ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch Review

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch : When Microsoft’s new Windows 8 OS was introduced, it has changed not only the performance of the operating system but also the new Windows UI touch interface, the same also is to give manufacturers a huge imagination play space. Currently, there is included in the sale of Windows 8 devices, notebook, deformation this tablet PC hybrid notebook and other forms equipment, these devices are beginning from the era of the traditional mouse and keyboard, a gradual transition to the touch era. The Asus Zenbook Prime over most of this product line is an obvious example.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

2011, Zenbook Prime series get together and market. In last summer Zenbook Prime walk the line of sight of consumers UX31A and just past the end of 2012, Zenbook Prime UX51VZ grand debut. Recently, ASUS has once again released a UX31A upgrade version UX31A Touch ultra-extreme, officially carry Windows 8 and touch elements to reload debut.

The UX31A Touch people the first the Lenovo to UX31A this ultra-extreme, and try to touch elements combine. But actually UX31A Touch to change not just blend the touch experience, performance has also been greatly improved.

Designs

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

Imitation metal material Zenbook products mentioned numerous times, UX31A Touch also uses this material base and craft sophisticated textured back cover. Although frequently use the same kind of material people may feel fatigued and visual numbness, but from the point of view of the manufacturer, ASUS found a way to highlight their own style aesthetic philosophy, adhere to this style to convey to the user is also worthy of recognition.

Zenbook series, UX31A Touch also retains the workmanship and solid body imitation metal sites put pressure on the case and will not appear deformed. Even so, slightly light weight will affect the feel of the product. UX31A Touch a joyful place is equipped with a touch screen and no compression on the generation of narrow border design.

The UX31A Touch machine weighs about 1.3 kilograms, and not the adaptation touch screen UX31A weight relative body size is also consistent: 12.8 x 8.8 x 0.11-0.71 inches. The edge of the left side of the fuselage has a USB 3.0,3.5 mm audio interface and SD card slot. Right side, respectively, for the power supply, USB3.0, video output, as well as micro-HDMI interface.

Accessories look, Asus has caught up with the trend of peripherals. And UX51Vz, UX31A Touch with a mini VGA to VGA adapter, also equipped with an Ethernet adapter adapter.

Keyboard and touchpad

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

And imitation metal base, UX31A Touch backlit keyboard also retains the the Zenbook products consistent style. Fuselage built a comfortable island-style keyboard, a basic no difficult to get started for ordinary users. In addition, control of key processes and key spacing just right, both to ensure the efficiency of input and experience, but also to reduce the probability of misuse.

Zenbook series as a whole product of view, its touchpad experience is different, but most of the touchpad user experience are remarkable, the touchpad UX31A Touch can simulate the same out of the slide on the screen to scroll , two-finger zoom and other basic gestures. However, during use, also appear similar touchpad sticky user inadvertently pressing operation, and thus in most cases far higher than the frequency secondary click.

Display and speaker performance

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

UX31A Touch display, with a 1920x1080p high resolution IPS display is clear, satisfactory. Even in the brightness set to 70% of the cases, the screen is still bright and accurate color reproduction performance. In addition, the viewing angle of the screen is also very prominent, smooth screen can lead to reflection effects will make people confused, especially when in full-screen playback video.

The fuselage is equipped with 13.3-inch touch screen called UX31A Touch the super pole hallmark of this. Touch screen gesture touch operation sensitivity superior to authentic restore Windows 8 features. Back to look at the e Zenbook UX51Vz, taking into account this device has excellent mouse and keyboard control experience, and therefore is not equipped with a touch screen nor will it impact user manipulation, but Windows 8 user touch auxiliary input experience the effect is very amazing. Many users use Windows 8 touch in this ultra-extreme, often unnatural in some of the old section of the device touch screen, which is a new operating system dynamic magnetic characteristic charm another system.

Not exactly a lot of functional development, in the process of using the Windows 8 operating system, often there will be a large error sound. Play music, but very small volume. Even if the volume is turned up to the only law-abiding describe UX31A Touch speaker effect. Although the user can select the external speakers, but this will shorten the life of the equipment.

Performance and battery life

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

Asus UX31A Touch optional a 1.9GHz Core i7-3517U processor and 4GB of memory, 256GB solid-state drive, and HD 4000 graphics card. PCMark7 benchmark run sub-and Acer Aspire S7, roughly. ATTO hard disk benchmark results are amazing, maximum read and write speeds of 554 MB / s and 523 MB / s.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

Amazed at the performance of the day-to-day use in the user UX31A Touch. Equipped Windows 8 operating system cold start only 8 seconds. Is the application switching IE browser tab switching, there will not be any delay. The fuselage built HD 4000 graphics card is not suitable for severe gamers, but to run some lightweight game without any problems. In the run Mafia II (Mafia 2) test, the screen frame rate control between 20-30fps machine within minutes the temperature will also be listed. But in any case, for a super-pole of the positioning of the product, if the user is looking forward to a prominent gaming performance, then you may be disappointed. After all, over most of this all with a low-power, energy-saving graphics performance inevitably will have different discounts that can not have both fish and bear’s paw.

3DMark11 graphics benchmark test results of the UX31A Touch Aspire S7 roughly.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

The the ASUS official announcement UX31A Touch life time of 7 hours, but from the actual test results, the the airframe built-in 50W battery life obviously much shorter than the official data, about 5 hours and 15 minutes. Windows 8 ultra-extreme endurance level roughly hovered at around five hours, so UX31A Touch of life is acceptable. But if Microsoft and OEM manufacturers from software and hardware aspects of Windows 8 endurance performance optimization, to focus on the life of consumers will be very tempting.

Software and quality assurance

UX31A Touch and the vast majority of PC products, pre-loaded with a bunch of users using lower frequency applications, such as ASUS products calculator, unit converter power housekeeper. In addition, the random preinstalled trial version MaAfee anti-virus software, as well as Skype and QuickTime and other communications and multimedia tools. In addition, due to the pre-installed Windows operating system, playing cards and 3D jigsaw puzzle is also included in the list of pre-installed.

ASUS Zenbook UX31A Touch provides the aftermarket warranty technical support, and different from previous products, the human factor is also included within the scope of insurable.

Configuration options and competing products

ASUS official the two configurations UX31A Touch ultra-extreme, were equipped with a 1.7GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB solid state hard drive, entry-level version and equipped with a 1.9GHz Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory and 256GB SSD Advanced version. The official did not provide the senior version of the retail price. Competing products, Acer launched a similarly equipped with a 2.4GHz Core i7 processor Aspire S7 ultra-extreme fuselage built-in 256GB solid-state drive, and 13.3-inch 1080p resolution, overall configuration and UX31A Touch unchanged, but slightly shorter life time only 4 hours, 18 minutes and up to 10,280 yuan, while the price of this equipment. Therefore, UX31A Touch this high-end Windows 8 ultra extreme of the price of it is not hard to speculate.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31A Touch

In addition, Lenovo also launched a screen resolution of 1600×900’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 over most of this, but this ultra-extreme even support backflips. The Yoga 13 comes standard with a Core i5 processor (i7 version is priced at $ 1300), touchpad experience is relatively poor compared to the S7 and UX31A price, cost-effective than outstanding.

If the user wants to buy cheap Windows 8 touch over most of this can be considered with traditional mechanical hard drives rather than solid-state hard drive version. Samsung Series UltraTouch launched over most of this with a 1366×768 resolution of relatively low-end 13.3-inch screen, Core i5 processor, 500GB hard drive. If the user likes the big screen equipment, the 14-inch Toshiba Satellite P845t is a good choice, the price of $ 750 is cheaper than UX31A Aspire S7 nearly half resolution of 1366×768, while the hard drive to 750GB, and even built-in optical drive and weighs 4.3 pounds (1.95 kg).

If the user is a game enthusiasts with a 15.6-inch HP Spectre XT TouchSmart is the best choice. $ 1400 (about 8722 yuan) of the selling price is only able to get the touch experience, and the performance of the previous generation product can also be obtained. Fuselage the 1920x1080p IPS display, only a short board is only over three hours battery life.

Summary

The Asus Zenbook Prime series super pole the performance and technology standards performance increasingly prominent. The imitation metal design business atmosphere, overall performance, the touch experience and keyboard input experience are a plus options. From the Asus Zenbook product line perspective, UX31A Touch can say is a revolution – the smooth introduction of touch and Windows 8 operating system. The only remaining issue is the price of this product, but look at the price of the hardware specifications and reference device Aspire S7, UX31A Touch at least not cheap. There needs to be pointed out, UX31A Touch not only is the Zenbook series ultra-pole of this superior product, but also the best Windows 8 over most of this one.

[ source : Engadget ]