Asus Zenbook UX21E Hands-On Video Demo

Asus Zenbook UX21E Hands-On Video Demo

We're fortunate enough to get hands-on time with some pretty sexy hardware here at HH and we're not going to make any apologies for using the "s word" as it relates to this hot new notebook from Asus. Though some industry pundits might take issue with us describing this machine as "sexy," you'd have to agree this 12-inch slice of aluminum and cutting-edge technology is pretty damn sleek and pretty.

The Asus Zenbook UX21E is a new ultra-slim notebook by Asus, that fits into the new "Ultrabook" class of machines, to use a term coined by Intel. The Zenbook UX21E is an incredible 3mm thick at the front and 9mm at the rear and has spun metal and hairline aluminum for a strikingly sleek appearance. It's also built with Intel's new low-power Sandy Bridge Core i7 2677M mobile dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, a 128GB SATA 3 SSD and an 11.6-inch LCD with a native resolution of 1366X768. 

We go hands-on in this video review but stay tuned in the days ahead for the full review.


Asus Zenbook UX21E-DH71
Specifications & Features
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 2677M Processor
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit
Chipset Intel® QS67 Express Chipset
Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 MHz DRAM
Display 11.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768) LED Backlight
Storage SATA3 - 128GB SSD
Networking Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0
Interface 1 x Headphone-out jack (Audio-in Combo)
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Mini VGA
Battery 35 Whrs Polymer Battery
Power Adapter Output: 19 V DC, 2.37 A, 45 W
Input: 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions 3mm at the front and 9mm at the rear
29.9 x 19.6 x 0.3 ~1.7 cm (WxDxH)
Weight 1.1 kg (2.43 lbs.)
Manufacturer Warranty 2-year limited global hardware warranty. *different by country
1-year battery pack warranty
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver updates)
OS (Windows 7 ) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software support
Pricing: $1199 as tested

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Dave I have to agree, sexy is probably the best term to describe this ultrabook. Do we have a price tag on this bad boy? I really want to go play around with this in person.

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$1199 as tested, Drake.

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Wow, I skipped right over that....thanks!

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That machine is super hot. I agree with your use of sexy to describe this machine :P

It would be cool to see these in classrooms :)

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"I think the Zenbook is adorable, plenty of horse power under the hood, and not under powered like the CULV's from previous generations. I actually counted about 18 seconds,but who cares, pretty quick though."

"ROFL @Dave, Mar-Vel Vengers?? LOL. Best scene though from the trailer, hilarious. And Dave, unboxings are not corny, they are cool, more please."

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I said "Avengers," you wise-a$$! :) I did say Mar-Vel though, it was subliminal from my electronics experience. I was thinking Ethernet NICs, SSD controllers and such. LOL

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Dave_HH:
I said "Avengers," you wise-a$! :)

"Hahaha, I challenged that call, The Instant Replay revealed it was Vengers, sorry Dave. "

Dave_HH:
I did say Mar-Vel though, it was subliminal from my electronics experience. I was thinking Ethernet NICs, SSD controllers and such. LOL

"I was thinking the same thing, lol."

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Wheatley:
"Hahaha, I challenged that call, The Instant Replay revealed it was Vengers, sorry Dave. "

Instant Replay x10. He did say Avengers; only the a was slightly subdued while the Vengers was not. I can record it to an MP3 and link it on the forum for proof.

With that being said, It's certainly interesting that ASUS manages to pack a whole lot of performance within a small machine. I mean an Intel Graphics HD 3000 GPU. Core i7, 4GBs of DDR3 RAM... The fact that it was able to play a trailer from Mar-Vel's aVengers is feat of how much we can do on a thin laptop like that. Though I do agree with it being impossible to open, just imagining trying to feel around for that small duct to pull it open is hard.

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@Taylor Intel HD 3000 not an AMD Radeon no discrete graphics card in this machine. But I agree they are packing quite a bit of power into such a thin machine.

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TaylorKarras:
I mean an AMD Radeon HD 3000 GPU. Core i7, 4GBs of DDR3 RAM..

omegadraco:

@Taylor Intel HD 3000 not an AMD Radeon no discrete graphics card in this machine. But I agree they are packing quite a bit of power into such a thin machine.

"He will probably deny it Like Dave did. "

 

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Omega, correct. It has Intel integrated graphics, specifically their HD Graphics 3000 core. OPT, get over it dude. sheesh...

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omegadraco:

@Taylor Intel HD 3000 not an AMD Radeon no discrete graphics card in this machine. But I agree they are packing quite a bit of power into such a thin machine.

Oh right... Must of misread it (surprised that AMD and Intel have very similar naming scructures...) Corrected.

Also @Wheatley, I wouldn't be affirming that if I was correct; I mean I played it 10x over, I'm very sure he said "Avengers" and I'm willing to bet money on that.

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OptimusPrimeTime:

"I think the Zenbook is adorable, plenty of horse power under the hood, and not under powered like the CULV's from previous generations. I actually counted about 18 seconds,but who cares, pretty quick though."

Interesting follow-up here.  The more I work with the machine, the faster it boots.  With the "Instant On" setting enabled, I'm able to get to a desktop in about 10 - 12 second now, from the time it starts accessing the SSD, not just the starting Windows splash screen.  Pretty impressive actually.

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I love the unboxing Dave keep that up.

That is a great looking piece of equipment with the brushed aluminum looks so elegant.

Asus quality for sure.

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This is such a very well done preview demo of the Asus Zenbook,yeah I dig the unboxing and it some how get it into perspective just how elegant and thin the ultrabook is..Plenty of contrast to see with the box background as well as the carry pouch .somehow got the idea that it is about as thin as a 'common' magazine and flipping up a 3 page cover.Tossing up the cell phone and the dongles also give a great perspective.Anyhow totally dig the grey on grey keyboard theme and the bigger touchpad .

Thought that the boot time was actually a tad  long ,yet reasonable,considering a standard Win default factory install and some unnecessary services may be loading  >> much better than unnecessary useless bloatware  pre-installed. The Asus power saving utility looks good and look forward to seeing more on that in the full review..

On a thin and lighter side [which is apropo for this preview-demo] Thanks Dave for giving us the a count-down ! while ,some may have been pondering screen rez &  the lack of a mobile GPU which it does not have ....others like me were wondering how many eyes &  eses  ol'  MS has.Smile

 

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No way I'd pay that price for a notebook with Intel stock video. It's slow as molasses.

You all should be ashamed for not even showing the GPU in the specs. That is not how a legit hardware review is done.

Geesh...

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stevils:
...You all should be ashamed for not even showing the GPU in the specs. That is not how a legit hardware review is done.

Geesh...

hi stevils welcome to HH Smile

  ya might want to re-read the OP as well as the previous remarks for GPU spec: 

Dave_HH:

... It has Intel integrated graphics, specifically their HD Graphics 3000 core. OPT, get over it dude. sheesh... 

and that this is not the full review of the Zenbook

...but stay tuned in the days ahead for the full review.

oh well...

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stevils:

No way I'd pay that price for a notebook with Intel stock video. It's slow as molasses.

You all should be ashamed for not even showing the GPU in the specs. That is not how a legit hardware review is done.

Geesh...

Not sure if you can't read or can't hear, probably both.  It was listed in the specs on the page of this preview, right here, and I spoke the graphics specs to exacting detail, right down to the clock speed of the Intel graphics core in the video.  No shame here but I think you have anti-Intel blinders on perhaps.

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