Asus shows off new Windows 8 U500 Zenbook
Asus have generally had some of the best Ultrabook’s on the market with Windows 7, and if the u500 is anything to go by – then Asus are not going to be left behind the Windows 8 craze either. The U500 (which we assume might just be a codename for now) is the first Windows 8 Zenbook from Asus, and it boasts some decent specs for an ultrabook. The first thing to notice is that the screen size has been increased to 15-inches, up from the original biggest of 13.3-inches, something that we would prefer in a laptop screen (larger size). There’s also an i7 ivy bridge processor on board, along with an optional (and highly recommended by us) Nvidia GT650m graphics card, for all your low end to medium gaming needs and more. There’s also room for up to 512GB of SSD storage, and while the weight hasn’t been announced yet, the thickness maxes out at 0.78 inches (compared to the 0.71-inches it maxes out on today).
As far as the build quality and design goes, it’ll be exactly the same as the current Zenbook models on the market today – so you either hate it or love it. Due to the bigger screen, Asus have also managed to cram in a number pad on the right had side, and the keyboard keeps it’s backlighting as well. As far as the screen resolution goes, the Zenbook will continue to use a Full HD IPS Display, like on the UX31A. As always, pricing and availability are yet to be announced but as we get closer to Windows 8’s release date, keep your eyes peeled for more tid bits.