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Review Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A Ultrabook - Reviews

So what did ASUS not fix? That would be reversing the function row to make them direct access keys.

We'd much prefer adjusting the volume, brightness and other settings without having to execute a key combo. Touchpad The good news is that the Zenbook Prime's 4.

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The bad news is that we had to tweak some settings to make that happen. At first the cursor was too unwieldy, especially when typing, and we would accidentally type over our work. However, once we disabled both tapping and drag and drop in settings, the UX31A was less temperamental.

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Most multitouch gestures worked smoothly right out of the box. We quickly three-finger flicked through photos, and three-finger flicking up for switching windows and flicking down to show the desktop were both responsive. Pinch to zoom and rotate also worked well. Two-finger scrolling was inconsistent in our testing, however. On applications such as WordPad we scrolled smoothly and quickly, but the same gesture was sluggish in both Chrome and Internet Explorer. Heat While slightly warmer than its predecessor, the UX31A managed to stay pretty cool during our tests.

After streaming a Hulu video at full screeen for 15 minutes, the touchpad measured 83 degrees Fahrenheit, the space between the G and H keys was 91 degrees, and the middle of the underside was 92 degrees. All are less than what we consider uncomfortable: Not only is this x matte panel sharper than the MacBook Air--and most other inch laptops--it's superbright and offers generously wide degree viewing angles. When we hit the UX31A with our light meter, the display averaged lux, which is brighter than the older UX31 lux and well above the ultraportable average lux. We preferred the warmer colors on the ASUS, which made skin tones look more natural and explosions pop more.

In addition, the Prime's matte screen allows for wide horizontal and vertical viewing angles, on a par with the Air. Is p on a inch notebook overkill" trailer. We just wish the audio controls were more robust; the UX31A only has the standard Windows enhancements.

Webcam The Zenbook Prime's webcam is capable of capturing p video, but you'll need a fair amount of ambient light to get a bright picture. In general, ASUS isn't ready to talk availability for these four models, and has not given any indication as to how much the UX21A will cost it did reveal tentative prices for the other three. Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A Instant On these aren't shipping products you can buy just yet, but luckily for us, we got the chance to spend a few days with the UX21A. While we're holding off on calling this a review -- we need a price and final, production-quality unit for that -- we're good and ready to share our early thoughts. So what are you waiting for? Meet us past the break where photos, benchmark scores and detailed impressions lie in waiting. But otherwise, it's the same aesthetic.

The spun metal lid was striking enough the first time, as was the all-metal chassis, pinch-thin silhouette and smooth, closed-door bottom.


If you're an obsessive like some of us, you might notice the spun pattern seems finer, and that the edges feel slightly softer. ASUS also removed the tacky script branding that we took issue with on the original. Those tweaks minor enough for you? As you'd expect, it's easy to hold in one hand, and even easier to slip into a shoulder bag, but working with it on your legs can take practice. Mostly, that's because Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A Instant On weight distribution is lopsided enough that the dense, metal-backed lid causes the whole machine to tilt back precariously read our IRL column and you'll see some inch Air owners have the same beef. In any case, it's easy enough to avoid this by making sure not to tilt the screen too far away from you, which shouldn't be a problem, given that Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A Instant On IPS display and all.

As ever, this kind of skinniness comes at a cost: That's right, there's still no SD reader on this little guy; you'll have to step up to one of the two inch models for that. Other than that, there aren't any differences between the two sizes. Wrapping up our tour, the lot have sealed bottoms, which means the battery, memory slots and SSDs aren't user-replaceable. All these changes should allow the UX21A to score very well. Connectivity The sides of the Ultrabook and the port selection haven't changed much. We appreciate the fact that there are now two USB 3.

External monitors require the use of an adapter. The familiar USB 3. All in all not a lot of surprises.

It appears that the low height prevents an internal solution. Intelligent power management and extreme efficiency have resulted in ZENBOOK Prime offering 2-second instant on resume, similar to your smartphone and.

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