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2011-11-01T12:23:21Z

Asus Zenbook UX21 Ultrabook, The New ThinThe Asus Zenbook UX21E is a new ultra-slim notebook by Asus, that fits into the new "Ultrabook" class of machines, to use a term coined by Intel. The Zenbook UX21E is an incredible 3mm thick at the front and 9mm at the rear and has spun metal and hairline aluminum for a strikingly sleek appearance. It's also built with Intel's new low-power Sandy Bridge Core i7 2677M mobile dual-core processor.

At first glance, the UX21 has an almost sterile appearance. Its brushed aluminum exterior could be mistaken for stainless steel. Upon closer inspection, there are some design queues here that are decidedly Asus and a few that are perhaps embellished upon from others. Apple zealots will immediately point to its Macbook Air-like traits but we'd offer those design similarities end at the simple dimensions of the system.

Asus Zenbook UX21 Ultrabook, The New Thin

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2011-11-01T17:59:44Z

It would be PERFECT if it had a backlit keyboard.... *sigh*

Could you guys review the Toshiba U300 ultrabook? It has a backlit keyboard :-D

STorres
2011-11-01T19:17:02Z

Put in a hot graphics card and then it would be perfect.

rapid1
2011-11-01T21:04:30Z

Really it depends on what the main usage aim is for the machine. The main aim for these is mobility and for that this one looks about perfect.

ThunderBird
2011-11-01T22:23:27Z

I just wish Asus also like Dell would step up their game on the LCD panel used in these machines.

A good screen makes all the difference.

JDiaz
2011-11-02T10:22:29Z

Ultrabooks are not intended as a gaming platform, specification even excludes discrete graphics, though with the Ivy Bridge update the GMA should get about 30% performance boost along with the 20-30% CPU performance boost.

We should also see more power saving technology like Self Refreshing screens. So the GPU only wakes when screen content actually changes instead of constantly generating the same image over and over, among other power saving optimizations Intel will be introducing with 22nm chip production. Combined with the power savings from going 22nm, should boost the run times to more acceptable ranges. Not to mention lower system cost and that should start making Ultrabooks more appealing.

More traditional laptops will of course still be available and AMD will likely start offering their own version of Ultrabooks, they just can't call them Ultrabooks, sometime during 2012 when they start pushing their own 28nm ULV solutions.

Schmich
2011-11-02T12:00:39Z

$1000 for barely mediocre performance :/ Size and style really costs. I don't see myself recommending this to anyone who isn't bathing in money.

Dave_HH
2011-11-02T12:32:16Z

Schmich, not sure which review you read but it must not have been ours. This machine offered way better than mediocre performance. In fact, it offered surprisingly good performance for its form-factor especially.

Dave_HH
2011-11-02T12:33:34Z

Yeah, what JDiaz said. :-D

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2011-11-04T22:19:29Z

I have to agree. I mean these aren't supposed to be gaming machines, they're supposed to be general purpose laptops that are marginally powerful and have a slim form factor. I can see people using this to write documents, watch movies, and generally look stylish and the charts in the review shows that; it's hella powerful for what it is.

Also I love your ideas on power saving technology, you should give those ideas to all the major tech companies stat! The self-refreshing screen is something I would love to see that on a laptop in the near future.

realneil
2011-11-05T11:21:22Z

I liked the video, and I like the Zenbook too.

If I had the cash, I would buy it. [:)]

It really DOES look great, and the performance is completely acceptable too.

viv-livefortech
2011-11-08T15:50:27Z

I love this ultrabook, using it now at school, and I can just see some people staring like they want one! XD

SHayes
2011-11-11T14:53:24Z

That looks nice, but I've always felt the need of a bulkier machine to match my bulky self. It would take me months to stop worrying about shattering such a thin unit.

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Still, it is so pretty.

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2011-11-13T09:11:15Z

I wish this was around before I purchased mine! I would have went with this one for sure, better specs... And of course the price of laptops (non-gaming) these days are way better than what I paid for mine!! Sigh!

Mind you it's kind of small, but I always have mine hooked up to a 56" HDTV anyhow :)

Samar
2011-12-12T20:40:55Z

No Bloatware..Gr8. Personally, Wud have preferred a discrete graphics of some sort with a little less SSD. but tht's OKay I guess.