Asus' carbon lappie

Someone must have spiked the drinks at the laptop designers convention – just weeks after Intel announced its suedette covers, Asus has launched

Someone must have spiked the drinks at the laptop designers convention – just weeks after Intel announced its suedette covers, Asus has launched a carbon-fashioned version of its W1.

When we say carbon-fashioned, we mean it too – it's not just the lid that's made from the material, but the entire chassis. It looks all the smarter for it too, in an Apple Powerbook kind of way.

There's also a slightly weak 'scientific' reason behind the use of carbon – it apparently offers the best protection against electronic radiation, although the main motivation is undoubtedly aesthetic.

The W1 could easily fill the shoes vacated by your old beige PC tower – it's got a 15.4in widescreen with WSXGA resolution (1680x1050 pixels), Pentium M-750 processor and a fat 100GB hard drive.

It wouldn't be shamed in a multimedia contest with one of Apple's silver flagships either, thanks to its 128MB ATI Radeon X700 graphics chip, a DVD Super Multi Drive, 5 speakers and a built-in analogue-digital TV tuner.

As you'd expect, there's top connectivity too with both Wi-fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 built-in, and a host of USB 2.0 and Firewire connections to host your jukebox or digicam.

They're exclusive little beasts, though, as you'll only be able to get one from next week in a select few London stores – Harrods, Selfridges and the two Micro Anvika outlets on Tottenham Court Road. Oh, and make sure you've got £1400 in your wallet – that's their limited edition premium.