Asus Zenbook UX21E Ultrabook available from £750

It is near impossible not to think about the Apple MacBook Air when we look at the Asus Zenbook UX21E Ultrabook. This is one of the rare 11.6in Ultrabooks on the market and one which is on sale at Expansys for £750.

The device is powered by an Intel, Sandy Bridge based, Core i5-2467M processor clocked at 1.6GHz (turbo boosted to 2.1GHz) with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 controller. There’s 4GB of RAM (non-upgradable), Windows 7 Home premium, a massive 128GB hard disk drive, up to five hours battery life, two year warranty, a webcam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an 11.6in Color Shine display with a 1,366x768 resolution.

The UX21e is a mere 3mm thick at the front and 9mm at the rear with what Asus calls razor thin edges. It boosts a new technology called the Super Hybrid Engine II which allows 2-second resume with two weeks standby time as well as automatic data backup when the battery is down to five per cent.

It weighs only 1.1Kg, which is slightly lighter than my own Toshiba Satellite Z830. The latter is slightly thicker but is cheaper, comes with more RAM and significantly more connection options. Check out the review of its bigger brother, the Zenbook Prime UX32A.