Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH72
SpecificationsNotebook: Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH72 (UX Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2677M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1200 euro
Average of 5 scores (from 8 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH72
Source: T Break
Ultimately the ASUS Zenbook is a tough sell in this market. The competition from Apple’s side is very tough, despite the higher price tag, as many people will see value added (and brand name) with the MacBook Air. Meanwhile those who don’t want to shell out AED 6k on a slim laptop have a much cheaper, and still respectably fast, alternative with the Toshiba Portege Z830.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
We’ve now looked at three 13.3” ultrabooks, plus the MacBook Air 11 and 13, and the ASUS UX21E. I’ve also had some hands on time at a local store with a Samsung Series 9, so that covers much of the ultrabook market right now. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to see any of the Lenovo IdeaPad U300/U400 offerings or any other ultrabooks in person (yet), so I’ll have to leave them out of consideration.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2011
Source: Digital Versus
In contrast to the S3, here the casing hasn’t been designed to create the impression of being in aluminium. At last, a serious competitor to the Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch! While Asus still has a few things to perfect (battery life, audio and screen quality) to put itself on an equal footing with its competitor, the UX31E ultrabook is more powerful, has better cooling and, best of all, costs less.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/30/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Despite the price we liked it a lot. The apps look and run great, Windows 7 boots very fast and shuts down quickly, basic graphic tasks are being handled very well by the Intel HD 3000 chip and the fact that the laptop weighs next to nothing and is incredibly thin makes it worth the higher price tag. It’s main rival is the 13.3″ Macbook Pro which oddly enough starts at “just” 1299$ but we reccomend reading the whole review and decide for yourself whether the ZENBOOK is worth your bucks.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 100% features: 90% display: 100% ergonomy: 100%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Positiv: workmanship, case, weight, keyboward, SSD, display; negative: display with low contrast
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/15/2011
Source: Komputer for alle DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 92%
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/20/2011
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.
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.
80.4%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.