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ASUS notebooks have been tested in the most punishing of conditions and the most exotic of locations. Many of these incredible feats have become the stuff of legend. We detail the accomplishments that have left an indelible mark on history here.
Two ASUS notebooks were selected by R&K—a major supplier of computers and electronics for aeronautic missions to outer space—to provide astronauts with dependable computing during a mission on the MIR Space Station. Both notebooks experienced zero defects throughout the 600-day period. 「The ASUS notebooks never overheated like some of the ones made by other companies,」 said Sergei Avdeev, the Russian astronaut on the space mission. 「Thermal flow in space and on Earth is completely different. Only notebooks with the best heat dissipation solutions can survive continuous operation. We turned the notebooks on in the morning and left them on all day without a problem.
NRMA CareFlight, an emergency medical and rescue helicopter unit that serves the people of New South Wales of Australia, uses ASUS notebooks in different sectors of its service, including aviation, medical treatment and administration. ASUS notebooks play a particularly critical role in CareFlight's program aimed at improving survival rates in accidents with severe head traumas. With the help of mobile computing, CareFlight can deliver a medical team on scene faster than a local ambulance, and this new program is expected to reduce deaths from head injuries by 33%. "All our pilots have been very impressed with the ASUS M5 laptops and amazed at their ability to withstand the vibration of the aircraft," said Mark Lees, Community Relations Manager of CareFlight. "We are now ready to install ASUS M5 laptops in all our aircraft and to link them to the onboard navigation computers.」
ASUS notebooks were chosen to perform critical tasks during the PATAGONIA 2000 race, which saw the computers used in hot deserts and snow-covered mountains. One of the key tasks entailed serving as navigation devices, which they excelled at due to their built-in satellite GPS functionality and ability to display dynamic maps. They also served as communication centers, enabling both email communication and bidirectional video conferences. 「Needless to say, ASUS computers survived the severe conditions of this strenuous voyage well, without a single flaw,」 said Aviv Shweky, the race organizer.
The harsh conditions at the peak of the world's highest mountain may faze other notebooks, but not ASUS'. A slew of ASUS notebooks—including the U5, S6 (both the leather and bamboo editions), W7 and U1—were chosen to accompany a team of mountaineers on an expedition to reach the top of Mount Everest, known the locals in Tibet as the Qomolangma Peak. Upon reaching the base camp at an elevation of 5,000m, only ASUS notebooks continued to operate. Other notebooks failed to boot up due to the extremely low ambient temperature. The ASUS U5 even made it to the top of Qomolangma Peak at a staggering height of 8,848.43m, thanks to expedition leader Captain Wang Yongfong who carried it along with him as a tribute to eco-friendly technology—making ASUS notebooks the world's first to reach the top of Mount Everest.
ASUS notebooks have proven on separate occasions to function perfectly in the freezing temperatures of the North and South Poles. The most memorable of these expeditions took place on December 16, 2003, when acclaimed mountaineers Shi Wang and Jian Liu set out on their journey to reach the summit of Mount Vinson, the tallest peak in Antarctica at 16,000 feet and where temperature drops well below -100˚F. Wang and Liu each brought along an ASUS S200N notebook to record and share their experiences during the expedition. The S200N met their needs perfectly: it was lightweight and compact, had a large hard disk capacity and could handle the rigors of ascending a mountain. 「They worked without a glitch under extreme conditions and severe weather. It was nice to have a notebook I could count on in situations where malfunctions are not tolerable,」 said Wang.
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