Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Asus Zenbook UX31

Asus Philippines has announced the official pricing for its Intel Ultrabooks, which Asus calls its Zenbooks.  The 13.3-inch Asus Zenbook UX31 is priced at Php59,995. Only one configuration for the Asus UX31 will be offered in the Philippines. 

Asus Zenbook UX31 specifications:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
13.3-inch display (1600×900 pixel resolution)
Intel Core i5 2557M (3M cache. 1.70 GHz)
Intel HD Graphics 3000
0.3MP camera
1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB 2.0 port,
SD Card Reader
1 x micro-HDMI port, 1 x mini-VGA port
Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bang and Olufsen ICEpower & ASUS SonicMaster Tech Audio
11.7 x 7.7 x 0.11-0.67-inch dimension
2.86 pounds
7 hours battery life

Specifications as compared to the 13-inch MacBook Air. The Asus UX31 is a bit  lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air but essentially has the same specifications as the entry level version. Since the internals of both machines are made by Intel, it is really no surprise that they carry nearly the same hardware.

The main differences are that with the Asus UX31  you get a mini-HDMI port instead of a Mini Display Port on the MacBook Air, USB 3.0 instead of Thunderbolt and Windows instead of Mac OSX. I would say the Asus UX31 is the more relevant machine to most users as HDMI and USB 3.0 are more useful than a MDP and Thunderbolt. The operating system is a matter of personal preference.

The Asus UX31 has a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution screen, which has a higher resolution than the 1440 x 900 screen on the 13-inch MacBook Air.  The Asus UX31 also sports better speakers and audio. The Asus UX31 does not have a back lit keyboard, but does give you nice aluminum keys which should hold up better to wear and tear than 

Price. At Php59,995 is Php5,995 cheaper than the similarly equipped 13-inch MacBook Air. The UX21 also comes with a free sleeve, maybe another Php800 in value.  All in all, the Asus UX31 is a better bang for the buck option than the 13-inch MacBook Air offerings, with one caveat, the track pad issue below. Still the Asus UX31 is not cheap, and I do not see it being a big seller in the Philippines.

Others. Every review of the Asus UX31, reports a glitch with the track pad which leaves it overly sensitive. Before buying one, make sure this glitch has been resolved.


  1. am planning to use an ultraportable for cs5 photoshop, Lightrm 3 photo-editing but not as intense as a graphic designer. Am choosing bet the zenbook and mac air/mbp 13in. After loading the 2 plus ms office, how much of the 128mb ssd would be free? in the case of the mba/mbp, powermac says for all hardware-related problems, they have to ship the mac to singapore-- isnt that a hassle & expensive? my ultra will be on my backpack & it has to stand a lot of commuting jossling around. what would you recommend I do?

  2. many reviews mention the problem with the trackpad. is it a design problem (hence live with it) or can asus fix it thru a software update?

  3. Most likely, it is a software problem, but I would advised waiting to see if it is fixed by updated drivers before buying one.

  4. Any news regarding this pad fixing?

  5. Not that I know off. Some reviewers got an improved track pad driver, but I have had no feedback on how that worked out.

  6. It has had 2 driver updates. The second one fixed all the problems.

  7. UX31 has a 13.3 inch display. UX21 has the 11.6 inch display.


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