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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A 13.3-inch Ultrabook (Silver) - (Intel Core i7 3517U 1.9GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, No ODD, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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|Computer Memory Size||4 GB||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth||USB, HDMI||Micro-HDMI, Bluetooth, wifi||USB Type-C;Wifi;Bluetooth||USB Type-C;Wifi;Bluetooth||Bluetooth|
|Processor (CPU) Model||Core i7||Core i3||Core i7||Core i5||Core i3 7100U||Unknown|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||1.9 GHz||2,300 MHz||2,700 MHz||1,200 MHz||2,400 MHz||900 MHz|
|Display Size||13.3 inches||13.3 inches||33.78 cm||33.78 cm||35.56 cm||13.3 inches|
|Hard disk Description||SSD||SDD||SDD||SDD||SDD||ssd|
|Hard Disk Size||256 GB||128 GB||512 GB||256 GB||128 GB||128 GB|
|Item Weight||1.3 kg||1.2 kg||1.2 kg||1.13 kg||1.5 kg||2 kg|
|Operating System||Windows 8||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|System RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||—||—||—||DDR3 SDRAM|
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So why only 4 stars? well at the time i thought it was completely unacceptable but this laptop comes with 2 types of SSD and there is no way of determining which one you receive only when you actually get the item the box has a sticker.... Just hope you have the Sandforce drive insted of the Sandisk drive as the first one is considerably faster. Try googling it and you will see the performance hit.
I got the Sandisk model and i would of returned it if i could of but due to circumstance i couldn't . The reason it still got 4 stars is because i have been using it for a few weeks now and the drive speed hasent effected much that i can tell in day to day use.
But still Asus, supply shortages or not i dont not think this is acceptable to fit sub par parts.
I run professional video editing software, 3D cad software and 2D cad software and have a very high spec desktop pc to run these programs. Would the UX31A be capable of running these? With the exception of the integrated graphics everything looked very capable and would obviously be much faster than my old laptop. It was now after midday Saturday and unfortunately the well-trusted Amazon option was not going to be able to help me My local PC World/Currys claimed to have the UX31A in stock ......sadly not true. Yes, in stock at central warehouse but not in store. Useless!!!! Back home, now 4pm, I found that John Lewis had on-line stock and they were £15 cheaper. I had previously used their Click and Collect service but was surprised to find that I could pick the item up on SUNDAY 2pm from my local Waitrose store. Amazing service.
Sunday arrived and so did my new UX31A. I knew that it was preloaded with Windows 8 when I ordered it but being an ingrained Windows user, how much different could Windows 8 be from the many previous iterations? The answer is.... completely. It appears to be a smartphone operating system applied to a pc. It may be the greatest thing ever if you have the time to learn it but I just needed to get some programs loaded and running for Monday afternoon. After some more online searching, I muddled my way to loading my key programmes. Along the way I discovered that real users (rather than reviewers) were about 4 to1 AGAINST t Windows 8. I persevered all Sunday evening to build a liking for the operating system but at every turn was being confronted with the fact that unless I opened a Microsoft Account I could go no further. It appears that Microsoft have been taking lessons from Apple! I already have a Skype account so why do I need to have a Microsoft Account to activate my Skype account on this Windows 8 pc? The whole system appears to be geared towards selling me apps and games.
The graphics power was able to deal with most of my 3D CAD projects and the HD screen was fantastic on the 2D CAD. Although I didn't test it fully on rendering long HD video projects it seemed to have power enough to allow me to edit my holiday footage away from my desktop pc. Despite my incompetence with Windows 8, I was able to make a professional enough Monday presentation.
On Tuesday I resolved to downgrade the operating system to something I knew and loved.....Windows 7 Pro 64bit. I took the UX31A to a professional pc/laptop build company, who I had used many times before, to perform the transformation. I spoke to the business owner who smiled wryly at my request and informed me that "Windows 8 has been the best thing for this business since Vista." Mine was the tenth system he had downgraded in the past 7 days. However, the UX31A appeared to be a difficult nut to crack. He struggled for 3 or 4 days to break into the bios without effect. Calls to Asus UK support were useless, " Of course you can downgrade the OS but that will invalidate the warranty. No we cannot help you here in the UK because we only support WIN8 problems. Try technical at Asus.com." My pc builder spent several more days trying that help path with no luck. He accidently stumbled across a clue to the solution whilst trawling some Asus blogs. Once he discovered the appropriate combination of switches in the bios he was away and I now have the machine of my dreams. It's lightning fast on everything except the most demanding graphics. The screen is clear crisp and bright and truly HD quality. It's a pleasure to touch and VERY impressive to slide out of its ultra slim case in front of clients.
You don't need me to relay all the technical detail, you can read them in the spec sheet. You will be more interested in the sorts of things NOT in the spec sheet
Battery life is not brilliant at about 5 hours, but I guess that the bright HD screen has got to take most of the blame for this. This is adequate for most of my needs.
Closing the lid without switching off will send it to sleep. With a fully charged battery it will stay asleep for over a week. Open the lid within 3 or 4 hours and you will be back working within 4 seconds. Leave it a day and you will have to press the Start button to awaken it. That will take about 15 seconds. Turn it off to save the battery and a boot up from cold will take about 20 seconds.
It has 2 USB3 ports, one on each side. Adequate for most purposes but bear in mind that this pc has got a solid state hard drive with 256gb capacity. Large enough I suppose but it depends on your requirements. I use one of the ports for a USB3 terabyte portable hard drivebecause I store most of my data here rather than on the solid state drive. Photos and particularly HD video files are voracious storage gobblers, so drive C is just for high speed working with these files before they are finally transferred to the external drive or memory stick.
There is no disc reading capability built into this machine. So if you wish to load programs via CDs, listen to music CDs or play DVD discs you will need a USB external disc drive/BluRay drive.
Some people easily adapt to the built in track pad. Although I use it on occasions, the programs I use most are best run with a mouse in one hand and keyboard commands with the other. This means one of the 2 USB ports is permanently occupied by the wireless mouse receiver.
I am often in bad wifi reception areas and always carry an ALFA AWUS036H booster aerial . Using the standard Windows driver produces great results, but that's another USB port occupied. You will almost certainly need a cheap 4 way USB hub as part of your kit
I paid almost £1500 for my UX31A but here on Amazon you will now be able to get it at least £200 cheaper than that. However, you will spend most of this saving if you wish to downgrade to Win7.
The UX31A is a fantastic piece of electro-mechanical wizardry and I give it a full five star rating. For office applications, photo editing and many other everyday programs this machine is lightning fast. And a joy to usei. I am not a high end games player so I cannot say how the graphics would perform on these programs, so do your own research if this is your intended use. My 4 star rating is because Asus chose to release this as a Windows 8 only machine and then proceeded to made it as difficult as possible to downgrade.
Beautiful, parctical and fast machine. Love it
Worth every cent. If you're after an ultrabook, I thoroughly reccommend this one.
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2 stars because this laptop is just too good for me to give it one star, even if it is a pain.
On a side note, the new touchscreen model is a no brainer, don't get this one anymore!