Asus Zenbook UX31A

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Reviewed by robbieelias (Currently owns)

The review on this site is harsh...

This ultrabook is amazing. I am loving just about everything about it. The design is beautiful and incredibly lick. The screen is wonderful in every way. Amazing viewing angles, perfect colors, high resolution, etc. The keyboard is the best I've ever used personally as it feels very good and there is more than enough cushion. The trackpad started off weird, but I updated the driver and adjusted the settings to my preferences and it works great now. Only issue is palm rejection which is decent but not great, although it is not a problem for me because my hands float around it. Yes there is some bloatware, but most of it can be useful for some, I uninstalled about half of it though. The speakers are more than loud enough of this category of device and the quality is actually pretty good. As for performance, it is faster than I expected for the specs. After lowering the resolution to 1600x900, not only is the display more comfortable for my eyes, but everything runs smoother, especially web browsing which is now a very pleasant experience. I haven't done much gaming, but I did try Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and it worked great, which was expected. Battery life seems awesome so far. On low brightness I managed to get over 8 hours of web browsing done.

Overall, this is my favorite machine that I've ever used. On the hardware side, it equals the MacBook Air and it can be found for 200$ cheaper (bhphotovideo). Also, the display makes Windows look a lot better and I'm actually excited to see Windows 8 on this thing. Still no major flaws to be found and hopefully none to be found!

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