The trend of Ultrabooks is catching on. Lightweight, ultra thin, super portable, technically strong, performance efficient, and trendy – these are the main reasons for its fame. It all started with an Intel initiative to build platform powered with low voltage processors, and has become a trending product category for all computer makers. Initially the pricing for Ultrabooks was expected to be quite over $1,000, but a $300 million investment by Intel in an Ultrabook fund, saved the costs and brought it under $1,000. At present, an estimated price range for Ultrabook varies between $799 and $1999.
ASUS displayed its first Ultrabook in May this year, at Computex 2011. Now it has been disclosed that ASUS UX series Ultrabooks are going to be released for retail sale by October. However,the first in the series, ASUS UX21 Ultrabook slated to be released in September, shall be made available any day now.
Powered by Intel Sandy Bridge technology, and providing options to choose among Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, ASUS UX21 Ultrabook appears promising. It has integrated an ASUS proprietary SSD III (solid state drive), that will ensure fast boot-up and minimized power consumption. There are mini ports for HDMI and USB 3.0 support. UX21 Ultrabook has an 11.6-inch screen display and it is less than 3 mm in diameter. The well-built sleek aluminum body weighs only 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs). The product gives a tough competition to Apple Macbook Air, with its rich features and a superb design. It comes with a glass-touchpad and a metal keyboard. ASUS UX21 Ultrabook can resume from sleep within two seconds and can stay in the hibernation state for a week.
With such latest features in the much talked about lightweight genre of notebooks, the debutant Ultrabook ASUS UX21 is expected to be priced under $999. Meanwhile, everyone would already be waiting to get a hands-on experience with the machine.