Pros

  • Extremely thin and light given its performance
  • Superb IPS Full HD display

Cons

  • Only two USB ports, though they're 3.0 capable
  • Keyboard is a bit slippery

At A Glance

The new Zenbook offers a superb IPS display and solid performance in an ultralight, slick package.

Manufacturer’s Description

Singularly impactful beauty: Setting new standards in technology and fashion, ZENBOOK Prime measures just 3mm front and 9mm back. It uses precision-crafted aluminum throughout its monoshell build, ensuring light durability. The cover features finely-etched concentric circles that embody the infinite nature of Zen thinking, and the entire design has been optimized to offer a holistic approach towards combining beauty with speed, and balancing work with play. To maintain this look and feel, ASUS has developed a lineup of ZENBOOK Prime accessories that are just as attractive and sophisticated.

Manufacturer’s Website

Asus Zenbook UX31A

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number UX31A-DB51
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 1900.0 MHz
Cache size 4.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 13.3 inches
Display type Matte LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 256.0 GB
Other storage
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Solid-State Drive
General Information
UPC Code 886227206292
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Slots
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Memory max 4.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 12.9 inches
Depth 8.8 inches
Height 0.8 inches
Weight 3.1 pounds
Weight with Accessories 3.5 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Other Features
Devices
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 150.0
Worldbench Version 7
Battery
Battery Life 6:24   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 20.1   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 3997.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Web Performance 12.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 478.8   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 96.3   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 205.1   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 180.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 133.9   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Gaming Score 75.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768 10.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600 20.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 7.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768 14.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600 28.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 12.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1920x1080 13.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768 18.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600 27.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1920x1080 28.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768 41.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600 51.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
WorldBench Green Score 90.0
Working power usage 1.8   Watt hours
Idle power usage 7.8   Watts