Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

Introducing the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A, among the newer releases from Asus. This is one of the first machines released from Asus with Windows 8 and offers a favourable first impression. It’s fine brushed metal finish and small elegantly designed exterior accentuate an already lightweight laptop. The crystal clear HD screen also has the option of being touch capable, but at an increased cost. The overall feeling of this laptop is great and starts at a very reasonable price of $1099.

Here’s a quick summary for what we considered the Pro’s and Con’s of this computer:

PROs CONs
Build Quality Poor Backlighting
Finishing & Shape Keyboard Key Spacing
Resolution Capability
Value for Money
Battery Life

 
Now that you have all the quick information you were looking for, let’s dive into the specifics. This setup offers two different processor choices, the Intel i5 or Intel i7; to simplify this difference, the i7 is superior for extreme multi-tasking, intensive media, gaming and anyone who often complains of their computer being “too slow.” The screen rings in at 13.3 inches with the aforementioned touch capability add-on. This new interactive feature is a new luxury made capable by Windows 8, it’s tough to say how this will add value for you – but suffice to say there a few things that feel more intuitive when you can touch, slide or move them with your fingers. It also comes with either a 128GB or 256 GB hard drive, this feature is usually decided based purely on preference. You would want to opt for the larger hard drive if you plan on storing excess music, movies, photo’s and/or have large files to deal with.

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  • Starting Price $1099
  • 13.3-inch full HD IPS panel
  • Intel® 3rd gen CoreTM i5/i7 processors
  • Windows 8® Home Premium
  • Artistic backlit keyboard
  • Bang&Olufsen ICEpower® audio
    system
  • SATA SSDIII 128GB/256GB

*Touch Version also available

The look and feel of this product is definitely my favourite. I consider myself an Asus loyalist, in saying that I’ve noticed the Zenbook Prime Ux31A was built with quality and design as a focus. Not only do I appreciate how thin and light it is, but it seems as though all the small things have been considered. For example, the lip to enable seamless single handed open, is nothing short of wonderful. To tie together this elegant design is the tapered edges and beautiful brushed metal finish. Lastly in this category, the Bang&Olufsen audio speakers provide great sound quality and pack quite a punch for their size. On the other end of the coin is the quiet fan, that may turn on due to frequent or prolonged use.

A few other things are worth a mention. Although this review is of the Asus Zenbook, it is certainly worth a brief note on Windows 8. The first impressions of the new operating system were not very good. A few things were moved and I found the layout of information not as intuitive as I’ve come to expect. With a bit of research things began to make more sense as it seems this new development is trying to take the user experience to the next level with touch screens. The one final perk worth pointing out is the HDMI capability of the unit. A long side of the laptop, is a min-HDMI port; which will allow people to connect their TVs to the computer. The major benefit here is the music and entertainment frequently consumed on PCs can be transferred onto the TV with an after-market cable.

Check out more of the Asus Zenbook Prime here.


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    Hi,The new laptop works raelly well. Actually, I use Eclipse for Java/Swing development and the Eclipse CDT plugin for C development. Besides Eclipse, I have lots of fat-client applications (LibreOffice, FireFox, MQ Explorer, iTunes, WinAmp, etc) installed on the new laptop and it works very well.ASUS includes an application called Power4Gear Hybrid to maximize the battery life of the laptop. I changed the Plugged In setting to High Performance to make sure it runs at 100%. I don’t care about battery life (or heat) when it is plugged in.So far, 2 great big thumbs up from me.Regards,Roger LacroixCapitalware Inc.

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