Asus announces new Windows 8.1 Zenbook UX301 Ultrabook

As the IFA trade show in Berlin gets ready to officially open its doors on Thursday, more PC makers are revealing their new PC products they will be showing off at the show. One of them is Asus, who just announced the UX301 Ultrabook.

The notebook was first revealed in a teaser video and, as typical of Asus, the clip is highly elegant and stylish, as if it is showing off a car rather than a PC. The video claims that the notebook's 13.3 inch display will have a high resolution 2560x1440 WQHD touchscreen. The notebook's hinge wraps around the screen so that Zenbook UX301's keyboard can be raised up for better typing.

The case of the Ultrabook is covered in Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 for better protection, according to the video. Inside, it states the Zenbook UX301 will have Intel's fourth generation version of its Core processor, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna and Asus's SonicMaster audio speakers and technology.

Engadget has some more information on the Zenbook UX301, claiming that Asus will offer up to 512GB of SSD storage, and some models will have an option to have an NVIDIA GT 730M GPU inside. Asus will also sell the Zenbook UX3012 which will have the same design as the UX301 but with a lower resolution display. Finally, the notebooks will come either in white or, as the video showed, in a navy blue color.

There's no word yet on pricing for either the Zenbook UX301 or UX3012, but both are scheduled to ship sometime in the fourth quarter; that likely means both will have Windows 8.1 pre-installed.

Source: Asus on YouTube

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My previous job we developed software used primarily on touch screen laptops (NOT mobile apps), and they really can be handy sometimes.

I hate how everything seems to be going Touchscreen.
Touchscreens serve a purpose on some devices, like phones and tablets,
but I definitely don't want one on an Ultrabook or Laptop.

LUTZIFER said,
I hate how everything seems to be going Touchscreen.
Touchscreens serve a purpose on some devices, like phones and tablets,
but I definitely don't want one on an Ultrabook or Laptop.
Sales gimmick lutzifer! I 100% agree with you. Stay tuned for the usual guys who say touchscreen on a laptop is the future and they can work 110% faster with it...........

LUTZIFER said,
I hate how everything seems to be going Touchscreen.

I don't mind, nobody force you to touch the screen. And sometimes it's easier to click where you want, than using a mouse.

Gladiatorus said,
I'm 110% faster with touchscreens than with kb & mice. Touch is the future. I am right and you are wrong!!!!!!!

/S

Touch doesn't completely replace mice, but sometimes it's more convenient.
You can still use both.

Gladiatorus said,
I'm 110% faster with touchscreens than with kb & mice. Touch is the future. I am right and you are wrong!!!!!!!

/S

LOL!

C#Rocks said,
THIS x 1,020. Besides touchscreen is much faster and precise to scroll and pinch and zoom PDFs etc.
I told you all this comment was coming.....

JHBrown said,
I told you all this comment was coming.....

Oh what, like your inane comment in the first place? If there's one thing about you, it's that it's an inevitability, like the comments you're using as examples here, that you'll post the same garbage on topics you vehemently dislike on every article that mentions it.

It goes both ways; you're equally as bad as those you deride.

Ideas Man said,

Oh what, like your inane comment in the first place? If there's one thing about you, it's that it's an inevitability, like the comments you're using as examples here, that you'll post the same garbage on topics you vehemently dislike on every article that mentions it.

It goes both ways; you're equally as bad as those you deride.

Earth to Ideas Man, this article is almost 2 weeks old. No one cares anymore.

i guess Microsoft is teaching those OEM's how to advertise their products this looks and feels like it was a surface ad

hmmm, i loved every Asus hardware.. and comparing them to Acer is just low.

Never had any driver issues either.

though it has being over 3 years since i purchased an asus product... i am still left with High Quality product impression from them for everything they make.

Acer on other hand, is a different story. Bought their PC due to sale... Never again!

As any Asus machine I ever had, they will release drivers, these drivers will not work well, and we have to search the internet and use other machine's drivers.

Step 2: Asus will never fix the drivers

No thank you

Astra.Xtreme said,
Asus = quality
Acer = crap
Nothing much has changed over the years.
That use to be the case. I wouldn't call Acer=crap anymore. They've made great strides. Though I wouldn't by one. Only Samsungs laptop screens can give my MacBook Pro a run for its money in the screen department.

You know what I hate about PC vendors? They'll make gorgeous hardware like this, and then bog the system down with all sorts of crapware: antivirus trials, Wildtangent crap, "alternative app stores", the whole 9 yards.

PC OEMS have themselves to blame for their own demise.

Well, it appears PC vendors don't want to give up the extra money they can earn by adding the crapware. If that means lowering the price, good... at least for people like me because I never had a difficult time uninstalling the crapware on day 1.

If you still don't like the crapware, buy a laptop from the Microsoft Store. All laptops sold there don't have the crapware.

Grumphus said,
Well, it appears PC vendors don't want to give up the extra money they can earn by adding the crapware. If that means lowering the price, good... at least for people like me because I never had a difficult time uninstalling the crapware on day 1.

If you still don't like the crapware, buy a laptop from the Microsoft Store. All laptops sold there don't have the crapware.


The problem is the average joe user that has no idea how to remove this stuff. I work at a helpdesk and we have people come in with laptops that can't even get on our wireless because of antivirus software. Norton and McAfee are worse than the viruses they are "designed" to prevent.

It's good to lower the price, yes, but at the cost of the user experience. You're getting less for your money even if it's the same hardware.

I install a fresh Windows image every time I get a new computer, but I actually know what I'm doing, versus 90% of PC users that have no idea.

Ci7 said,
@siah1214

perhaps consider pc decrapifier

make life a lot easier


I am my own decrapifier. The average person doesn't have me sitting over their shoulder when they buy a PC.

siah1214 said,
You know what I hate about PC vendors? They'll make gorgeous hardware like this, and then bog the system down with all sorts of crapware: antivirus trials, Wildtangent crap, "alternative app stores", the whole 9 yards.

PC OEMS have themselves to blame for their own demise.

So true. I spent two hours trying to clean the garbage on my Zenbook, and I simply gave up and did a clean install. It's downright insane what they do with it, I wish I took the screenshot of the system tray, I'm not lying when I say there were at least a dozen icons in there, plus the default setting is that the system tray is always expanded on the taskbar.

Side note, this makes mine look ancient.

Syanide said,

I'm not lying when I say there were at least a dozen icons in there, plus the default setting is that the system tray is always expanded on the taskbar.

Oh, we don't think you're lying. Sadly, we've seen worse.

I've encountered computers that were so crapware laden that they booted up 4x slower on the factory image than with a fresh install.

Not sure if glass on the outside of a laptop is a great idea. Gorilla glass or not. You drop that thing once and it's going to shatter.