Asus Zenbook UX302LG Owners Lounge

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  1. Derek712

    Derek712 Notebook Virtuoso

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    This thread is a continuation of the Asus UX302 thread. Since the US302LA and UX302LG models are significantly different, it made sense to have different threads. I'll do my best to update this post with all relevant information. If you think something needs to be added, feel free to PM me.

    Base specifications:

    Processor: i7-4500U or i5-4200U
    Memory: 2GB or 4GB onboard memory + DIMM up to 4GB. Slot supports an 8GB module
    Display: 13.3" IPS 1920x1080
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M 2GB + Intel HD 4400
    Storage: 500GB HDD + 16GB SSD ; 750GB HDD + 16GB SSD ; 256GB SSD -- Laptop has a 2.5" bay and a mSata mini slot(half-sized mSata)
    SD Card reader
    Webcam
    Wireless AC + bluetooth
    3X USB 3.0
    1x HDMI
    1x Mini Display Port
    4480 mAh battery
    Dimensions: 325 x 226 x 17.2 mm
    Weight 1.5 kg or 3.3 lbs

    Configuration list
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4002H - 1200 euro - Intel Core i5-4200U, Nvidia 730M, 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4008H - 1250 euro – Intel Core i5-4200U, Nvidia 730M, 750 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4028H - 1400 euro - Intel Core i5-4200U, Nvidia 730M, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4007H - 1350 euro – Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 750 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4014P - 1550 euro - Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4027H - 1099 euros – Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Home
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4027P - Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro
    Zenbook UX302LG-DH71T-CA - CND$1399($1399USD*) - Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Home
    *No US model exists, however some(including myself) have been able to get Canada's model through resellers such as NCIX.

    Known quality issues
    Warped keyboards - the keyboard and frame are built as one piece. Unfortunately some(including myself) have experienced warping to where the frame is bent and reaches the level of the keys(picture here). This affects the backlighting ability of the keys seen here and also can make typing difficult. Some have found a workaround by loosening some screws inside the laptop but most return theirs over this issue.
    Backlight bleeding on the screen - Most, if not all of us have at least some form of backlight bleed. It's extremely common to have minor "points" of backlight bleeding at the bottom of the screen. For most of us, this is only noticeable at boot up and maybe movies where there is a black bar at the bottom. In lit rooms or when there is a picture showing, you won't notice it. Some users have reported more severe cases of backlight bleed. Many have ended up exchanging their units over it. This picture is a pretty good example of the minor bleed at the bottom edge, along with the heavy bleed in the top.
    Backlit keyboard issues - Some users have reported issues with malfunctioning keyboard backlight after returning from sleep. No known fix yet.

    Opening the laptop
    There are a number of torx screws on the bottom that require a T5 or T6 driver to remove. Additionally, there are two Phillips screws located under the rubber feet closest to the hinge of the display. Some have reported they don't have those screws so YMMV. To get the feet off, you have to pry underneath them with something stong and thin. I personally used a small flathead and my fingernail. It's held on with double sided tape. My feet held up to 3 rounds of removal before I had to apply a little glue to keep them on.

    Teardown pictures here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/734016-asus-ux302-56.html#post9546572
    Another teardown with more pictures: http://forum.notebookreview.com/asu...book-ux302lg-owners-lounge-2.html#post9615736
    Alternate way to open the laptop without completely removing the back cover: http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/734016-asus-ux302-6.html#post9432931

    Upgrades
    Ram - Whether you have 2GB or 4GB onboard Ram, you can replace your DIMM with an 8GB stick. If you want to replace your ram with an 8GB stick, make sure it's 1.35V or it will not work. Here are some known brands that work ok:
    -Crucial CT102464BF160B
    -G.Skill F3-1600C11S-8GSL
    -Mushkin model 992038
    -Patriot PSD38G1600L2S
    -Kingston KVR16LS11/8

    2.5" bay hard drive - The stock HDD is 7mm wide. With the bracket, it measures up to 8.3mm. There have been reports of 9mm drives fitting but you have to remove the bracket and tape it down. Most newer SSDs are 7-8mm.
    Known brands that work: All EXCEPT Crucial M500. Nobody with a 2.5" M500 has been able to get theirs to be recognized by the laptop. No solution yet. I personally use a Crucial m500 mSata through a 2.5" adapter and it works fine though.

    mSata Mini(half-sized msata) - This is not a full mSata slot. Asus uses these slots for drive caching. You can remove the cache drive and add a larger drive to boot from, if you desire. Currently capacities are limited to 128GB and there are only a handful of options out there. I personally use the M-Factors mRock 128GB, which has 450MB/s read and 100MB/s write. MyDigitalSSD also has a 128GB drive at a lower cost that has up to 500GB/s read and 200GB/s write(Mine was 520 read, 170 write). This is a great way to get SSD speeds without sacrificing the HDD space.

    I'll add a more detailed disassembly when I open my machine later in the next week or so. I am changing out the SSD in the 2.5" bay and will probably swap out that newer mSata mini as well, to test it.
     
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  2. AureliusD

    AureliusD Notebook Enthusiast

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    Good start! ;)
     
  3. Mark_K

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    wow you had to but it in the lounge?
    Why couldn't you put it in the other room?
     
  4. Derek712

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    What other room?
     
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    I meant the original forum not the lounge.
     
  6. Xelagihäf

    Xelagihäf Notebook Enthusiast

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    Wow, thanks Xentar712, that's an awesome front page !
    I've been reading the whole previous thread these past few days and this is a superb summary !

    Just a little addition : 2 users claimed that 8GB Patriot sticks (PSD38G1600L2S) work perfectly as well.


    May I ask you where you found your Windows 8.1 ISO for the clean install you did on your 128 GB m-sata SSD ? I know the right version to use it the "Core" one but I haven't started searching for it yet.
     
  7. eggaD

    eggaD Notebook Enthusiast

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    You could perhaps add this configuration list?

    Zenbook UX302LG-C4002H - 1200 euro - Intel Core i5-4200U, Nvidia 730M, 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4008H - 1250 euro – Intel Core i5-4200U, Nvidia 730M, 750 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4028H - 1400 euro - Intel Core i5-4200U, Nvidia 730M, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4007H - 1350 euro – Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 750 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM;
    Zenbook UX302LG-C4014P - 1550 euro - Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro;

    I've copied the text from Asus Zenbook UX302LG / UX302 review - the GAMING 13 inch ultrabook
     
  8. Xelagihäf

    Xelagihäf Notebook Enthusiast

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    There's also the one I have : Zenbook UX302LG-C4027H - 1099 euros – Intel Core i7-4500U, Nvidia 730M, 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Home
     
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    And also Zenbook UX302LG-C4002P - which is same as C4002H, but has Windows 8 Professional
     
  10. Derek712

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    Microsoft used to let you download it from their site if you had a product key but they disabled that ability. I'm guessing most people torrent it now. Just use your DD and make sure it's legit and virus free. I got mine from the MS site over a year ago but it's Windows 8. I had to install almost a GB of updates, and then update to Windows 8.1.
     
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