Asus が薄型ノート ZENBOOK UX21 / UX 31 の発売イベントを米国で開催しました。Asus Zenbook はインテルが提唱する新世代ノート Ultrabook の第一世代にあたる製品。Computex のインテル Ultrabook 発表講演で初披露され、先日の CEATEC 2011 では東芝 dynabook R630 や Acer Aspire S3、レノボ U300s などと共にインテルブースで一同に会していました。ニューヨークのイベントでは、Asus の施崇棠 (Jonney Shih) 会長みずからUX21を掲げてプレゼンし、ブランド名 " Zenbook " と米国で12日からの販売を発表しています。

主な仕様は UX21 が 11.6インチ 1366 x 768 ディスプレイ、Core i5 2467M または Core i7 2677Mプロセッサ、4GB RAM、128GB SSD (SATA 3.0)。無線は 802.11b/g/n WiFi とBluetooth 4.0。インターフェース類は USB 3.0 x1、USB 2.0 x1、ヘッドホン / マイク端子、microHDMI、ミニVGA、30万画素カメラなど。AsusとBang & Olfusen ICEpower の共同開発による音質向上技術 SonicMaster を導入したオーディオとステレオスピーカーも売りのひとつです。サイズは最厚部 約17mm ~ 最薄部 約2.8mm、重量 約1.1kg。バッテリーは5+ 時間、スタンバイで7日間。

UX31はディスプレイが13.3インチ 1600 x 900。13型のウルトラブックでは1366 x 768 が主流のところ、UX31はMacBook Air の大きい方 (1440 x 900) よりもやや高解像度です。プロセッサはCore i5 2557M または 2677M、メモリ4GBは UX21と共通、ストレージは256GB SSD。UX21にないSDカードスロットも搭載します。バッテリーはやや長く7+ 時間駆動 / スタンバイ 最大10日。厚さは最厚部がやや厚くなり約18mm、重量 約1.3kg。

筐体にはアルミ合金を採用し、メタルキーボードとガラス製の広いトラックパッドを備えます。先行したウルトラブックともいえる MacBook Air と比較すれば、デザインは Air が丸みを帯びているのに対して、Zenbook は全体にシャープな鋭角クサビ型。背面のスピン仕上げが特徴的です。Zenbookの米国価格は 11.6型 UX21が999ドルから、UX31は1099ドル~最上位で1449ドル。続きには発表文と、9月のIDFからUX21 / UX31の比較動画を掲載しています。




ASUS Unveils the ZENBOOK™
Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the latest in Ultrabook technology and design with the ASUS ZENBOOK™ that features a perfect blend of elegance and power


Manhattan, New York (October 11, 2011) ― ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the long-anticipated ZENBOOK™ that fuses masterpiece design and incredible performance at a global launch event in New York along with Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing Group, Tom Kilroy. The "Ultra Era" event opened with a vivid, yet tranquil dance to Moon Water featuring a performance artist from the internationally renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. The performance set the tone of the event, to display that the ASUS ZENBOOK™ is designed to be effortlessly enjoyable without compromising on performance. It exudes the perfect balance of elegance and power in an Ultrabook.

Mr. Shih then introduced four key incredible principles that guided ASUS' development team during the ZENBOOK™ design phase.

Pure Design – Art melds seamlessly with technology upon viewing the ASUS ZENBOOK™. The silver exterior panel features a concentric circle design that refracts a halo of light that excites the senses. With a thickness of 0.11" at the front and 0.67" at the rear, the ZENBOOK™ UX21 exterior lines are sleek, making it the thinnest Ultrabook on the market and perfect for users constantly on-the-go, in the classroom or relaxing at home.

Unrivalled Performance – The ZENBOOK™ is designed with an instant-on feature that resumes the system in about 2 seconds* and features incredible standby times up to ten days*, which is four times more than the industry standard. Although svelte and sleek, the ZENBOOK™ packs an impressive and uncompromising list of technological breakthroughs. It uses the latest Intel® 2nd generation Core™ processors (optimized for mobile use), SATA Revision 3.0 solid state storage (SSD), Bluetooth™ V4.0 and USB 3.0. ASUS has also added USB Charger+ technology, which uses the powered USB 3.0 port to recharge portable devices in a fraction of the time it would normally take. To accommodate all of these technologies, ASUS engineers designed custom cooling technology using a V-shaped channel with a unique copper fin design for improved airflow and cooling. When battery life dips below 5 percent, the ZENBOOK™ will automatically save files in progress to prevent data loss.

Incredibly Green - The ZENBOOK™ provides its users a peace of mind in knowing that they are consuming less energy. It utilizes ASUS' patented Super Hybrid Engine II technology, which intelligently conserves battery life and allows the ZENBOOK™ to have up to 25% more battery life* than other Ultrabook designs.

Transcending Audio - Recognizing that an Ultrabook is not only a tool for work, but also for entertainment, each ZENBOOK™ is equipped with ASUS SonicMaster technology, an optimized fusion of hardware and software developed by the ASUS Golden Ear team and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®. SonicMaster provides a wide sonic spectrum surround sound that can fill a room with smooth jazz or the tranquil sound of a mountain stream.

Leading Technology Partnership - Intel's Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing Group, Tom Kilroy, expressed his excitement that Intel contributed the incredible processor technology for ASUS's groundbreaking masterpiece.

"Today's introduction of ASUS ZENBOOK™ is a vivid proof that Ultrabooks are ushering in a fundamental transformation of personal computing," said Mr. Kilroy. "In the few months since Intel first unveiled this new type of device, ASUS has delivered an amazingly light design powered by the visibly smart performance of the second generation Intel Core i7 and Core i5 processors. It's packed with the security, responsiveness, and other exciting features, that deliver on the promise of the Ultrabook, to offer the most complete and satisfying computing experience."

The ZENBOOK™ will be available for order in North America starting on Oct. 12, with prices starting at $999 (suggested MSRP).