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ASUS Zenbook UX302LA first impressions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
HDMI port
Mini Display Port
SD card reader
Windows 8 OS
Price: 62,995

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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11 Responses

  1. ai says:

    hmm..too expensive for a laptop w/o dedicated gpu. just saying…

    • JP says:

      I actually find it as a decent product for its price point. Intel’s HD 5000 (Haswell) graphics are a vast improvement from Ivy Bridge graphics, which is why a lot of ultrabooks are forgoing discrete graphics.

  2. jc says:

    for 7k more you can buy y510p, a quad core beast with 2x dedicated graphics card

  3. IX says:

    “Notice how in this shot the glossy display already reveals a glare which could potentially be a turn off when using it outdoors.”

    Actually, for me it’s a plus. Given that the screen is now IPS + a glossy glass, it will produce a full range of vibrant colors which is very pleasing to the eyes. And really, why in the world you’ll use a laptop on direct sunlight. Anyway, I think an IPS screen will still be visible on bright areas, just crank up the brightness.

  4. Marc says:

    Best Buy is selling this same laptop.

    US Retail Price converted to pesos (+12% VAT) – 999 x 44.20 x 1.12 = 49,454.50

    Philippine Price = 62,995

    PROFIT For Asus Philippines = 13,540.50

    There is something seriously wrong with how laptops are sold in this country. Note SRPs are supposed to include the cost of shipping to the destination country and last I checked the US is much, much further away from China/Taiwan then the Philippines is.

    • zzzz says:

      Um…I think you forgot the Bureau of Customs as well :))

    • Barry says:

      You conveniently omitted the 20% import and customs tax. Please try again.

      US Retail Price converted to pesos (+20% Import/Customs Tax +12% VAT) – 999 x 44.20 x 1.20 x 1.12 = 59,345

      Philippine Price = 62,995

      PROFIT For Asus Philippines = 3,649

    • Barry says:

      You also failed to include the 7% State Tax imposed on the Best Buy’s price of $999. That tax is added after check-out.

  5. Mr A says:

    I would pay additional 2K if they bump the ram to 8GB.


    ): otin naman laham gna

  7. Jay says:

    Im very happy with this laptop. I actually got it for 56k from electroworld. paid cash

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