Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Posted by Michael Knutson in "Asus Laptops & Netbooks" @ 10:00 PM
"The thickest part of this new laptop is 17mm, its entire body is built from an aluminum alloy (weighs 1.1kg / 2.4lb), and the CPUs can be specced as high as Core i7. Anything else you need to know before drooling all over yourself?"
Too late, I've already started to drool. The specs on this system are incredible. Extremely close in size to a MacBook Air, but with (up to) a Core i7 processor, SATA-III SSD at speeds up to 6GB/sec, and USB3. A glass trackpad, reinforced hinges, 7-hour (claimed) battery, and a metal keyboard (backlit?) appear to be standard. An InstantOn feature promises to resume (Windows) in seconds, and the UX21 can hibernate for a full week. Funny, but each successive product announcement blurs the lines between Mac and PC further. At some point I expect it to become like a Volkswagen vs. Audi debate: Identical features for the most part, but different packaging and pricing. Windows or OS X may become no longer important. No information on availability or pricing is currently availability, but in another review, PCMAG's direct question to ASUS was "will the UX21 be less expensive than the MacBook Air?" The answer "was a resounding yes."