The long awaited Asus ultrabooks, now officially called Zenbooks, have arrived on the US market.
Currently, there are five models in the ultra-thin Zenbook series. Two of them are the 11.6-inch UX21E-DH52 and UX21E-DH71, while remaining three models are 13.3 inchers: UX31E-DH52, UX31E-DH53, and UX31E-DH72.
Besides the screen size, the main differences between the UX21E and UX31E series is display resolution, dimensions, weight, and battery life. The smaller 0.11- to 0.67-inch thin models have 1366×768 screens and weigh 2.43 pounds, while the larger 2.86-pound ones have 0.11″ to 0.71″ profiles and 1600×900 resolution. The former have a battery life of more than five hours and up to 7 days in stand by mode, while the latter can run more than 7 hours on a single charge and stay in sleep up to 10 days.
Another difference is a lack of an SD card slot in the UX21, which is present in the UX31.
CPU choices range from the Intel Core i5-2467M, over the i5-2557M, to the top of the line i7-2677M. Storage space is SSD-based and provides a capacity of 128GB or 256GB, depending on model.
Here’s a specs comparison table for the Asus Zenbooks:
|Screen||11.6″ 1366 x 768||13.3″ 1600 x 900|
|Graphics||Intel HD integrated|
|Battery||35Whr; more than 5 hours; up to 7 days stand by||50Whr; more than 7 hours; up to 10 days stand by|
|USB||1xUSB 2.0 & 1xUSB 3.0|
|Video out||micro HDMI & micro VGA|
|SD card reader||No||Yes|
|Audio||Stereo speakers; Bang and Olufsen Ice Power|
|Webcam||0.3-megapixel||Connectivity||Wi-Fi & Bluetooth|
|OS||Windows 7 Home Premium 64|
|Dimensions||11.7″ (W) x 7.7″ (D) x 0.11″-0.67″(H)||12.8″ (W) x 8.8″ (D) x 0.11″-0.71″ (H)|
|Weight||2.43 pounds||2.86 pounds|
Asus Zenbooks are made of “spun metal and hairline aluminum” and feature fast wake up from sleep mode of only 2 seconds. With their ability to stay in stand by mode for seven to ten days, the Zenbooks can enable users to avoid system shut downs and boot ups.
As you can see in the table above, the starting price is $999, $100 more than the 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S3-951-6646.
With all Zenbook models, Asus bundles carrying cases.
Here’s a video comparison the two: