ASUS Zenbook UX31 Specs, Performance and Touchpad

October 27, 2011 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (251,459)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 1
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.29
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Our ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52B review unit has these specifications:

  • 13.3-inch glossy 900p display (1600×900 resolution)
  • Intel Core i5-2557M dual-core low-voltage processor (1.7GHz, up to 2.7GHz Turbo Boost, 3MB cache, 17W TDP)
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics
  • 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM (1x 4GB; non-upgradeable; max supported)
  • 128GB XM11 A-DATA SSD
  • 802.11n wireless network adapter (Atheros AR9485WB-EG)
  • Internal Bluetooth v4.0
  • Integrated webcam
  • No internal optical drive
  • 2-year limited warranty w/ 1-year accidental damage protection
  • 50Whr polymer battery
  • Weight: 2.86 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.8 x 0.1-0.7 inches
  • Price: $1,099.99

Performance and Benchmarks
The UX31 uses a Low Voltage Intel processor; our model has a dual-core i5 chip. Another variant of this notebook includes a slightly faster dual-core i7 (for all practical purposes, the difference between the two will be unnoticeable). Paired with 4GB of system RAM the Core i5 is more than up to everyday tasks including the occasional foray into more demanding applications such as Adobe Photoshop. The included A-DATA 128GB SSD is blazing fast though our benchmarks show the write speeds to be a bit low. Regardless it is far faster than any hard drive.

Other highlights of the specifications include obviously the svelte dimensions and light weight but also the delightful 1600×900 screen resolution (a novelty in this size notebook) and two-year warranty, which is longer than most manufacturers. Note that unlike typical notebooks the UX31 does not have user-serviceable/upgradeable components. Those needing more storage should use an external hard drive.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3Dmark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:


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