Asus Zenbook UX31A
Manufacturer: Asus Part number: UX31A-DB51
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CNET editors' review
price range: $989.99
- Reviewed by: Dan Ackerman
- Reviewed on: 07/27/2012
The good: The Asus Zenbook UX32A has the sharp design of other Zenbooks we've reviewed, but is even slimmer.
The bad: Other ultrabooks offer similar components for less, while spending a bit more will get you a much more full-featured Zenbook.
The bottom line: Stuck between a budget model and a high-end, feature-filled model, this middle Asus Zenbook is a slim, slick ultrabook, but also a tough sell.
I've finally found a laptop that suits all of my needs.
by wise12u on July 21, 2012
Pros: Beautiful, amazing screen.
Great keyboard. Great track pad. Good palm recognition without cursor jump.
Very Light weight with a very solid build.
A very cozy user feeling.
An incredible, sexy design. My personal favorite. Toned down and professional.
Cons: It could use a control reverse for f key functions on laptop. The levels of the screen and keyboard brightness need to have a lower and higher range. The SSD needs to be reformatted if you want any real space. It comes with about 65 GB usable.
Summary: I really do love this laptop. I would like to have 256GB of space (and will). The screen I have has no bleed at all. It is just plain gorgeous. ...
Summary: I really do love this laptop. I would like to have 256GB of space (and will). The screen I have has no bleed at all. It is just plain gorgeous. I cannot detect single a pixel. It is the best I have seen. I cannot tell the difference between this and any other ultra high resolution screen. The keys are great. Just the right amount of travel for my taste. I have had VERY few issues with the track pad jumping while typing. It has good palm recognition.
I highly recommend this laptop. I have been through 5 other 13 inchers, and this one has them beat in an overall opinion. There have been no deal breakers with this machine for me. I will be satisfied for at least the next 6 months with this machine as my traveler. The Ivy bridge sure is a big leap in graphics. That is for sure. Beware of the sandy bridge I3 unit still lingering in the new line. You will not have the graphics capabilities. But still good for regular use. Also it has full size HDMI and an extra USB 3.0. Good luck to all in finding the right new "travel book" for you. (my name for "ulta-books", "sleek-books", ect..)
Also an FYI to all who read this. I went through five other brands before I settled here.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Light, responsive and making me forget my Ipad2
by dvdsmth00 on August 25, 2012
Pros: The SSD and I7 Chip make this a real rocket with outstanding battery life. This thing compiles MP4s at amazing rates. A great traveling companion as well. Its like carrying a light book. It's $1,000 less than a MacBook Pro.
Cons: Mouse is a little sensitive and has me moving to other locations unwantedly. Speakers are clear but the volume could be a little higher. It's a pricey.
Summary: Love this thing.
Summary: Love this thing.
Good, but not perfect.
by shawngee100 on July 15, 2012
Pros: Amazing screen quality
Increased speed of Sandisk SSD from a 5.9 windows experience in the UX31E to a 7.5 on this new UX31A
Keyboard is much better and back light nicely
No more sound distortion at high levels
Trackpad is Elan and works fine
Cons: Small amount of light bleeding when completely dark
Slower bootup time
Battery life doesn't seem as good
Does not seem to trickle charge while constantly plugged in
Space is an issue on this model. Around 65GB out box
The sound is flat and lifeless
Summary: Overall this is a good computer. I am trying to decide if I will return this one for another because of the light bleeding, but I am not sure due ...
Summary: Overall this is a good computer. I am trying to decide if I will return this one for another because of the light bleeding, but I am not sure due to the fact that it doesn't bother me that much. In addition, I have seen reviews of people returning the item, only to get a worse bleed.
- Manufacturer: Asus
- Part number: UX31A-DB51
- Description: Measuring just 0.72" front and weighing just 3.2lbs, the artistically-crafted ZENBOOK Prime UX31A-DB51 notebook presents a delectable hairline spun metal finish with precision-etched concentric circles.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- System Type Ultrabook
- Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
- Notebook type Ultrathin,
Processor / Chipset
- CPU 3rd Gen Core i5,
Intel 3 i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- 64-bit Computing Yes
- Chipset Mobile Intel HM76 Express
- RAM 4 GB ( Provided memory is soldered )
- Technology DDR3 SDRAM
- Hard Drive 128 GB SSD
- Interface Serial ATA-600
- Optical Drive None
- Type 13.3 in - IPS
- LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
- Max Resolution 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
- Widescreen Yes
- Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
- Features 30 Days Bright Dot Return,
Audio & Video
- Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Camera Yes
- Image Sensor Type CMOS
- Sound Speaker , Microphone
- Audio Features ASUS SonicMaster,
ASUS Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
- Type Keyboard,
- Features Illumination
- Wireless 802.11n,
- Network Interface 10/100 Ethernet
- Technology Lithium polymer
- Capacity 50 Wh
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Output 45 Watt , 19 V
Connections & Expansion
- Interfaces Headphone/microphone combo jack,
2 x USB 3.0,
- Memory Card Reader Card reader ( SD Memory Card )
- Color Silver
- Case Material Aluminum
- Features ASUS USB Charger+,
- Included Accessories Sleeve,
USB Fast Ethernet adapter
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 12.8 in
- Depth 8.8 in
- Height 0.7 in
- Weight 2.9 lbs
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
Accidental damage coverage - 1 year