Asustek launches bamboo laptop

Launch date for U.S. and Europe has yet to be set

Computer manufacturers are working hard to make their wares more environmentally friendly, cutting back on hazardous substances and using more recycled materials. Asustek is taking computer Earth friendliness to a new level: At Taiwan's IT Month exhibition last Saturday, Asustek officially released a laptop PC with casing made of bamboo.

The laptop is part of the company's efforts to use renewable materials in products, according to PC World. "The shell of the laptop is made of real bamboo, which grows fast and is used widely throughout Asia in furniture, as well as construction scaffolding, food for pandas, and in artworks."

Part of Asus's U6V series of notebook PCs, the bamboo-clad machine boasts a 12.1-inch screen and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It comes loaded with Vista.

The machines were priced at $1,802 at the Taipei IT Month show. The bamboo laptops will launch in the U.S. and Europe at a later date, which is yet to be determined.

Asustek isn't the first company to marry bamboo and electronics. Dell, for example, sells a bamboo sleeve for its Dell Studio Hybrid mini PC.