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IFA: ASUS debuts new Zenbook and Transformer book

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At the IFA conference, ASUS has revealed a number of new mobile devices, including the Zenbook 'U500VZ' and Prime UX21A Touch' ultrabooks, the Taichi ultraportable and the Transformer Book tablet with optional keyboard and Intel Core i7 technology. We'll discuss each of the new products separetely.

ASUS Zenbook U500VZ

ASUS' new ultrabook is considered a high-end device by the manufacturer. This doesn't just show in the finishing grade of the chassis, which features a lot of brushed aluminium, but also in the presence of a 15" IPS screen with Full HD resolution and the other components. The Zenbook uses an efficient quadcore Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 chip, which performs significantly better than most dual-core notebooks. Instead of relying on the Ivy Bridge's integrated video chip, ASUS can optionally equip the notebook with a discrete GeForce GT 650M graphics card, which adds support for CUDA and PhysX as well.

The Zenbook U500VZ has a height of 19.7 millimetres at its thickest point, meaning it only justs fits the Ultrabook category, which requires laptops to be thinner than 21 mm. ASUS claims that the full-size keyboard, which also has a numeric keypad, should type comfortably. The integrated keyboard backlight features a light detector, which automatically adjusts the intensity based on the amount of ambient light.

ASUS Zenbook U500VZ

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A Touch

The new Zenbook Prima UX21A Touch is the first of its kind with a multi-touch screen, which makes the device fully prepared for Windows 8's touch features. The ultrabook uses a third generation Intel Core processor and up to 256 GB of solid-state storage. This model also features a high quality IPS-panel with high brightness and decent viewing angles. ASUS has equipped the UX21A Touch with dual-band 802.11n WiFI and USB 3.0 technology. The ASUS SonicMaster technology should improve the sound quality, although these small devices never really impress in that field. The ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II manages power consumption and should allow the ultrabook to last up to two weeks in standby, ASUS claims.

Zenbook UX21A Touch

ASUS Taichi

The Taichi is a hybrid device, which can be used as both an ultraboot and a tablet. The device is shaped like a regular laptop, but has a screen on both sides. The screen on the front can be used when the notebook is opened, while the back panel switches on when it is closed. This allows the Taichi to be transformed from a laptop with keyboard and touchpad to a slightly thicker x86 tablet with multi-touch functionality. Both screens can also be used simultaneously, which may be of assistance when showing something to others. ASUS' Taichi also uses a third generation Intel Core processor, combined with a fast SSD drive. A dual-band 802.11n WiFi adaptor is present as well.

ASUS Taichi met dubbel scherm

ASUS Transformer Book

ASUS claims that its new Transformer Book is the first convertible notebook in the world. The device can be switched between a laptop and a tablet by simply detaching the keyboard from the screen. The product is designed for users that like working with a physical keyboard, but also wish to retain the flexibility a tablet has to offer. The device, based on an Ivy Bridge processor, can be equipped with either magnetic or solid-state storage. The TransFormer Book also features the SonicMaster technology to enhance its audio.

Transformer Book laptop can be detached from its keyboard to serve as a tablet


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