When Intel unveiled its notion of the ultrabook in June, Asus could hardly contain its excitement. Just moments after Intel’s Sean Maloney announced the newly-named laptop category, which promised fast boot times and great battery life, Asus’ Chairman Jonney Shih took the stage in his always-entertaining, yet transcendent style to show off his company’s future UX ultrabooks. The laptops had more than just a few things in common with Apple's MacBook Air ­­­– aluminum chassis, teardrop designs, buttonless touchpads, fast resume times, and 11.6- and 13-inch screens. However, unlike other PC manufacturers that have dared to mimic Apple, Asus promised to focus on style and refinement without cutting corners on the parts of the computer that make the experience. And even better, it planned to stay competitive on price – the Core i3, 128GB UX21 costs $999 and the Core i5, 128GB UX31 runs $1,199 ($200 less than the similarly spec’d Air). The two ultrabooks are now ready to hit shelves, but has Asus really brought both quality and performance for an enticing price? Or is the UX just another disappointing entry like Acer’s Aspire S3 ultrabook? I’ve spent the last week with the UX31 in search of those answers and more.