Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52
Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52
3:42

Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH52

Culture
-I'm Scott Stein, senior editor at CNET.com and if you are a Windows user who has been envying the MacBook Air. There is no better time for you than the present because thanks to Intel's term Ultrabook. There are ton laptops that are now coming out that are thin, that are light and look a lot like the MacBook Air. On of the most notable and one of the most MacBook Air-like is the Asus Zenbook. Well, here it is in this nice little padded envelope. This actually comes with the ZenBook. Unlike MacBook Air, it has a little pouch that's kind of attractive and you open it up and sure enough, here is the aluminum ZenBook and it certainly looks like a MacBook Air in terms of its Unibody aluminum design. There's a little bit of a radial design here that eye catching light shimmering effect on the back lid and a little bit of a darker metal, brushed metal on the back. It's a lot of the same feel, a tiny bit thicker and a little bit heavier, but really comfortable and very sturdy to hold. In fact, the Asus ZenBook, the UX31, which is the 13-inch version comes in at a lower price than the MacBook Air, about $200 less for the same internal components. The UX31E-DH52, it's not very Zen-like name, but that's the name of this particular version, is 1099 and comes with a 128 gigabyte SSD drive and that matches what you're gonna see on the 1299 MacBook Air. So, it's a pretty good value. And into that, this comes with a USB 3.0 port and HDMI, although take note, there is a micro HDMI port. You're going to need a converter cable to be able to plug that into your TV, but it does have VGA dongle and an Ethernet dongle that connects with USB that comes in the box. The Zenbook is named probably to create a sense of Zen composure and simplicity in a laptop. This does have pretty fast boot time and a very fast weak up from sleep, about 2 seconds, which is very competitive with the McBook Air, But we didn't really find that keyboard or that track pad to be very Zen-like. In fact, we found ourselves missing a lot of key types when using this slightly mushy keyboard and the trackpad uses syntelics instead of synaptics, which means in our experience we found the trackpad to be a little more finicky and little hard to pull off multi touch commands with, but it is a very large track and equals the McBook Air in its size and its click ability, but if you're an AB [unk], you will appreciate the fact that this 13-inch screen has a 1600 x 900 resolution that's a lot more resolution for your pixel dollar than the 1366 x 768 that you're gonna see on most 13-inch laptops and the [unk] in design, speaker system and audio in this ZenBook laptop does live up to the height it sounds a lot better than similar ultraslim laptops that's not gonna blow you away like some super high end desktop replacement, but it's great for listening to music and to movies. If you wanna pay more for your ZenBook, you can pay as much as 1449, which is going to give a Core i7 processor and 256 gigabyte of storage that's still less than you would pay for the equivalent MacBook Air at its high end. Now, if you have great sound and nice screen resolution and you can give up a keyboard and trackpad that maybe are little bit disappointing and a battery life that is still okay, but doesn't perform as well as we found the MacBook Air to perform. Give this a try. This is close as you're gonna get to a MacBook Air without it being a MacBook Air. I'm Scott Stein and this is a look at the Asus ZenBook UX31E

Up Next

This Van Builder Has Tips for Life on the Road
thumb-vanlife-2-00432-1

Up Next

This Van Builder Has Tips for Life on the Road

Super Nintendo World: We Tried Everything!
question-block

Super Nintendo World: We Tried Everything!

Real Estate Pro Breaks Down Property for Sale in the Metaverse
experts-react-11

Real Estate Pro Breaks Down Property for Sale in the Metaverse

Reggie Fils-Aimé on Nintendo and the Future of Video Games
gmt20220518-190025-recording-avo-1280x720-00-15-09-11-still001

Reggie Fils-Aimé on Nintendo and the Future of Video Games

I Lost My Mind on Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster
1202231812667975-b8hrndwonamcg2sdaf5l-height640.png

I Lost My Mind on Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster

I Went Shopping in the Metaverse and Tried On a Gucci Bag
shopping-1

I Went Shopping in the Metaverse and Tried On a Gucci Bag

How to Download Kanye West's 'Donda 2' for the Stem Player
donda-for-site

How to Download Kanye West's 'Donda 2' for the Stem Player

MoviePass will be back this summer -- this is how it'll work
moviepasscnet

MoviePass will be back this summer -- this is how it'll work

Watch ferrofluid turn into art
ericmesple

Watch ferrofluid turn into art

How Black Friday is very different this year
htdia-blackfriday-v2

How Black Friday is very different this year

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Bringing an Old Story Into a Vast Open World
ff7rebirth-210224-land-00-00-01-19-still001

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Bringing an Old Story Into a Vast Open World

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max
240219-yt-vs-iphone-15-pro-max-vs-camera-comparison-v03

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max

Pulse Elite Review: PlayStation's New Gaming Headset
240219-site-sony-pulse-elite-wireless-headset

Pulse Elite Review: PlayStation's New Gaming Headset

What to Expect from Mobile World Congress 2024
mwc2024site-00-01-26-10-still001

What to Expect from Mobile World Congress 2024

See How the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera Compares to the Pixel 8 Pro's
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-vs-pixel-8-pro-3

See How the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera Compares to the Pixel 8 Pro's

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro
adobe-lightroom-00-02-58-03-still006-1

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone
p1022441-mp4-15-35-32-23-still001

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up
vlcsnap-2024-01-29-14h38m03s627.png

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring Designed for Health Tracking
samsung-debuts-galaxy-ring-for-health-tracking-00-05-13-09-still001

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring Designed for Health Tracking

First Look at Rabbit R1 Mobile AI Device
rabbitr1cms

First Look at Rabbit R1 Mobile AI Device

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro
240202-site-spatial-computing-on-meta-quest-3

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4
howto-createyourowngpt-clean

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy Watch 6
231120-site-tips-tricks-and-hidden-features-v2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy Watch 6