The Asus Zenbook UX31E is an excellent-looking Windows Ultrabook laptop that matches the MacBook Air step for step with an even better price. Fans of great audio, high-resolution screens and lots of ports will be happy; keyboard/touch pad aficionados will be disappointed.
Asus made an ultrabook that's just about as thin and stylish as a MacBook Air, but manages to be less expensive. Could that make it the perfect Apple-alternative Windows laptop? The Zenbook gets awfully close.
The two new Ultrabook models are the 11.6-inch UX21 and the 13.3-inch UX31, both part of the Zenbook series.
In the last couple of months new ultrabooks have debuted at prices lower than expected. That makes them worth a look.
The sleek, unibody Asus Zenbook takes on Apple's attractive metal Air, and does so at a lower price.
If you ignore the ultrabook branding and instead think of this as a somewhat slim midsize, mainstream laptop, the 14-inch Samsung Series 5 is a fine example of the form.
Samsung's finally made an affordable ultrabook, and the 13-inch Series 5 Ultra is a well-priced and far slimmer product than its 14-inch cousin. Still, it's not a runaway bargain, and it feels like corners have been cut in adapting it from the stellar Series 9's design. You also might want to wait a few weeks for Intel's latest processors to arrive.
With some new 2012 models getting great reviews, the ultrabook competition is heating up.
Dell packs a 13-inch display into a very small footprint in the XPS 13 ultrabook, making it one of the few slim laptops that actually top the MacBook Air in some areas.
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The latest Samsung Series 9 goes extra-big, and the gamble pays off with the most portable and comfortable 15-incher you're likely to find. However, its high price and lack of higher-end features don't make it the best value.