Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52B
SpecificationsNotebook: Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52B (UX Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2557M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 999 euro
Average of 9 scores (from 11 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52B
True Ultrabook experience. The Ultrabook market is still at its infant stages, but Asus have thrown everything they can to make the best first impressions with their ultrathin Zenbook lineup. Find out here if this sleek, 13.3-inch full aluminum alloy notebook is worthy of the Ultrabook name and the $1000 price tag.
Source: Legit Reviews
After spending some time with the ASUS Zenbook we must saw that we are amazed with how responsive and fast this notebook feels and it looks gorgeous. ASUS has really stepped up the game when it comes to fit and finish of their products and the quality of the great workmanship is really starting to pay off. The ASUS Zenbook UX31E is amazingly thin and after traveling through the airport with one it is hard to want to use anything besides an Ultrabook now!
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/17/2012
Intel's ultrabook platform and the ASUS ZenBook UX31E are fine examples of a sleek, minimalist computing philosophy that is much more than the typical critic's response of "a MacBook Air plus Microsoft Windows," and we believe the ultrabook ecosystem will only become more enticing to consumers as average selling prices (ASPs) decrease over time.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/01/2012
Source: Digital Trends
This laptop is a perfect example. In some ways, it is excellent. Battery life is good, the weight and size of the laptop leads to easy portability, the display is above average, and performance is within striking distance of larger laptops. Among the first run of production Ultrabooks the UX31 stands out. It’s more portable and quicker than the majority of the competition.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: PC Advisor
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: 11/17/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
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 (or perhaps another driver update).
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: IT Reviews
It is hard not to like the Asus UX31 for its superb chassis design and top-notch processor. And while the screen is good, we felt a little bit let down by the keyboard, and we'd have liked a larger storage drive.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Pocket Lint
The Zenbook is a good package, but with a laptop, not being able to type comfortably and use a reliable trackpad is kind of a deal breaker. Definitely one to try before you buy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Mag
Perhaps the most exciting aspects of the Zenbook are the near-instant boot and wake times—two seconds from standby mode—and the amount of time that the Zenbook can stay at the ready. The Asus Zenbook UX21 (UX21E-DH52) is estimated to be able to spend a full two weeks in standby mode, and to last seven hours while browsing the Web.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/31/2011
The UX31 is one of the most refreshing PCs I’ve reviewed in a long time. The design and quality are truly outstanding; ASUS clearly went all-out. The sheer thinness and light weight of the notebook make you want to buy it as soon as it’s picked up. Another major highlight of the notebook is the excellent 1600x900 screen resolution which is remarkable for a 13.3-inch notebook. I was also impressed with the good sound quality and six hours of battery life. The real downsides of the notebook concern the keyboard and touchpad; both take getting used to. The keyboard requires extra pressure; the keys must be 100% pressed otherwise keystrokes do not register. I mastered this after a few days. The touchpad needed a driver update before it became predictable, and even then it is not particularly accurate. I also wish the clicks were quieter. Other things to consider with this notebook are the lack of user-upgradeable parts (there are none) and scarcity of ports (that can be solved with adapters, however).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 60% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 90%
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the MacBook Air should be positively blushing right around now. The Asus Zenbook UX31E is an excellent-looking Windows Ultrabook laptop that matches the MacBook Air step for step with an even better price. Fans of great audio, high-resolution screens and lots of ports will be happy; keyboard/touch pad aficionados will be disappointed.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: PC Mag
The Asus Zenbook UX31 may be early to the ultrabook party, being one of only two on the market, but it 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, it more than makes up for it in superior construction, a fuller feature set, and stronger performance. With models on the horizon from Toshiba and Lenovo (both coming in November), it may face some stiff competition soon, but for the time being, the Zenbook UX31 is our Editors' Choice and the ultrabook to beat.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
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.
2557M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.7-2.7 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.
76.89%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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