Summary: After using the Asus UX301LA for a while, it leaves us with no major complaints, it works excellently as a portable computer and is unlikely to cause any problems.But it equally lacks a single wow-factor feature that make us love it. It gets the job done, but no more. Although Asus has clearly avoided plastic where it can, the UX301LA doesn't have the quality feel of a Â£1400 computer, which is more expensive than many other Ultrabooks.
Asus gives the Zenbook UX301 a higher-res touch screen
27 March 2014
Summary: Asus was one of the first PC makers to go ultra-thin with its Zenbook line. That latest UX301 version packs in nearly every high-end spec you'd want, but it's priced out of reach for most, and lacks an all-day battery.
Pros: The Asus Zenbook UX301 packs in a lot, including a better-than-HD touch screen, big 256GB SSD, and Core i7 processor, in a slim, smart design.
Cons: It costs more than most comparable better-then-HD laptops, including the Retina MacBook Pro. The Zenbook doesn't feel as rugged as its price warrants, and its battery life is unimpressive.
Conclusion: Nevertheless, if you're willing to pay a premium price, the Zenbook UX301LA won't leave you wanting. With its topnotch keyboard and touch pad, long battery life, solid performance, and luxurious design, the UX301LA is an ultrabook you'll be proud to use in a coffee shop full of MacBooks.
Pros: Elegant aluminum design with Gorilla Glass lid, Excellent keyboard and touch pad, Crisp and vivid touch screen, Long battery life
Cons: Core i5 power at Core i7 price, Narrow viewing angles, Windows apps not optimized for 2,560x1,440 display
Summary: Va-va-voom! ASUS is turning heads with the Zenbook UX301 for all the right reasons. We love the new blue Gorilla Glass lid (even if you need a polish rag at all times). The Intel Core i7 processor Iris Graphics and dual SSDs make this Ultrabook one of the prettiest workhorses we've had the pleasure of using. However, for a fairly steep $1,973, we'd hope for wider viewing angles on the sharp QHD display.
Pros: Beautiful, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass lid, Comfortable keyboard, Very fast overall performance, Above-average battery life, Fast boot and transfer times
Cons: Narrower viewing angles than competition, Pricey
Conclusion: The UX301LA is, in many ways, a worthy step forward for the company’s already excellent Zenbook line. Besides its elegant, eye-catching design, the system shaves off weight and improves display resolution while still providing decent battery life, something not all competitors can claim (we’re looking at you, Yoga 2 Pro .) But then there’s the problem of price.
Asus Zenbook UX301LA / UX301 review – not just a regular Haswell ultrabook
19 October 2013
Summary: A sleek body covered in glass and metal, an awesome screen and a fast hardware platform. All these put together make the Asus Zenbook UX301, one of the most interesting premium ultrabooks of the moment.
Pros: solid and nice looking body, decent keyboard and trackpad, awesome screen, great performances, good battery life, punchy speakers
Summary: Dark beauty. It's small. It's a premium product. And it's fast. We almost don't dare to call the new Zenbook UX301 an "ultrabook", as it attempts to be much more than that: the perfect mobile companion. With the top-notch materials, great build quality and high-end innards of its newest flagship; Asus wants to dethrone its fiercest competitor, Apple. The price point? That topic almost becomes a minor matter.
Pros: Slim case, premium materials, Superb input devices, High CPU performance, Extremely fast SSD RAID system, Bright, high-resolution display, Great connectivity options, Decent battery life, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Great-looking, fast and highly mobile - the newest Zenbook packs more punch than some full-sized desktop replacement systems, and it does so within a tiny package. Its build quality is absolutely top-notch.
Cons: Reflective display surface, Mediocre webcam, Limited expandability, Expensive, Not that much, actually - except for a lower price point. 1800 Euros is almost on par with a similarly-speced MacBook Pro 13 with Retina display.