Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB51
Average of 3 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB51
Source: Legit Reviews Archive.org version
When it comes to pricing the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB51 that we showed you in this review can be found for $1049.95.The original ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52 is $997.92 shipped, so to get all these improvements for about $50 more is amazing. The UX31A has so many improvements over the original UX31E that there really is no choice to make. The ASUS UX31A has numerous features that are superior to the UX31W and is the Ultrabook to buy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2012
Source: AnandTech Archive.org version
There are two primary viewpoints on the UX31A, and both are valid. On the one hand you’ll find people saying, “$1400 for that!? That’s way too expensive when I could buy a substantially faster system for less money!” This is more or less the refrain we’ve heard in regards to most ultraportables since their inception—just ask Anand about his college experiments with various $2000+ ultraportables.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/28/2012
Source: CNet Archive.org version
The Asus Zenbook was one of the first entrants in the new ultrabook category when it launched in late 2011. We liked that original system, despite a few serious flaws, and the all-metal design marked it as a direct competitor to the MacBook Air.Stuck between a budget model and a high-end, feature-filled model, this middle Asus Zenbook is a slim, slick ultrabook, but also a tough sell.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Mobile Tech Review Archive.org version
Do we like the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A? Oh yes, in fact we love it. It has superb build quality, one of the most elegant and attractive designs on the market and that 1080p IPS display will spoil you. The MacBook Air's display will be a let down, and even the super color-accurate Sony Vaio Z 1080p display will seem weak for viewing angles and brightness.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: PC Mag Archive.org version
The Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB51 is not perfect. At the same time, however, it's an excellent example of why you should take a closer look at ultrabooks: it's gorgeous, portable, and fun to use. Although it may not necessarily be the most muscular system out there, it's nonetheless an able performer for most daily computing tasks. Power users looking to enter the ultrabook fray, on the other hand, should check out new Editors' Choice for ultrabooks, the Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71 ($1299 list, 4 stars), it has the same screen, but it sits at the top of its class thanks to its robust Intel Core i7-5317UM 1.7GHz and discrete 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 620M combination. For everyday users though, the UX31A-DB51 is a great option, though it's worth reiterating my original caveat that smart shoppers should ascertain whether the virtually identical Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-R5102F is on sale before making their final decision.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
I’m not sure if the Zenbook Prime is the best of the new wave of Ultrabooks, but it’s definitely one to watch for. It’s got great build quality, a few small but noticeable upgrades in the keyboard and audio, and a display that is definitely superior to any of the Ultrabooks I’ve seen so far. The 13.3-inch version of the Zenbook Prime with a 128GB SSD is estimated to cost around £1000 when it goes on sale next month, and that price includes the full HD IPS display. You can tack on another couple hundred quid for a 256GB SSD and more powerful processor, and all configurations include 4GB of RAM. Pricing on the 11-inch model has not yet been determined.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/25/2012
Source: PC World Archive.org version
I’m not sure if the Zenbook Prime is the best of the new wave of Ultrabooks, but it’s definitely one to watch for. It’s got great build quality, a few small but noticeable upgrades in the keyboard and audio, and a display that is definitely superior to any of the Ultrabooks I’ve seen so far. The 13.3-inch version of the Zenbook Prime with a 128GB SSD is estimated to cost around $1099 when it goes on sale next month, and that price includes the full HD IPS display. You can tack on another $400 for a 256GB SSD and more powerful processor, and all configurations include 4GB of RAM. Pricing on the 11-inch model has not yet been determined.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/22/2012
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.
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3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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75%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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