Asus UX31 Ultrabook

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  1. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    not silly all the firmware are made in part by sandforce, and the controller + firmware is problematic.

    for example corsair uses pure sandforce firmware (or did in the last F series), and those arent quite good, nor where.
     
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    prepseb Notebook Evangelist

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    So... for those who don't know what is SandForce... it is bad?
     
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    0x29A Notebook Evangelist

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    The point is they could do better. I don't disagree with that.
     
  4. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    Sandforce is the company that makes the controller and the firmware

    Controller:
    Flash memory controller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Other good companies that do it are: Toshiba, Intel, Marvell, Samsung, Indilinix (now bought by OCZ)

    Problems with sandforce controllers:
    -BSOD
    -Hangs in read and write scenarios
    -BSOD when returning from sleep (only in certain models, I had this with my past laptop, with this mbp I dont have it)
    -and some others
     
  5. Phil

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    My educated guess is that Sandforce drives have a real world return rate between 4 and 5%. Crucial, Intel and Samsung have less than 2%, perhaps less than 1%.

    It would be suprised if Asus took such a risk because it can lead to more returns and warranty claims.
     
  6. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope.

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    Hopefully, they'll offer this with an option for a conventional drive. Unless Asus offers a great SSD in the UX31, I'd rather put in my own SSD anyway. My wife has been looking at the 13" MBA since it was refreshed. She would have already bought it, if not for OSX. We are seriously looking at the UX31 for her. Hopefully, Asus can get its act together on this unit and get it out in early October.
     
  7. SoundsGood

    SoundsGood Notebook Virtuoso

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    I too have been eyein' the MBA, and I too would have bought it already if not for OSX (as hard as I try, I just can't bring myself to do it). But I'm liking the upcoming Toshiba Ultrabook, either the Z830 or Z835. Any reason why you're looking at the Asus and not the Toshiba?
     
  8. Phil

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    That's why I'm not really considering the Toshiba. Plastic vs. aluminium.

    Another reason would be the 1600x900 screen that UX31 offers.
     
  9. 0x29A

    0x29A Notebook Evangelist

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    This isn't going to happen. The device is too thin. All we can count on that e.g. Intel will launch a line of SSDs which will have the dimensions of XM11 so the drive will be replaceable.

    BTW, European users, I watched an youtube german video from some recent computer exposition in Berlin, and it was said, that UX21-UX31 will cost 900-1300 EUR and should be available after Christmas 2011. That's all that was said, and I guess this was about a version prepped for German market (so e.g. qwertz keyboard). I hope to see UX31 in Europe sooner than this, talking "US International" keyboard versions (which I'd like anyway).
     
  10. 0x29A

    0x29A Notebook Evangelist

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    That's exactly right. Aren't even the keyboard buttons made of aluminum? I think they are.
     
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