Cracking Open the Asus Zenbook UX21 ultrabook

Asus Zenbook UX21 teardown

In late 2011, Asus launched their Zenbook series of Ultrabooks. These super-thin notebooks, offer more processing power than netbooks, but weigh less than traditional laptops.

They are designed to be a Windows alternative to Apple's MacBook Air. Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, Asus, and Toshiba are all jumping on the Ultrabook bandwagon (thanks in part to a significant push from Intel).

As of this writing, the Zenbook is available in 11-inch (UX21) and 13-inch (UX31) models and a variety of hardware configurations. Follow along as I crack open the 11-inch Asus Zenbook UX21.

For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, Zenbook teardown: Blatant copy of MacBook Air.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...