Reviews and Problems with Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A
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Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A review
7 January 2014
Summary: Eight months ago, Asus was one of the first to build a credible MacBook Air alternative with a similar look and feel. The 13-inch Asus Zenbook UX31 and 11-inch UX21 delivered extremely rigid all-metal frames, power-sipping Intel Sandy Bridge processors, speedy solid state storage, and unfortunately, an incredibly frustrating trackpad .
Pros: Solid aluminum build, Fantastic (optional) 1080p IPS screen, Included dongles and sleeve
Cons: Extremely annoying trackpad, Weak hinge, Sharp edges, On the pricier side
Excerpt: “Ultrabook” is one of those phrases that has lost much of its meaning over time. When Intel initially dreamed up the concept, they were looking to see Windows-based competitors to the Macbook Air. What manufacturers delivered has varied so widely in price, features and finish that “Ultrabook” can mean just about anything.
Conclusion: The Asus Zenbook Prime was and is the definition of a high end Ultrabook. It's still the poster child for what Intel imagined when they coined the Ultrabook term: thin, light, extremely stylish and quick. Among Windows machines, it's still hard to beat it for seriously high end styling, fit and finish, features and value. Yes, $1,100 isn't cheap, but when compared to Samsung's top of the line Series 9 with a 1080p non-touch display, it's the more affordable choice.
Pros: As ever, a stunning design, elegant metal casing, full HD IPS touch screen, slim.
Cons: Fingerprint magnet, micro ports mean carrying dongle adapters.
Excerpt: Ultra-Touchbook. Few laptops of 2012 impressed us as much as the premium Ultrabook from Asus. The model achieved a rare 90%. Everything was perfect - even the display maintained a high standard. Will the touch panel make this great model even better? "Super Ultrabook". This is the title our editor chose at the end of June 2012 for the extensively tested Zenbook Prime UX31A . He was very impressed by the second generation of the Zenbook.
Pros: High-quality and robust aluminium unibody, Comfortable keyboard with backlight, Good IPS display (viewing angles), High program performance thanks to the fast SSD, Very quiet during office use, Good sound, Nice battery life, The flawless workmanship of the full aluminum chassis is a stunner. This is the standard for sturdiness in a notebook.
Cons: Brightness throttling while running on battery, Reduced contrast and brightness, No Displayport, No Gigabit LAN, Max. 4 GB of RAM, A docking interface on the bottom would not distort the look and would be useful to many business users. Without one, the user has to carry dongles around or purchase a USB 3.0 dock. External displays are some times disadvantaged by USB.
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A – an Ultrabook as Intel imagined it
9 October 2012
Conclusion: The Zenbook Prime UX31A is already on sale and can be purchased for around $1000 for the base model. That is a very good price, as you might note – Amazon currently has it listed for $1029, but you can easily save more with mail-in rebates and online discounts. If you want the top model, you’ll have to shell out $1495 – the Full HD IPS display, 256 GB SSD and Core i7 processor are worth it, though.
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Ultrabook review: a high-res display, and a much-improved keyboard
12 August 2012
Summary: When ASUS first released the UX31E last fall, we found plenty to like in its striking design, high-quality display and brisk performance. The addition of backlighting and a more comfortable keyboard -- not to mention the step up to Ivy Bridge and Intel HD Graphics 4000 -- makes the whole package considerably better. But that doesn't mean the Zenbook Prime UX31A is now the best. To claim that title, it needs a more usable trackpad, above all else.
Pros: Great IPS display, Sleek, lightweight design, Decent battery life
Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A review – the best ultrabook out there right now
23 July 2012
Summary: The Asus Zenbook UX31A is my new favorite ultrabook, as it manages to fix most of the issues of the first generation Zenbooks, while adding a Full HD IPS screen and keeping the cool design and prices unchanged.