Asus is rolling out a new line of notebooks with Ivy Bridge processors and relatively affordable prices. The Asus X301, X401, and X501 will have 13, 14, and 15 inch displays, respectively, and they could hit the streets later this year for around $400 and up.
The Asus X401 is thicker than ultrabooks, at nearly 1.1 inches, but a lot cheaper with a suggested retail price of $549 and a probable street price closer to $400. The notebook has a 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 750GB of hard drive space.
Laptop Magazine says that the X401 will also feature fast-resume technology that allows the laptop to resume from sleep in about two seconds even though it has a hard drive instead of a solid state disk like the ones found in most ultrabooks.
While the 13 inch Asus X301 isn’t at Computex, you can find details about the smaller model at Chinese site Zol.
The laptop has a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 500GB hard drive, and an unspecified Intel Ivy Bridge processor. It weighs about 4.2 pounds, which makes it a bit hefty by ultrabook standards… but that’s part of the reason this isn’t an ultrabook.