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Modern fashion is changeable as weather in spring, but there are fundamentals – accessories and materials – that never fall out of its scope. Whatever environmentalists and wildlife protectionists may say, articles of clothing made from natural materials are always fashionable, even though changing a little in design or coloring over time.

Leather, like wine, is only getting more expensive and better with years if cared about properly. Worn-out spots only add more charm to things made of it. A car whose interior is finished off with expensive woods and leather speaks without words about the status of its owner – it is not to be driven by a man in a ragged T-shirt! Maintaining one’s image is a hard and never-ending process, and every thing about you must contribute to it.

Why all this talk about leather you may be wondering? Well, there have been precedents in the world of mobile devices like cell phones dressed in leather, but there have been no notebooks that would have even a patch of it on board. And now ASUS’ designers have changed this situation by releasing the S6F model.

Yes, this is the missing accessory of a successful person that ensures an instant and unmistakable recognition of its owner’s status! The rest is in the owner’s hands as is the notebook itself. Measuring less than an A4-sized paper sheet at 271x192x37mm, the ASUS S6F is a representative of the sub-notebook class. Its weight with a 3-cell battery is a mere 1.37kg. Quite impressive size/weight parameters, I should say.

Yet another exciting thing about the ASUS S6F is its configuration. It may seem there’s nothing to surprise us with, nothing the potential customer hasn’t yet seen. As you know, sub-notebooks based on the Sonoma platform used to incorporate Low Voltage and Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M processors, but now the Pentium M series is steadily becoming a thing of the past. The year of 2006 has been the year of the Napa platform that includes the dual-core processor Intel Core Duo (to be exact, a small market segment is also occupied by the single-core Intel Core Solo which is considered part of the Napa platform, too). The ASUS S6F follows the good old tradition, being based on a Low Voltage processor from Intel, but it is dual-core now! Low Voltage processors (with the letter L in the model name) boast much lower power consumption in comparison with their T-indexed counterparts. The typical heat dissipation of the L series is 15W as opposed to the T series’ 31W, and the rest of their parameters are identical (except that the Low Voltage series processors cost somewhat more).

You can find some discrepancies in Intel’s CPU nomenclature. The ASUS S6F that I am going to test today is based on an Intel Core Duo L2300 1.50GHz whereas the T2300 model has a default clock rate of 1.66GHz. This is the single difference between the designations of processors on the Yonah core.

Now, I will tell you about the ASUS S6F in a more methodical way. It might be correct to compare this notebook with its closest market rivals, like the Sony VAIO VGN-TX1XRP, but the latter is based on the Sonoma platform and would be handicapped in performance tests. That’s why I took an ASUS W6F as an opponent to the S6F. The W6F is equipped with an Intel Core Duo T2300 processor which has a slightly higher clock rate (we just hadn’t yet tested similar notebooks with a CPU clock rate of 1.50GHz).

 
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