ASUS ZENBOOK UX301
Two years ago, ASUS introduced its Zenbook series of Ultrabooks, a premium range of ultra portable notebooks with high-end hardware and luxurious materials. The latest addition to that range, the Zenbook UX301 (known in other parts of the world as the Zenbook Infinity), continues that tradition, and is one of the first Ultrabooks to use Intel’s new Core i7-4558U 2.8GHz processor with Intel Iris 5100 integrated graphics. It also sports dual 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 configuration and a 13.3-inch QHD+ 2560 x 1440 resolution display.
The Zenbook UX301 shares much of the design philosophy of previous Zenbooks, with a full aluminum build and the Zenbook’s trademark swirl pattern lid. Like the Acer S7, the UX301 lid is also extra durable with a Gorilla Glass panel over the aluminum providing extra scratch and torsion resistance. Eschewing the usual silver or grey colors, ASUS has opted for an interesting dark metallic blue for the UX301, which certainly helps it stand out from the crowd.
On the inside, the Zenbook’s wrist rest sports a matte Gorilla Glass cover, which provides a very comfortable and smooth typing surface. The backlit, chiclet keyboard has firm, if slightly shallow, keys, but the overall typing experience is fairly pleasant. The original Zenbook was let down by its often unresponsive trackpad, but three generations later, the UX301 has no such issues, tracking both accurately and responsively. Like HP’s Spectre 13, the Zenbook UX301 boasts a 2560 x 1440 resolution display, which rivals the 2560 x 1600 resolution display found on Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Clarity is excellent, and the display is also bright with decent viewing angles. Unfortunately, all of the Zenbook UX301’s premium touches don’t come cheap. At $2,798 it is, by far, the most expensive Ultrabook in this shootout.
“ASUS OPTS FOR A DARK METALLIC BLUE
FOR THE UX301, WHICH HELPS IT STAND