Summary: 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?
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.
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.
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 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.
Is a high-resolution display what the ultrabook needs?
5 July 2012
Summary: The Zenbook Prime UX31A boldly strides forward, only to stumble again. Asus introduces a brilliant 1080p IPS display that sets a high bar for every new premium ultrabook, and adds the backlit keyboard we missed, but fails to fix the terrible trackpad, weakens the hinge, stuffs it with cruft, and deadens the audio quality in the process. Parts of the experience feel premium, to be sure, but like the tacky stickers on the palmrest, the cheapness seeps through.
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
Zenbook Prime UX31A: an Ultrabook with a superb screen, fast performance and much improved user comfort
Good Gear Guide.au
13 November 2012
Summary: Excellent overall performance and a stunning screen are just two important features that the ASUS Zenbook UX31A brings to the table. It's thin, light, has a backlit keyboard and its battery life is impressive. It still isn't perfect, and our primary gripe with this model is its touchpad, but it doesn't overshadow the strong Ivy Bridge-based configuration and the beautiful IPS-based screen.
Pros: Fast performance, Stunning Full HD, IPS screen, Respectable battery life, Strong build quality
Cons: Touchpad can be a nuisance, Ambient light sensor not great, Space bar squeaked on our model