A NICHE PRODUCT
ASUS IS A COMPANY better known for its motherboards and graphics cards than notebook computers. However, it’s making a concerted effort to play in that space, and the Asus S6 sits at the top of the pile in terms of price but at the bottom in terms of size. With just an 11” screen, the S6 is about 2cm smaller than an A4 sheet of paper at both sides. Though it looks very impressive, if it’s going to be your primary work machine, you need to have small fingers or access to a docking station.
What you’re buying is something that can be used in the tightest of spots and that would serve the travelling executive well.
For a presentation machine it’s an excellent option: small enough to be lugged around in its stylish presentation case, it would be perfect for that function. While it isn’t something you’d use for computer gaming, its 1,6GHz processor is more than adequate, and with 1,5GB of RAM Windows flies along. That isn’t to say this is a perfect machine. The keyboard is way too small and the entire package feels too thick and a little topheavy.
However, for a brand trying to make its mark, the S6 is an interesting niche product and for R20 000 that’s probably all it will be. But for your money you get the computer, a protective case, an extra battery and even a mouse to go along with it, all put together in a specially designed box that strikes me as spending a bit too much money on packaging. There’s even a leather-covered option.
I’ll be interested to see if Asus can take the good start it’s making in notebook design and really shake up the market. However, with the conservative nature of buyers, it’s unlikely it will stray too far from the straight and narrow, as that invariably drives up costs.