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Acer's 14- and 15-inch Timeline Ultra don't have the slimness of the Aspire S5, but feature more powerful specs and a DVD drive. This model has a 14-inch screen, .81-inch thickness, and Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics.

Description

The Zenbook UX31A is the direct replacement of the UX31, though don't be fooled by the similar product names, this is a serious upgrade we're talking about. Ivy Bridge processors from Intel and matte screen options will be available with the highest spec offering 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 13.3-inch IPS display.

Even though it has the same .68-inch thin body as the previous two models, the mid-2012 MacBook Air adds in Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors, two USB 3.0 ports, and the option to double its RAM to 8GB and up its SSD storage capacity to 512GB.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $779.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,149.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 13.39 inches
  • Depth: 9.65 inches
  • Thickness: 0.81 inches
  • Weight: 4.3 pounds

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.78 inches
  • Thickness: 0.71 inches
  • Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating system: Windows 7

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Screen size (diagonal): 14 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 112

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (max)

  • Size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlit: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i3-2377M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.5 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3427U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.8 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 640M LE
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB

GPU (max)

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1066 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 20 GB
  • Card reader: Yes

Storage

  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Optical drive type: Slot-loading
  • Compatible media: CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW combo, DVD+R/W, DVD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, Dual-layer DVD burner, DVD Super Multi

Optical Drive

  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
  • Speakers: 2
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels

Webcam

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini VGA: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Security

  • Trusted platform module: Optional
  • Size: 4850 mAh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Quoted time: 8 hr

Battery

  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Bundled Accessories

Gigabit ethernet to USB 3.0 dongle, Mini VGA to VGA dongle

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 13128
  • 3DMarkVantage (GPU): 3316
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 46 minutes
  • GeekBench: 6736
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 34 minutes
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