Summary: Minor complaints aside don’t detract from what is a powerful laptop with a great screen, sexy design and quick performance in whatever it does. At around £1,000 it’s a little on the pricey side, but as alternatives to Apple’s MacBook Air go, the ASUS UX31E is worth considering.
Conclusion: The ultrabook has been out for a while thanks to Apple, but not every one is an Apple fan or wants to pay the famous “Apple Tax” and that goes for me. So when ASUS came out with their version I knew I had to check it out as my old EeePC 1000H laptop was finally feeling a bit slow for me.
Pros: Light Weight
Cons: Does come with some ASUS “bloatware”, but it can be removed.
Excerpt: The Ultrabook category of computers is still relatively new, but many companies are putting the best foot forward to try and stake their claim in the market. The Asus Zenbook UX31 is the top of Asus’ Ultrabook lineup, so we decided to see how it compares to other devices on the market.
Conclusion: We like the Asus Zenbook UX31 quite a bit. It's exquisitely thin, superbly light at 2.86 pounds, and it's gorgeous. The build quality is top notch--in fact it's one of the best made notebooks we've seen outside of Apple's store.
Pros: Very fast, super-thin and light, all metal design, high res display.
Cons: Keyboard requires a firm touch and has low travel: not our choice for writers.
Conclusion: The Asus Zenbook UX31-RSL8 is the clear leader in the nascent ultrabook category, with better overall performance and battery life than any competitor. It also has a brilliant display, superb sound, and solid construction.
Pros: Ultra Low-Voltage Core i5 processor is efficient. USB 3.0. Bright, high-resolution display. Superb Bang & Olufsen sound. Slim and sturdy monoshell construction. Security features provide peace of mind. Includes mini VGA-to-VGA and USB-to-Ethernet dongles for added connectivity. Solid-state drive ...
Cons: SSD offers smaller storage capacity than competitors with spinning drives. Mini HDMI port instead of full-size.
Summary: The Asus Zenbook UX31 is an attractive laptop. It’s a fast laptop. For the month that I’ve had it, it’s been my favorite computer in the house. But I’m getting ready to box it up and ship it back to Intel and I’m not sure I’m ready to spend $1100 to buy my own Zenbook.
Excerpt: The UX31 is more than just a flagship in Asus’ notebook lineup; it’s a flagship among Ultrabooks in general. It was one of the first products to hit the market, and also one of the most expensive.
Pros: High-resolution display, Good sound quality, Great performance for an Ultrabook, Above-average battery life
Summary: The ASUS Zenbook UX31 takes a lot of what we loved about the 13-inch MacBook Air--a wafer-thin aluminum chassis, fast performance, instant resume, and good battery life--and adds even better audio and a higher-resolution display. Even better, the UX31 costs $200 less than the Air.
Excerpt: With the Asus UX31E, all the fuss about Ultrabooks starts to make sense. Its all-metal chassis, cut from a single sheet of aluminum, is undeniably handsome. And while this attractive metal wedge that’s just .71 inches at its thickest brings to mind the fine craftsmanship of a MacBook Air, it’s by no...
Pros: Stunning design; strong performance; SATA 6Gb/s SSD.