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Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-C4027H


Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-C4027H
Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-C4027H (Zenbook Prime UX Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Core: 1150 MHz, DDR3, Dual Channel
4 GB 
, 2 x 2048 MB
13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, Multi-touch, CMN N133HSG F31, IPS, glossy: yes
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
ADATA XM11 256GB, 256 GB 
HD Audio
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Microphone/Headphone combo
10/100 MBit Lan Adapter (10/100MBit/s), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.0
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 325 x 223 ( = 0.71 x 12.8 x 8.78 in)
50 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
Webcam: 720p HD Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, LAN Adapter, VGA Adapter, Protective cover, 24 Months Warranty
1.465 kg ( = 51.68 oz / 3.23 pounds), Power Supply: 185 g ( = 6.53 oz / 0.41 pounds)
1500 Euro



Average Score: 82% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 83%, features: 69%, display: 87% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 95%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 85%

Reviews for the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-C4027H

87% Review Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A Touch Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
Ultra-Touchbook. Few laptops of 2012 impressed us as much as the premium Ultrabook from Asus. The model achieved a rare 90%. Everything was perfect - even the display maintained a high standard. Will the touch panel make this great model even better?
80% Asus ZenBook Prime Touch review
Source: Tech Advisor English version
The ZenBook Prime Touch still looks great, and combines desktop-level performance with a slimline design that is extremely portable. However, the failure to provide a battery-efficient Haswell update is a missed opportunity, and means that the ZenBook isn’t quite the leader that it used to be.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/31/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 100%
70% Asus Zenbook Touch
Source: Wired Magazine English version
WIRED Great touchscreen. You get the performance you pay for. Gorgeous brushed-aluminum body is still one of the best designs among Windows PCs. Bang and Olufsen speakers kick out some impressive audio for an ultrabook. TIRED Noisy fan. Touchpad is too sensitive with certain gestures, causing annoying swiping accidents. Glossy screen results in too much glare.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
New touchscreen, same solid performance
Source: Engadget English version
ASUS' Zenbook Prime line of Ultrabooks is a good thing that keeps getting better. The beautiful all-metal design paired with good performance has been a constant, and the keyboard and touchpad have improved over the last year. The UX31A Touch is very much an evolutionary update of the 13-inch Zenbook, as the real change here is just the touch-capable display -- and Windows 8, of course.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/31/2012

Foreign Reviews

80% Anfassen erwünscht
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 65% performance: 96% features: 76% display: 78% mobility: 71% ergonomy: 87%
KonZentriert – Asus Zenbook UX31a mit Touchscreen und Windows 8
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2013
Rating: performance: 70% features: 50% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
93% Auch mit Touch zensationell
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 93% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 88%
ASUS UX31A Touch - Fit für Windows 8
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN version
Positive: up-to-date device; sensitive touchscreen
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/27/2013



The Asus Zenbook is still one of the best looking ultrabook out there, next to the Macbook Air. The only problem with the original UX32 was its price. The 13 inch model was far more pricy than any other ultrabooks. Asus decided to deliver a little of that good taste for far less the price with the new mid-range Zenbook.

With the same kind all metal body featuring a concentric circle design, the new UX32A looks every bit as good as the original Zenbook. To reduce its price, the 256GB SSD had to be replaced with a hybrid drive consisting of a 500GB hard disk and a 24GB SSD. Naturally this makes the new model a little thicker than the older one but that size isn’t a problem at all. It is still by farthest, one of the sleekest ultrabook out there. As a result of the thicker chassis, several additional ports could be included in this new model, which actually is better.

The fast boot-up and resume from sleep times still remains fast thanks to the tiny SSD but the cheaper model is crippled with an i3 processor of the older Sandy Bridge platform and an older generation graphics adapter as well. Due to this severe new generation technology shortage it is hard to see why a person would choose the UX32A over all the other ultrabooks in the same price range out there. Perhaps if exterior design is your only priority, it would serve you well. However, even the least tech savvy person might not consider an ultrabook with an i3 processor.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

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.  

3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is a major Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer based in Taipei, founded in 1989. Under the Asus brand name, the company manufactures a wide range of products, including laptops, desktops, motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, smartphones and networking equipment, complete systems and PC components for end users.

Under the ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand name, ASUS manufactures gaming laptops known by gamers for their powerful specifications, dedicated graphics cards, high refresh rate displays and advanced cooling systems.

Beyond gaming, a wide range of notebooks are offered for different needs and budgets, from ultra-slim and lightweight ultrabooks to versatile 2-in-1 convertibles and budget-friendly options. In 2023, Asus had a 7% global market share of the PC market.

Customer satisfaction with ASUS notebooks concerns performance, the features, and the good price-performance ratio of ASUS notebooks. However, as with any brand, there are occasional reports of problems such as overheating, driver compatibility, or build quality issues.

82%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2013-01- 2 (Update: 2013-01- 2)