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Asus' New Zenbook Packs 2560 x 1440 Touchscreen Display

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Asus newest addition features an exterior reinforced with Gorilla Glass 3.

Asus first teased its Zenbook Infinity with Gorilla Glass at Computex this past summer and is this week giving the ultrabook a proper introduction at IFA. It's real name is the Asus Zenbook UX301 and it's a pretty sexy looking laptop.

Asus is calling it the most desirable ultrabook around, and it's certainly a contender as far as looks are concerned. The Zenbook UX301 features the same metallic 'spun' metal aesthetic from previous Zenbook models with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Aside from lending a high-gloss finish, the Gorilla glass adds to the durability of the laptop.

Gorilla Glass aside, the Zenbook's touch sensitive IPS display measures 13.3 inches and boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Under the hood you're looking at Intel's 4th generation Haswell CPUs, optional 512 GB SSD, optional Geforce GT 730M graphics, 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, a backlit keyboard with automatic light level control, and multi-touch touchpads with support for Windows 8 gestures.

Pricing and availability aren't out just yet, but the laptop will apparently be available before the end of this year.

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    Spooderman , September 5, 2013 5:25 AM
    730 M graphics? Good luck playing any games at that resolution.
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    Anonymous , September 5, 2013 5:26 AM
    That is very nice and with the discrete graphics it is made even more tempting even if its not going to play all the games at that resolution. Hopefully its well priced.
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    game junky , September 5, 2013 5:38 AM
    That's definitely the most impressive ultrabook I have seen - yes, there are laptops with higher-res displays, yes there are thin laptops with bettern GPUs but not in a combination like that. Price will probably make me wanna vom, though.

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    the great randini , September 5, 2013 5:55 AM
    I hope I will be able to get one of these, I wonder if you will be able to swap out the gpu.
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    Vladislaus , September 5, 2013 6:11 AM
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    730 M graphics? Good luck playing any games at that resolution.

    Ultrabooks aren't made for playing games.
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    Anonymous , September 5, 2013 7:09 AM
    @Spooderman this will play quite a few games that are a few years old at that resolution even if its on lower settings. Its still miles better than most ultrabooks and better than any tablet apart from the Razer tablet.
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    Anonymous , September 5, 2013 7:12 AM
    @Spooderman this will play quite a few games that are a few years old at that resolution even if its on lower settings. Its still miles better than most ultrabooks and better than any tablet apart from the Razer tablet.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 5, 2013 9:08 AM
    What's wrong with everyone in this thread?? This isn't a gaming machine. This GPU isn't a gaming one and is installed purely for extra performance should you need to use Photoshop or something that could benefit from a low-end non-integrated graphics processor. And no, you won't be able to swap out the GPU, pray that you can even remove the RAM or the battery, ultrabook hardware is getting more and more difficult to repair.

    Now I wish this would come without all the touchscreen BS, without Windows 8, no multitouch on the touchpad and therefore at a much lower price... I'd spend my money on that.
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    game junky , September 5, 2013 11:23 AM
    I agree the previous posters - this system isn't meant to be a gaming rig, the GPU is just to help with giving it a graphics boost over the stock onboard GPU. Video playback even at just 1080p can be a little bit of a push for an onboard graphics card in a laptop.
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    Anonymous , September 5, 2013 11:58 AM
    If you google GT 730M and choose the first result, scroll to near the bottom and you will see that this card has no problems runnings games on low settings, many in medium and some high or ultra!
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    John Bauer , September 5, 2013 12:23 PM
    Predictions:

    They will have a starting cost $2,999.
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    vmem , September 5, 2013 1:02 PM
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    730 M graphics? Good luck playing any games at that resolution.

    Ultrabooks aren't made for playing games.


    yeah, but then why bother having it? the iGPU on Haswell chips are already pretty good. adding an optional entry level graphics only subtracts space available for more useful things like battery cells, or possibly making the ultra book thicker than necessary. it's an odd design decision on ASUS's part
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    lightsong , September 5, 2013 1:24 PM
    Can they make this in a 15.6" version?
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    Solandri , September 5, 2013 5:16 PM
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    730 M graphics? Good luck playing any games at that resolution.

    That's the beauty of these ultra-high resolution screens. You don't play the game at 2560x1440. You play at 1280x720. Because it's exactly half the resolution in both directions, there's no dithering/blurring needed to make the image fit the screen.

    With 1920x1080, you had to drop down to 960x540 to accomplish the same thing. Way too low for decent gaming. 1280x720 is at least passable, especially on a 13" screen.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 15, 2013 10:50 AM
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    730 M graphics? Good luck playing any games at that resolution.

    Ultrabooks aren't made for playing games.


    yeah, but then why bother having it? the iGPU on Haswell chips are already pretty good. adding an optional entry level graphics only subtracts space available for more useful things like battery cells, or possibly making the ultra book thicker than necessary. it's an odd design decision on ASUS's part


    Fyi GPU's aren't just for gaming.
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    MamiyaOtaru , September 18, 2013 9:07 AM
    why the hell would I want glass on the *outside* of the lid?
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    John Bauer , September 18, 2013 1:44 PM
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    why the hell would I want glass on the *outside* of the lid?


    So you can break it and pay them so fix it, obviously.
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    Solandri , September 26, 2013 1:31 AM
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    why the hell would I want glass on the *outside* of the lid?

    In my experience, the lid of the laptop is the part that most frequently gets scratched. A scratch-resistant glass lid would help prevent that.

    I think the old Thinkpads had the best solution (not sure if they still use it). They coated the lid in some self-healing rubber-like material. If you got a scratch, you could just rub it out.
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    Touko , October 7, 2013 8:41 PM
    What a stupid discussion! the 730M is actually great for playing most games.

    And one of the best features of the 1440p resolution for games is that you can combine 4 pixels into one, ending up with a 720p display free of any scaling artifacts, which the 730M GPU will drive brilliantly.

    Any MMORPG will run great on this machine and look way better than on a quartered 1080p display, which would reduce it to 540p, which is too low to look good.

    As for those dullards saying "Ultrabooks aren't made for gaming": wake up, we aren't living in a static universe, things keep developing...
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    Touko , October 8, 2013 1:46 AM
    What a stupid discussion! the 730M is actually great for playing most games.

    And one of the best features of the 1440p resolution for games is that you can combine 4 pixels into one, ending up with a 720p display free of any scaling artifacts, which the 730M GPU will drive brilliantly.

    Any MMORPG will run great on this machine and look way better than on a quartered 1080p display, which would reduce it to 540p, which is too low to look good.

    As for those dullards saying "Ultrabooks aren't made for gaming": wake up, we aren't living in a static universe, things keep developing...