Almost pooped my pants to jump on this before I saw it was the pre-prime generation Zenbook. I have had both, I would stay away for a grand, at this proce range as said above, spend a bit more for the newer one, they fixed EVERYTHING and you get a bunch of additional benefits with the new one. These models will likely to continue to decrease in price as I understand they sold well because they were still pretty good compared to most of the competition (cept the air and the 9 series), so if you don't mind used as people flip to upgrade you can probably snag this a few hundred cheaper if you are on a budget.
Really, I did the same thing and I thought the opposite. Did you try the Zenbook, or the newest Zenbook Prime? Not saying I DID NOT like the X1 because I did, but I DIDN'T like the price . I didn't think that the price premium was worth it because trying both of them with the same specs(not including displays) and I had pretty much the same experience, and I personally like the aesthetics AND the screen of the of the Zenbook better. More specifically I liked the higher resolution (you cannot have enough resolution with outlook if you use the preview pane ), although it would have been nice if it were 14" like the X1 I will admit. I also thought that the display quality of the Prime blew the X1 away, no surprise, IPS vs. TN when comparing side by side. That includes viewing angles as well as image quality and "pop".
I am a CF junkie, but I saved over $400 and didn't lose anything in functionality or usability that I could tell by going with the Prime, just gained resolution and an awesome IPS screen vs. the carbon's TN screen.
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