88

conclusion:We like it

88

Yes, like many "ultrabooks", the Zenbook UX31 takes a lot of inspiration from the 13-inch MacBook Air. But it also has higher resolution display and a better sound system while managing to be hundreds of dollars cheaper. Its 6+ hours of battery life is nothing to thumb your nose at, either. If you're looking for a lightweight and relatively powerful PC, this is the one to get. But don't forget: Macs can run Windows, too.

Critic reviews

8.0
5 reviews
  • Speed and features
    9.2
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Display
    9.6
  • Durability
    8.7
  • Expandability
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.4

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User reviews

8.7
14 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 21, 2011

So is the UX31 everything we thought it would be? For the most part, yes. With the exception of one nagging design quirk, it's as stunning in person as it is in the press shots. It's fast -- faster than the Air, arguably -- and its battery life is comparable.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jan 23, 2012

The ASUS Zenbook UX31 takes a lot of what we loved about the 13-inch MacBook Air--a wafer-thin aluminum chassis, fast performance, instant resume, and good battery life--and adds even better audio and a higher-resolution display. Even better, the UX31 costs $200 less than the Air.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 23, 2011

The Asus Zenbook UX31-RSL8 tops the spiritual progenitors of the ultrabook category, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch and the Samsung Series 9. While it may not be as affordable as the Acer Aspire S3 or the Protégé Z835-P330, it more than makes up for it in superior construction...

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8.0
CNET Oct 24, 2011

The Asus Zenbook UX31E is an excellent-looking Windows Ultrabook laptop that matches the MacBook Air step for step with an even better price.

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8.0
PC World Nov 16, 2011

The Asus Zenbook UX31E is impressive: It's an excellent performer, it's attractive and light, and it plays back multimedia well. Unfortunately, its screen is off-color and its touchpad needs some more work.

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9.0
starrider1026 starrider1026

My only true complaint about this laptop is the keyboard. Even after several months of ownership I have to be extra deliberate when typing for more than a few words on this laptop. The keys just don't always recognize your presses. In all other respects this laptop has been basically exactly...

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9.0
jhugery jhugery

Just received the unit 2 days ago. Loved it from the get go... Boot time from sleep <2s. Cold boot time 15s. System purchased is UX31E with 4G RAM and 256 SSD. External HDMI and VGA connectivity also flawless. Used in a meeting yesterday with HDMI out and Bluetooth presentation...

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9.0
reelwebdesign reelwebdesign

I love this machine! One of my best choices I made for a computer ever. Especailly since I got it with a Core i7 processor. The only drawback is the graphics card could be more powerful and you can't open up the computer for expanding the graphics card or memory. From an HTML5/CSS3 Web...

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10
molbal molbal

Everything is detailed in the points. Some others: the keyboard is very good. (I have ordered one from France, so it's got a French keyboard) Con: Touchpad. It's OK. Not good, but not that bad. Multifinger gestures usually lag. EDIT: After 2 days of use: - I installed the latest touchpad...

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10
dsalamon dsalamon

I bought a UX31 for me and a UX21 for my girlfriend and love both of these so much. The value is incredible, they run extremely fast and smooth, and the design is stunning. I would highly recommend the ZenBook line of Ultrabooks.

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