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ASUS UX301LA-XH72T Intel Core i7 4558U (2.8GHz) 8GB Memory 512GB SSD 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

  • Intel Core i7 4558U (2.8GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 512GB SSD
  • Intel Iris graphics 5100
  • 2560 x 1440
  • Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • George D.
  • 5/16/2014 9:50:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs"restart in 2 days" message

This review is from: ASUS UX301LA-XH72T Intel Core i7 4558U (2.8GHz) 8GB Memory 512GB SSD 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Pros: This ultrabook is really the FIRST ultrabook that does what a mobile workstation can do. I've had the XH72T version for about 3 months, and it has worked flawlessly... but the "Windows Update ...restart in 2 days" message threw me for a loop... with a simple solution. Hold the power switch down for 15 seconds. That causes a hard reboot that the machine will not do by itself. You'll look at the blue screen rotating spokes all day and nothing will happen... until you hold the power button down long enough.

Cons: Zero cons from my POV.

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  • Nick W.
  • 3/16/2014 5:57:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, but not perfect

This review is from: ASUS UX301LA-XH72T Intel Core i7 4558U (2.8GHz) 8GB Memory 512GB SSD 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Pros: (In order of what I was looking for): Dual 256GB SSD, solid mobile processor, sturdy and well-built chassis, adequate graphics muscle, dead sexy. Performed as-advertised out of the box (no pixel issues, no defects, etc.) My wife even thinks the box is sexy, and it is... But I would have preferred $20 off the cost for brown cardboard :)

Cons: Limited hardware upgrade paths down the road... Compared to similar Dell models, the Asus support for cracking open the case is zero. Zilch. Dell tells you how to do it with handy diagrams, and will probably loan you a screwdriver... Something to consider, and the only reason I docked an egg.

Fan noise while taxing the system is non-zero, but certainly not poor. "Normal" workloads = silent, even with active cooling enabled in power mgmt.

Minor gripe is the glass-like finish on the cover... It's basically a blue mirror, and you'll be polishing it often to keep it sexy (it hurts to be beautiful).

Other Thoughts: First thing I did (after checking HW of course) was break RAID to set up a dual 8.1/8.1 boot... Thus, I can have a work and a personal laptop in one body; BitLocker segregates the two quite nicely for security/privacy. This was an essential feature for me, even though I could have done the same on a single SSD.

For work, it performs wonderfully; plenty of processor and screen real estate; MS office is effectively instant, WiFi is fast, blah blah. The specs are up there.

For personal (i.e. gaming), the 5100 is... pretty good. It's better that older Intel chips, and you can run CivV/Diablo3/Skyrim at _native resolution_ but at the cost of scaling waaay back on the eye candy, or drop resolution for some bells and whistles... All in all, a reasonable mobile gaming experience short of a "real" gaming laptop. The high pixel density compensates for resolution drops, so you end up with an perfectly adequate gaming experience.

Still playing with battery - CivV at the best settings I could get good rates on lasted a touch over an hour... Keep in mind it's pegging the graphics and working over the CPU. Crazy Excel experiments (10,000,000 RANDBETWEENs) put the RAM and HD to work, but the battery looked much stronger doing so... I couldn't seem to reasonably peg the processor, which is good. As I sit on an idle desktop with "vanilla" 8.1pro/64, it tells me 94% will last 8.5 hrs. Regardless, there's no option to swap it, so if this starts hurting I'll come back and say so. But so far, it's fine.

Asus driver availability is good (brand loyalty here), fresh Windows auto-detects and installs most drivers except for the chipset and keyboard backlight (I think), but no issues resolving there. Note Intel will require you to use Asus' 5100 graphics driver, so you won't always be able to get the very-latest...

All in all, this is a strong 4 eggs (even 5) so long as you can live without the potential long-term upgrade path. My target lifespan for this is three years for work, then I'll start tinkering... Or, by then, maybe I'll have saved up another $2k...(Or, maybe by then Dell will start putting Alienware in traditional Dell cases, so I can still look professional and rock an M780...)

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  • Billy O.
  • 2/4/2014 12:05:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsExcellent hardware hampered by buggy drivers

This review is from: ASUS UX301LA-XH72T Intel Core i7 4558U (2.8GHz) 8GB Memory 512GB SSD 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Pros: High quality, high resolution screen. Dual SSDs. 28W, fast processor, particularly for the ultrabook form factor. Pretty gorilla glass exterior. All the standard buttons, such as print screen, pause break, etc. (unlike a Macbook Air)

Cons: When resuming from sleep, Windows 8.1 DPI detection believes the display is a 96 DPI display. To resolve the issue you're forced to sign out and sign back in again every time the system comes out of sleep. :(

Other Thoughts: Will be a 5 egg product once the driver bugs get fixed.

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