couple of years perfecting and working with bamboo," Shih said. "It is trendy yet responsible."

ASUS made its name in North America with its Eee PC netbook. The original Eee PC ran on Linux, had an 8 G hard drive and came in black or white. The newest version of the netbook has a 250 G hard drive and a high-gloss, textured skin designed by fashion designer and artist Karim Rashid. This new line — the Eee PC Seashell — is designed to get up to six hours of battery life, Shih said.

Another version of ASUS' netbook will get up to 14 hours of battery time, he said.

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Tue, Mar 23, 2010 Fabs

Look out macbook pro! These machines look nicer, weigh less and will have more options than any apple. Also rumor is they will be cheaper. Oh yeah and they also allow you to surf and see the whole internet, unlike apple. Why would you buy a macbook? (Apple zombies please spare us the "because macs are better" myth. Many of us us these things for business and lets face it, few serious businesses outside the art world use macs for anything.) Anyhow, cannot wait for the 13 inch version of this to come out because at 3.75 pounds with blazing performance, I am buying it!

Sat, Jan 30, 2010

I can't WAIT for this sucker to hit the market!!

Tue, Jan 12, 2010 Sick O. Balmer

Bravo Jonney Shih! Three things count in this area, INNOVATION, INNOVATION, and PRICE. He's on top of all of them. Perhaps M$ could trade two Balmers for a Shih?

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above