Over the past few pages, we've seen that the Zenbook Prime's display really does live up to the hype. We've seen that this sexy little ultrabook is just as fast, if not faster, than its Sandy Bridge-powered predecessor. (Its graphics performance is certainly a step above the previous generation, even if it's not anywhere near good enough to play the latest games at decent settings. Casual titles and older games would be a better fit for this machine.) More importantly, we've seen that the Zenbook Prime has terrific battery life, beating both the previous-gen machine and Intel's reference Ivy Bridge ultrabook.
If that's not a bargain, I don't know what is.
Sadly, there's one little flaw that prevents us from giving this ultrabook a full-fledged TR Editor's Choice award. The problem isn't Asus' fault by any means—indeed, we need more notebook makers to take the plunge and offer high-PPI laptops, lest the status quo remain unchanged. But the issue is bound to annoy prospective users just the same.
That problem, as you've probably guessed, is spotty software support for the high-PPI display. Folks shouldn't have to compromise between ugly graphics scaling and Lilliputian fonts when browsing the web, but it's a sad reality that must be confronted with the Zenbook Prime. Other Windows apps also exhibit an occasional reticence to bend themselves to the system's DPI setting. Windows 8 may improve or even resolve the situation entirely, but this ultrabook ships with Windows 7 right now, and wishful thinking about future fixes isn't enough to warrant a more solid endorsement.
84 comments — Last by eitje at 9:17 AM on 09/24/12
|1. Ryszard - $603||2. Hdfisise - $600||3. Andrew Lauritzen - $502|
|4. Redocbew - $350||5. the - $306||6. SomeOtherGeek - $300|
|7. chasp_0 - $251||8. Ryu Connor - $250||9. mbutrovich - $250|
|10. aeassa - $175|
|TR's July 2015 mobile staff picksOur top options for on-the-go computing||54|
|AMD's Carrizo brings power savings to mainstream laptopsExcavator and GCN combine at 15W||83|
|Asus' Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible reviewedCore M horsepower in a detachable 2-in-1||29|
|Inside ARM's Cortex-A72 microarchitectureThe next-gen CPU core for mobile devices and servers||42|
|Samsung's 850 EVO M.2 solid-state drive reviewedNow available in fun-sized flavors||35|
|Dell's Venue 8 7000 tablet reviewedx86 Android goes on a crash diet||44|
|Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 with the Exynos 5433 processorA Korean import gives us a look at ARM's latest tech||110|
|Samsung's Portable SSD T1 reviewedA pocketable 850 EVO||34|
|MSI puts mobile Quadros to work in its WS60 and WT72 notebooks||4|
|Thursday Night Shortbread||7|
|HP's Envy 32 display blends FreeSync and living-room DNA||11|
|Prepare for the wasteland with Fallout 4's system requirements||54|
|Green means gaming on HP's updated Pavilion notebooks||18|
|Dell brings infinity display to XPS 15 laptop; launches XPS 12 2-in-1||32|
|Amazon redefines the sneakernet with Snowball data courier||35|
|Here be dragons on MSI's GK701 keyboard and DS502 headset||11|
|Soft Machines debuts CPUs and SoCs based on VISC architecture||69|
|It's almost as if the company held a big event this morning! ;)||+61|