Business Laptop: ASUS P80

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Asus P80

Asustek has released details of the ASUS P80 business laptop, featuring a 14-inch display and Intel’s new Anti-Theft technology.

The ASUS P80 comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo or Pentium CPU, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 320GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner. The P80A and P80Q models include the Intel GMA X4500MHD (with HD decoder) and X4500M integrated graphics respectively, whereas the P80Vc has the NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 512MB dedicated GPU.

Asus P80

The laptops have 14″ 1366×768 anti-glare LED backlight displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Other features include a 1.3MP web camera, the Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5100, optional Bluetooth, a 56k modem, and a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, as well as two USB ports, a eSATA/USB combo port, a 7-in-1 media card reader, a VGA output. We haven’t find any info on PC Card or ExpressCard slot.

Here’s how Asustek explains Intel Anti-Theft Technology, incorporated into the P80:

“This new technology provides users with the ability to send a “poison pill” remotely, rendering the notebook inoperable by comprehensively shutting it down. As such, the risk resulting from a stolen or lost notebook is eliminated. Once the notebook has been recovered, a local passphrase or recovery token can be used to reactivate the notebook”.

Another laptop’s security feature is AI Pre-boot Finger Login, “from which users have to scan their finger via the scanner prior to system boot-up”, and the AI Secure Delete which “allows users to securely delete any sensitive data completely with no opportunity for others to retrieve them”.

The ASUS P80 weighs 5.3 pounds with a 6 cell battery and runs Windows Vista.

There’s no info on pricing and availability.

The company also plans to launch a smaller version of the notebook – the ASUS P30.

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