Asus ZenBook UX31E-RY010V


Asus ZenBook UX31E-RY010VNotebook: Asus ZenBook UX31E-RY010V (UX Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2677M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: 1200 euro
Average Score: 86% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 25 reviews)
price: 76%, performance: 82%, features: 76%, display: 70% mobility: 70%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Asus ZenBook UX31E-RY010V

80% Asus Zenbook UX31E review
Source: PC Advisor English
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-colour and its touchpad needs more work.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% features: 80% ergonomy: 80%
80% Asus Zenbook UX31 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Asus’ 13in Zenbook comes very close to being the ultimate Ultrabook. It sports a nice design, solid aluminium build, superb connectivity, high-resolution screen, great keyboard and touchpad, class-leading audio and premium accessories such as the stylish sleeve – and all for under £1,000. Given this, its lack of keyboard backlighting can easily be overlooked. Unfortunately, its screen’s poor viewing angles are trickier to forgive, keeping the UX31 from a Recommended Award by a kitten’s whisker.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 70% emissions: 80%
79% Asus Zenbook UX31
Source: PC World India English
There's no doubt that the Asus Zenbook UX31 is a stylish and solid laptop that should appeal to those of you who want good performance out of a thin-and-light unit. However, we feel that it has been rushed to market and that its user friendliness suffers as a result. Its input devices are not very good, it doesn't have a backlit keyboard, we found it uncomfortable to type on and we had to fiddle with drivers to get things working properly out of the box. This is disappointing, especially considering all the hype behind this product.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 79%
85% Asus Zenbook UX31E
Source: Reg Hardware English
The bad points? I don’t like the restricted viewing angle on the display, and the case doesn’t immediately snap shut when you close it in your hands - the Zenbook just gapes back open a little unless you put it on a tabletop and press the case shut for a couple of seconds. The good points? Everything else: usability, connectivity, build quality, slimline profile and power management. The UX31E is a cracking good Ultrabook and worth the money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 85%
80% Asus Zenbook UX31 review
Source: CNet English
The Asus Zenbook UX31 is Asus' first foray into the ultrabook world, offering a powerful Intel Core i7 processor wrapped up in a super-slim, sturdy aluminium shell. The Asus Zenbook UX31 is incredibly slim, light and great to look at. With an Intel Core i7 processor at its heart, it packs a powerful punch and still manages to undercut Apple's MacBook Air.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Asus Zenbook UX31
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
We like the Asus Zenbook UX31 quite a bit. It's exquisitely thin, superbly light at 2.86 pounds, and it's gorgeous. The build quality is top notch--in fact it's one of the best made notebooks we've seen outside of Apple's store. The laptop is very fast and could work as a main machine if you're not a 3D gamer. For a 13" ultraportable it has a better than average selection of ports, and we love the HDMI and USB 3.0 ports in particular. Though most components are soldered onto the motherboard, we appreciate that it's not hard to open up the notebook to access components. We have no qualms with the keyboard though it's not our favorite, and we actually like the trackpad after updating the firmware and drivers. Lastly, the 1600 x 900 display really sets the Zenbook apart from the crowd and is more conducive to doing serious work on the go. Finally, there's a MacBook Air for Windows folks. That's not to say the Air isn't an excellent machine to run Windows, but the $200 price savings, Windows keyboard, HDMI and USB 3.0 combined with the higher resolution display are a good counter to the Air.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
63% Asus ZenBook UX31 review
Source: It Pro English
There's no doubt that the Zenbook looks and feels great and has the advantage of a high-resolution screen. It's no MacBook Air-killer though. Its battery doesn't last as long as the Air's and the keyboard and touchpad can be frustrating to use. Even if you're tied to Windows, there are better alternatives such as Toshiba's similarly price 1.5kg Portégé R830 which has far superior battery life. The Zenbook will only appeal to those that want a Windows ultraportable that looks like a MacBook Air and are willing to put up with the Zenbook's flaws to get one. While it's possible Ultrabooks from other manufacturers will do a better job, it'll be tough as the MacBook Air isn't just a collection of components but a result of tight integration between hardware and software. We'll have to wait and see.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/31/2011
Rating: Total score: 63%
90% Asus Zenbook UX31 review
Source: Techradar English
While price may preclude some from purchasing the Zenbook, we have no problem in recommending it as one of the best ultraportables we've seen. It's certainly a match for the impressive MacBook Air - and a real tonic to those who have wanted a performanceWindowsultraportable at a price point that doesn't require a remortgage. Yes, it's expensive. But it's so worth it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
100% Asus UX31 Zenbook review
Source: T3 English
Overall we were very impressed with the Asus Zenbook. Neither power nor portability has been sacrificed and features that traditionally suffer, such as audio quality and battery life, have not been neglected. While price may preclude some from purchasing the Zenbook, we have no problem in recommending it as one of the best ultraportables we’ve seen and more than a match for the impressive Macbook Air.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Asus Zenbook UX31E review
Source: English
If you need to create content on the move and require Windows 7, the Zenbook is a good option and is definitely more useful than any tablet or hybrid. The £999 price tag is not cheap, but it's still £100 less than the 13in MacBook Air model with a Core i7 processor and 128GB SSD. However, it might be worth waiting to see whether the Zenbook is bested by Ultrabook offerings from Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
67% Asus Zenbook UX31E review
Source: PC Pro English
Whether it’s these nagging design details, or the more serious flaws in its construction, the Zenbook UX31E makes some big trade-offs. There’s no doubt it gets some things emphatically right – the beauty, brawn and stamina are all worthy of praise – but it’s inconsistent in the most crucial aspects of any laptop’s design. That makes it impossible to fully recommend right now, but one thing is for sure: the battle of the Ultrabooks has only just begun.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 83% features: 67% ergonomy: 67%
Asus UX-31 Zenbook – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English
This performance chart clearly depicts Asus UX-31 to be a great performer, trailing only behind MacBook Air and way above average. (Picture provided by Cnet). So, it seems the Asus UX-31 Zenbook is a very creditable alternative to the Macbook Air, and a better deal than the Acer Aspire S3.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/25/2011
Asus Zenbook review: First Look
Source: It Pro English
The Asus ZenBook has a lot of promise and it'll be interesting to see if it lives up to its stated five hour battery life. Both the UX21 and UX31 will be available on October 21st, so it's likely to beat rival ultrabooks from Acer and Toshbia to market. Even better, at £849 inc VAT for the 11in model and £949 for the 13in version, the Zenbook either matches or undercuts Apple's pricing for the MacBook Air range. We would be lying if we said we weren’t tempted. We'll bring you a full review as soon as we can.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 10/12/2011
100% Asus ZenBook UX21 and UX31 hands-on first look review
Source: IT Reviews English
Lush to look at, the ZenBook just oozes class - which is why the price, while still placing these models into the premium bracket, came as a bit of a surprise. The 11.6in UX21 costs £849, while the 13.3in UX31 sells for £999 - coincidentally, the prices of Apple's two entry-level MacBook Air models. But spec for spec, the ZenBooks outclass their Apple competition by some margin, doubling the capacity of the SSD to 128GB and upping the processor in the £999 model to an Intel Core i7 against the Air's i5. Expensive they may be, but to those seeking the ultimate in PC style we reckon the new Asus ZenBooks are worth every penny. Check back on ITReviews soon, when we put the ZenBooks through their paces in a full lab-tested review.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 10/12/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
Asus Zenbook UX21 and UX31 Ultrabook pictures and hands-on
Source: Pocket Lint English
From our brief play with the Zenbook it looks like Asus has got a rather tasty gadget on its hands. There isn't much else, short of the Samsung Series 9 which can't quite boast the looks or build of the Zenbook. Expect more when Pocket-lint gets a lengthier play with the Zenbook.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/12/2011

Foreign Reviews

Schaulaufen der Ultrabooks: Acer Aspire S3, Asus Zenbook UX31E und Toshiba Satellite Z830 im Vergleichstest
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 01/26/2012
96% Leicht, flach, stark
Source: SFT - 12/11 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 96%
Asus Zenbook UX31 im Test
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
excellent workmanship, glossy display, bad keyboard, good price
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/27/2012
Produkttest: ASUS UX31 Zenbook
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
fair price
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/01/2011
Asus Zenbook UX31E im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
performance, battery runtime, display workmanship and weight good but expensive
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2011
Praxis-Test: Asus Zenbook UX31E-RY010V (Ultrabook)
Source: German DE→EN
positive: display, workmanship, light, thin, SSD; negative: graphic performance
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2011
Recensione ultrabook ASUS ZenBook UX
Source: Notebook Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/31/2012
90% Asus Zenbook UX31E-RY010V
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
100% Asus Zenbook UX31E-RY010V
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31(UX31E-RY128)の実機レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2011



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.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

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.

13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.3 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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.

Asus reviews

86%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Dell Latitude 3330
Core i3 2375M, 1.77 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S300-59359324
Celeron 887, 1.8 kg
» Samsung 900X3D-A01US
Core i5 2537M, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A02US
Core i5 2467M, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire S3-391-6046
Core i3 2367M, 1.4 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A01RS
Core i5 2467M, 1.4 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U310-59-348996
Core i3 2377M, 1.7 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L830-10G
Core i3 2367M, 1.9 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A01NL
Core i5 2467M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio SVS1311E3E
Core i3 2350M, 1.7 kg
» Asus UX32A-R3001V
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX32A-DB31
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook UH55
Core i3 2367M, 1.6 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A03PL
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Dell XPS 13-321X-0281
Core i7 2637M, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L830-10X
Core i3 2367M, 1.9 kg
» Asus UX31E-RY027V
Core i3 2367M, 1.3 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U300s-108029U
Core i7 2677M, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P
Core i3 2367M, 1.1 kg
» Sony Vaio SVT1311M1ES
Core i3 2367M, 1.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ23Z9E
Core i7 2640M, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ23J9E
Core i7 2640M, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-11M
Core i5 2467M, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10J
Core i5 2467M, 1.1 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10E
Core i5 2557M, 1.1 kg
» HP Folio 13-1012tu
Core i5 2467M, 1.5 kg
» HP Folio 13-1029wm
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U300s-M6842GE
Core i5 2467M, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portégé R835-P88
Core i5 2450M, 1.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-10-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)