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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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ASUS Zenbook UX31 review

Summary

The UX31 is the new Ultrabook to beat, thanks to its long battery life, fast performance and welcome extras like a high-res display and Bang & Olufsen speakers.

Pros
  • Striking designStrong performance, blazing SSDLong battery lifeCrisp 1600 x 900 display, robust speakers
Cons
  • Flaky trackpadKeyboard can be frustrating
ASUS Zenbook UX31 review

It was just last week that we got to take home the Acer Aspire S3, the first Ultrabook to go on sale here in the States. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to the pillars laid out by Intel: its performance trails similar machines, its battery craps out early and the design, while portable, is too chintzy to make it a bellwether for skinny Windows laptops. Our verdict, in a sentence, was that you'd be better off getting a MacBook Air, or at least considering other Ultrabooks -- namely, ASUS' line of Zenbooks. Samsung Series 9 (NP900X3A) laptop review ASUS debuts Bang & Olufsen ICEpowered N-series laptops and 3D gamer displays ASUS outs UX21 ultrathin laptop with up to Core i7 CPUs (video hands-on!)As it turns out, one showed up on our doorstep just a few days later. In many ways, the UX31 is everything the S3 is not: it has a gorgeous all-metal design and comes standard with an SSD and 1600 x 900 display (not to mention, a case and two bundled adapters). And with a starting price of $1,099, it undercuts the entry-level (and similarly configured) MacBook Air by two hundred bucks. So is this the Ultrabook we've all been waiting for? We suggest pouring yourself a large beverage, settling into a comfy chair and meeting us past the break. We've got a lot to say on the subject.

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Breakdown

Battery life
8.0
Noise
8.0
Design and form factor
8.8
Durability
8.7
Speed and features
9.2
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Specs

Zenbook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Zenbook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad
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