Asus Zenbook UX21E-KX004V
SpecificationsNotebook: Asus Zenbook UX21E-KX004V (UX Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1000 euro
Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenbook UX21E-KX004V
Source: PC Pro
For all its faults, it isn’t hard to appreciate the Zenbook UX21’s talents. The mediocre display disappoints, but for a first effort this shows immense potential. Pretty, portable and powerful, it’s as fine an Ultrabook as you’ll find for the money.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 83% performance: 67% features: 67% ergonomy: 67%
Source: Reg Hardware
The Asus Zenbook UX21E is thinner, lighter and much more fun to use than I thought possible for an 11in notebook. Built to last and to impress, it manages to look amazing and cute at the same time. If the viewing angle on the display had been a few degrees wider, I would have rated the computer 90 per cent: I liked it that much. Asus also deserves kudos for including a tough slipcase, a USB-to-Ethernet adapter and a mini VGA-to-VGA adapter in the box, rather than charging for these as optional extras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Computer Active
The Asus Zenbook would be a great laptop for use while travelling due to its good battery life and low weight, but its poorly designed touchpad and keyboard make it frustrating to use. It's not a bad laptop, but better buys are available.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Digital Versus
The UX21E is slightly disappointing. While the MacBook Air 11.6-inch is a bit more expensive, it also has a longer battery life, is more powerful and has a better quality screen, webcam, keyboard and audio section. While the UX31E – 13-3-inch version – is almost on a par with the same-size Air, the same can't be said for the UX21E.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Frankly, we all laughed when we heard Intel’s price targets for ultrabooks. In theory ultrabooks are simply MacBook Air clones manufactured by Intel partners that are not as experienced with ultrathin and light machines as Apple. Well, the UX21E is quite a good machine.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/30/2011
Frankly, we all laughed when we heard Intel’s price targets for ultrabooks. In theory ultrabooks are simply MacBook Air clones manufactured by Intel partners that are not as experienced with ultrathin and light machines as Apple. Well, the UX21E is quite a good machine. It comes with a 128GB SSD drive, it costs €200 more than the flagship 64GB iPad, but it is still a good 150 euro cheaper than a comparable MacBook Air with the same Core i5, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/30/2011
As a piece of modern laptop engineering, the Asus Zenbook UX21 is sublime. Only Apple has previously been able to make something this sleek, light, powerful and desirable, and for those who want to stick with Windows, this moment could not have come soon enough.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/17/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
It wakes from sleep in two seconds and cold-boots in 21, excellent. It even auto-saves documents when battery life falls to 5%. Thrashing the UX21 delivers shutdown after 2hrs 24 mins, buzt sensible usage gives over five hours of battery life. The UX21 costs $1199.99. Its big brother, the 13″ Zenbook UX31, features an i7 processor, but performancewise there’s nothing in it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2011
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/22/2012
Rating: Total score: 64% price: 42% performance: 75% features: 56% display: 93% mobility: 53% ergonomy: 69%
Source: Onlinekosten.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2012
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 87% features: 67% display: 87% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 70%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2011
Rating: performance: 90% features: 30% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
Source: Ocaholic.ch DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Sohoa VN Express VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/15/2011
Source: Komputer for alle DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/19/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Datormagazin SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/25/2012
With the recent announced UX21 and UX31 Ultrabooks, provided by the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus and marketed under the self-created term Zenbook, the already existing UX series moves back to the foreground. In 2009 Asus showed the slim notebook UX50V with energy efficient hardware and a 15-inch display. Today, three years after the first device of this series Asus presents two devices in the Ultrabook-class with 11.6 - and 13.3-inch display. The category Ultrabook itself was launched by Intel to the fire up the market of the top dog Apple with its MacBook Air 11 and MacBook Air 13.
Significant milestones for this project are a sleek design, fast and energy-saving hardware as well as a decent battery lifetime. Asus uses a alloy-chassis, a solid state drive and a lithium-polymer battery, which is integrated. In the first reviews for the two new devices the available ports, the bright screen and the minimalistic background noises in idle-usage models are highlighted. Disadvantages are the reflective surface of the display and the missing option to expand the integrated hardware.
Asus offers the Zenbook UX21 (11.6 inches) and the UX31 with the larger 13.3-inch screen from 999 € (MSRP) upwards. In regard to other devices you’ll see that Asus only sell premium devices at the moment. Acer offers the Aspire S3 Ultrabook already from 799 € (MSRP) upwards. But in comparison the devices from Asus get a better result in the most reviews out there.
Intel HD Graphics 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
2467M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.6-2.3 GHz due to Turbo boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1150 MHz and a DDR3-1333 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
71.8%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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