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 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.
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.
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.
Asus Zenbook UX31E review – this could be the best ultrabook, but…
15 December 2011
Summary: With a stylish and solid built body, the Zenbook is on of the best looking ultrabooks on the market. It's also very fast, however the screen and the keyboard did not live to our expectations, but overall the Asus UX31 is one of the best 13.3 inch ultrabooks out there right now.
Pros: good looking and solid built, good HD display, excellent speakers, solid performances, proper price tag
Cons: shallow and imprecise keyboard, jumpy trackpad (partially fixed on the newer models), a bit too ostentatious for my taste
Summary: True Ultrabook experience. The Ultrabook market is still at its infant stages, but Asus have thrown everything they can to make the best first impressions with their ultrathin Zenbook lineup.
Pros: Strong, long lasting aluminum design, Excellent application and SSD performance, Very bright screen, Comfortable keyboard, Large touchpad, Easily accessible ports, Relatively quiet, The super-fast SSD brings us one of the most responsive notebooks yet. This is wrapped up in a solid aluminum alloy...
Cons: No Kensington lock, Glossy screen, Touchpad requires driver update, Nothing is user-replaceable, Average battery life, The Touchpad is a small misstep, but driver updates bring it up to par. A backlit keyboard and matte screen option would have made the notebook even more appealing.
Excerpt: When Intel unveiled its notion of the ultrabook in June , Asus could hardly contain its excitement. Just moments after Intel’s Sean Maloney announced the newly-named laptop category, which promised fast boot times and great battery life, Asus’ Chairman Jonney Shih took the stage in his...
Pros: Very sturdy aluminum build, Fast resume and boot times, About six hours of battery life, Sleek power brick, included dongles
Cons: Touchpad is extremely flaky, jumpy, and frustrating, No backlit keyboard
Summary: The basics The Asus UX31E is a thin lightweight laptop with a metal unibody build. It has a 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 900. Inside you’ll find a 1.7GHz Intel Core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 256GB Solid State Drive and audio powered by Bang & Olufsen.
Pros: The ASUS UX31E borrows the kind of stylings seen on Apple’s Macbook Air. It looks trendy and thin, yet feels solid. This is one desirable bit of kit that any gadget fan would be proud to call their own. However its 13.3-inch screen gets one over on the MacBook Air with a higher 1600 x 900 resolut...
Cons: The keyboard feels hit and miss. The keys don’t have as much give as some would like, but anyone would soon get used to typing on it. However the trackpad fares less favorably, and is nowhere as smooth as the glass trackpads found on the MacBook Air. Battery life is not the best. At full charge i...