Summary: The Asus Zenbook UX31E is an early indicator of how anorexic an ultrabook can be, with outstanding style and design. One of the costliest ultrabook around, the Asus Zenbook is one heck of a style statement.
Pros: Attractive, super slim design, Very good hardware configuration, High-resolution display
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.
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: 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. The laptop is very fast and could work as a main machine if you're not a 3D gamer. For a 13" ultraportable it has a better than average selection of ports, and we love the HDMI and USB 3.0 ports in particular.
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 offers instant boot-up and resume time.
Cons: SSD offers smaller storage capacity than competitors with spinning drives. Mini HDMI port instead of full-size.
Summary: The Asus Zenbook UX31E is an excellent-looking Windows Ultrabook laptop that matches the MacBook Air step for step with an even better price. Fans of great audio, high-resolution screens and lots of ports will be happy; keyboard/touch pad aficionados will be disappointed.
Cons: The keyboard and touch pad are weak points; there are equally thin laptops out there with better battery life.
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.
Because let’s face it: It’s better than every other computer I own. But I’m not sure if it’s enough better to consider replacing any my existing desktop or laptop computer.