October 18, 2011 1:12 am

ASUS reveals ZENBOOK ultra-portable laptop

By / Senior Program Manager, Windows Insider Program

Last week in New York, ASUS unveiled the ZENBOOK ultra-portable PC. The ZENBOOK represents collaboration between ASUS and Intel on a category of stylish and thin PCs called Ultrabooks introduced by Intel.

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The ASUS ZENBOOK features a super-thin design at a thickness of only 0.11” at the front and 0.67” at the back. The top-side of the ZENBOOK has a silver panel with a “concentric” circle design (see below shot) that is designed to refract a halo of light.

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The ZENBOOK also packs quite the performance. It comes packing a 2nd generation Intel Core processor, a SATA 3 SSD hard drive, Bluetooth (V4), and USB 3.0. There is also a special USB 3.0 port that can recharge portable devices pretty quickly – ASUS says at a fraction of time they would normally take to charge. With so much awesomeness inside such a thin PC, the inner-geek in me wonders how ASUS was able to keep everything from getting really hot. ASUS says their engineers created custom cooling technology for the ZENBOOK that uses a V-shaped channel with a copper fin design that helps with airflow to keep everything cool. The ZENBOOK has comes equipped with ASUS’s SonicMaster technology for a “wide sonic spectrum” of surround sound. I assume that means audio will sound excellent from this PC! And the ZENBOOK also uses ASUS’s Super Hybrid Engine II technology for good battery life.

The ZENBOOK will be available starting this week in North America, prices starting at $999. To find out where to buy, click here.