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ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer

B&H # ASUX31ADB51 Mfr # UX31A-DB51
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Product Highlights
  • 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Dual-Core
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics
  • 13.3" Widescreen IPS Antiglare Display
  • 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Bang and Olufsen ICEpower Speakers
  • Integrated Webcam and Microphone
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Ultrabook The UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Notebook Computer from ASUS takes portability to the next level. With a super slim profile of about two-thirds of an inch and a weight of less than 3 pounds, this ASUS Zenbook Prime was built for ultimate mobility. While thin and lightweight, this ASUS Zenbook Prime is far from fragile. It has a spun aluminum lid with precise-etched concentric cirlces to match its silver hairline chassis for a solid build and stylish design.

The 13.3" widescreen IPS display features LED lamps, which brighten faster and use less energy than their CCFL counterparts. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is also the standard for HDTVs. The Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution is supported by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. The screen has an antiglare finish, which is great for use in brightly-lit conditions.

The system is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor. It also has 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB solid state drive, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated webcam and microphone. This ASUS Zenbook Prime also has built-in stereo speakers powered by Bang and Olufsen ICEpower. Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) is the installed operating system.

Super Slim Profile. Stunning Design.
This ASUS Zenbook Prime has a thickness of only 0.72" and a weight of 2.86 pounds. Built with finely crafted aluminum in unitary construction, this stylish ASUS Zenbook Prime has a unique spun design on the lid with precision-etched concentric circles and a silver hairline finish on the body
Powerful Performance
While portability would usually mean giving up performance, this ASUS Zenbook Prime defies that common perception by still delivering serious processing power. This ASUS Zenbook Prime houses an Ivy bridge Intel Core i5-3317U processor. Its dual cores can reach a speed of 1.7GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 2.6GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology
Listen to the Revolution
Exclusive to ASUS is SonicMaster technology, which was approved and co-developed by world-famous Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. SonicMaster brings living audio to Zenbook Primes with the most precise processing protocols, a large variety of codecs, superior speaker construction and large resonance chambers for impactful enjoyment. Experience the fidelity that revitalizes vocals and amazing sound quality through advanced sound enhancement. Say goodbye to tinny audio and noise distortion and welcome the new era of true hi-fi to your Zenbook Prime
Instant On
Waiting 30 to 45 seconds for your computer to boot up is not time well spent. However, this ASUS Zenbook Prime has a special Instant On feature that enables you to resume your computing experience in just 2 seconds. All windows and programs will be left just the way you left them so you can quickly type a note into a word document or access your email. With the ability to be on standby for a week, this ASUS Ultrabook ensures that you always have instant access to your desktop within seconds
Witness the Visual Glory
This ASUS Zenbook Prime has a 13.3" LED-backlit IPS display with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its high 1920 x 1080 native resolution is powered by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, which supports high definition 1080p video playback. The screen has an antiglare finish so you can use your ASUS Zenbook Prime in brightly-lit environments with ease. It also has micro-HDMI and mini-VGA ports so you can connect to an external display
The Premier Leader in Internal Hard Drive Storage
This ASUS Zenbook Prime contains a SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive. With 128GB of hard drive storage available, this ASUS Ultrabook has a maximum read speed of 500MB/s and a maximum write speed of 300MB/s. Enjoy uncompromising speed and innovation in one ultrathin, ultraportable Ultrabook computer
Stay Mobile
As an urban professional, you're constantly on the go and your Zenbook Prime has to fit your nomadic needs. This ASUS Zenbook Prime features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi so you can stay connected. With two USB 3.0 ports, you'll be able transfer data ten times faster than USB 2.0. Bluetooth 4.0 technology also lets you sync your favorite peripherals, such as a wireless mouse for added convenience
ASUS Warranty
The warranty from ASUS features a full year of accidental damage from handling coverage with 24/7 technical support and a 30-day zero bright dot pixel guarantee
Performance
Processor 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Dual-Core
Cache L3: 3MB
System Bus 5GT/s
Memory Type: 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 4GB
Capacity: 4GB
Graphics Card Type: Integrated
Installed: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 13.3"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Antiglare
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 128GB SSD
Optical Drive None
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 2x USB 3.0 (A)
Display 1x Micro-HDMI
1x Mini-VGA
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
Flash Media Slot Not Specified By Manufacturer
Communications
Network None
Modem None
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Security None
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Pointing Device TouchPad
Battery Built-In 
Power Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 12.8 x 0.7 x 8.8" / 32.5 x 1.8 x 22.3 cm
Weight 2.86 lb / 1.30 kg
ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • USB-to-VGA Adapter
  • USB-to-LAN Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    ASUSUX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer
     
    4.5

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (36)
    • Fast (34)
    • Quality display (33)
    • Quiet (31)
    • Long battery life (25)

    Cons

    • Trackpad (3)

    Best Uses

    • Web browsing (30)
    • Word processing (24)
    • Business use (17)
    • Music (11)
    • Video (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (29), Avid gamer (4), Multimedia professional (4), Technically challenged (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (30), Business (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Asus31a-db51--a Superb Laptop

    My Asus 31a-db51 performs admirably in all aspects, be it the display, speed, keyboard and touch pad responsiveness, all of which have received profusive commendation from various online reviews. Therefore, I don't...Read complete review

    My Asus 31a-db51 performs admirably in all aspects, be it the display, speed, keyboard and touch pad responsiveness, all of which have received profusive commendation from various online reviews. Therefore, I don't intend to be redundant in my review. Would I ask for more? Perhaps, such as a 256 gig ssd, but to date, the larger ssd only comes with a pricy i7 Ivy Bridge processor, which I can do without, and I'm not sure an i5 with 256 gig ssd will be available anytime soon, so I ordered this UX31a-db51 from B&H. After installing all my essential software programs and music, I still have about 40% room available on the ssd. I store all my photos on a portable hard drive and don't intend to save them in this ssd to save room.

    This laptop did have a hiccup when it was going through its initial setup process. The internet was successfully connected after entering the wireless pass code following the boot up; however, minutes later, when the window was still performing its initial setup, it lost the wireless connection completely. It couldn't even dectect any wireless sources. I called Asus tech support and was advised to restore the laptop to its factory state. It didn't solve the wireless problem, but took a long while to finish the entire restoration process--a waste of my time. At that moment of frustration, I was thinking of returning the laptop to B&H until I accidentally stumbled into a "configuration" button on the computer's wireless screen. As a final attempt, I pressed "configuration," and it solved the connection problem. There was also once that my laptop woke up to a dark screen when I had to force shut down the computer and re-start it. This symptom happens to my other laptops every once in a while anyway, so it's not a cause for complaints. Other than those, I also had to kill some of the touch pad funnctions and adjust the pad to my liking--not really a problem.

    All in all, it is an excellent, light-weight, beautiful laptop that deserves a 5-star rating.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Defective from the start

    I wish I could rate this 0 stars. The product started rebooting randomly and then freezing from the start. Tried running checkdisk which froze midway indicating a hard driev problem. Then the charger...Read complete review

    I wish I could rate this 0 stars. The product started rebooting randomly and then freezing from the start. Tried running checkdisk which froze midway indicating a hard driev problem. Then the charger stopped working.
    Returned it to the ONE service center in north america (which is in California) with the turnaround of approximately 4 weeks. Once I got the computer back, it turned out that they ignored the hard drive issue and just sent me a new charger. Running checkdisk again freezes the computer.
    Several emails and another 46 minute conversation with customer service later, I am shipping the computer back to service again tonight. I guess I will update this in about a month but this whole experience has been a big nightmare.
    Try to buy this from a place that takes returns and exchanges because the product is often defective.

    Reviewed by 38 customers

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    5.0

    Practically perfect!!

    By Potatosack

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Avid Gamer, Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life
    • Quality Display

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

      I needed a laptop to carry to class for lab, and to take notes in class. My old laptop weighed about 6.5 pounds and I would have to carry it around campus all the time due to lab. Most of the time I'd end up being on campus for at least 9-10 hours and my back would start hurting because of the weight.I decided to get this ultrabook because of its light weight and its great specs. I use it mainly to take notes in class and for entertainment purposes, such as watching tv shows. It's very quick to start-up and very fast overall. The screen size is great and the speakers are also better than I expected. The touchpad, though other people have complained about it being too large and sensitive, is very convenient and easy to use. The keyboard is also very good and the keys have good resistance.I have had one problem with this laptop, however. Sometimes, when I try to power it up, it doesn't actually turn on and gives me a black screen. This is easily resolved by holding down the power button to turn the laptop off. Usually, the second time I try to turn it on afterward, it works perfectly fine. Also, the battery life and resolution is amazing! Overall, I definitely recommend this ultrabook if you're looking for an ultra portable, convenient, but still very capable laptop. It's definitely made my life easier.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Really cool ultrabook

      By Gadget man

      from Northern New Jersey

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Graphics
        • Video
        • Web Browsing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

        Very sleek, light weight and fast. Battery lasts forever, and the display is incredible. I highly recommend it!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        3.0

        Ok but not perfect

        By PR

        from New York

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Quality Display

        Cons

        • Bloatware Installed
        • Small Type
        • Touchpad issues

        Best Uses

        • Web Browsing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

        Good Ultrabook with great screen resolution and great speed BUT...

        Screen resolution make everything looks super sharp but also make everything super small - even if you increase size of the icons and text stuff can be hard to read (even for a person with perfect vision).

        The computer comes with a ton of bloatware installed and you really have to comb through to figure out what is safe to uninstall and what is crucial.

        There are issues with touchpad: it's too sensitive (you can levite your finger 1mm above it and it still detects your gestures), sometimes stops working all together after a long sleep mode (restart required), sometimes other than mouse pointing stops working - resolved by re-installing the driver.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        This thing is so sexy!

        By Mike

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Music
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

          I had the UX31E for a couple months until it was stolen. Purchased this laptop as a replacement. The upgrades I noticed most were the updated screen and the keyboard. I like the old silver keys but having the backlit keys is nice too. The keys are a bit spongier but I'm getting used to it. People have complained about the pad on these but I haven't had any issues. Works great. The laptop itself looks amazing, is very portable, and fast and powerful enough to run Photoshop on it. I'm happy with the battery life on it as well.

          The laptop comes with a compact charger with a long cord. Very compact. Also comes with an external Ethernet and VGA adapter in a little pouch and a matching large sleeve for the laptop which is also pretty decent quality. I'm still using it now actually until I buy myself a proper laptop bag.

          I'm an Engineer working on a project where two other guys hired on also came with the same UX31A's in tow. There must be something to it with so many choices out there that tech savvy people are choosing this particular machine. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          TEST DRIVE IT-YOU`LL BUY !

          By HJ

          from HOUMA LA

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 1920x1080 Screen Resoluti
          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Photo storage
            • Web Browsing

            Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

            Greatly exceeding my expectations! Discovering features on a daily basis.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            powerful, light, great for presentations

            By Raulo

            from Goleta, California

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Academic Presentations
              • Business Use

              Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

              I use this Zenbook for word processing, presenting Powerpoint displays, photo-editing in the field, analysis of sound files, and email while traveling. The combination of a superb 1920x 1080 native resolution display and high computing power means that I can do photo-editing away from home. Its light weight and ability to connect both to VGA projectors (with a dongle which is included) and to HDMI means that I can display on almost any large external screen or projector for presentations to an audience. The keyboard is good enough for word processing and email while traveling. In short, it does everything I need it do. I prefer to use an external Bluetooth mouse, so I have no experience with thetouch screen.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Excellent Ultrabook

              By Barrett

              from Maryland

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Graphics
                • Photography

                Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                I use the UX31a Zenbook Prime for photography and processing and it excels at both. The laptop features a fabulous screen and is very lightweight which makes it ideal for travel and use in the field for quick edits. I bought this from B&H a couple of months back and the laptop has been flawless out of the box. Highly recommended.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                A Top Quality Computer

                By John

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Advanced Amateur Photog, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • High Quality Construction
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • photo editing
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                  Others have covered all the great things about this computer. As a long-time desktop user, this little fellow impresses me no end. It boots in no time, and the screen is a delight. The keyboard, while not having the feel of a regular stand-alone keyboard, is still adequate for touch typing. For a few dollars I bought a wireless mouse to avoid depending solely on the touch pad. You don't need to buy a cover. B&H neglets to tell you that a high quality cover comes stowed in the bottom of the box. I also bought an ultra HDMI cable from to show my photographs on the HD like we used to project slides in the old days. The pixel mapping between computer and HD is perfect although I've got to tweak the dark details of color rendition on the TV. Zooming in for details goes beyond what you could do with the old slide shows. I've downloaded a trial version of Adobe's Lightroom 4 to process the thousands of pictures I'm behind. But beware that the Adobe downloader is incompatible with the Windows Internet Explorer 9 that comes preloaded on this machine. Temporarily downloading and installing Chrome solved the problem.I did buy a 1 TB USB drive for backups. ASUS does supply a free (for how long?) webstorage connection which gives you 2, 3, or maybe it's 5 GB of cloud storage and enables one to share data and an appointment calendar with other users/devices. If you're heavily into photography, you'll need that USB drive.This is one great computer, and the backlight is nice, too.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By mazuki

                  from Eugene, OR

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Quality Display
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Web Browsing

                    Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                    Pros:
                    Great battery life
                    Super thin and light
                    Sleek
                    Fast
                    Beautiful!

                    No cons so far.

                    Best uses: if you carry a lot of stuff with you all the time (textbooks, noteboks, etc.) you would love it how this laptop doesn't add up any more weight to your backpack (or purse).

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great!!!

                    By Marczek

                    from New York City

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business Use
                      • Web Browsing

                      Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                      The best ever!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      2.0

                      be aware..

                      By son

                      from galveston

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                            The sdd is the slow version , is 3 times slower . Reinstalling the OS is a pain and you will lose an extra 25 GB of your sdd for a recover partition. Asus support poor, ask something and their answer is totally out of the subject. The screen is good BUT you have to keep it at full brightness that will kill your battery, so.....not portable.
                            Video card is poor , not able to see hd movies.

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                            • Personal

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                            1.0

                            Defective from the start

                            By Andy

                            from Pennsylvania

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Defective From The Start
                            • Freezes Up
                            • Horrible Customer Service

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                              I wish I could rate this 0 stars. The product started rebooting randomly and then freezing from the start. Tried running checkdisk which froze midway indicating a hard driev problem. Then the charger stopped working.
                              Returned it to the ONE service center in north america (which is in California) with the turnaround of approximately 4 weeks. Once I got the computer back, it turned out that they ignored the hard drive issue and just sent me a new charger. Running checkdisk again freezes the computer.
                              Several emails and another 46 minute conversation with customer service later, I am shipping the computer back to service again tonight. I guess I will update this in about a month but this whole experience has been a big nightmare.
                              Try to buy this from a place that takes returns and exchanges because the product is often defective.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              4.0

                              Excellent Ultrabook

                              By Gym Rat

                              from Edgerton, WY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Keyboard
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long Battery Life
                              • Quality Display
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Web Browsing
                                • Word Processing

                                Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                Excellent product. Unfortunately, memory, hard drive cannot be upgraded...otherwise it would be a 5 star rating.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic computer

                                By Jez

                                from Brisbane, Australia

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable Keyboard
                                • Fast
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long Battery Life
                                • Quality Display
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Music
                                  • Video
                                  • Web Browsing
                                  • Word Processing

                                  Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                  Great service and fast delivery all the way to Australia. The computer is everything I expected and better than any Mac could hope to be.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  Cool Laptop

                                  By Gary

                                  from Austin, Tx

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long Battery Life
                                  • Quality Display
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Documentation
                                  • Recovery Utilities

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Web Browsing

                                  Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                  This is a very nice laptop. It feels solid and well built, yet light weight. The screen, which was a major selling point for me, is beautiful, though I do find myself increasing font sizes (e.g. ctrl + in firefox) in order to make things large enough for my old eyes to read. I also like the lighted keyboard, and battery life so far as been great. I have not kept track of time but it must be 7 or 8 hours. The thing also boots very quickly....15 seconds from power on to password prompt.

                                  There were some, but not too many, extra programs loaded. I just uninstalled most of it. It would be nice if there was some documentation telling what each of those extra programs does, with a pointer to online documentation.

                                  Only a couple minor negatives. First, there is some "light leak" as others have mentioned, especially along the bottom edge of the screen, though it is rarely a problem. Second, the mousepad is a bit large so the left and right "buttons" are farther apart than I expect so sometimes get a "left click" when I intended a "right click". Third, I had issues with the recovery partition related utilities. The supplied backup utility would only back up to a DVD drive, which the laptop does not have. Be nice if you could back up to a memory stick. I then tried to get into the recovery console by hitting F9, to see if there were any backup options there. It was not clear when during boot to hit F9 so a few times I missed the right time. Then when I did get it right, a menu flashed on the screen but it immediately started doing something as if I had pressed enter. I did not want to "Recover" at that time so powered off. After that, my Windows partition was still ok but the recovery partition was hosed. I ended up just deleting that partition and the partition for the "instant on" utility and expanding my main partition to reclaim the 14GB taken by those two partitions.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  Good bang for my buck

                                  By Arrie

                                  from Auckland New Zealand

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long Battery Life
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quality Display
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Wifi disconnecting

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Web Browsing
                                  • Word Processing

                                  Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                  I use the PC for work and find that it's very compact and light to carry in comparison with my previous PC's that I had to carry along to sites. I like the back lit key board as I have to work at night sometimes and there is no lighting and can still type. What I found that was not to great about the PC is when I got it, it used to disconnect from my Wifi, after I installed the new wifi drivers , the problem cleared and since have had no problems connecting to my wifi.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Ultrabook!

                                  By Magichead

                                  from Garland, Texas

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Display
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Business Use
                                    • Music
                                    • Video
                                    • Web Browsing
                                    • Word Processing

                                    Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                    I bought this laptop for school, and it hasn't disappointed. The design and construction is amazing. The body is sleek and clean and very visually appealing. The SSD is incredibly fast and it allows for a near instantaneous start up. It is also super quiet, the only noise it produces is from the fan/cooling system. The full HD screen is clear and crisp and makes using this laptop very pleasing. The trackpad is brilliant. Albeit not as intuitive as a Mac, it still does the job.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic product

                                    By Lyn & Hazel

                                    from Sydney, Australia

                                    About Me Noob

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long Battery Life
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Uni

                                      Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                      Love the laptop. Very light, quick, long standby mode. Great speakers.

                                      Takes a bit of getting used to the keyboard and the trackpad.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Love my Asus

                                      By Sothetype

                                      from Cherry Hill, NJ

                                      About Me Technically Challenged

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Fast
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Long Battery Life
                                      • Quality Display
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                          The screen is incredibly sharp. The battery lasts a long time and it is the perfect laptop for someone who needs to carry it around everyday.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Sleek, Useable

                                          By I_Build_PCs

                                          from Lafayette, IN

                                          About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Comfortable Keyboard
                                          • Fast
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Long Battery Life
                                          • Quality Display
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Web Browsing
                                            • Word Processing

                                            Comments about ASUS UX31A-DB51 Zenbook Prime 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                            Seems tiny, but with Ivy Bridge CPU and SSD is plenty fast barring serious processing needs. Chassis is a beaut, like the feel of the keyboard.Had to adjust the trackpad, was too sensitive. There are online FAQ's for this. Comes installed with all kinds of ASUS software and no clean Win7 install disk, so rather than formatting and reinstalling I uninstalled the bloatware myself. There are guides for this as well. Since the software is adjustable to fix my complaints, I'm rating 5 stars based on the hardware. The IPS screen is great, and with such dense pixel pitch it looks very sharp.I would not necessarily recommend this laptop for people who don't know what they're looking for - this is low on connectivity to get into such a small form factor, including not having a CD/DVD drive. If you don't need that and some of the other things it gives up, and know it, then go right ahead and buy this.

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                                            • Personal

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