Asus ZenBook Prime UX21A - Small, Light And Extremely Sleek

9/17/2012 9:01:05 AM

The Ultrabook phenomenon just keeps rolling on, whether these devices are really suited or not for our market has become a moot argument. They are here and, at very least, they are driving technology forward in many good ways. And it seems that each subsequent Ultrabook we get our hands on is better than the last.

Take the Asus ZenBook Prime UX21A as an example. Here is a device that is small, light and extremely sleek, yet manages to pack a surprising punch, almost despite its size. Judging books by their covers is never a good idea, and this Ultrabook is a prime example of why that is the case.

Description: Asus ZenBook Prime UX21A

Asus ZenBook Prime UX21A

In terms of looks, it really is rather pretty. When closed, it measures a paltry 9mm at its thickest point, 5 which really is rather skinny. The lid is finished in a "5 gunmetal-grey brushed metal, which looks the part. In fact, the whole thing looks a little like a blade when closed - sleek curves culminating at an almost sharp edge. Kudos to Asus for design here...

Opened up, a stylish backlit keypad and generous touch pad compliment the 11.6 inch screen, which delivers crisp graphics at a resolution of up to a surprising 1920 x 1080. That's full HD, in other words. The smaller screen does result in smaller icons and text, but unless your eyes are really poor, this shouldn't pose a problem.

Storage is provided by a 123GB SSD. This solid state drive may not provide a huge amount of storage space, but it is very, very fast. In addition, 4GB of RAM help the Intel \1 chip deliver a better than expected performance from this really diminutive device. Images are provided by an Intel HD 4000 chipset.

Two USB 3.0 ports can be found on the ZenBook (one on either side) as well as the expected headphone jack. In addition, a Micro HDMI and mini VGA port are also worked into the device. LAN connection is via a dongle that plugs into a USB port - not ideal, but at least the option is there. Wireless connectivity is provided via Bluetooth and Wifi.

It has all the bells and whistles one could expect (and a few that one might not expect) from such a small Ultrabook. And it only weighs in at 1.1kg, which is an added bonus. But, in making things smaller (as with Ultrabooks in general) the omission of any form of optical drive is the result. While there are people out there who will not find this to be a problem, such an arguably minor aspect may well set this device outside of the scope of many South Africans, who don't have awesome Internet connectivity. But this Ultrabook is a reason to upgrade...

Description: Asus ZenBook Prime UX21A

Asus ZenBook Prime UX21A

At a glance

Summary: Great looks and great performance... this Ultrabook is a reason to upgrade your internet connection!

Tech Specs: Intel i7 CPU, 4GB RAM, Intel HD 4000 GPU, 9mm thick, 1.1kg, 11.6 inch screen

Manufacturer: Asus

Distributer: Asus



Pros: Small, Light, Powerful

Cons: Requires good internet connectivity


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