ASUS just unveiled its 2011 UX Series, which looks a lot like a MacBook Air:


The new UX comes with a 6Gbps SATA SSD, although ASUS didn’t reveal the manufacturer of the drive or the controller inside. The SSD enables what ASUS promises will be a 2 second wake time on the notebook, a trend that you’ll hear more about later this week.



With the lid shut the new UX will last for up to 7 days in sleep mode. 


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  • B3an - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Any news on what display tech this has? Not more TN shite?
  • CurseTheSky - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    I'd be willing to bet this thing will have a 11.6, 12.1, or 13.3", 1366x768, glossy, TN panel display. If it's anything like the UL series I had from Asus previously, it'll be a fairly disappointing display too (viewing angles were atrocious, even for a TN panel).

    Still, if that happens to be the only down side to this notebook, I'll be in line to buy it. For me, it's going to come down to a few things:
    - Battery life MUST be good. Hibernate battery life is great, but if I'm not going to use the notebook for days at a time, I'm just going to shut it off anyway. Give me 7+ hours of real-world battery life during light to moderate usage and I'll be happy.
    - Build quality must be good. Aluminum unibody sounds great, but if there are still gaps and seams around the touch pad or display, or any plastic panels at all, it's going to take a lot away from my opinion of the notebook.
    - WiFi needs to work, period. There were a lot of complaints about WiFi problems with the UL series; I hope those have been resolved.
    - Connectivity needs to be at least as good as an average notebook. Give me (at the minimum) 2x USB ports (USB 3.0 would be awesome), HDMI and / or mini DisplayPort out, WiFi B/G/N, Bluetooth, and internal configuration options like WLAN. The absence of Bluetooth on the UL series makes me wary.

    Overall, this could shape up to be a very interesting notebook. I just hope they do everything right - and if so, this will most likely be my next purchase.
  • Goi - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    According to Sandisk's U100 press release, the UX series uses their U100 SSDs.

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