Asus to launch its Ultrabook notebooks Wednesday

On Monday, Acer announced it would launch its first ultrabooks. Today, as Engadget reports, Asus joined the Ultrabook party with an event in New York City that officially revealed that its first Ultrabook-based notebooks will be made available for sale starting on Wednesday. Pricing for the notebooks, which will be sold under the Zenbooks branding, will begin at $999.

There will be a number of different models and configurations for the Asus Zenbook line up with the top price set at $1,449. The UX21 will be a 11.6 inch notebook that will weight just 2.4 pounds and will have either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor from Intel. It will also come with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB solid state drive. Look for the UX21 to have a battery life of about five hours of continuous use. The larger UX31 model will have a 13.3 inch screen, weigh 2.9 pounds, contain 4 GB of RAM and will have support for up to 256 GB  of space for its solid state hard drive. It will also come in either Core i5 or Core i7 processor flavors and will have a battery life of seven continuous hours of use. All of the models will have USB 2.0 ports and 3.0 too.

As we reported earlier this week, more notebooks that will use Intel's Ultrabook concept design are in the works from makers such as Toshiba, Lenovo and others.

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Epic0range said,
Not sure if I want one of these or a 13in Air.

There's at least 2 major differences you'd notice right away between the two computers.
The Asus has a 1600x900 resolution vs 1440x900 on the Air.
The Air has a backlit keyboard whereas the Asus doesn't.

TokiToki said,

There's at least 2 major differences you'd notice right away between the two computers.
The Asus has a 1600x900 resolution vs 1440x900 on the Air.
The Air has a backlit keyboard whereas the Asus doesn't.

That 1600x900 might be the tipping point for me then. If they are evenly priced for the same spec otherwise I'll be getting the ASUS

FMH said,
I don't see a trackpad in the picture above. Has it been "camoflauged", to give it a neat look?

If you look closely to the space bar, you can see the top of the trackpad...

FMH said,
I don't see a trackpad in the picture above. Has it been "camoflauged", to give it a neat look?
its quite flush, which honestly i don't like since it requires me to look down to get oriented with the touch pad

Can't wait for these babies. My Thinkpad T410s now is about 3.9lbs which is pretty light but a 2.9lbs 13.3" LCD might be perfect

Arceles said,
Let's not forget integrated Intel (r) graphics. I just love my overclocked 6750m

Well, Ultrabooks are being pushed by Intel, to compete with the MacBook Air, which runs on Intel graphics as well. For people in need of better graphics, I think they should look at other options for laptops...