ASUS UX31 Zenbook Review

By on January 30, 2012
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A viable alternative to the MacBook Air?

Good: Beautiful looks, Sturdy build, Very fast, Cool & quiet,
Bad: Competition offers better performance/price, No backlit keyboard, Jumpy trackpad
Price: AED
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Now that Ultrabooks have finally flooded the region, it’s easy to go out and pick up something you like. But don’t let first looks fool you, as every ultrabook looks extremely tempting, and a very budget oriented alternative to Apple’s famous MacBook Air laptops.

In the past we have covered the Acer Aspire S3 as well as the Toshiba Portege Z830, so today I’ll be looking at how the highest-end offering from ASUS stacks up against the rest of the ultrabooks.  The Zenbook comes in a very simple case, with a basic assortment of supplies. You get the standard power adapter, with three different plug styles (great for when you’re travelling abroad) and a very sleek looking case sleeve.

This is the first ultrabook I have used with a Core i7 processor, and as such was worried about heat and noise, but the Zenbook pleasantly surprised me there. More on that later, though, let’s take a look at the Zenbook in all its glory.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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