ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71 Ultra-Slim Laptop Review
Light and efficient, well-adapted to the needs of the on-the-go population
If you have been using the Zenbook by ASUS for a while, you’re likely to be familiar with its immense portability combined with power and performance. The Zenbook was designed for a high-energy life, and the new ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71 smartly carries the tradition forward. At $899.00, this 13.3” laptop packs in an energy-efficient performance on the cheap, shows you high-quality graphics and succeeds in facilitating most day-to-day computing tasks. So, is this Zenbook worthy of your consideration in the burgeoning laptop market?
Design & Portability: The Look and Feel
At first sight, this ASUS Zenbook looks very stylish in its icicle gold coloring, crystal-like finish and compact 13.3” body. When you get close enough to inspect its construction and check how suited it is to being-lugged-around, you’re not disappointed. With an incredibly low weight of 2.5 lbs and dimensions of 12.2 x 8.5 x 0.5”, it is highly portable. That thickness, especially—only 0.5”—makes it a cakewalk to keep the laptop in your bag or rucksack and not feel a thing.
Thankfully, the compactness of this machine doesn’t eat into its durability. The shell is sturdy; the construction careful. It is reassuring to see a modern laptop, contemporary and sophisticated in its looks, be so committed to what matters the most: resilience and mobility hand-in-hand. If you can’t trust yourself to carry it in your hands—some of us are clumsier than others—the laptop comes with an included carry sleeve. Yeay!
The energy house of the ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71 is an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor (four cores) that can be Turbo boosted to 4Hz. It has 8GB RAM (LPDDR3 at 2133 MHz), 256GB of storage (SSD) and 6M cache. The operating system facilitating all your tasks is Windows 10; it turns out to be competent at handling multiple things together without compromising on the response. The operating system also supports a number of programs and tools designed to boost your productivity at work. For instance, Windows Ink lets you doodle as you please (with the optional stylus), while Cortana and Windows Hello elevate the overall accessibility of the device.
But here’s the most significant facet of the performance of this Zenbook: the battery life. The juice you get after a full charge lasts for as long as 14 hours. While the exact battery backup will depend on your usage and power management settings, among other factors, the average life is much more than many contemporaries. Another unique victory of the Lithium-polymer battery (50Wh, four-cell) is its potential for fast-charging. You can power up to 60 percent in just about 49 minutes.
Display, Graphics & Sound
One of the most delightful highlights of the ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71 is its NanoEdge display. Since the computer has a slim-bezel design (0.27”), it looks wonderfully compact even though the screen is fairly large at 13.3”. The computer supports Intel UHD Graphics 620 (integrated) in a screen-to-body ratio of 80 percent. The result is a viewing experience that feels more realistic and easy to delve into.
The picture quality is also excellent with full High Definition support, a 100 percent sRGB gamut, wide-view technology and In-Plane Switching. Images render accurately, enhancing your multimedia experience. You can comfortably see the screen from viewing angles as wide as 178 degrees, without distortion. The maximum screen resolution supported is 1920 x 1080.
Also noticeable is the computer’s endeavor to protect your eyes. The ASUS Splendid technology that works on improving the detailing and coloring of images also has an Eye Care technology. This reduces the strain on your eyes as you work long hours on the machine.
The sound system of this computer is exemplary. It is Harman Kardon-Certified—which guarantees superior quality and precision—and has an innovative feature for amplifying the volume (by almost 3.5 times). Listening is truly a pleasure on this Zenbook—excellent smoothness and no distortion. This also applies to the built-in webcam (VGA Camera) that is competent in giving you an excellent A/V support during video calling.
Accessibility & Connectivity
Using this Zenbook is comfortable and hassle-free even when you don’t have the comfort of a stationary, full-purpose workstation. You can log in without the need to type in a password using Windows Hello and the fingerprint reader (included within the touchpad). This is a nimble little offering that serves you well when you travel, say in public transport, and need to use your laptop.
The ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71 offers adequate device support too. It is equipped with one USB 3.1 port (Type C), an HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card reader. The Type C port delivers terrific speeds of data transfer, making it easy for you to collaborate on projects at home or work. This port comes with a Type C design, which makes things even more flexible: you can plug in your devices both ways with the reversible port.
For wireless connectivity, the laptop supports 802.11AC wireless standards and Bluetooth 4.2. Additionally, a cable to convert USB 3.0 to RJ45 is included.
|Specs of ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8550U quad-core (up to 4 GHz)|
|Display||13.3″ Full-HD IPS|
The Verdict – ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71
Look around, and you will see the marketplace flooded with several ultrabooks, their makers vying for attention. Portable laptops are in vogue right now, and considering the modern world’s love for travel and life-in-the-go, the trend looks set to last. The ASUS Zenbook UX331UA-DS71 laptop is a welcome addition to the array of options.
This computer brings to the table a distinctive style, a fantastic battery configuration and reasonably good graphics. The nano-edge design of this laptop bodes well for the display too, making everything more vivid and real.