Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A Unboxing!

My uncle recently purchase a brand new Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A on Amazon, saving more than $300 when compared to the best available local price. Asus have taken great care to ensure the box is properly padded for transportation and in this case luckily survived the 8600+ mile journey in the cargo hold of a commercial airline...

The Zenbook ships with a standard 19 volt power supply (which has the mini version of a Windows license sticker on it, I was temped to load Linux for my uncle but unfortunately he wasn't to keen on the idea...), a USB to ethernet converter, and convenient carry pouch.

Asus has really put effort into making the Zenbook look great - from the very nice metal finish of the body to illuminated keyboards. Additionally adding the pouch and USB to ethernet converter is great gesture on their part as I'm sure other companies would have excluded them as paid accessories...

While we received the Zenbook completely discharged we were up and running in no time (after finding the correct converter!)

The 1920 x 1080 resolution is definitely impressive! I was however at first concerned about white looking a bit to yellow for my liking... this however turned out to just be a gamma corrected profile which was enabled by default for the Intel graphics card and is easily toggled to a different profile.

We also compared the size difference between the Zenbook and Macbook Air (photo to the left and below). The Macbook Air remains a great device but the Zenbook managed to convince one of the most avid Apple fans I know to switch over to using the Zenbook instead....

Personally I still only own a normal i5 notebook as I'm not convinced that Ultrabooks are worth the it at their current retail price, although I'm sure they will become a future standard...
Macbook Air vs Asus Zenbook Prime
Asus Zenbook Prime on top of a Apple Macbook Air

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