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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Review - Execution Matters

Author: Matt Smith
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: ASUS

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The ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A is a great laptop in theory. It offers excellent day-to-day performance (gaming excluded), a wonderful display and respectable battery life. It fixes some problems that have continued to plague PC laptops, such as their inability to provide a display on par with the best tablets.

Execution matters, however, and that’s where this laptop starts to go wrong. Backlight bleed was visible on both the review units I received and was unacceptable on the first. My second review unit also suffered from a warped chassis. This is not unheard of among thin laptops, and it was possible to bend the laptop back into shape. But ASUS needs to find a way to address this problem or, at the least, make sure they’re not shipping units with the issue.

Of course, it’s not all bad news. I’m not aware of a laptop on the market with a better display. The UX31 is also well rounded, providing excellent performance in all areas besides gaming, a good keyboard and a decent touchpad (there have been reports of touchpad problems, but that’s an issue I did not experience.)

Do your research. Think about the pros and cons. And buy from a retailer that won’t charge you a re-stocking fee. There’s a lot to like about this laptop, but you’re setting yourself up for disappointment if you buy without giving some thought to its flaws.

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August 31, 2012 | 01:20 PM - Posted by Annoyingmouse (not verified)

Nice review. I have the new 32VD, and it's similarly mixed with epic wins and cringe worthy flaws.

September 4, 2012 | 01:15 AM - Posted by Ss3trnks2

I have the UX32VD-DB71 that I upgraded the ram to 6GB and a Samsung 830 256GB SSD...I love it, however even with Optimus and all the other power savings stuff...because of the graphics card it still will only last a few hours on battery. But I wanted the extra graphics performance and knew this is the trade off that had to be made :P So no complaints on mine.

December 22, 2012 | 07:35 AM - Posted by Aden Ryan (not verified)

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January 30, 2013 | 11:24 PM - Posted by Scott (not verified)

How can you write this review and not even mention if you have the one with an i5 or an i7?!? AARGH

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