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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH71 Ultrabook Intel Core i7 3517U (1.9GHz) 4GB 256GB SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Display Silver Aluminum

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  • Intel Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz
  • 4GB DDR3, 256GB SSD
  • 1920 x 1080, Intel HD Graphics 4000

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ASUS Zenbook UX31A

Full HD Ultrabook™ Combining Beauty in Sight and Sound

  • Windows 8
  • Two-second resume and up to 150-day standby time
  • Powered by up to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors with Ivy Bridge tech
  • Ultra-slim at only 0.12in. (3mm) in the front and 0.35in. (9mm) at the back
  • Gorgeous full HD IPS display and artistic backlit keyboard light up your fun
  • High speed SSD with auto data backup and recovery
  • Exclusive ASUS SonicMaster audio, co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®

Singularly Remarkable Beauty

Setting new standards in technology and fashion, Zenbook Prime measures just 0.12in. (3mm) in the front and 0.35in. (9mm) at the 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.


Trend-Setting Speed and Power

ASUS engineering has been able to accomplish the feat of bestowing Zenbook Prime with uncompromising technical excellence despite its ultra-suave and compact form. Up to 3rd generation Intel® Core i7™ processors (Ivy Bridge platform) are at the heart, while SATA 6Gbps SSD storage outpaces normal hard drives by up to four times. Similarly, USB 3.0 ensures data moves up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, and Bluetooth 4.0 offers the latest version of the wireless connectivity standard. Dual band 2.4GHz / 5GHz Wi-Fi derived from top-end ASUS router technology ensures the fastest networking, and to keep all of this cool, a proprietary V-shaped air channel drives heat away before it can cause instability.


Responding to Your Needs

Intelligent power management and extreme efficiency have resulted in Zenbook Prime offering two-second instant on resume, similar to your smartphone and creating an always-on ultrabook that doesn't make you wait. It can also stay in standby for up to two weeks with the security of automatic file backup to prevent data loss. The battery lasts 25% longer than those found on other notebooks, helped along by two distinct operating modes that can be switched instantly: performance mode in high-demand applications, and battery saving mode during daily computing tasks. For a genuinely personal and discrete user experience, Zenbook Prime offers facial recognition to minimize the risk of unauthorized usage.


The Art of Entertainment

Zenbook Prime fields a vivid full HD 1080p IPS panel that brings visuals to breathtaking life with 350cd/m² brightness and 800:1 contrast. Its anti-glare materials reduce distracting reflections and unsightly fingerprints, while IPS technology affords wide, 178° viewing angles so more people can look on with better quality from almost any direction. Even in the dark, Zenbook Prime shines, using a high-comfort backlit keyboard so you can keep working and enjoying without disturbing others. And for face to face communications, the built-in HD camera does your conversations great justice.

To complement its superior visual finesse, Zenbook Prime includes exclusive ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, developed together with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®. Sharper high notes, clearer vocals, deeper bass, and a wider sound range all impress, completing a remarkably attractive portable multimedia package.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsWon't Display

Pros: Small and light. Very convenient to travel with.

Cons: Won't display any more. It was working, and then one day i reboot it and nothing shows on the screen. ASUS's warranty on this $1500 computer is only one year...

ASUS does not stand behind the quality of their products. I will not purchase another product from them or recommend them to my clients any more.

Other Thoughts: I bought a lot of products from ASUS and I recommended them to every client that walked through the door of my store. All future sales are going to Lenovo now.

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  • Daniel C.
  • 1/26/2014 12:12:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsUltrabook Excellence

Pros: Very low profile, light weight, illuminated Keyboard, excellent display

Cons: memory is not up-gradable, price

Other Thoughts: I can't find one thing wrong with this Ultrabook, true that the memory chips are soldered to the MB, therefore preventing an upgrade, however for a notebook running Windows 8? 4GB is more than plenty and this Zenbook runs Adobe Photoshop CS6 without a hitch as well.

There have been some complaints about the Touchpad and feel of the keyboard from others reviewing this unit but I'll be darned if I can find a problem with it... I actually really like the keyboard's feel.

The overall finish, feel and quality of build is excellent... Very slick machine. The price is on the high side, but heck... It's only money.

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  • Lydia J.
  • 1/13/2014 8:29:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH71

Pros: This laptop is small, sleek, and has little weight. Power on to full function takes roughly 5 seconds. Easy to use, install apps, and generally overall a great laptop. I haven't had any issues at all like some other reviewers.

Cons: The only con I have for this computer is the touchpad firmware. I've updated it to the latest version but it still flips out from time to time. Doesn't bother me too much though.

Other Thoughts: Other reviewers claimed to have issues, but I haven't had any with this laptop. I also own an ASUS motherboard and never had to deal with the horror of calling support. Hope I don't have to.

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  • ERIC S.
  • 1/6/2014 9:40:13 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAsus has horrible support

Pros: It's an awesome laptop no doubt. Have no problem with it when it's working.

Cons: Asus support is just horrible. It's been returned twice, 1st for a bad power adapter, took over a month to replace. It's been at Asus now for over a month with a bad keyboard. Have called 10+ times, and every call is the same. They say they have not received the unit. I provide a tracking #, then they change their story and say they have received it but don't have status. They say they have sent a message to the dept. that has received it asking for an update. Each time I call that's the run down, and it takes about 1 hour for each call. I ask for a supervisor and get the same story and they ask me to call back tomorrow and they will have an update. Tomorrow comes and I call back but the story is the same. I'm convinced they have lost it but no one want to say that yet. Great hardware is nothing if the company can't process a simple RMA.

Other Thoughts: I own my own business and provide IT services for 100+ customers and make sure each and everyone knows not to buy Asus based on my experience.

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  • Kevin R.
  • 10/20/2013 10:24:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSleek & Svelte looking product with really junky reliability and attention to detail

Pros: Great looks and on paper it sounds better than a Macbook Air

Cons: I bought this computer right before I went to grad school and was deciding between this and a macbook air which were roughly the same price, and I can't tell you how much I regret not buying the Air (or at least some other computer). Let me preface this by saying that I have bought Asus products for years - this was my 3rd laptop from them and I had also bought a motherboard for a desktop from them. I never had any serious issues with those purchase so I decided to stick with them for my latest purchase. As you have probably guessed though, it wasn't long before it started having problems. It stopped charging within a couple of months of buying it. I contacted their customer service people and found that Asus customer service is especially abysmal - emails from these people were in unbelievably broken English and the things they told me were inconsistent from one rep to the next. The only thing that was consistent was that they were all of very little help. Eventually I was told I would just have to buy a new charger from them. That irritated me but I was desperate, so I did it. A few months later, guess what - it wasn't charging again. So I called up the customer service people again and after a lot of back and forth was told to send the computer in. I did this and a few weeks later they sent it back in exactly the same condition, still not working. I called them up again and after some more back and forth was told to send it back in. I did that, and a few weeks later it came back with another new charger and a replaced part. I just got it back and is working for the time being, but I have very little confidence in it and it has been a huge inconvenience. I have owned this computer for less than a year and in that time the computer has literally spent months being of no use to me either because it wouldn't turn on/charge or because it was in transit back and forth and back and forth from Asus.

On top of this the firmware they have for the touch pad is really awful, and the fit and finish is not as nice as my friend's Macbook Air. Basically, under close inspection/first hand use, this think is pretty junky compared to the Air as far as I can tell. In addition to my more major hardware problems, I have a couple dead pixels and the "feet" on the bottom of the computer aren't perfectly aligned such that when I place it on a flat surface there is a slight wobble that can be felt.

This most certainly the last Asus product I will ever buy. My advice for people in my situation in the future would be to go with the Apple not only does it appear to be a better product with better customer support, it's also an American company. Hope you learn from my mistake!

Other Thoughts: Do youself a favor and do not buy this computer!

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  • JIE H.
  • 8/28/2013 4:04:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH71

Pros: nice shape, very light, true thin, perfect screen

Cons: always disconnect from the internet (tried in many places), and also it crashed for serveral times already (it only does some normal work, such as watch video, email, surf the internet, etc.)

Other Thoughts: because it's a ultrabook, so the intel 4000 graphic card is really hard to carry multi works during the same time

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/25/2013 8:23:03 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLinux Ready

Pros: I had one model below this one for a year. When I got this, I backed up the Windows IMAGE to an external drive via USB. Then I have formatted the hard drive and installed Kubuntu 12.10 Linux. In Kubuntu you can set the mouse gestures and user 3 finger scroll and pinch zoom (go to system settings). The webcam, audio, wifi, blutooth, video hardware acceleration with 3D desktop works and smooth. The battery life in Windows 7 is 5 hours and the battery life in Linux is 8 hours which makes scene since Android os is Linux. The sleep, standby, shutdown, restart all works perfectly. The standby especially works very well I use it ever day, it puts every hardware to sleep and on lid open it turns every thing on in an instant (In Linux).

Cons: Battery does fast in Windows.

USB 3.0 hardware for this motherboard is not fully understood by Linux kernel (3.5.0-34-generic and below, don't know about the newest) which means you can not read from USB 3.0 port when the flash drive is USB 3.0 however you can read and write to flash drive that is USB 2.0 or 1.0 on both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. Other usb 1.0 and 2.0 devices words perfectly fine. Also if you have an external USB 3.0 HDD enclosure that has a chip controller (which is 90% of external USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures out there) then this laptop's USB 3.0 port will work with the external USB 3.0 HDD enclosure and you will get the full 80MB/s and up speed.

Avoid Kubuntu version 13.04 it has problems. 12.10 works perfectly.

Other Thoughts: Very strong, well built, light, professional looking laptop. Batter life is very impressive on Linux. I fell like I can carry this laptop with me anywhere and do anything because of its lightness, powerful processor and long lasting battery.
This ultrabook can take abuse like no other. It runs cool and make no noise. I could not find any replacement for this so far. Every day I go to work I carry this 2 pound laptop and I do not feel it. On the train I use this laptop for an hour then at work for another 2 hours and going home another hour. When I get home I have 4 hours of battery left. I have 3 other laptops and now I don't even look at them.

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  • Nader Z.
  • 6/5/2013 1:03:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful machine.

Pros: Purged the system of Windows 8, performed a BIOS update, and installed Ubuntu 13.04 on this machine with only one small hitch: had to disable "Secure Boot Control". I couldn't believe how well the OS supported its components out of the box. The wiki wasn't kidding. Near everything works including the buttons that control stuff like screen brightness. Wi-Fi N works as well (at true N-speed). I'll have a lot of other setting up to do but so far I got waaay more than I'd ever hoped for, given that Linux distros historically have issues with laptops.

That aside, the laptop itself is beautiful. Light and literally steely.

Cons: Any inconveniences I encounter down the road likely won't sway me. Once again, this device exceeded my expectations.

Other Thoughts: This is the first ASUS product I bought that wasn't a motherboard. I am thoroughly impressed.

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