|Screen Size||13 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1600x900|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
ASUS Zenbook UX31 13-Inch Laptop [OLD VERSION]
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- Intel Core i7-2677M Processor 1.8GHz
- 4GB DIMM RAM
- 256GB Solid State Drive
- 13.3-Inch Screen, Intel UMA
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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|Computer Memory Size||4 GB||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|CPU Model Manufacturer||Intel Core I7||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|CPU Speed||1.8 GHz||4.1 GHz||0.9 GHz||4.6 GHz||3.9 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1600x900||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920*1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Screen Size||13 inches||14 inches||13.3 inches||14 inches||13.3 inches|
|Hard Disk Size||256 GB||512 GB||256 GB||512 GB||512 GB|
|Item Dimensions||12.90 x 8.90 x 0.78 inches||12.60 x 7.80 x 0.63 inches||8.90 x 12.80 x 0.50 inches||12.70 x 8.30 x 0.60 inches||12.20 x 8.50 x 0.50 inches|
|Item Weight||2.86 lbs||2.60 lbs||2.65 lbs||3.20 lbs||2.50 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 7||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|RAM Type||SODIMM||Unknown||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11bgn||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||Bluetooth, 802.11b/n/ac|
13.3" (1600x900) LED / i-7 2677M Dual Core (1.8GHz) / 4GB DDR3 RAM / 256GB SSD / Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit) / 802.11BGN / 0.3M Pixel / Bluetooth 4.0 / 1 USB 3.0 Port / 1 USB 2.0 Port / Micro HDMI Port / .78" Thin and Only 2.86lbs / 1YR Global Warranty / 1YR Accidental Damage Protection / 30-Day Zero Bright Dot / 24-7 Tech Support
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For those keeping tabs on the hardware, my unit has the Elan touchpad, the SanDisk U100 256GB SSD, and the Atheros AR9485WB-EG wireless network adapter.
The touchpad exhibits no problems and works as advertised. The WIFI connection has been no problem connecting on a WPA-2 network. It connects right away and speed testing of the throughput matches what I have seen from other computers on the same connection. Web video is flawless.
The SSD is more interesting. Initially I got the same WEI rating of 5.9 that I have read about on several reviews and user sites. However, doing all the windows updates, updating the hardware, updating the BIOS to 207, deleting the D partition, and expanding the C partition to the full size of the SSD, I now get a WEI of 7.5. I have not run any more sophisticated benchmarks or tried to tune the drive. As it should be by default, the drive had TRIM enabled. While this is not a 7.9, it is in line with the ratings I get on other SSD's from Patriot and Kingston in other systems I have, albeit the speed ratings on the U100 would indicate it should be faster. In real world use the speed seems very acceptable.
The WEI ratings I get are:
Graphics for Aero: 5.6
Gaming Graphics: 6.3
For a system with a low voltage processor and integrated graphics that seems pretty decent.
The system runs cool, which is a surprise. Running in high performance mode with the charger connected and exercising an external DVD and external HDD, it still runs cool. I used an infrared thermometer to look for the hottest spot on the chassis which seems to be on the bottom about two inches in from the left side along the vent holes and has been running around 92 deg F normally with the highest I have seen being around 98 deg F.
I have no screen defects and the display is excellent. I don't see the viewing angle issues that have been noted, the screen is very readable throughout a 150-160 degree arc both horizontally and vertically. The glossy screen is a bit of an issue for me, but nothing serious. The display is very sharp and very small fonts are clear and readable.
I don't have any crooked keys and the keyboard is fine for this touch typist. I can hit 80-90 WPM no problem. The key travel is not as much as on my desktop keyboard, but not an issue.
The web cam and microphone are about the norm for laptops. Camera is clear, but colors are a bit washed out in a reasonably bright room.
The USB 2.0 port provided adequate power for an external DVD drive with a single connection. The USB 3.0 port worked fine with a USB 3.0 external drive. I have not done a drive speed test on the USB 3.0 port to compare with the speeds I see elsewhere, but in use is seems comparable to the USB 3.0 ports I have on my desktop system.
Fortunately I already had every combination of HDMI cable and was able to connect the micro HDMI output to two projectors and a monitor. The system automatically detected the connected device and changed resolution to match the device. It also automatically returned to the native resolution when the external display device was disconnected. I don't use analog VGA, so I have not tested the dongle for that.
I have seen no sparks flying or other issues. So either I am lucky to have gotten a "good one" or the sparking was a "bad one". I would want to avoid getting something conductive into the vent holes on the bottom.
The chassis is very nice looking, IMHO more professional looking than the other ultrabooks (Acer S3 and Toshiba Z835or the monotone MBA. The fit and finish is excellent. The chassis is very solid and exhibits little if any flex. The edges are not sharp enough to be an issue. The spun metal look of the top is very nice and the unit seems to change color based on the amount of light in the room. The sleeve that came with the unit is very nice (I almost ordered one when I bought the unit because it was not mentioned or pictured, but I decided to wait and that was a good idea. and the small power supply is a nice change from the bricks that some manufacturers supply with notebooks. But seeing the Windows sticker on the power supply is a little weird. I wonder how long it will remain there, the power supply does get hot when charging and running at the same time with a mostly discharged battery.
I plan to do some cleanup and optimization, but the bloatware was not excessive.
So, what is wrong with the ASUS UX31-DH72. I think all computers should have a hardware network connection. The USB dongle is small, light and has its own bag, but I would have preferred to have had just an adapter from a small port on the computer to RJ-45. Having to use one of only 2 USB ports for a wired network connection really is a compromise.
Backlit keys would be nice, but I don't get too excited about them. They seem like a bit of a waste of power to me, but I am a touch typist, so that might color my option.
Update: After three weeks of use, I can definitely raise the review to 5 stars. Everything works like a champ. The computer is even fun to use. I still wish there was a hardware network jack, but it is great.
One point I'd add to any women considering buying this-- I have what I would refer to as normal to short length fingernails-- they extend only maybe 3-4mm past the ends of my fingers. Due to the extremely shallow travel of this keyboard, I don't think anyone whose nails are longer than this will be able to use this, as the ends of your nails will just strike the pad without enough travel to get the key to register. Having said that, I am going to trim them really short and see if things don't improve, but I'm not hopeful. Will update this review after my experiment.
It breaks my heart to have to return this handsome, snappy little computer. I had already tweaked it, downloaded all my software, and OH THE SOUND!!!! Never expected such high fidelity acoustics in such a little package. ASUS, ARE YOU LISTENING???? Please fix this keyboard and you have a good shot at a winning computer. Without that, you will only have a lot of returns and disappointed, high end customers you will probably never get back.
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Powerplan is handy and good to understand.
Some other reviewers complained about the keyboard. To me it is not a problem. I have seen better but it not bad at all.Just takes a bit of getting used to.
Love the design, how lightweight the ultrabook is, and the efficiency of the Core i7 processor.
The device also have great quick function buttons on the keyboard including easy to access: Sleep button, change brightness buttons, ON/OFF touchpad button, change volume buttons in addition to regular keyboard shortcuts.
The negatives I would mention is that there is sometimes an imprint of the keys on the screen (from closing the lid), no network cable for a wired internet connection (smaller problem and maybe something we have to sacrifice to get lower weight). I thought it was going to bug me with only two USB ports but so far that has not been an issue. Could always buy a hub to deal with that issue.
All in all very happy with the device.
Pros: First impression it looks quite nice. Physically it looks just like the Macbook Air except more steel like and masculine. It is a good alternative for those who would hate to have an apple logo on their laptop. It also comes with some extras which was nice surprise. It comes with a case, a wired lan adapter, and a vga adapter. The Macbook Air doesn't come with these and it would cost you another $40-$50 for each one if you need them.
Cons: As mentioned above, one of the screens was defective. Also there is a logo on the space bar and on one of them it looked smudged. It's little things like that which make it seem like their Quality Control is not as good.
I would have given this 4.5 stars if I didn't receive one with defective screen but now can only give it a 3.5. I think it deserves a full star off just because of that. When buying an ultrabook and paying macbook air price for it, it is fair to assume it is at least macbook air quality. So Asus failed in letting this slip past QC. And the worse part is it took so long to fix and they didn't just send us a new one. We couldn't just go walk into a store and have it replaced instantly like the Apple Store. I think they should have sent a new one instead of fixing it. Now it feels like paying Full Price for a refurbished product.
Summary: From the ultrabooks available to choose from today, I would rate it 2nd best after the Macbook Air. It's metal construction makes it feel a lot more sturdier and higher quality than its plastic competitors. It's pricing and specs are very similar to the Macbook Air. Given the choice I would recommend the Macbook Air due to slightly higher quality. But if you hate Apple or can get this one at a better price then this is a solid choice.
[Edit: Apple has now released their new model of Air which can have up to 8GB of RAM. As if this writing the Asus can only have 4GB]
My own Apple 13" Macbook Air is now 3.5 years old and still running perfectly and I use it a LOT more than my husband used his ASUS laptop.
At a total cost of $1,637.37 this ASUS Zenbook was a great disappointment.
Delivery was fast and tracked with FedEx. Great experience as first purchase with amazon.
The Zenbook won because it has:
1) more pixels
2) arguably better battery life
3) faster SSD speeds
4) comes with accessories and carrying case
5) USB 3.0
6) thinner than the Air
7) faster processing benchmark speed than the Air
8) much better sound quality than the Air
9) ONE YEAR OF FULL DAMAGE WARRANTY FREE WITH THE PURCHASE!
Again, I hadn't touched the Zenbook, so I was pretty apprehensive when ordering it. I had read a lot about the jiggly keyboard and the super-sensitive track pad, but based on the above, I took my chances.
I was pleasantly surprised as it was boxed nicely, the unit itself feels sturdy and the battery life is incredible. From a cold boot, it loaded into windows 7 in 15.8 seconds! And that was on battery only!
I immediately understood what people were on about regarding the keyboard and sensitive track pad. This was very annoying as one of my main purposes for this is to type reports! I don't care how good the laptop maybe, if I can't use the keyboard and track pad properly, then it's useless to me!
I've lived with the device for about a month and I have gotten used to the track pad and keyboard. I am able to successfully type in a quick and proficient manner. However, I have to be extra careful when using the SHIFT or CTRL keys as you must press dead center with more force than you would normally use on any other keyboard to activate them. The MacBook Air keyboard is a dream and the trackpad is very fluid compared to the Zenbook. This is the only reason why I am giving this device 4 stars instead of 5.
Aesthetically, it's a toss up. The MacBook Air is just gorgeous with it's simple design and it's an instant win with the majority of people out there. However, don't discount the Zenbook just yet. The brushed concentric circles on the cover of the laptop is stunning and the all metal body of the entire laptop makes it look and feel solid. Clearly, they stole the looks from the Air to make the Zenbook, but who cares, they did a great job! Note: the Zenbook comes with a Win7 and i7 sticker on the left side of the track pad. Asus had to get permission from Microsoft and Intel to print them out in grey/silver just so that it would match the rest of the body of the laptop. This just goes to show you how conscientious they were about the looks! Sadly, I don't care for stickers and used a hair dryer and tweezers to take them off - giving the laptop a clean design.
Taking everything into consideration, I would definitely recommend this to a friend. However, if you prefer the OSX operating system over Windows, get the Air with i7 - you will be happy (albeit a bit more broke in your wallet). If you prefer Windows, get the Zenbook, you will definitely be happy and you'll be able to see instant savings + a full year of damage warranty!
When I first got the laptop I was impressed by its portability, quick boot up function, and battery life. Unfortunately, I've had nothing but trouble with this laptop since buying it. In the year that I've had it the laptop has functioned for me less than a month. I have sent this thing back multiple times. The Asus support center has been extraordinarily difficult to deal with. I've had my laptop sent in and received it back with paperwork saying it was fixed and still not working twice. The other times I've sent it back it has worked for a few days before trouble with the computer restarted. This last time I got it back from the repair center and found it still wasn't working I called the center and was told the situation would be "elevated" and a supervisor would contact me. I never heard from them again. I've given up trying to get this thing repaired. I'll never buy another Asus product.