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A compact notebook is traditionally associated with low performance and high mobility. It is a notebook for people who need a small and light computer and are ready to put up with its modest performance. But ASUS is always changing our notions of portable computing. This time around, the developer releases the U6Sg model to change the subnotebook genre. Despite its small dimensions and low weight, the new notebook is equipped with an advanced discrete graphics chip, fast processor and large hard disk. But how did this affect its mobility? You’ll find the answer in this review.

Having a grownup processor (Penryn-core Core 2 Duo) and a 9000 series graphics chip from Nvidia, the notebook makes a promise of high performance. Added to that are two 1-gigabyte memory sticks working in dual-channel mode and a rich selection of ports and connectors, including HDMI. Moreover, the U6Sg is the first model in the luxurious U series that comes with an integrated optical drive. The exterior design makes use of leather, lacquer and stainless steel. The display features LED-based backlight and a carbon-plastic lid that ensures additional protection.

That’s impressive, isn’t it? The specs are all right, but let’s check out if the notebook is free from drawbacks. We will test it in comparison with the ASUS M50Sv, a multimedia/gaming heavyweight. Can the U6Sg compete with such machines?

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