The latest trends in laptops now are Ultrabooks, they are thin, light, sexy, last long and are powerful. As a matter of fact, the only area where an Ultrabooks are lacking is in the GPU (graphical processing unit), as all Ultrabooks use Intel's internal Intel HD 3000 GPU. So, today we are going to review one of the best Ultrabooks out there, the Zenbook UX13 Asus laptop. The new Asus laptop is a an answer to Apple's Macbook Air, and the Samsung new 9 Series Ultrabooks. Join us as we delve into the history and features of the Zenbook UX13 Asus laptop, and we will also add some tips and hints along the way as well.
Ultrabooks made their big splash in the year 2010 and have not looked back since, the Macbook Air introduced the trend, with its release of the it's 13 inch version, and since then Samsung made the Samsung 9 series to compete against Apple flagship Air brand. After the two laptop giants had a go at each other for sometime, in court battles, ad campaigns and sales figures, Asus decided it was time to enter the Ultrabook fray in 2011 (late), and they did so with the Zenbook UX13 Asus laptop. The new Asus laptop was designed to knock the Macbook Air of the shelves, as it can match the Macbook Air inch to inch and spec to spec, in most cases, there are a few flaws here and there that still leave the Macbook Air the better laptop. The Zenbook UX13 Asus laptop is the first true Ultrabook by Asus, and as such it is really going to have to prove itself if wants to knock out the premier experience of Apple's Macbook Air and Samsung's Series 9 Ultrabooks.
The selling point of the Zenbook UX13 Asus laptop, is its thin aluminum and steel shell, which is light but sturdy, at least on the outside. It's rather difficult to tell apart the Zenbook and Macbook Air based on looks alone, as the Asus laptop spared no expense in copying the Macbook Air down to the very last detail, they're not identical, but look extremely similar nonetheless. But when it comes to bang for your buck, the Asus laptop has the edge over the Macbook Air in terms of hardware features, as the Asus laptop's screen has a resolution of 1600 x 900, which means it's an HD widescreen. On the sides you will find a single USB 3.0 port, another single USB 2.0 port, memory card readers, a VGA display port, a HDMI port, and the microphone and earphone jacks.
Now we come to the weak point of the Zenbook's design, it keyboard chassis flex to much, it does not feel even remotely as solid as the Macbook Air's. But the Zenbook's island-style chiclet keyboard feels well spaced and reacts well to light typing, keyboard mashers will however, not feel at home. As for the trackpad, it a an almost identical copy of the Air's with a thin line at the bottom to divide the left and right click. It feels rickety and unyielding, sort of like pressing easily breakable glass. On the inside you'll find Intel's 1.7 GHz i5core, Bluetooth 4.0, WI-FI, 4 GB of soldered RAM, 256 GB SSD (solid state drive) and a battery that can last for about 5 hours.
Tips and comments
All in all, if you're not a fan of the Macbook Air, and want a Window based Ultrabook, the $1,000 might just be what you've been looking for.
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