Asus Zenbook UX301: Haswell, Gorilla Glass 3 lid, high-res display

By on September 5, 2013, 9:15 AM

Asus’ premium Ultrabook line is getting an update with a new model that features a faster processor, faster Wi-Fi and a high-resolution display. The 13.3-inch Zenbook UX301 boasts a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel IPS touch screen panel and a Gorilla Glass 3 coating on the outer lid to cover the spun metal design for a smooth and scratch-resistant finish.

Asus is quick to point out that Gorilla Glass 3 has three times the scratch resistance of Gorilla Glass 2 and offers a 40 percent reduction in the number of highly visible scratches, with a 40 percent improvement in retained strength if a deep scratch does occur.

The machine is all business on the inside with up to a fourth generation Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, Intel HD 5100 graphics, up to 8GB of system memory and up to 512GB of flash storage in a RAID 0 configuration. Select models will be available with a discrete Nvidia GT 730M GPU, we're told. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SonicMaster audio technology, a 50Whr battery, mini-DisplayPort, micro-HDMI 1.4, an SD card reader, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack and USB 3.0 ports all come standard.

The palm rest also contains a bit of glass but Asus added in a ceramic coating so it doesn’t feel like glass

The UX301 measures 12.8″ x 8.9″ x 0.61″ and weighs just three pounds. It’s not the thinnest or lightest Ultrabook on the market but it looks stunning regardless. It’s expected to ship sometime in the fourth quarter in white and dark navy blue. Pricing and exact availability isn’t yet known, unfortunately.




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RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

Wow...thats a nice looking laptop. Asus is good. I like my Asus laptop. =)

Scshadow said:

Zenbooks always look stunning to me. Unfortunately, too rich for my blood. Love the upgraded resolution. Pretty amazing too considering most manufacturers still don't put anything better then a 720P screen in their laptops.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

Hehe I really have no clue whats in my laptop. But I like it. No issues so far. I've had it for a year now.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Zenbooks always look stunning to me. Unfortunately, too rich for my blood. Love the upgraded resolution. Pretty amazing too considering most manufacturers still don't put anything better then a 720P screen in their laptops.

If you have a small laptop like this "13.3-inch Zenbook UX301", you don't need anything more than 720P. Anything more would practically be over-kill.

JC713 JC713 said:

I would rather take the Lenovo Yoga Pro. I have to see the price before I can compare it. Also, if RAID 0 is not optional, but standard, that will be a big blow.

Ultraman1966 said:

Zenbooks always look stunning to me. Unfortunately, too rich for my blood. Love the upgraded resolution. Pretty amazing too considering most manufacturers still don't put anything better then a 720P screen in their laptops.

If you have a small laptop like this "13.3-inch Zenbook UX301", you don't need anything more than 720P. Anything more would practically be over-kill.

I can't disagree more, we're already seeing a few more 10in tablets with 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 screens and with 8.1 allowing for better scaling I can see higher resolution being of great benefit instead of just making all the icons and writing tiny.

Phraun said:

Zenbooks always look stunning to me. Unfortunately, too rich for my blood. Love the upgraded resolution. Pretty amazing too considering most manufacturers still don't put anything better then a 720P screen in their laptops.

If you have a small laptop like this "13.3-inch Zenbook UX301", you don't need anything more than 720P. Anything more would practically be over-kill.

You're out of your mind if that's what you honestly think. For a 13" laptop, I honestly wouldn't consider anything below 1920x1080 worth buying, though I'd prefer 2560x1440 or 2560x1600. If I'm going to be stuck with a single screen, it had better have some serious work space available.

2 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You're out of your mind if that's what you honestly think.
Yes that is what I think and it is true. If you want work space get a larger machine. One that doesn't require you to hold the damn thing 10 inches from your face to see any detail. I don't even have 1080P on my 20" monitor and it has plenty of clarity (aka: pixels per inch) and work space for the greatest number of users. By the way, I measure work space by the screen size not clarity.

JC713 JC713 said:

I can't disagree more, we're already seeing a few more 10in tablets with 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 screens and with 8.1 allowing for better scaling I can see higher resolution being of great benefit instead of just making all the icons and writing tiny.

The scaling still sucks xD.

utomo utomo said:

Asus, please create good tablet / hybrid using haswell with plenty of memory.

many people need it

Ultraman1966 said:

The scaling still sucks xD.

Lol, that's Microsoft's problem. They have had years upon years to fix it.

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