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74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Ultrabook review: a high-res display, and a much-improved keyboard

Summary

ASUS' new UX31A improves upon its already-good Ultrabook with a higher-res IPS screen and Ivy Bridge power, but there's still room for improvement.

from $1405.99+
Pros
  • Great IPS displaySleek, lightweight designDecent battery life
Cons
  • Wonky touchpadSub-par audio
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Ultrabook review: a high-res display, and a much-improved keyboard
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ASUS made a grand entrance into the Ultrabook race with the Zenbook Prime UX31E, which brought a sleek design and lovely, high-res screen. That machine was one of our favorites in what was still a budding category, though we took issue with the shallow keyboard and uncomfortable touchpad. The company recently started shipping its new Zenbook Prime series, including the 11-inch UX21A we checked out a few months ago. But there's also a follow-up to the 13-inch UX31E on the market: the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A. This laptop offers a retooled keyboard, Ivy Bridge chips and a 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display, starting at $1,069. So how does the new 13-inch Zenbook stack up in a crowded field of high-end ultraportables? Join us past the break for the full report.

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Scores

Engadget

74
 

Breakdown

Display
8.7
Durability
8.0
Battery life
7.6
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Design and form factor
8.0
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Specs

Zenbook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to6 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Zenbook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to6 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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