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Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

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Overall 8

Asus Zenbook Prime Touch UX31A-BHI5T

PC Magazine
27 February 2013
  • Conclusion: With its brilliant, touch-enabled screen, incredibly thin design, great battery life, and $1,100 price tag, the Asus Zenbook Prime Touch UX31A-BHI5T is the ultrabook to beat.
  • Pros: Remarkably thin and lightweight. Gorgeous 1080p touch display with IPS panel. Very good battery life.
  • Cons: Limited storage space. Port selection is limited.
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Overall 9
Performance 9
Battery performance 9
Display 8
Weight 9
Noise 9
Gaming performance 7
Connectivity 7
Keyboard 9
Temperature 7

Review Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A Touch Ultrabook

31 January 2013
  • 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.
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Expert Review

Techware Labs
22 November 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Touch

21 October 2012
  • 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.
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Legit Reviews
16 October 2012
  • Summary: The ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A series is well designed, performs great and is all that one can ask for in an Intel Ultrabook!
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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.
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Overall 8

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.
  • Pros: astonishing looks, awesome IPS display, improved trackpad and backlit chiclet keyboard, solid performances, decent battery life, runs cool and quiet
  • Cons: still not the best trackpad, average speakers, can get hot when pushed
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Overall 7
Design 7
Performance 7
Battery performance 7
Display 10
Keyboard 7
Software 6

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
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Overall 9

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
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Review: Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

PC Authority
31 October 2012
  • Summary: A great all rounder, but up against very stiff competition.
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