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Asus Zenbook Prime and ThinkPad X1 Carbon

My Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A arrives Monday. Here are some specs:

- Ultrabook, 2.8 pounds
- 13.3" IPS 1080p screen
- i5 Ivy Bridge CPU
- 128GB SSD
- 4GB DDR3
- 2xUSB 3.0 parts (charging)
- 1xMicro-HDMI
- Wi-Di built-in (project to your TV)
- Backlit keyboard
- ~6 hr battery

I got it for $949 from Amazon when they had it on sale a couple weeks ago. It has been backordered and finally shipped Friday.

I was having a hard time deciding between this Asus and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. But in the end, the Asus has the superior display and was also substantially less expensive. As much as I love ThinkPad's and highly recommend them, I just couldn't do it. If the X1 Carbon had an IPS display then I would have gone for it.

Here are reviews of both:
A good Ultrabook, a great screen: the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A review | Ars Technica

A worthy Ultrabook appears: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon reviewed | Ars Technica

Does anyone else have a Zenbook Prime or X1 Carbon?

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I should have mentioned my primary goal was mobility (light weight), not powerhouse specs. I will probably be selling my Transformer Prime + Dock and this will replace it.

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Nice, I used to like the thinkpads myself, but every single one had the monitor go out on them. Recently switched to ASUS (fist one bought was about 2 years ago maybe more), and so far I'll never go back. Always liked their desktop parts, and their laptops seem to be just as good.

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My Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A arrives Monday. Here are some specs:

- Ultrabook, 2.8 pounds
- 13.3" IPS 1080p screen
- i5 Ivy Bridge CPU
- 128GB SSD
- 4GB DDR3
- 2xUSB 3.0 parts (charging)
- 1xMicro-HDMI
- Wi-Di built-in (project to your TV)
- Backlit keyboard
- ~6 hr battery

I got it for $949 from Amazon when they had it on sale a couple weeks ago. It has been backordered and finally shipped Friday.

I was having a hard time deciding between this Asus and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. But in the end, the Asus has the superior display and was also substantially less expensive. As much as I love ThinkPad's and highly recommend them, I just couldn't do it. If the X1 Carbon had an IPS display then I would have gone for it.

Here are reviews of both:
A good Ultrabook, a great screen: the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A review | Ars Technica

A worthy Ultrabook appears: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon reviewed | Ars Technica

Does anyone else have a Zenbook Prime or X1 Carbon?

Mike

Hi Mike,

My X1 Carbon arrived last Wednesday. It was 950 in the base configuration (4GB, 128 SSD). It's a replacement for my Samsung Series 9 13".

So far I'm very happy with it. I like the bigger screen, the keyboard is superb, and it seems extremely solid and well thought out - the Samsung had some design decisions more concerned with style than with functionality and durability.
I like the fact that it has a duplicate mouse system, in case the trackpad acts up.

I thought I would miss the Samsung screen, but the Lenovo is very good, and I don't miss it at all. The extra 0.7" makes more of a difference than I would have thought. And I really like the fact that it opens up far more, since I often have to work lying down because of my back.

I considered the Asus, but thought the higher res but smaller screen would be too hard for my eyes when reading or writing. I also wanted a good keyboard, and the Asus wasn't as good as my Series 9, never mind the Lenovo.

I also considered the new 15" Series 9, but they have changed the keyboard for the worse. It's also heavier, and substantially more expensive.

The Samsung's micro HDMI got temperamental fairly quickly, so I'm happy the Lenovo has the (seemingly) more robust mini DisplayPort.

Hope you enjoy the Asus, Mike!

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Just got the Asus Zenbook UX31E for a steal from a sale in the microsoft online store and the discover cashback site, it's absolutely fantastic in every way, and the screen is simply brilliant, loving it. I think Ultrabooks have most of the benefits of tablets, with much more power/potential/usability. Would make a great backup/traveling trading station too.

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ASUS UX32 for me, 24GB SSD and 500GB 5400RPM, very happy with it, very nice screen, fast i7, very good.

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