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Asus BU400

Discussion in 'Asus' started by brucethemoose, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. brucethemoose

    brucethemoose Notebook Guru

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    I grow tired of waiting for the U38N. Looking for alternatives, I found the 14" Asus N series... which isn't available in the US. Then I stumbled across the BU400

    Asus intros the AsusPro Series BU400 business Ultrabook - Notebookcheck.net News

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    14" multitouch, Nvs 5200m (read: Nvidia 620m) and seemingly impeccable build quality with gorgeous a carbon fiber body, spill resistant keyboard, and an 899 euro starting price tag. But, yet again, ITS ANOTHER PERFECT ASUS THAT ISN'T RELEASED ANYWHERE YET, despite a "release" in October. Why must you troll me like this, Asus? (rage over) Seriously, who do I get in touch with to complain about US availability?



    Anyway, anyone ever heard of/seen/used one of these?
     
  2. Prostar Computer

    Prostar Computer Company Representative

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    This looks so solid... I was about to give up my search and wait till haswell. I hope the model with 1600*900 resolution will be released here in the states.
     
  4. brucethemoose

    brucethemoose Notebook Guru

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    ASUS

    In Taiwan, the term for "showing you pictures of a laptop you want and maniacally laughing as you hopelessly search the web trying to find a translatable site that sells it until it's obsolete" roughly translate to the word "available"


    The Asus link to US phone support is designed to direct you away from US phone support...But I found a notebook sales hotline here in the forums! I will annoy Asus support if it's the last thing I do.
     
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    I saw their page as well (first place I referenced). Ironic that third parties have conflicting release dates.

    Let us know what you find out!
     
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    rbuljo Notebook Enthusiast

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    i want this.. any news from asus support?
     
  7. kickert

    kickert Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am also quite eagerly awaiting this laptop. In fact German stores already list it as for sale (in 2-4 days at least), but what worries me is that they only seem to offer the normal HD version:
    Asus Pro BU400 / B400VC-W3020X Business Ultrabook

    I called Asus support and they are useless, they don't even know of this laptop's existence even though another trained monkey at their company did translate a press release as mentioned in the OP. Trust me, they make nice stuff but oh dear they can be a bunch of amateurs in the marketing department.

    I am also really looking at the recently leaked Lenovo T431s, its specs are astonishingly similar (also 1600x900 as option, NVS 5200M likely). The only thing is that I am not sure if it will have a touch screen.
    If I might make a suggestion: I would wait a few weeks until the German BU400 edition is tested (most likely on Notebook Test, Laptop Test und News - Notebookcheck.com (German) or Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News - NotebookCheck.net with translation delay (English)) and then try again. That's what I am planning to do.
     
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    rbuljo Notebook Enthusiast

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    it really looks like it is intended to be a x1 carbon toch "killer".. altough, at the same price and avaiability i would go for the X1CT..
     
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    kickert Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well whattaya know!
    Asus made a slip-up and now this machine is named Asus B400 (instead of BU400), hence Google doesn't find anything.
    It IS for sale in the US under this name:
    Asus B400A-XH51 14.1" LED Notebook - Intel Core i5 i5-3317U 1.70 GHz - Black - B400AXH51 - Laptops & Notebooks - ASUS Laptops & Notebooks - TheNerds.net

    And at ExcaliburPC for pre-order:
    ASUS B400A-XH52 14.1" Laptop. ASUS B400A-XH52

    But... I still only see 1366x768 options. Blegh!
    Rbuljo, I am not sure which one I would get. Asus has a very good reputation for reliable machines, plus if they keep their promises a 1600x900 touchscreen edition would come out with dedicated graphics (a big plus for me), which the X1C does not have. I really think they can have their own niche of the market, and my money (if a 1600x900 version hits the market).
     
  10. kickert

    kickert Notebook Enthusiast

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    And believe it or not, this product code even yields them for sale at Best Buy (in the US at least)
    Asus Ultrabook 14" Laptop 4GB Memory 256GB Solid State Drive B400A-XH52 - Best Buy

    However, for me it is an absolute no-go with a 1366x768 screen. So the waiting continues...
    I found a catalog of where to get a "B400" by searching the following:
    Icecat.biz | 10 product(s) found for "asus b400"

    Strange thing is that both the A and VC series seem to come with this low-res screen. Also, no mention of any touchscreen tech. That worries me a bit to be honest.
     
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