The Asus X501A looks like an enlarged Ultrabook. And with its slim profile and weight of just under 2.1kg, it just about qualifies as one. But its price (just under £300 at PC World) and the lack of an SSD means that it can’t be called so (although nothing prevents you from adding one).
The laptop runs on an Intel Core i3-2310M processor, which is based on Sandy Bridge, clocked at 2.1GHz, with 3MB cache and an Intel HD3000 graphics subsystem which powers a 15.6in LED backlit display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution.
Other features include two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5400RPM, 4GB of RAM, a distinct lack of optical drive, a full size keyboard with a numeric keypad, both VGA and HDMI ports, Windows 7 Home Premium, an Ethernet port, a webcam, a six-cell battery and Altec Lansing Speakers.
Interestingly enough, Asus has introduced an 'Instant On' technology, which it says will allow the laptop to resume from standby in only two seconds.
Other Asus-only features include the Sonicmaster Lite audio technology, as well as Ice Cool technology to keep the palm rest comfortable.