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.
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.
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
Conclusion: As a rule of thumb, a manufacturer's first attempt at a new product is usually its worst, and in knowing that we've been left pleasantly surprised by the Zenbook UX31. The Ultrabook should still be rough around the edges, but ASUS has developed a machine that's gorgeously designed, well-put together...
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.
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
Conclusion: The Asus Zenbook looks and feels great, and it's a pleasure to use. But it's not the fastest ultrabook you'll come across though, so if performance is crucial, you'd be best to look elsewhere. Likewise, if you need a wired Ethernet connection, this isn't the ultrabook for you.
Conclusion: The Asus Zenbook is like Angelina Jolie. It's hot to look at, but you know full well that a long-term relationship is going to be painful and difficult. Well, we know that, because we've tested the Zenbook and have heard lots about Angelina Jolie having her partner's blood in a container around her...
Pros: Stylish, generous memory, fast boot times, excellent battery life