"Really Impressed!"4.5 starson by RodneyGreene
Pros: + High resolution 1600x900 Great viewing angles, vibrant super-bright colors, and just screams clarity, and the backlight is so bright
+ Sound is incredible for its size
+ Reboot & shutdown times are incredibly fast
+ USB 3.0 port
+ SSD hard drive!
Cons: - Drivers need to be updated
- Keyboard wasn't very comfortable to type as much other laptop
- No backlit keyboard
Summary: Let me start with the LCD, because it is the reason I bought this laptop. The 1600x900 resolution is INDISPENSABLE. As far as I know, there is NOT another notebook with this high of resolution on a 13" screen. I know for sure Lenovo does not. It has great viewing angles, vibrant super-bright colors, and just screams clarity.
There are no dead pixels, and the backlight is so bright, I keep the brightness turned down (which I've never done on another laptop.) If you are looking for more resolution, so that you may fit more stuff on your screen (hello multitaskers), but you don't want a HUGE 15" screen, look no further.
Some people seem to be having a problem with the keyboard, but I like it a lot. That being said, I did just come from a Lenovo Ideapad Chiclet keyboard and I hated it. The keys do not have a lot of travel and you do have to be a little bit "purposeful" on your key presses, but I type rather hard anyways. It is an easy keyboard to adapt to in my opinion and it does not require a huge amount of precision and accuracy like my last Chiclet keyboard did. I don't know, I guess I'm a sloppy typist and it works well on this keyboard.
The sound on this notebook is incredible for its size. I am really impressed. It is not ear-splitting loud, but it puts out way more sound (and better quality) than I expected. It's not "tinny" as you would expect either, but don't expect a Dolbly Surroud Sound System here ;)
The touchpad is another ballgame. I have upgraded my drivers (just wanted to have that said.) If you are like me and you are used to using a "normal" old-school touchpad with seperated physical buttons, then you are going to have to change your style a bit to get used to this touchpad. It has what seems like physical button on it, but they are also part of the touch pad, and thats what creates the problems. It registers a single "physical-button" click a lot of times as a two-finger gesture and does strange things.
The ONLY way you will be happy with this touchpad is to change your style and forget the physical buttons. Instead use the touch pad as your button and click once for a left click, and click once with 2 fingers for a right click. The touchpad has a lot of cool features and they are fairly effective and consistent IF you change your habits of not using the physical buttons. You will know what I mean when you get it and play with it. It is definitely not a deal breaker and I am becoming a lot more effective using this touchpad in a different way than I ever have.
I don't know why so many reviewers have a problem with the mini-hdmi and mini-vga ports, instead of the full size ones, but it does not bother me at all. All of the adapters come in super-nice brown cloth/leather case that matches the notebook's super-duper-nice slip-cover-case-thing. I do wish it had some more ports on it, such as esata/usb combo port, but I guess you have to sacrifice a little to have such a thin solid laptop.
The new Toshiba ultrabook for example is about the same size and it has a TON of ports all along the sides and back of it, but it is so FLIMSY and fragile feeling. There is no comparison. The Zenbook is aluminum all the way around: top, bottom, KEYS on the keyboard, and it is SO SOLID. It doesn't flex at all.
Yes there is a lot of software that comes on it, but I've found most of the Asus utilities to be rather helpful (and this is coming from a guy who usually formats his laptops from the factory and installs a fresh copy of Win 7). I uninstalled all the extra Microsoft crapware and a couple of extra programs, but there really is not that much useless stuff. With the 256GB SSD, there is plenty of room to dual boot Linux, and have several virtual machines. Just keep in mind you will need an external USB 3.0 drive if you store lots of stuff (blu ray movies and the such).
Overall it is a solid little laptop, that is VERY easy on the eyes, and is powerful enough to use as your primary machine (granted you aren't a hardcore PC gamer). Now if only they would have squeezed that backlit keyboard in there...
*Note, if you're will buy this ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH72, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: Prices-Comparison.info/ASUS-Zenbook-UX31E-DH72
Hope this review helpful.
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