The Asus UX21 is a new ultraportable laptop from Asus that’s easy to pass off as yet another MacBook Air clone. It’s ridiculously thin at the front, and not all that much thicker in the back where the battery and other electronics hang out. But while final pricing hasn’t been released, Asus has said the UX21 will sell for under $1000, which is where MacBook Air prices begin.
I got a chance to spend a few minutes with the Asus UX21 the other night. It’s one thing to read that it weighs 2.4 pounds and measures 0.12 inches at its thinnest point and 0.67 inches at its thickets, but it’s another thing to hold it in your hands and feel just how light a laptop with an aluminum case, full sized keyboard, large touchpad, and a reasonably spacious 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display can be.
Overall I came away quite impressed with the design and build quality. We’ll have to wait until review units are available until we have anything to say about performance though. The laptop will feature a solid state disk and an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor.