We currently have the successor to last year’s Zenbook UX301LA which is the more affordable alternative – the ASUS Zenbook UX302LA. It boasts a Full HD touchscreen display and an Intel Core i5 processor encased inside a sleek form factor. Read our first impressions on it after the jump.
The Zenbook UX302LA is a real looker with its body composed of two main components — glass and aluminum. Upon initially bringing it out of its box, one would be introduced to its Gorilla Glass 3 glass lid that screams to be flaunted. It easily catches fingerprints, though, so it’s better to always have something ready to wipe it with.
Open the scratch-resistant lid and you have the 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen display. This is actually a step down from UX301LA’s 2650 x 1440 screen resolution. The 13.3-inch screen is framed in metal and is razor thin at just 0.08 millimeters.
The body features a back-lit chiclet keyboard and a clickable trackpad. They’re placed on the Ultrabook’s brushed aluminum body which feels solid as a whole and sturdy.
Connectivity-wise we have the 3.5mm headphone jack on the right side, a full-sized HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, and a mini Display Port that also functions as VGA via the included adaptor.
On the flip side there are two more USB 3.0 totaling to three ports and an SD card reader. In this aspect, the newer UX302LA beats its older model as it only has two USB 3.0 interfaces.
Stereo speakers are located on both left and right side and is developed by Bang & Olufsen, the manufacturer behind high-end audio/video products we see today.
The Zenbook UX302LA has a dimension of 325 x 226 x 5 ~17.2 mm and a weight of 1.5kg — thin and light enough to be carried inside its envelope-like jacket.
Straight out of the box, the Ultrabook runs on Windows 8. Note: Notice how in this shot the glossy display already reveals a glare which could potentially be a turn off when using it outdoors. We’ll get into more of that if it indeed is bothersome or not during our full review.
Based on our initial assessment on this Zenbook, it could definitely be something that you’d bring around when you’re mobile. It has that executive feel to it and its glass lid is striking enough to be sure to catch some glances.
ASUS Zenbook UX302LA specs:
13.3-inch IPS Full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels with 10-point multitouch
Intel Core i5 4200U dual-core processor
500GB storage with cache SSD
Intel HD Graphics 4400
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth V4.0
3x USB 3.0
Mini Display Port
SD card reader
Windows 8 OS