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Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A-DB5x

Specifications

Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A-DB5xNotebook: Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A-DB5x (Zenbook Prime UX Series)
Processor: unknown
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Price: 1000 euro

Reviews for the Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A-DB5x

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Review
Source: AnandTech English
With the exception of the SSD and Windows 7's unfortunate lack of elegant DPI scaling, the Zenbook Prime is the epitome of Ultrabook perfection. It has all of the build quality that we loved about the original Zenbook, with almost none of the quirks. The display is truly in a league of its own. Color reproduction, brightness and contrast are all exactly where they need to be.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/22/2012

Comment

Series:

The Asus Zenbook is still one of the best looking ultrabook out there, next to the Macbook Air. The only problem with the original UX32 was its price. The 13 inch model was far more pricy than any other ultrabooks. Asus decided to deliver a little of that good taste for far less the price with the new mid-range Zenbook.

With the same kind all metal body featuring a concentric circle design, the new UX32A looks every bit as good as the original Zenbook. To reduce its price, the 256GB SSD had to be replaced with a hybrid drive consisting of a 500GB hard disk and a 24GB SSD. Naturally this makes the new model a little thicker than the older one but that size isn’t a problem at all. It is still by farthest, one of the sleekest ultrabook out there. As a result of the thicker chassis, several additional ports could be included in this new model, which actually is better.

The fast boot-up and resume from sleep times still remains fast thanks to the tiny SSD but the cheaper model is crippled with an i3 processor of the older Sandy Bridge platform and an older generation graphics adapter as well. Due to this severe new generation technology shortage it is hard to see why a person would choose the UX32A over all the other ultrabooks in the same price range out there. Perhaps if exterior design is your only priority, it would serve you well. However, even the least tech savvy person might not consider an ultrabook with an i3 processor.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


unknown: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


11.6":

This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.1 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.


Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.

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HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3317U, 1.1 kg
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HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3517U, 1 kg
Sony Vaio Duo 11 SV-D1121Z9EB
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3517U, 1.3 kg
Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T
HD Graphics 4000, Core i3 3217U, 1.3 kg
Acer Aspire S7-191-73514G25ass
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3517U, 1.1 kg
Asus VivoBook S200E-CT182H
HD Graphics 4000, Core i3 3217U, 1.4 kg
Asus VivoBook S200E-C158H
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HP EliteBook 2170p-B6Q15EA
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3667U, 1.445 kg
Acer Aspire V5-171-6616
HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3317U, 1.4 kg
Acer Aspire V5-171-6867
HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3317U, 1.4 kg
Sony Vaio SV-T11113FGS
HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3317U, 1.4 kg
Asus UX21A-K1009V
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3517U, 1.1 kg
Asus UX21A-1AK1
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3517U, 1.2 kg
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch 2012-06 MD223LL/A
HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3317U, 1.07 kg
Gigabyte X11
HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3317U, 1 kg

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Asus UX32LA-R3065H
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 4500U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
Asus UX31A-C4037H
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3537U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
Samsung 530U3C-A09UK
HD Graphics 4000, Core i3 3217U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
HP ProBook 4340s-C4Y10EA
HD Graphics 4000, Core i3 3110M, 13.3", 2 kg
Samsung ATIV 730U3E-K01HS
HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3337U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
Samsung 900X3E-A01UK
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3517U, 13.3", 1.2 kg
Samsung 900X3E-A01PL
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3537U, 13.3", 1.2 kg
Fujitsu Lifebook E733
HD Graphics 4000, Core i7 3632QM, 13.3", 1.7 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-05-31 (Update: 2012-05-31)