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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A Review - Execution Matters

08/28/2012 - 12:04

[inline:files/review/2012-08-16/zenbook1.jpg] I often think of ASUS as the PC’s answer to Apple. Their products are not up to Apple’s rigorous engineering, nor is the customer service as accessible, but ASUS does offer a number of products...

Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Review: A Functional Mainstream Laptop

08/24/2012 - 10:25

[inline:files/review/2012-08-11/lenovoz580-9.jpg] Lenovo has become an important player in the mainstream laptop market. Five years ago the offerings from Lenovo were not great, but today the IdeaPad line has matured. This has been reflected in Lenovo...

Performance - Gaming, Conclusion

08/23/2012 - 18:10

Performance – Gaming The Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 comes with Intel HD 4000. I could post all our benchmarks and carefully explain the performance of each, but I’d be wasting your time and mine. Why? Because the X1 performs exactly like all...

Performance - Processor, Application, Hard Drive

08/23/2012 - 18:00

Performance My Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review unit arrived with a Core i7-3667U processor. This is the first time I’ve witnessed this processor in action, and it looks beefy on paper – boasting a base clock of 2 GHz. The Carbon was has four...

Cooling, Portability, Software

08/23/2012 - 17:55

Cooling [inline:files/review/2012-08-23/carbon8.jpg] The Carbon’s temperature performance is average for an ultrabook. At idle most areas of the laptop hover between 86 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit, but a few areas in the center of the chassis vault...

User Interface, Display And Audio Quality

08/23/2012 - 17:53

User Interface [inline:files/review/2012-08-23/carbon4.jpg] I was in love from the moment my fingers touched the keyboard of the Carbon. Lenovo has conjured some magic, sewn a bag of holding inside this laptop, or successfully opened a portal to some...

Synaptics Announces New TouchPads And Keyboards

08/21/2012 - 23:51

[inline:files/news/2012-08-21/forcepad.jpg] The march towards thinner laptops has challenged computer manufacturers in a number of ways. When designing a laptop that’s just three-quarters of an inch thin or thinner, everything matters. Even the...

CMStorm QuickFire Rapid Review: Everything You Need

08/20/2012 - 09:45

[inline:files/review/2012-07-30/quickfire4.jpg] The gaming keyboard market seems to rigorously follow a common rule of consumer products - more is more. If a keyboard is for gamers it should include lots of fancy gaming related features, and the more...

Conclusion

08/16/2012 - 17:43

Conclusion [inline:files/review/2012-08-16/zenbook12.jpg] 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...

Performance - Gaming

08/16/2012 - 17:28

Gaming Performance ASUS does not ship the Zenbook Prime with an unusual or notable gaming solution. It’s Intel HD 4000 all the way. That means we can’t expect great results - but let’s put it through its paces and see what shakes out. I...