Asus Zenbook UX302: ultrabook with more options




Asus Zenbook UX302: ultrabook with more options

Asus’ top-ultrabook, the Zenbook UX301, also known as Infinity Zenbook. The most expensive version is characterized by a screen that comes with Gorilla Glass on both sides, a high screen resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and a thin body. Also characteristic is the price. The UX301, which we previously have tested must yield 1800 euro at the time of writing. If not so much money for an ultrabook, may be for a euro or 1200 also serves the Asus Zenbook UX302, with slower hardware, and other housing.

Asus Zenbook UX302

Who the Zenbook UX302 unpack, will not soon see the difference UX301. The distinctive exterior of brushed metal with a layer of Gorilla Glass over it in both variants. There are however differences. The UX302 turns out to be slightly thicker and therefore the wrist rests are slightly higher than the UX301. The weight is also a fifty grams or higher.

If you open the laptop, the biggest differences are visible. Asus has used again because the brushed aluminum of the Zenbook Prime in the UX302, while this was replaced by a ceramic material. Precisely the UX301 We got during the test the idea that the casing of the UX302 warm up more quickly than that of the UX301, since the metal conducts heat better. The housing feels more or less firmly attached to no more firm than the housing of the UX301; it is also different and a preference for one or the other is primarily a matter of taste.

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Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard seems to be a one-to-one copy of that of the Zenbook UX301, but with dark gray instead of blue color keys. On the keyboard of the UX301 we were satisfied and that we are at the UX302 broadly too. The keys have a lot of travel for an ultrabook and therefore ticking nicely. The keys are flat and smooth it, something that not everyone is asked. In addition, the keyboard of the UX 302 seems to be less strong than that of his brother costly in the case. In the middle keys G and H the housing springs good lot. Interestingly enough is that the buttons on the left and right of the keyboard is not the case.

Asus has the touchpad of the UX302 demarcated by a thin shiny metal edge. The plastic touchpad surface is smooth enough, so your finger glides easily over it. As with the keyboard, the touchpad buttons seem to continue their printed than intended, causing the feedback also has some less clear.

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The advantage of the thicker body of the UX302 UX301 is compared to the more connections you can place there. Links we find two USB 3.0 ports and an SD card reader, while a third USB 3.0 port is still present on the right side of the laptop. For external displays both an HDMI and a mini display port connector available, a rarity on ultrabooks. For users of an old monitor or projector Asus provides an adapter with mini display port to d-sub and for those who like a permanent network connection uses is a USB adapter.

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