This sleek ultrabook is great for traveling and taking to class. However, its features lack the proficiency for a power-user.
Peter Martin, the Webdoc here, your technology correspondent. Today we are going to take a look at the ASUS Zenbook Prime. This sleek and elegant laptop features a high-resolution display and a significantly improved keyboard. Here are some of the things we noticed about the new addition to the Zenbook line.
The Ultrabook sports the spun metal lid, wafer thin which looks cool but is a bit wobbly and picks up scratches quite easily. At 2.9 pounds and only 0.3 inches thick this is a great model for college students and other people who are on the go.
The keyboard is a big improvement from the previous model, and offers a much more comfortable typing experience. The trackpad however leaves something to be desired. The click does not always register and though scrolling is not a problem other gestures like pinch and zoom falter and don’t always register. ASUS seems to be aware of these issues however and has already released some updates.
The 1920 x 1080 IPS display is one of the best displays we’ve seen on an ultralook. Colors look crisp and vivid, viewing angles are wide and you can page through websites with ease. As far as sound goes, we found it tinny and canned. This is not unusual for Ultrabooks because of their slim sizes, but competitors like the Toshiba Satellite seem to have better sound.
The battery life is midrange, tapping out at around 6 hours. This is fine for going to a few classes but not the greatest for a power user. While the Zenbook has its shortcomings it is still priced much more reasonably than the MacBook Air and the Samsung Series 9 which is great when you are on a budget.
Overall we like the great display, sleek design and decent battery life but there is still room to improve in the touchpad and audio departments.