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Hands-on Review: Asus ZENBOOK 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop/Ultrabook UX302LA

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My quick hands-on review of the new Asus Zenbook (2013 model). Late last year Asus released UX301 and UX302 (I'm trying the UX302), the latest, third generation of the brand's flagship laptops. Design: Beautiful exterior, entirely made of metal. The lid is covered in a sheet of Gorilla Glass for protection from scratches. Touchscreen: Bright with great color clarity. The model I'm reviewing is full HD with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Also available in 2,560 x 1,440 WQHD display - almost like Apple's retina. Keyboard: Nice keyboard, easy to use, responsive but I found the keys a little too big. Touchpad: Excellent. It's rare to find a touchpad on a notebook that works perfectly - this one does. Power and Performance: The new Asus Zenbooks come with latest-gen Intel Core processors starting with the Core i5-4200U up to the high-end 28W Core i7-4558U option. My model was with a with an i5 and 4 DDR ram - fast enough to complete complex tasks like working on three Adobe Creative Suite programs at once. The battery is rated to last for about 7 hours - not bad for an ultrabook. A great ultrabook to have. Here are the specs of my tested model: Asus ZENBOOK 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive + 16GB Solid State Drive (Model: UX302LA-BHI5T08) 13.3" Full HD touch screen for hands-on control. 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-4200U processor. 4GB system memory for basic multitasking. Hybrid hard drive and solid state drive for best-of-both storage. Intel® HD Graphics 4400. Built-in stereo speakers. Weighs 3 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin. Extended battery life: 6 hours and 42 minutes. Spun brushed-hairline aluminum finish. Dragon voice recognition capability. Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices. 3 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices. HDMI output expands your viewing options. Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer. Next-generation wireless connectivity. Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. Built-in HD webcam with microphone array Backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark locations. Additional ports: Mini DisplayPort. Headphone-out/audio-in combo jack. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance.