Pros Beautiful, amazing screen.
Great keyboard. Great track pad. Good palm recognition without cursor jump.
Very Light weight with a very solid build.
A very cozy user feeling.
An incredible, sexy design. My personal favorite. Toned down and professional.
Cons It could use a control reverse for f key functions on laptop. The levels of the screen and keyboard brightness need to have a lower and higher range. The SSD needs to be reformatted if you want any real space. It comes with about 65 GB usable.
Summary I really do love this laptop. I would like to have 256GB of space (and will). The screen I have has no bleed at all. It is just plain gorgeous. I cannot detect single a pixel. It is the best I have seen. I cannot tell the difference between this and any other ultra high resolution screen. The keys are great. Just the right amount of travel for my taste. I have had VERY few issues with the track pad jumping while typing. It has good palm recognition.
I highly recommend this laptop. I have been through 5 other 13 inchers, and this one has them beat in an overall opinion. There have been no deal breakers with this machine for me. I will be satisfied for at least the next 6 months with this machine as my traveler. The Ivy bridge sure is a big leap in graphics. That is for sure. Beware of the sandy bridge I3 unit still lingering in the new line. You will not have the graphics capabilities. But still good for regular use. Also it has full size HDMI and an extra USB 3.0. Good luck to all in finding the right new "travel book" for you. (my name for "ulta-books", "sleek-books", ect..)
Also an FYI to all who read this. I went through five other brands before I settled here.
Pros The SSD and I7 Chip make this a real rocket with outstanding battery life. This thing compiles MP4s at amazing rates. A great traveling companion as well. Its like carrying a light book. It's $1,000 less than a MacBook Pro.
Cons Mouse is a little sensitive and has me moving to other locations unwantedly. Speakers are clear but the volume could be a little higher. It's a pricey.
Summary Love this thing.
Pros Amazing screen quality
Increased speed of Sandisk SSD from a 5.9 windows experience in the UX31E to a 7.5 on this new UX31A
Keyboard is much better and back light nicely
No more sound distortion at high levels
Trackpad is Elan and works fine
Cons Small amount of light bleeding when completely dark
Slower bootup time
Battery life doesn't seem as good
Does not seem to trickle charge while constantly plugged in
Space is an issue on this model. Around 65GB out box
The sound is flat and lifeless
Summary Overall this is a good computer. I am trying to decide if I will return this one for another because of the light bleeding, but I am not sure due to the fact that it doesn't bother me that much. In addition, I have seen reviews of people returning the item, only to get a worse bleed.