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SKYMTL June 14, 2012 08:09 PM

ASUS Zenbook UX31 Ultrabook Review Comment Thread
 
Mobile computing is quickly evolving with thinner, more versatile designs and no product better defines this focus than ASUS' new Zenbook series of Ultrabooks. The UX31 has been around for a while but it still represents the pinnacle of industrial design with a sleek body and even better looking specifications. But in an environment that's cluttered with lower priced competitors, this Ultrabook will be fighting an uphill battle for recognition.


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Behemoth- June 14, 2012 08:23 PM

Very nice review. That's pretty much the same conclusion I came to after setting up 4 of these for managers.

Asus support as been a huge PITA to deal with to have a keyboard replaced (took 4 weeks + you can't remove it without removing literally EVERYTHING in there and voiding the warranty). Said keyboard really is sub-par too.. and the touch pad definitely could use improvements.

I really can't wait to tryout the Zenbook Prime... and the Lenovo Carbon X1 which will probably better suit out business needs with actual decent support.

SKYMTL June 14, 2012 08:30 PM

The Carbon X1 has integrated touchpad buttons. Damnit.....

grinder June 14, 2012 11:04 PM

great review.

sounds like they made compromises in all the wrong areas; par for the course for Asus if you ask me.

frontier204 June 16, 2012 04:22 PM

Thanks for the review, Sky!
I can't agree with any of the compromises in this notebook... I'd easily "give up" 200g of weight and an extra half centimetre of thickness to get more USB ports, better cooling, and a keyboard I can actually type a report on.
Two USB would be useless to my research group. 1 USB accessory for device under test, mouse, ...wait where do you put your USB key? I know hubs exist but the powered ones are annoying since you need to run another power cable.

Assuming they still exist, can you contrast this review with a big thick notebook like a mobile workstation or gaming PC that has 10 minutes battery life at load?

Behemoth- June 19, 2012 06:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frontier204 (Post 635213)
Thanks for the review, Sky!
I can't agree with any of the compromises in this notebook... I'd easily "give up" 200g of weight and an extra half centimetre of thickness to get more USB ports, better cooling, and a keyboard I can actually type a report on.
Two USB would be useless to my research group. 1 USB accessory for device under test, mouse, ...wait where do you put your USB key? I know hubs exist but the powered ones are annoying since you need to run another power cable.

Assuming they still exist, can you contrast this review with a big thick notebook like a mobile workstation or gaming PC that has 10 minutes battery life at load?

With the Zenbook prime being released shortly,the keyboard issue will most likely by fixed. IMO, 2 USB3.0 is enough (on the new Zenbook) if you have a Bluetooth mouse. Unfortunately, the good Bluetooth mice are quite rare. And you can have a USB hub at home with more peripherals.

Also, I found the cooling on this laptop to be efficient enough.

I think with the keyboard issue being addressed, this will become a good product.

Still, you can't expect to have a full featured laptop in such a small package. I'm not on the road enough to consider my T520 to be a PITA to carry around, and I like the extra options. And unless the Carbon X1 is really good, I'll probably switch to a T530 to be able to use 3 monitors. (I don't want the NVidia graphics)


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