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CES 2013 | First look at Asus Pro BU400, Taichi 31, Transformer Book TX300, VivoTab Smart ME400C, and Zenbook Touch UX31A

Notebookcheck stops by the Asus booth to take a closer look at the manufacturer's wide range of upcoming tablets and notebooks

Asus has quite the range of portables this year at CES as we took a quick tour on some of the most notable models on the floor.

First up is the Asus Pro BU400, an Ultrabook for business users first unveiled at IFA 2012. Asus lists two 14-inch models, BU400A and BU400V, both with dimensions of 339 x 234 x 20.5 mm and a weight of 1.64 kg. Available CPU models include a Core i7-3517U, i5-3427U, i5-3317U, or i3-3217U. RAM is expandable up to 8 GB with HDD/SSD options up to 500 GB and 256GB, respectively. The matte display is a base 1366x768 pixel resolution and is upgradeable to 1600x900 pixels. Three USB 3.0 ports are provided in addition to an HDMI-out.

As with the 11.6-inch Taichi 21, the upcoming 13.3-inch Taichi 31 utilizes two full HD displays. Both screens are installed back to back with the outer display capable of touch inputs. According to Asus, the Taichi 31 will be 339.2 x 228 x 17.4 mm in dimension and about 1.56 kg in weight. Currently, the notebook is limited to a Core i5-3317U or i7-3517U option with 4 GB RAM and a 128 to 256 GB SSD. Interfaces include micro HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, and the usual wireless-n and Bluetooth 4.0 for a total price of 1400 to 1700 Euros (about $1850 to $2250).

The Transformer Book that made an appearance alongside the Taichi back at Computex 2012 makes another showing here, complete with Windows 8. The tablet/notebook hybrid will use an ultra-thin aluminum body with a backlit keyboard, USB 3.0, Intel Core i5 and i7 options, SSD options and a full HD 13.3-inch touchscreen display. 

While we already described some quick features of the upcoming VivoTab ME400C tablet in another article, we now have some additional pictures of the Atom-powered budget tablet on display. The Bluetooth keyboard docks will come in silver and black and can fold up origami-style via a TranSleeve cover that doubles as a stand. Finally, the Zenbook UX31A on display is similar to the current model on market, except with a built-in touchscreen.

Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C

Zenbook Touch UX31A


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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2013 01 > First look at Asus Pro BU400, Taichi 31, Transformer Book TX300, VivoTab Smart ME400C, and Zenbook Touch UX31A
Ronald Tiefenthäler, J. Simon Leitner, Allen Ngo, 2013-01-11 (Update: 2013-01-11)