The Asus Zenbook launch! Prices, specs, pictures.

Since I have always been on the lookout for a slim, light and powerful laptop, I have been eyeing the MacBook Air, the Acer S3 and the Asus Zenbook for like, forever.
As you know, I was recently appointed as the Acer Aspire S3 Brand Evangelist (post–> HERE) and for the last 3 weeks I have been cheerily carrying a much lighter lappie than my earlier Compaq. The Aspire S3, priced at RM2,599 is a good buy, taking into consideration it’s form factor and it’s specs.

Me – an Acer Aspire S3 Evangelist:P

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However, it doesn’t mean I stopped snooping around. Being an avid techie, I’m still eyeing the Asus Zenbook and lucky me got a first-hand feel at it yesterday.

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Finally! After all those weeks of oogling it on the Asus FB page, I had a chance to carry, type and did a few sample test runs on a Zenbook.
The comparison with my Aspire S3 was inevitable though UNFAIR. Yes, unfair as the 13″ Asus Zenbook is RM4499, and the S3 is RM2699. I believe you get what you pay for.

Still, we did a few naughty comparisons.  :P

Below: Asus Zenbook on the left, Acer Aspire S3 on the right!

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I love my S3 (yes, really.) but the keyboard could do with much much improvement. It can be labelled as “clickety and plastic-ky“, and I find myself always making mistakes while I type. BUT many techie friends told me it’s a matter of getting used to so I’m certain it’s just a matter of time and practice.

Below: Asus Zenbook on the left, Acer Aspire S3 on the right.

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The Acer Aspire S3 keyboard.

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The Asus Zenbook keyboard.

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The exterior.

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Ravishing exterior look made out of spun metal and aluminum. The silver exterior panel features a concentric circle design that refracts a halo of light.

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The Aspire S3 features a aluminum-magnesium alloy exterior.

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The ASUS engineers designed custom cooling technology using a V-shaped channel with a unique copper fin design for improved airflow and cooling.

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Asus Zenbook (left) – thickness of 3mm at the front and9mm at the rear, Aspire S3 (right) at 13mm thick overall.

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The Asus Zenbook.

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The Acer Aspire S3.

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Don’t get the people at Asus started. LOL. They gave me more than enough to compare. Even the HDD, which apparently, for the Zenbook is “hidden” and the Aspire S3 it’s visible from the back.

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Now it’s the touchpad.

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Slim.. but solid.

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As you guys would have known by now, the USB ports ( 2.0) are positioned at the back for the Aspire S3. There are 2 ports, but let’s be honest, you can’t use both simultaneously as it’s side by side. It’s just difficult to plug in 2 peripherals at the same time.

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The Asus Zenbook has one USB (2.0) at one side and another 3.0 USB (yes, 3.0!) on the other side.

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This was another interesting relevation – even the charger is light and small! This looks something like your iPhone charger right?

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Models with the Asus Zenbook.

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Look ma, ONE hand!

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During the opening launch; a quick chat with Stanley, the Country Manager for Asus Malaysia and Intel’s Country Manager Prakash Mallya.

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The 11″ Zenbook with the kid while the big ones carries the 13″.

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One last pic!

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Availability: At authorised dealers and the ASUS roadshow at Low Yat Plaza’s concourse, which starts TODAY (10th Nov) & ends on November 13, 2011.

Specification :

Model

ASUS ZENBOOK™ UX21 (Ultrabook™)

ASUS ZENBOOK™ UX31

(Ultrabook™)

CPU

i5-2467QM (4 core)-2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9)/6M i7-2677QM (4 core)-2.0GHz (Turbo up to 2.9)/6M

Operating system

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium – 64bit

Display

11.6 (16:9)

13.3 (16:9)

Backlight/ Resolution

450 nits HD 1366×768

450 nits HD+ 1600X900

Memory

DDR3 1333MHz 4GB (on board)

Storage

SATA Revision 3.0 128GB SSD

SATA Revision 3.0 256GB SSD

USB Charger+

Yes

Instant on

Always resume in 2 seconds

Keyboard

268 Chiclit KB

Wireless Connectivity

WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth™ V4.0

Battery Life – estimate

35W (5+ hrs)

50W (7+hrs)

Camera

Digital 0.3M Pixel

Audio

ASUS SonicMasterTechnology HD Audio

Speakers

Bang and OlfusenICEpower® Technology

Interface

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)

USB 3.0

1 Port

Dimensions / Weight

3mm at the front, 9mm at the rear

1.1kg

1.3kg

*Product test results, specifications and features may change without prior notice. Check zenbook.asus.com for further details.

Interested to buy one? Drop me a comment here! :P

UPDATE:

Media price:
UX21 – 11″ – (with Intel core-i5 processor) = RM3,060
UX31 – 13″- (with Intel core-i7 processor) = RM4,165

Drop me a comment if you are really interested. SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Please don’t waste my time.

Other ultrabooks reviews/launch:

1. ACER ASPIRE S3
2. Asus Zenbook
3. Lenovo U300S
4. Toshiba Protege Z830

All pictures taken with:
Samsung NX11

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