Asus has announced its new B-series of business-oriented notebooks, and along with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, the systems include a technology designed to appeal to greener thinking amongst notebook users: they sport Sonata Long Life batteries from Boston-Power, which offer all the performance of standard notebook batteries but three times the lifespan, meaning less replacement of batteries even for the most travel-intensive users.
“Our customers look to ASUS to provide cost effective solutions that include innovative features such as the Sonata Long Life Battery, which offers not only long term dependability but is also environmentally friendly,” said Asus Computer International director of sales Rudy Magna, in a statement.
Asus’s B-series has four models: The B43F, the BC43J, the B53F, and B53J—the B53s are available now, and the the B43s should follow “in the near future.” The B53J features either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor (running at 2.4 or 2.66 GHz, respectively) and an 15.6-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel LCD display powered by ATI Mobility Radeon 5470 graphics with 512 MB of video memory and ATI Eyefinity technology handle up to two external displays. The systems also feature a 320 GB hard drive, integrated DVD drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 2 megapixel webcam, an integrated fingerprint reader, and Intel VPro technology that lets IT departments manage and maintain the system remotely. The B53F steps down to Intel GMA HD integrated graphics and drops Intel vPro; both ship with Windows 7 Processional 64-bit.
The B43J and B43F will have similar specs in a more-portable form factor, shrinking down to a 14.1-inch display while maintaining the 1,366 by 768-pixel resolution.
The B53s should be available now from retailers with prices starting at $1,099.