ASUS UX31A-R4003H 13.3″ Ultrabook: Expensive but Powerful

Asus Zenbook

For some people the mere prospect of purchasing a budget or mid-range laptop is laughable. Well, not quite laughable, but all computer users have different needs and if you are on the lookout for an incredibly pricey Ultrabook which features a top of the line processor, perhaps you should consider the Ultrabook here today.

This latest Asus Zenbook powered by Windows 8 is not to be confused with the outgoing Asus UX31A-R4003V.

Asus UX31A-R4003H 13.3″ Ultrabook

Asus Zenbook

The Asus UX31A-R4003H 13.3″ Ultrabook is currently being stocked at Curry’s for £1,499 making it their top of the line and most expensive Ultrabook in stock. It sports a number of headline figures including a powerful Intel Core i7 3517U Processor (1.9 GHz, TurboBoost 3 GHz, 4 MB Cache) running alongside 4GB of RAM. The machine itself is of the Zenbook line, making it extremely fashionable and most of all thin; with thanks to its wedge shaped design, at its thinnest point this Ultrabook measures just a few millimeters in thickness. It’s light, too, at just 1.45 kg making it perfect for easy slippage in to a bag.

Windows 8 comes pre-installed on this machine also, making it up to date out of the box in the software department.

A large 256 GB SSD provides super fast boot up times, almost instant wake from sleep and alongside that Core i7 processor, multitasking is a breeze. Ports wise you will find 1 x Mini HDMI, 1 x Mini VGA, 2 x USB 3.0 ports and an SD card reader. Bluetooth 4.0 features on this Zenbook also making hook up to a mouse or keyboard quick and seamless, whilst perhaps the best feature of this laptop is its display.

It sports a Full HD IPS 13.3-inch screen at a resolution of 1920 x 1080, making images text and icons crisp. Due to being IPS viewing angles are terrific too, ensuring that no matter what angle you are staring at it, it’ll look amazing.

Possible dealbreakers

Whilst the display of this Ultrabook is amazing, it is not touch enabled. This means that you’ll be left to using your trackpad and mouse for navigation of Windows 8, something which could be a deal breaker when this laptop is lined up against competing laptops which incorporate this feature. Even the dirt-cheap Asus Vivobook line has a touch-screen, so it is confusing as to why this Ultrabook does not.

This laptop also does not feature dedicated graphics. Now we know that a 256GB SSD and top of the line Intel Core i7 processor make up over 50% of the production cost of this Ultrabook, however any form of dedicated GPU would have been a nice addition to an otherwise powerful machine. For dedicated graphics, the Asus UX32VD would be better suited if you must have that extra graphics capability.

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