Wednesday, 09 November 2011 12:53

Asus ZenBook arrives in Australia


The ZenBook, Asus' entry in the burgeoning ultrabook category, goes on sale in Australia tomorrow.

The ZenBook family is priced from $1399 for a 11.6in, 1366 by 768 pixel screen and a Core i5 CPU, to $1999 for a 13.3in 1600 by 900 pixel screen and a Core i7.


All four models include a SATA III SSD (128GB or 256GB), Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth V4.0, 0.3MP webcam, a sleeve, VGA and Ethernet adaptors, an audio subsystem incorporating Bang & Olufsen technology, and one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports. The USB 3.0 port features 'USB Charger+' technology that allows portable devices to be charged ore quickly than usual.

Important ultrabook features include good battery life and quick startup. Asus claims up to 25% longer battery life than other ultrabooks (up to 5 hours for the 11.6in configurations, and up to 7 hours for 13.3in) and standby time of up to two weeks.

System resume time is said to be around two seconds. A useful safety measure is that the ZenBook automatically saves open files when the battery level falls below 5%.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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