Asus has unveiled its entry to the Ultrabook market with the
Zenbook, which will go on sale on 21 October with prices starting at £849.
Attempting to differentiate themselves from the rest of the
Ultrabook entrants (namely Acer, Toshiba and Lenovo) Asus has given its entry a new name and unveiled two
versions of the Zenbook, the 11.6in UX21 and the 13.3in UX31.
We’ve already had some hands-on time with these machines and
they are seriously impressive pieces of kit. The 11.6in UX21 will go on sale
for £849 while the larger UX31 will cost you £999 when it arrives on shelves on
21 October, making it the first Ultrabook to go on sale in the UK.
For your £849 the UX21 Zenbook will include the latest Core i5
processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1366 x 768 display, integrated Bang & Olufsen speakers, 128GB
SSD, a promised battery life of five hours and standby time of one week.
The UX21 will weigh in at 1.1kg, and come with a mini HDMI
port, mini Display
Port, one USB 2.0 port
and one USB 3.0 port. It will measure just 3mm at the thinnest point expanding
out to 17mm at its thickest.
The larger UX31 will come with similar specs but will
include a Core i7 processor, a 1600 x 900 panel and promises over seven hours
battery life with a standby time of two weeks.
Asus were playing up the “balance” aspect of the new laptops
at the launch last night and Intel announced that when the new Ivy Bridge
processors and Windows 8 arrive, so will touch screens on Ultrabooks – which
they hope will give you the best of all worlds, though we’re yet to be
Intel also told us that despite Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba
being rather reticent about announcing release dates for their Ultrabook, it is
hoping that all models will hit the shelves in the next two weeks.
We will be bringing you a full review of the Zenbook very
soon but for now, let us know in the comments what you thinks of the Asus Zenbook.