Asus U43F-BBA5: $849 Bamboo-Clad Notebook w/ Intel Wireless Display

Best Buy has the Asus U43F-BBA5 available for the back to school season for $849.99. The Asus U43F-BBA5 is a Best Buy Exclusive and is one of the few Asus models to include real bamboo.

The Asus U43F-BBA5 features an Intel Core i5 processor, a 14-inch LED backlit display, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 640GB hard drive, and Intel Wireless Display technology. These features come together to form a very stylish, powerful notebook option for college students.

This is a premium notebook because it contains one of the latest Intel processors, DDR3 RAM, and Intel Wireless Display technology. Combining these features with the 640GB hard drive and Intel UMA graphics, the Asus U43F-BBA5 could handle most tasks that students may need it for. All basic functionality should work fine, as well as light gaming and photo editing. However, this is by no means a gaming notebook. Modern games with high frame rates may appear choppy or pixellated on the Asus U43F-BBA5, due to the integrated graphics processor. In order to play these games, you may need to turn the game quality settings down.

In order for the Asus U43F-BBA5 to be able to have Intel Wireless Display technology, it has to have Intel integrated graphics. Though Intel Wireless Display is a handy way to stream content to your HDTV without wires, the integrated graphics may be one of the notebook’s only downfalls. If you don’t really care too much for Intel Wireless Display technology and have an extra $150, Best Buy also offers the Asus U43JC-BBA7, which offers the same look and many of the same features. The main difference is that it adds a discrete graphics processor from NVIDIA. This makes the Asus U43JC-BBA7 better at handling modern gaming and other graphic intensive software.

Asus U43F-BBA5 From Best Buy Detailed Specs:

Brand Asus
Model U43F-BBA5
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Processor / Graphics Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-450M mobile processor

Intel® UMA graphics

Memory 4 GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive 640 GB HDD 5400 rpm
Display / Resolution 14″ LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display
Removable Storage Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Wireless Support Wireless-B+G+N
Input Devices Full-size keyboard, touchpad
Power 8-cell battery for up to 5 hours and 10 minutes of battery life
Memory card reader 5-in-1
Ports Headphone/speaker/line-out jack, Microphone-in jack, DC-in jack for AC adapter, Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0
Audio Altec Lansing speakers
Weight 5 lbs.
Dimension 13.5 in x 1.3 in x 9.5 in
Webcam 0.3-megapixel webcam
Warranty 1-Yr Parts and Labor

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