- Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2557M (1.70 GHz)
- 4 GB Memory 128 GB SSD
- Intel HD Graphics
- 13.3" 1600 x 900
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
- 2 - 2.9 lbs.
You're doing it right, Asus 03/29/2012
-Beautiful design, no screen flex or body flex this Ultrabook is very rigid.
-Li-Poly battery(lighter, and can last longer than typical Li-Ion)
-Great performance, and appearance.
-Good processor speed, nice size SSD.
-Wonderful packaging(safe & secure).
-All metal design for protection, and security.
-Accessories! You get a nice little pouch to carry the laptop in along with a velcro style cable tie, and a little bag for the Adapters.
-Power supply can be easily adapted for other countries with its interchangeable adapters.
Somehow, this design seems to slip under your arm perfectly for carrying around, even versus some slightly thinner, lighter UltraBooks.
Again, with the 2nd generation due in a few months, if you really have something for Ivy Bridge you will want to wait, however it seems that you may only get 100Mhz more speed in the mobile Ivy's, GPU performance is where they will really differ.
-No backlit keyboard!
So, I've read that the 2nd generation of ZenBooks with Ivy Bridge processors will have backlit keyboards. If you are patient enough to wait a few months (unlike me) then you may get one this summer.
-USB adapter needed for Wired LAN connections (this could limit bandwidth in some cases)
I understand why, as a big-ol RJ port would have messed with the nice look of the outside of the laptop case, but if you have any doubt about moving your music collection in minutes over gigabit, remember this.
For starters, this is a simply beautiful machine. From the packaging to the "Tags", ASUS thought of almost everything when building this. When you first open the box (+1 for Newegg and ASUS) the laptop is suspended by all corners by foam, and contained within yet another box for safety. The outside of the laptop is completely free of any branding stickers, which can be a problem for some laptops. I've read that ASUS got approval from both Microsoft and Intel to change the coloring of the tags to a monochrome, and it really adds to the "sleek" look. You will find merely 2 stickers on the inside, and one on the power brick and that is it.
IT does come with some of ASUS' software, such as standby widgets and "performance mode" but these are not very annoying, and of course easy to get rid of if you don't like them. This is fast, has a great screen, is lightweight and gets good battery life. If they manage to get a lit keyboard on this, it will be a total Mac Killer.
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