ASUS W5A (12.1″ WS, Intel Pentium M)

Summary: 12.1″ Widescreen, Pentium M

Last Updated: February 18, 2008

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Product Name: ASUS W5A
Official Page:
Manufacturer: ASUSTEK Computer, Inc.
Status: Discontinued
Price: $1599 USD (Street)
Markets: Worldwide


– Integrated Web camera

Updates over previous models:

Manufacturer’s Description:
Ultrawhite Ultraportable, Ultraloaded. The ASUS W5A’s stylish design for modern sophistication is perfect for today’s urban metropolitans who demand more than functionality in digital devices. Travel in style with the W5A that packs functions and special features in one sleek and 1.6kg lightweight design. The overall aesthetics of the W5A is complemented with beautiful image presentation. Its high-resolution widescreen delivers exceptional image and motion picture of brilliant and vibrant colors. Enter the dazzling viewing experience with the W5A.

CPU: Intel Pentium M 740 (1.73GHz, 2MB L2)
Chipset: Intel 915GM Express Chipset
Front-side Bus: 533MHz
Memory: DDR2 400MHz SDRAM
Memory Capacity: 512MB – ? (2 slots)

Display: 12.1″ TFT LCD
Resolution: 1280×768
Widescreen: Yes
Touchscreen: No
Graphics Chipset: Intel GMA 900
Graphics Memory: 128MB (Shared)
Other: S-Video Out

Hard Drive Type: IDE ATA/100
Hard Drive Capacity: 40GB, 60GB, 80GB
Optical: 24xCD-RW/DVD Combo

Wireless: Intel/Pro Wireless 2200 802.11BG
Modem: MDC 56k Flex V.90 Fax/Modem
Ethernet: 10/100
Bluetooth: Yes
Mobile Broadband:

Audio Chipset:
Internal Speakers/Microphone:
Audio I/O: 1xSPDIF, 1xMicrophone-in, 2xAudio-out
USB: 3x USB 2.0
Firewire: 1x IEEE 1394
PC Card: No
Flash/Memory Card Reader: MultiMedia Card (MMC), Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)

Trusted Platform Module (TPM):

Software & Warranty:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Other Software:
Warranty: Two Years Global Warranty plus 3rd Year North America Warranty

Battery: Smart Lithium-Ion
Options: 6-cell or 9-cell
Battery Life: 4 hours (6-cell) 5+ hours (9-cell)

Width: 12 inches / 304.8 mm
Depth: 8.6 inches / 218.4 mm
Height: 1.0 – 1.2 inches / 25.4 mm

Weight: 4 pounds / 1.8 kg (6-cell battery)

ASUS W5A Reviews and Articles:
Anandtech – January 2006 – Comparison with the ASUS W5A.

ZDNet Australia – October 2005 – Spritely performance and an attractive case design makes the Asus ideal for home office tasks in an IKEA-obsessed age

WhatLaptop – October 2005 – 9 out of 10 – “WhatLaptop Editor’s Choice” – The Asus W5 is a stunning laptop. We were impressed with its feature set, as well as its appearance.

LAPTOP Magazine – September, 2005 – 4/5 Stars – “LAPTOP HOT PICK” – The ASUS W5A offers excellent performance, decent battery life, and a nifty Webcam in a slick-looking package that’s very travel-friendly….but this notebook is sure to turn heads.

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