I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try out Asus’s new recycled, recyclable laptop over the last few days. I was expecting considerably less of it than it delivered, but in reality it’s a solid workhorse laptop, with decent specs and good build quality. If you’ve got the cash, then I recommend it, though it is a little on the expensive side.

Asus Bamboo

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REVIEW: Wacom Bamboo Applications


Following my preview of the new applications available for Wacom’s “Bamboo” PC input tablets the other week, Wacom has sent me a tablet to have a play with, and test out the new apps. Here’s what I think.

Bamboo Scribe
I was originally going to try to write this whole post just using the tablet and bamboo scribe to convert my handwriting into text, but then I realised that it would take me hours. I don’t have hours, so you’ve got a keyboarded post instead.

SHINY VIDEO PREVIEW: Asus Bamboo Notebook

In the video above, Lucy takes us through Asus’s all-new, very green, energy-saving Bamboo laptop. It’s made almost entirely of recycled materials, and everything in it can be recycled after the laptop becomes obsolete. It’s a sustainable laptop, if you will.


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Asus "Bamboo" EcoBook laptop now just slightly laminated on the inside


Remember this thing? That was the mock-up. The dream. The reality, as ever, is much more disappointing than the original crazed fantasy. The final Asus U6 now just comes with a small strip of wood surrounding the keyboard and screen, no doubt to stop warping and to help it pass stringent modern fire regulations.

So it’s not really an “eco-friendly” laptop any more. It’s now just a regular notebook with a bit of wood stuck on the front of it. It’s more of a design statement than a planet-saving option…

ASUS announces the bamboo Eco Books will launch in June, to the distress of pandas


Those attractive notebooks made from laminated bamboo look set to drop in June, according to a Chinese newspaper.

The reported price is NT$50,000, which converts to a concise $1,651.80, or £832. On the whole, ASUS notebooks tend to be quite affordable, so I would be very surprised if they charge the UK market over £1,000 for it. Their ‘Eco Book’ monikers…

The ASUS Ecobook will match your kitchen's cheap laminate flooring

Good god. We often fantasise about a revival in woodgrain-covered technology, but the reality is… pretty nasty. No wonder this sort of thing was outlawed by Brussels in the mid-1980s.

This new bamboo-laminated beast is the Asus Ecobook – an environmentally-friendly machine that’s apparently better than everything else because 50% of its components can be recycled. Frankly, the last thing we think about when buying a laptop is what’s going to happen to it when it breaks and we have to throw it away, but if you want something that’s hypothetically slightly better for the world after it stops working and cost more to fix than to replace, this sort of does the job.