In Pictures: The best new Ultrabooks

A wave of Ultrabooks -- light, thin laptops that have more capabilities and fewer compromises than ever -- is hitting the market. Here's a look at some of the current crop

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

The Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A—costing about $1449—resembles the old UX31E, with a brushed, bronze-tinted, solid aluminum shell that looks slightly dangerous and angular. The weight remains the same, at 3 pounds and an ounce. But our test model came with a gorgeous, 1080p IPS (in-plane switching) display and an Ivy Bridge processor, boosting both performance and screen quality. It also achieved a high WorldBench 7 score of 150, and its battery life is excellent. The UX31A has its quirks, such as an oddly partitioned storage system. But overall, this fabulous-looking Zenbook represents a near-pinnacle in Ultrabook design.

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