After a day of seeing the Acer Aspire S3, Asus unveils its own ultrabook, the Zenbook which comes in two models (UX21 and UX31) and is set to be available in the US tomorrow. As common with most ultrabooks that we saw, the Zenbook looks like your MacBook Air with its ultra-thin front, aluminum chassis and the generous-sized touchpad.
The Asus Zenbook comes in either 11-inch (UX21) or 13-inch (display) and is powered by the 2nd generation Intel Core processors starting from a Core i3-2367 to a Core i7-2677. Asus claims that it’s the thinnest laptop around being just a measley 3mm at its thinnest point and 9mm at its thickest. The Acer Aspire S3 is 13mm at its thinnest.
Aside from the slim profile, the Zenbook has a few other specs which puts it ahead of the Aspire S3. The 13-inch version has a high resolution of 1600 x 900 and these ultrabooks have an SSD drive starting at 64GB (for the 11-inch) for quicker performance. For comparison, the Acer S3 has a combination of HDD and SSD. The Zenbook also comes with one USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, microHDMI and miniVGA port, Bluetooth 4.0 and audio from Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® SonicMaster. Only the 13-inch version has the card reader.
We don’t have local pricing yet but in the US, price starts at $999 for the 11-inch and $1,099 for the basic 13-inch. A bit more expensive than the Acer but the specs make up for it.
|Z-height||3mm at the front; 9mm at the rear||3mm at the front; 9mm at the rear|
|Screen||11.6 (16:9)||13.3 (16:9)|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2467||Intel Core i5-2557|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 3000||Intel HD Graphics 3000|
|Memory||4GB DDR3 RAM||4GB DDR3 RAM|
|Backlight/ Resolution||450 nits HD 1366×768||450 nits HD 1600X900|
|Instant on||Always resume in 2 seconds||Always resume in 2 seconds|
|I/O port||6 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA)||7 (USB2.0 / USB3.0 / audio jack / DC jack / microHDMI / miniVGA / SD card reader)|
|USB3.0||1 Port||1 Port|
|SSD Generation||SATAIII 128GB SSD||SATAIII SSD 128G|
|BT||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Battery||35W (5+ hrs)||50W (7+hrs)|
|Mic||MEMS MIC (Digital MIC)||MEMS MIC (Digital MIC)|
|Keyboard||268 Chiclit KB||286 Chiclit KB|
|Audio||Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® SonicMaster||Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® SonicMaster|