CPU: Intel Core i5-3317U
Storage: 128 GB SSD
Graphics: Intel HD 4000
Screen: IPS, 1920 x 1080 HD (The view angle is awesome, maybe too awesome, when it comes to privacy)
Operating System: Ships with Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Formated the drive and replaced with Windows 8 release preview.
RAM and SSD (even the battery) are all integrated directly into the machine. Upgrading or changing defective parts is near impossible. I don’t mind since I bought it knowing that, and these are the specs I know I will need. Asus warranties are also very good, and since I purchased it through my work which resells a lot of Asus I’d probably get warranties done even quicker than usual.
Using Windows 7 drivers on windows 8, but that will be corrected when windows 8 nears commercial availability. Performance might improve even more at that point.
Total cost: 1,191.93$ CAD (somewhere around 1,030 without tax & shipping, better than newegg or amazon, which don’t even ship this product to Quebec yet).
I’ve only had it for two days now but so far I really enjoy it. A full battery charge lasted me all day at work.
With Windows 8 the total boot up time is about 12 seconds from pushing the power button for a cold boot, up until the login screen. Waking up from sleep/hibernation is instant, although it boots up so quickly I just shut it down if I don’t plan to use it for more than a half hour.
I have not and will not test it for intensive applications or gaming, I didn’t get this laptop for that.
Here’s some pretty pictures.
It comes with a very high quality carrying case. Fits perfectly in my bag.
View of the closed lid, with the back of the laptop facing the camera.
Full open view. The keyboard is very comfortable and I have had no problems with the trackpad (unlike a lot of people have been reporting online).
A shot of the screen at the pre-login wallpaper thing Windows 8 has (I don’t know if this has an official name yet).
The wallpaper is one I made over a year ago.
I highly recommend any model from this series of ultrabooks for anyone needing a new laptop, with the exception of people who plan to use them exclusively for gaming. The performance on these machines is exceptional but they are not designed for gaming (even though they likely will run most lower to mid range games pretty well).