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Asus Zenbook UX21E

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Overall 7

Asus Zenbook UX21E-DH52

PC Magazine
14 January 2012
  • Conclusion: A mix of ultrabook and ultraportable, the Asus Zenbook UX21E-DH52 is a formidable challenger to the 11-inch MacBook Air.
  • Pros: Marvelously thin and light. Bright screen. Nifty AC adapter. VGA and Ethernet dongles and case included.
  • Cons: Stiff, non-backlit keyboard. Reflective screen. No memory-card slot. Lethal power button position.
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Asus Zenbook UX21 Ultrabook, The New Thin

22 November 2011
  • Excerpt: 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.
  • Pros: Gorgeous good looks, Exceptional build quality, Light as a 2.4lb feather, Top-shelf ultra-low power components, Solid battery life, Great performance
  • Cons: No DVI or HDMI output, No backlit keyboard, Key cap travel is a bit shallow, takes getting use to
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Overall 8

Expert Review

7 November 2011
  • Conclusion: If it's time to trade in an old clunker, we're confident that you'll find the ZenBook UX21E a worthy replacement. It's fast, attractive, and light, and it has most of the latest and greatest technology in a laptop of its type. But then again, it might be worth waiting just a little longer to see what some of the other soon-to-be-released ultrabooks have to offer—especially if you're very discriminating about your laptop's screen and keyboard.
  • Pros: Highly portable, Strong and fast performance, Gorgeous polished-aluminum case, Superb audio system
  • Cons: No memory-card slots, Keyboard a little shallow, and lacks backlighting, Slightly less-than-vivid color reproduction
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ASUS Zenbook (UX21) Review

22 October 2011
  • Conclusion: Given the lack of any Intel-specific Ultrabook software I'm hesitant to even call this thing an Ultrabook. There's also the fact that, at least in the case of Intel Rapid Start Technology, being more of an Ultrabook in that sense would've been a step back in performance. In fact, I see no real reason to use that brand at all—which is likely why ASUS ended up calling it a Zenbook to begin with. So how well did ASUS do with its first Ultrabook...er Zenbook?
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ASUS UX21 – A Few (Critical) Mistakes from Great

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25 January 2012
  • Excerpt: It was all looking so good. The feel of cold, smooth, brushed aluminum. The solidity of a thin form factor. Beautifully sleek design. Keys painted to match the brushed aluminum chassis. A large clickable trackpad. Good build tolerances all around. Sub-2.5lb weight.
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Overall 8

Asus ZenBook UX21 review

18 January 2012
  • Conclusion: Currently the smallest ultrabook available, the Asus ZenBook UX21 isn't perfect, but it’s the only viable alternative to an 11in MacBook Air
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Expert Review

27 November 2011
  • Excerpt: As soon as some time passes without ASUS giving their competition a “homework”, we can safely expect an avalanche of exclusive products. This time it's the new motherboard which will make most of over... The best motherboard doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that has the most of everything, simply because some of us don’t use a great number of capabilities that a device has. True, we would all pr...
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Overall 6

Asus ZenBook UX21

21 November 2011
  • Summary: For so much promise, the ZenBook UX21 falls tragically short at one of the most important factors: human interaction. The touch pad, screen and keyboard make this one product you'll want to pass by — no matter how pretty it is.
  • Pros: Extremely pretty, likely to be a subject of envy amongst colleagues and friends alike, SandForce SSD drive screams, Sound is great for the form factor, All the way up to Core i7 performance
  • Cons: Poor keyboard drops letters frequently, Erratic touch pad, Screen has very shallow vertical viewing angles, Rear of the notebook gets very hot under load
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Asus Zenbook UX21

TechRadar UK
17 November 2011
  • Excerpt: The Asus Zenbook UX21 is the first 11-inch ultrabook to hit the shelves, joining the likes of the Acer Aspire S3 and its bigger brother, the Asus Zenbook UX31 .
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Overall 9

Asus Zenbook UX21 review Review

19 October 2011
  • Summary: The Asus Zenbook UX21 is not only slim, light and attractive but also offers fantastic performance for a very reasonable price. It's very difficult to find much wrong with it.
  • Pros: Slim and light design, Sturdy construction, Great performance, Relatively low price
  • Cons: Different configurations not available, Keyboard is not always easy to type on
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