Asus Zenbook UX31

Verge Review

When Intel unveiled its notion of the ultrabook in June, Asus could hardly contain its excitement. Just moments after Intel’s Sean Maloney announced the newly-named laptop category, which promised fast boot times and great battery life, Asus’ Chairman Jonney Shih took the stage in his always-entertaining, yet transcendent style to show off his company’s future UX ultrabooks. The laptops had more than just a few things in common with Apple's MacBook Air ­­­– aluminum chassis, teardrop...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness 0.71 inches
Weight 2.86 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours 31 minutes

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias UX31EDH72, UX31EDH53, UX31EDH52, UX31E-DH72, UX31E-DH53, UX31E-DH52

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 8.8 inches
Thickness 0.71 inches
Weight 2.86 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Technology LCD
Resolution (X) 1600 px
Resolution (Y) 900 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2557M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.7 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2677M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.8 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.9 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 256 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD, MMC

Audio

Speakers 2
Audio brand ASUS SonicMasterTechnology HD Audio, Bang & Olufsen ICEpower

Webcam

Effective pixels 0.3 megapixels

Port options

USB 1
USB 3.0 1
Mini VGA 1
Mini DisplayPort 1
Micro HDMI 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Battery

Removable No
Quoted time 7 hr

Benchmarks

PCMarkVantage 6692
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 1574
Just Cause 2 3.69
The Verge Battery Test 5 hours 31 minutes

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by cj31016 (Previously owned)

    Pros:

    - Beautiful design
    - USB 3.0 & HDMI
    - The extras inside the box
    - Windows 7 natively (yup, I'm a guy that cannot stand Mac OS X)

    Cons:

    - Keyboard is among the worst I have ever used on a laptop
    - Trackpad is decent after updates, but still not even close to Apple's
    - The 256 SSD (SanDisk) model has very disappointing write speeds and received a well deserved 5.9 WEI
    - Sharp corners on the palm rest

    Scoring Breakdown:

    Design 8 - It simply is an eye catcher. Doesn't receive a 10 because of the sharp corners

    Keyboard 2 - It only received a 2 because it responds to firm button presses. This is a horrid keyboard

    Touchpad 4 - Before the update, it was a 2. It's better than before, but still poor in my opinion

    Display 7 - Not nearly as good as a MacBook Air, but not horrible.

    Performance 9 - Incredible startup times. Awakens from sleep very quickly. Very smooth overall

    Heat/Noise 10 - Purrs like a kitten

    Battery Life 8 - Definitely lasts as long as advertised. No complaints

    Software 10 - Well the OS is Windows 7, so that gets high marks already, but the only 'bloatware' included were ASUS utilities and Microsoft Essentials, both that are very usable. This is a rare PC that I opened up and used rather than re-installing the OS from scratch

    Summary:

    I wanted to love this laptop, but the keyboard was too much of an obstacle to overcome. I'm sticking with my MacBook Air till the 2nd Gen Ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge come out.

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    • Design 8
    • Keyboard 2
    • Touchpad 4
    • Display 7
    • Performance 9
    • Heat / noise 10
    • Battery life 8
    • Software 10
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