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They're too small to house a battery that big and be aesthetically pleasing. Why is everyone trying to follow Apple's fad ideas lately?

Instead of this they should be pumping out i3-330UM (or higher) 11inchers with 8 hour battery life. I swear the heads of these companies make the dumbest decisions.
I wouldn't say it's dumb at all, at least from their perspectives. They want to make their companies money, people will pay for looks, therefore will overpay for these. Profit.
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I wouldn't say it's dumb at all, at least from their perspectives. They want to make their companies money, people will pay for looks, therefore will overpay for these. Profit.
But who has the money right now to pay this much for something that provides so narrow of benefits? It's like they are living in the sales or production orientated eras of marketing.
     
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If these have good screens (good TN panel with good viewing angles and good color reproduction), a good SSD (am curious to see what brand they are using), good battery life (I think 7 hours is good, depends on the load, though), light (they ARE light, you gotta give em that at the very least), and they are reasonable price compared to competitors (~$1450 retail for the U31 + 256GB SSD).

I mean, I was thinking of getting a Lenovo X220 with the upgraded IPS screen + some extras and buy a Crucial M4 128GB SSD, and that would bring me to ~$1200 with my work discount or one of their email coupon codes.

Yeah, the X220 has 1 hour faster battery life with 6 cell, prolly a better screen (IPS vs most likely TN in the Asus), prolly better keyboard (but not a big deal to me), etc. but the Asus ultrabooks are lighter and thinner, and let's be real here, portability is good. It's not a deal breaker for me, but carrying heavy stuff in your bag sucks after a while...it's not that I can't carry even a 12 pound desktop replacement, it's just that it's annoying.

Anyway, bottom line for me is if I can get what until now I thought was the best portable notebook for me (X220) in a single package (read: no need to buy SSD and upgrade it myself), then I would prolly buy the Asus without much if any regret. Remember, a 256GB SSD is not cheap.

Kind of a rambling post, but yeah, I think these have the potential to be good. Do they copy Apple? Yeah, pretty much, but I like Asus and I think the price is right for the stuff they give you. What we need now is a review and non-MRP prices.

Who knows though...maybe after I read some reviews and check em out at the local BestBuy, I will still wanna get the X220. Either way, if the Asus notebooks are good, I wouldn't mind getting one...I only feel stupid when I'm getting majorly ripped off or when I buy a relatively inferior product or when I get something I realize I didn't need or don't like. I really don't see the bad in these new models...the price? Yeah, you can get cheaper. If you guys can recommend better notebooks than the X220/most likely this, then give em to me. I wanna buy a notebook in a few months.
Edited by Baron_Davis - 10/11/11 at 2:59pm
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They look nice, and I guess thats what the focus is on.
However my old mac book is just the right size for me, and has a nice big battery!
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
They're too small to house a battery that big and be aesthetically pleasing. Why is everyone trying to follow Apple's fad ideas lately?

Instead of this they should be pumping out i3-330UM (or higher) 11inchers with 8 hour battery life. I swear the heads of these companies make the dumbest decisions.
that's unfortunate. i doubt i'd need anymore than an i3 for laptop usage.
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Why is everyone trying to follow Apple's fad ideas lately?
Because not everybody takes to the whole muscle laptop genre. Apple's ideas sell because they look nice. The whole tech industry is built on fads, just like cellphones are fads until they're replaced by something else.
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I like these...price is good. Really like the SSD trend...plz, get rid of HDD's already.

Here's a vid I found just now of the U31:
Guy in the vid doesnt even know what a display port is. He works at a freakin tech site and called it micro vga... idiot

Also this is just my opinion

If lian li or case labs made matte black aluminum laptop cases they would rock the laptop world.
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Besides the lack of a backlit keyboard and having case stickers, the Zenbook is a really great Ultrabook and an excellent competitor for the MacBook Air. I can't say the same thing for the Acer S3 which in my opinion is pretty much a joke. The lid is the only thing made of metal on the outside, has no USB 3.0 ports, only has a 20GB SSD for hibernating (which does nothing for fast booting), poor battery life (thanks to the small 3-cell battery), and most of the ports are on the back except the SD card reader and headphone jack (inconvenient place since you'd have to close the lid or turn the laptop around to use them).
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Guy in the vid doesnt even know what a display port is. He works at a freakin tech site and called it micro vga... idiot

Also this is just my opinion

If lian li or case labs made matte black aluminum laptop cases they would rock the laptop world.
You might want to actually know what your talking about before insulting somebody. If you look on the spec sheet for the Zenbook it's listed as having a Micro HDMI and Mini VGA: link. The guy in the video is actually correct, he just got the Micro and Mini prefixes mixed up (very easy to do). So while it might be similar in shape to a Mini DisplayPort it's actually a Mini VGA (I think the Zenbook might come with an adapter, see Newegg pictures).
Edited by Ben the OCer - 10/17/11 at 12:06pm
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