SpecificationsNotebook: Asus UX31E-RY012V (UX Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2677M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Average of 10 scores (from 15 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus UX31E-RY012V
Source: Hardware Zone
So we’re going to make it really easy for you readers to decide whether or not to get yourself an ASUS Zenbook UX31. It's really sexy, very robust, and it's an Ultrabook. Just in case you haven’t caught up on reading our Ultrabook guide, we pit the reference recommendations against the ASUS counterpart - Ultrabooks should ideally measure under 20mm in thickness (UX31 is 17mm), weigh under 1.5kg (UX31 is 1.3kg) and they're fast (instant resume with SSDs).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 75% performance: 80% mobility: 85%
The Zenbook UX31 is priced at Rs. 89,999 (MRP). For those on-the-go; a powerful battery coupled with portability is always a brilliant feature to have in your laptop and the Zenbook does exactly that. However, the biggest drawback the UX31 has is the glitchy keyboard and trackpad. If you’re paying big bucks for a notebook, you’d pretty much get at least a decent keyboard. In comparison to the Lenovo U300s, this one definitely has better looks and performance. But, simply for the want of a better keyboard and trackpad, we would recommend the U300s over the Zenbook UX31.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 65%
As a rule of thumb, a manufacturer's first attempt at a new product is usually its worst, and in knowing that we've been left pleasantly surprised by the Zenbook UX31. The Ultrabook should still be rough around the edges, but ASUS has developed a machine that's gorgeously designed, well-put together and, generally, excellent in use.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Magazin - Spezial 53 Ultrabooks
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 77%
Source: Computerbild - 9/12
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 04/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 84%
Source: PC Go - 4/12
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 79%
Source: PC Praxis - 3/12
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 88%
Source: PC Go - 2/12
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 01/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2011
Rating: performance: 90% features: 30% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
Source: ZDNet DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2011
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: design, resolution, speakers
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/08/2011
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
strong CPU, weak GPU, small, good battery runtime, recommended for purchase
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2011
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: SSD, workmanship, design, mobility; negative: no keyboard-backlit
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/08/2011
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 83%
Source: Laptopworld.dk DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Model: The Asus UX31E-RY012V is an ultra-portable notebook that is designed to compete with the all famous MacBook Air. The ultra-sleek notebook only weighs 1.3 kg and is only 17 mm high. The strong and sturdy aluminum finish gives this ASUS UX31 a classy and elegant look. This Ultrabook is powered by the Intel Core i7 CPU with a maximum turbo clock of 2.9 GHz. Windows 7 system features 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD, which ensures speedy navigation. The display size is 13.3 inch with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Graphics processing is done by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000, which is adequate for business users.
The audio system on this ASUS Ultrabook is by Bang & Olufsen. Therefore users can expect excellent sound quality on this device. In terms of battery life, this Ultrabook manages above 4 hours. On the sides of ASUS device, there are the USB ports, an HDMI port as well as a headphones jack. There is one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. The well-spaced keyboard is a breeze to type on and the large brushed metal touchpad navigates easily. Overall, this Ultrabook is extremely portable as it is lightweight and sleek. It is highly suited for business users who travel frequently.
With the recent announced UX21 and UX31 Ultrabooks, provided by the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus and marketed under the self-created term Zenbook, the already existing UX series moves back to the foreground. In 2009 Asus showed the slim notebook UX50V with energy efficient hardware and a 15-inch display. Today, three years after the first device of this series Asus presents two devices in the Ultrabook-class with 11.6 - and 13.3-inch display. The category Ultrabook itself was launched by Intel to the fire up the market of the top dog Apple with its MacBook Air 11 and MacBook Air 13.
Significant milestones for this project are a sleek design, fast and energy-saving hardware as well as a decent battery lifetime. Asus uses a alloy-chassis, a solid state drive and a lithium-polymer battery, which is integrated. In the first reviews for the two new devices the available ports, the bright screen and the minimalistic background noises in idle-usage models are highlighted. Disadvantages are the reflective surface of the display and the missing option to expand the integrated hardware.
Asus offers the Zenbook UX21 (11.6 inches) and the UX31 with the larger 13.3-inch screen from 999 € (MSRP) upwards. In regard to other devices you’ll see that Asus only sell premium devices at the moment. Acer offers the Aspire S3 Ultrabook already from 799 € (MSRP) upwards. But in comparison the devices from Asus get a better result in the most reviews out there.
Intel HD Graphics 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
2677M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.8-2.9 GHz due to Turbo Boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1200 MHz and a DDR3-1333 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
78.6%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.