ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A

  • 2.6 GHz Single core
  • 4 GB
  • 128 GB HDD
Released June, 2012
A 3rd-generation 1.9-GHz Intel Core i7-3517U processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256 GB solid state drive under the hood really make this ultraportable fly.
by LaptopMag (May, 2012)

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First reviewed June, 2012

Features Key features of the ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A

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That's impressive endurance given that this configuration uses a faster Core i7 processor and the older UX31 had a Core i5.
by LaptopMag (May, 2012)

screen resolution

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
In another change from the previous generation of Zenbook laptops, the display is now full HD, with a 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolution.
ZENBOOK UX31A by c|net (Jul, 2012)
While fonts and images don't have quite the incredible level of detail as they do on Apple's machine (see images above), that matte coating doesn't hurt, and the Retina display actually seems to have a blueish-purple tint when compared to the clean whites of the Zenbook.
ZENBOOK UX31A by The Verge (Jul, 2012)

cpu speed

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The Prime also adds a comfier backlit keyboard and a third-generation Intel Core processor for a serious speed boost.
ZENBOOK UX31A by LaptopMag (May, 2012)
Then again, you should expect faster performance from an Ivy Bridge Core i7 CPU withn an SSD.
ZENBOOK UX31A by LaptopMag (May, 2012)

processor

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
The new Zenbook Prime UX31A and UX21A would include a revamped design with newer Ivy Bridge processors, backlit keyboards, an optional Nvidia 620M GPU, and best of all, matte 1080p IPS displays... even on the 11-inch model.
ZENBOOK UX31A by The Verge (Jul, 2012)
The UX32A still has a previous-generation Intel Core i3 CPU.
ZENBOOK UX31A by c|net (Jul, 2012)

memory

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We tested the $1,399 version of the UX31A with a 1.9GHz Core i7-3517U processor, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive.
ZENBOOK UX31A by The Verge (Jul, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A

 

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pros

  • 4 MP
  • the screen is large enough to display 1080p video without scaling
  • 2.6 GHz
  • 1920 x 1080
  • MMC, SDSC
  • 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0)
  • Jun, 2012
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • 128 GB
  • Single core

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 71%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
The touchpad (an Elan model) is fairly quick and accurate with a single finger, although the company's new, tackier glass touchpad surface can keep your digits from traveling smoothly if you're light on finger oil.
Rated 76%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
Despite the similarities, the small difference in thickness and weight in the UX31A actually feels pretty significant in the hand - this is the closest to the ultrabook ideal.

Screen

Although the $1,499 price of our configuration isn't cheap, you get a sharper screen than the 256GB MacBook Air for $100 less.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2012)
When we hit the UX31A with our light meter, the display averaged 423 lux, which is brighter than the older UX31 (391 lux) and well above the ultraportable average (219 lux).
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2012)
It's not perfect — in a dark room, with a dark image, I could see some backlight bleed around the edges of the screen — but the display is exceptional in just about every other way.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)

Body

Like that MacBook, the UX31A appears to be made entirely of aluminum, and if anything, it actually feels more rigid and durable than Apple's machine.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)
Powered by Bang & Olufsen's ICEPower technology, the speakers embedded in the Zenbook Prime's hinge delivered moderately loud and clean-sounding audio.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2012)
The main chassis is brushed aluminum, the bottom is polished to be glossy, and the top has a striking spun pattern.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)

Touchpad

Click to EnlargeThe good news is that the Zenbook Prime's 4.1 x 2.8-inch Elan touchpad can provide a satisfying navigation experience.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2012)
Infinite monkey theorem could be disproven by the touchpad on this Zenbook.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)
Now, the moment of truth: did Asus fix the touchpad issues that sullied the original?
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)

Keyboard

The extra depth on those lets the keyboard have a little more space.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 76% by by c|net (Jul, 2012)
If you look closely at the corner of the keyboard tray, you can even see the individual layered cuts that the metalworking tools made.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)
The matte black of the keyboard deck and the shiny silver keys have traded their colors, some curly text by the hinge has disappeared, and the new system might be the slightest hair thicker and heavier, but that's about it.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)

Harddrive

My first instinct was that maybe Asus picked a sub-par solid state drive, so I ran the 128GB ADATA XM11 drive through a couple rounds of the AS-SSD benchmark.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)
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.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | Rated 71% by by The Verge (Jul, 2012)
Our $1,499 configuration adds a Core i7 processor and 256GB SSD.
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A 2.6 GHz, 4 GB, 128 GB HDD | by LaptopMag (May, 2012)

Editions Editions of the ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A

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Single core UX31A-AB71
 
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Dual core UX31A-DB51
 
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