The Display in Pictures

The star of the show is obviously ASUS' 1920 x 1080 IPS display. Contrast ratio, viewing angles and color reproduction are all significantly improved compared to the original Zenbook. White is a bit warmer than I'd like by default (6014K) but otherwise I really have no complaints about this panel. It's easily the best display I've ever seen ASUS use and arguably one of the best displays ever deployed in a notebook, much less one as small as the UX21. Before we get to the actual numbers, here are some shots of the Zenbook Prime compared to the lackluster Zenbook display:

Zenbook Prime (front) vs. Zenbook (back)

Zenbook Prime (left) vs. Zenbook (right)

Zenbook Prime (left) vs. Zenbook (right)

Zenbook Prime (left) vs. Zenbook (right)

Note just how much better the viewing angles are compared to the old Zenbook panel. ASUS clearly got it right this time.

The Zenbook Prime: What's New The Display in Numbers & in Practice
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  • haukionkannel - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    It is very nice to see much better panels in these new laptops! And when you think how much power good display eats it is guite nice to see that powr usage has remained the same! We will get more clarity to this matter when ux32 will be released. It seems to have that normal pitifull low res TN panel like in most old laptops...
    We need more laptops like these! I would not mind to see a little bit bigger case with these panels at a little bit lover price!
  • phoenix_rizzen - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    The high-end version of the UX32, with the discrete GPU, has the same 1920x1080 IPS panel. But the battery is slightly smaller (48 Whr vs 50 Whr).
  • Conficio - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - link

    I'd go for the UX32 if there would an option with a good screen that is not combined with a useless (to me) gamers GPU.

    Although I don't understand the pricing $200 buy me just a faster CPU? Really, that has to be a really big jump for that kind of premium

    Then the next $300 buy me a decent display (it's still 16:9 and should be 16:10 for people that actually work on their computers, as opposed to entertainment) and a GPU?

    Why can't we have a reasonable upgrade (<$75) for the display with the lower end CPUs. I'd think the $1,000 price point should actually include the nicer display.
  • B3an - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    So nice to see a GOOD 1080p IPS display on this. And the rest of the package looks great too, might actually get one of these but would have liked atleast 6GB.
  • tipoo - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    Does that lift before the shipping date? If so, when? Odd that they would be hush hush about that, maybe they are having thermal issues since apparently IB runs hotter than SB.
  • Evil_Sheep - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    Oh wow this model is a dream come true. It's been years but has a PC vendor finally got what it takes to go head to head with Apple?
  • Roland00Address - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    Nobody uses that port, and while it comes with a dongle you could have used mini displayport or thunderbolt and achieve the same vga effect with mini displayport to vga dongle.

    That said this is a beauty of a laptop.
  • fic2 - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    I don't know, but I would assume they included it for projector systems. I think most of the conference rooms in the building I work in only have vga to the table.
  • fic2 - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    My fail - didn't read the rest of your post about DP->vga dongle.
  • ananduser - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - link

    My dear Anand, you're so pretentious with displays in general but when it comes to gaming fluency you go below standard. 20fps is NOT playable and a subpar experience. I'd wish you'd be as pretentious with GPU performance as you are with hardware specs.

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