Asus U5F goes Core 2 Duo, gets Splendid

It appears Asus' long-standing U5 series is finally getting an entirely overdue refresh, but late is indeed better than never. The freshened up U5F sports a layout and enclosure quite similar to its W7J sibling, and is built around the Sonoma platform. Beneath the hood you'll find an Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 processor, 12.1-inch XGA monitor, 512MB of RAM, 80GB hard drive, Windows XP Home, built-in WiFi / Bluetooth, a dual-layer DVD burner, and Intel's 945GM integrated graphics set. Aside from the VGA output, audio in / out, couple of USB 2.0 ports, and gigabit Ethernet jack, you just might notice Asus' own "Splendid video intelligence technology" kicking out "improved contrast, brightness, and color saturation," and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) should keep the snoopers at least somewhat at bay. This 3.1-pound ultraportable machine doesn't yet carry a pricetag, but should be making its way to Chinese retailers real soon, but be sure you're really down with those intimidating palm rest stickers before throwing down your loot.