Thursday, June 10th 2010

ASUS Goes Green with the Bamboo Notebook and LED Monitors

In light of the environmental issues that plague us today, people are realizing the importance of adopting a green mindset and are making proactive steps towards incorporating a greener approach to their daily lives.

The Green ASUS initiative promotes green and environmentally-friendly practices throughout ASUS. Its latest products are designed to care for the environment, incorporating power-saving technologies like the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine. Steps have also been taken towards the use of environmentally-friendly materials like bamboo and recycled plastics in its products and packaging materials.

The U Series Bamboo Collection—Adding a Touch of Nature and Style to Technology
The ASUS U Series Bamboo Collection notebook is designed for the fashionable, yet environmentally-conscious crowd. With its smoky brown bamboo exterior and brushed aluminum interior, it delivers a feel of the organic world in this hectic concrete jungle—making the user feel closer to nature.

These interesting blends of natural and metallic materials combine to form an amalgamated design that delivers an elegant and light notebook.

The ASUS U Series Bamboo Collection delivers a premium tactile feel with two surfaces that are as different as night and day. With less plastics used in the manufacturing process, the nature-inspired U Series Bamboo Collection is proof that computers need not be cold, calculating machines.

ASUS LED Monitors—When it Comes to Power, Less is More
Actions speak louder than words and it's the little things we do that add up to make a difference to the environment. This can be as simple as turning off a light switch, or using a low-power LED monitor to decrease our energy consumption.

ASUS' belief in developing energy-saving products that save the Earth have resulted in the Super Hybrid Engine in notebooks and Energy-using Power (EuP) standard-compliant motherboards.

In a bid to further lower energy-consumption in its products, ASUS is phasing in mercury-free LED technology into its monitor and notebook product lines.

With a full line-up that ranges from 20 to 24 inches, ASUS' ultra-slim Designo Series LED monitors' 10,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio technology lets it deliver true-to-life images in Full HD 1080p. The mercury-free LED-backlit panel gives users up to 45 percent in power savings when compared to similar LCD monitors—equating to 37.2kWh and 23.6kg of CO2 annually. To put things into perspective, that is like planting 1.9 trees a year, and contributing enough oxygen for a family of four for almost two years*.

Introducing the Notebook Batteries of Tomorrow
With an eye to future proofing, ASUS is first to include the latest lithium-ion battery technology as standard equipment in its new Business Series B43 and B53 notebooks.

The green Boston-Power Sonata battery is long-lasting, faster to charge, safer, and more cost effective. It is the only green-certified rechargeable lithium-ion notebook computer battery cell. The technology has been accredited by both Scandinavian and mainland China environmental testing standards, and has received RoHS certification.

ASUS Business Series B43 and B53 notebooks now boast a battery capable of over 900 charge cycles - more than three times than traditional notebook batteries, therefore providing users with dependable portable power and extended mobility for the typical life of their portable PCs.

Coupled with the addition of ASUS Xpress Charge technology, these notebooks can quick charge a fully drained battery to 90% capacity in just 90 minutes.

Going Green beyond the Product Life Cycle
As part of its commitment to the environment, ASUS has developed SEA (Smart Energy in Action), a green solution that enables users to easily measure, monitor and analyze their energy consumption at home. ASUS SEA automatically uploads the collected data to a website, where users can study them in detail and trade tips on how to lower their energy use. And since the data is hosted on the cloud, users will be able to access the information wherever they are.

The Green ASUS initiative goes beyond the product life cycle. All ASUS products are designed to be easily disassembled and recyclable. These products feature modular parts that can be easily disassembled with common household tools, and are clearly labeled for recycling.

ASUS has a strict hazardous material management philosophy and prefers to use natural or recycled materials for its products. ASUS restricts the use of over 130 hazardous substances, surpassing the requirements of international regulations.

ASUS also believes that it is responsible for proper end-of-life management for its products, and provides free product recycling services in Europe, North America, and Taiwan.
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14 Comments on ASUS Goes Green with the Bamboo Notebook and LED Monitors

#1
Fourstaff
Think about the pandas. If they use bamboo then the pandas will have nothing to eat! Asus, what were you thinking when you came out with that idea to kill all the pandas?
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#2
animal007uk
To me this does not seem like anything new, diden't a few companys say the same thing a few years back, in how they are using new materials to help save the planet. oh well don't like asus anymore anyway so im out.
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#3
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Fourstaff
Think about the pandas. If they use bamboo then the pandas will have nothing to eat! Asus, what were you thinking when you came out with that idea to kill all the pandas?
Not as if the pandas are not doing a good job already killing them selfs off.
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#4
entropy13
by: Fourstaff
Think about the pandas. If they use bamboo then the pandas will have nothing to eat! Asus, what were you thinking when you came out with that idea to kill all the pandas?
There are too few pandas for too many bamboo. It's nice that bamboo gets other uses as well. There are a lot of bamboo here in my country too. But guess what? There are no pandas ever since the last Ice Age when we were still connected to the mainland.
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#5
Pembo210
any idea on pricing?

They still ship them in diesel semi trucks and diesel powered boats for oversees buyers....

This an engine in a container ship. If it runs for 30 seconds, all of the "green" properties of the laptops on board are forfeit.
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#7
NC37
Isn't the first time a company has done this. Usually all they are is stripped down cheap PCs stuffed in a bamboo shell then sold as green friendly to people who don't know the junk they are buying.
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: NC37
Isn't the first time a company has done this. Usually all they are is stripped down cheap PCs stuffed in a bamboo shell then sold as green friendly to people who don't know the junk they are buying.
In a sense it is more friendly as Bamboo don't take around 10 years to breakdown and as seen as a lot of plastic ends up in the sea these days it is better.. Plastic is 0 friendly compeared to bamboo.

Maybe they got people grow it for them :P.
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Fourstaff
by: AsRock
In a sense it is more friendly as Bamboo don't take around 10 years to breakdown and as seen as a lot of plastic ends up in the sea these days it is better.. Plastic is 0 friendly compeared to bamboo..
Nice logic. They kill pandas, take their bamboo, use 1 gazillion different chemicals to process the bamboo to make it tough and lasting (and make it much less biodegradable so that your laptop will not rot). Then you toss your laptop into the sea, animals go "ohh, bamboo!" and eat them. Conclusion? You kill fishes AND pandas.
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: Fourstaff
Nice logic. They kill pandas, take their bamboo, use 1 gazillion different chemicals to process the bamboo to make it tough and lasting (and make it much less biodegradable so that your laptop will not rot). Then you toss your laptop into the sea, animals go "ohh, bamboo!" and eat them. Conclusion? You kill fishes AND pandas.
Yeah see so many people throwing a laptop in the sea ^^.. Bamboo has to be safer than plastic how ever you want to look at it. Ever thought the bamboo might be grown specially for ASUS.

It's dam shameful to see how much plastic there is in our seas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a4S23uXIcM&feature=related

EDIT: And wood is normally recycled including bamboo..
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#11
pr0n Inspector
I'm tempted to grab two of these then club a baby seal to death.
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#12
wahdangun
by: Fourstaff
Nice logic. They kill pandas, take their bamboo, use 1 gazillion different chemicals to process the bamboo to make it tough and lasting (and make it much less biodegradable so that your laptop will not rot). Then you toss your laptop into the sea, animals go "ohh, bamboo!" and eat them. Conclusion? You kill fishes AND pandas.
maybe, panda will use the laptop?

btw, I never see a fish or a panda eat laptop
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#13
erocker
by: wahdangun
maybe, panda will use the laptop?

btw, I never see a fish or a panda eat laptop
Now that they are made of bamboo, that might change! :ohwell:
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#14
Sir Alex Ice
Sorry, but this more PR shovelled down our throats, they keep going eco and announcing bamboo and wood NBs since CeBit 2008 where I've seen them wiht my own eyes. In the meantime, none of these products make it to the market.
My conclusion: they are lying through their teeth. And BTW, Asus has one of the highest RMA rates, perhaps because the users actually expect products that cost 10-20% more than the competitor's to actually deliver and overclock them.
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