ASUS has quite a few announcements today as IFA Berlin approaches. Some of the new products that caught our eye are the ASUS Zenbook U500VZ, which is a slim ultra-portable featuring Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and NVIDIA GT650M graphics, the Zenbook Prime UX21A Touch, which is the first Zenbook with a multi-touch display. ASUS was also showing off the Taichi, an ultra-portable with a double-sided display and the Transformer Book, the world’s first convertible notebook. We have the scoop on all of these new products, read on to check them out!
ASUS ZENBOOK U500VZ
The ASUS ZENBOOK U500VZ indisputably proves that a high-performance ultraportable is possible without sacrificing slimline style. Wrapped in a sleek aluminium shell with unique ‘spun’ hairline finish, the ZENBOOK U500VZ packs an incredibly powerful 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processor. Combined with optional NVIDIA® GT650M graphics and up to 512GB SSD storage, the result is a blisteringly fast ultraportable that dramatically outperforms the competition.
Despite measuring a mere 19.7mm at its thickest point, the ZENBOOK U500VZ has a 15” Full HD display that works brilliantly for both productivity and entertainment purposes alike. IPS technology gives vivid colours and a crisp image that can be seen from almost any angle, while the anti-glare coating eliminates distracting reflections. Comfort is a key feature with ZENBOOK U500VZ — literally. The full-size keyboard has a separate numeric keypad and the automatic backlight makes minute adjustments to its brightness according to ambient lighting for fuss-free typing at all times.
Flexible storage choices mean the ZENBOOK U500VZ can meet a variety of application needs. Dual SSD drives deliver outstanding performance with up to 512GB capacity, while the combination of a 128GB SSD and 500GB hard drive offer the perfect balance between high-performance and high-capacity storage. Battery life is equally impressive and ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II technology delivers up to 25% longer mains-free use when it’s needed most.
ZENBOOK Prime UX21A Touch
The new ASUS ZENBOOK Prime UX21A Touch is the first ZENBOOK with a multi-touch display. Powered by a 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processor with up to 256GB SSD storage, the ZENBOOK Prime UX21A Touch is a razor-thin Ultrabook that gives a great Windows 8 experience.
The Full HD Super IPS+ screen gives a bright, vibrant image with an ultra-wide 178° viewing angle and capacitive 10-point multi-touch provides extremely accurate touch input. It may be lean and mean, but the ZENBOOK Prime UX21A Touch doesn’t skimp on the rest of its specifications. USB 3.0 delivers rapid USB device recharging and 10 times the data transfer rate of USB 2.0, while dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi exploits the faster wireless speeds offered by the latest 5GHz routers.
Despite its extreme performance, the ZENBOOK Prime UX21A Touch still offers outstanding battery life. ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II not only extends mains-free use by up to 25% with its sophisticated power-management technology, but also provides instant-on functionality and a standby time of up to two weeks. ASUS renowned SonicMaster technology delivers superlative sound quality too, thanks to a combination of professional-grade audio processing and high-quality audio hardware.
The ASUS TAICHI is a slim and stylish ultraportable with an astonishing feature — a brilliant double-sided display. With the lid open, the TAICHI is used like a standard Ultrabook and comes complete with a full-size backlit QWERTY keyboard and trackpad. With the lid closed, however, the TAICHI instantly becomes a multi-touch tablet computer with stylus support, bringing a degree of flexibility that has never before been experienced with an ordinary Ultrabook. Better still, both screens can operate independently and simultaneously, which means the TAICHI can be shared with two users for a host of innovative new applications. The TAICHI is as light and thin as the ASUS ZENBOOK and delivers uncompromised mobile performance, with 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors, fast SSD storage and dual band 802.11n Wi-Fi.
ASUS Transformer Book
The ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s first convertible notebook and can switch instantly between traditional laptop and tablet modes simply by detaching the screen. Aimed at users who prefer the portability of a multi-touch tablet computer for leisure, but who still want full functionality for productivity use, the Transformer Book features the latest 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, plus a choice of SSD and HDD storage. The Transformer Book also features ASUS SonicMaster technology, developed by the ASUS Golden Ear team to deliver crystal-clear sound with deep rich bass through its integrated speakers.