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ASUS Zenbook UX31A Ultrabook: Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 13.3" LED (1600x900), 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, Win 7 EXPIRED

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Promoted 07-29-2013 at 02:37 PM View Original Post
BuyDig via eBay has ASUS Zenbook UX31A Ultrabook for $569.99. Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclusive

Specs:
  • Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz Processor
  • 13.3" LED (1600x900) Display
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory
  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2 USB 3.0 Ports
  • Micro HDMI
  • WiFi N
  • 5 hours of Battery Life
  • Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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#181
Btw, the speakers are absolute crap too. Sounds very "tinny".
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#182
Display looks grainy if you have it at the "acceptable" level of brightness. You can reduce the brightness and the gamma to make it look nice, except that will make any dark scenes unwatchable. Great laptop, but easily one of the worst displayes ive ever seen on a PC.
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#183
I tried to warn everyone. Glossy TN panel screens are terrible in almost all cases compared to IPS matte screens. Since you have to view everything you do on a laptop, the screen is basically the most important component to be concerned with. I'm glad that these mostly turned out to be new, but I'm also sorry that some of you are getting what appear to be "open box" units. Frown
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#184
Quote from longdong View Post :
I tried to warn everyone. Glossy TN panel screens are terrible in almost all cases compared to IPS matte screens. Since you have to view everything you do on a laptop, the screen is basically the most important component to be concerned with.
Look, most cheap laptops come with TN panels, hell even MacBook Pros & Airs come with TN panels. If you're super picky about displays, then don't bother with anything that doesn't say IPS on it. For normal people with average vision, TN is just fine. I've used IPS displays before, and have mostly TN monitors now, and don't feel like I've taken a huge step backwards in usability. However, I'm not a professional photographer or hipster graphics designer. I'm just a simple internet user who likes to browse the web and watch silly cat videos. laugh out loud
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#185
Quote from ih8tspam View Post :
Look, most cheap laptops come with TN panels, hell even MacBook Pros & Airs come with TN panels. If you're super picky about displays, then don't bother with anything that doesn't say IPS on it. For normal people with average vision, TN is just fine. I've used IPS displays before, and have mostly TN monitors now, and don't feel like I've taken a huge step backwards in usability. However, I'm not a professional photographer or hipster graphics designer. I'm just a simple internet user who likes to browse the web and watch silly cat videos. laugh out loud
And you're also not using them outdoors. Did you read the 15-20 posts above mine with various users complaining about just how terrible this glossy TN panel display is?
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#186
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And you're also not using them outdoors. Did you read the 15-20 posts above mine with various users complaining about just how terrible this glossy TN panel display is?
This is most certainty not a glossy display. Unless there is a protective film on this thing that is impossibly thin and installed as to not show any edge, this is 100% matte with an anti-glare coating on it. The coating explains those two users describing the screen as grainy.

I've used my share of cheap notebooks and desktop monitors with legitimately cheap and poor TN displays in the past and this laptop is far from those. Viewing angles are fine, with a little washout left/right off angle. Colors look fine and could improve post calibration (you don't buy a HDTV and not calibrate/adjust the settings, do you?).

My main monitors are a Dell UltraSharp U2713HM (AH-IPS) and a Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP (S-PVA), so when looking at the ASUS side by side, I can see the color is a little muted or not as vibrant, but not overly so. People seemed to have assumed this is the worse TN panel ever made, but its actually far from it.
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#187
Got mine, was upset both Ctrl keys weren't working. Googled, thought bad keyboard connection, was about to send back... Until tried ASUS Live Update - that thing installed critical keyboard driver update - and Ctrl keys started working!
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#188
Quote from longdong View Post :
And you're also not using them outdoors. Did you read the 15-20 posts above mine with various users complaining about just how terrible this glossy TN panel display is?
Yeah, like the other dude said, it's not glossy, but it is pretty bad. It just looks grainy. It looks like there's "dirt" on the display, as if it hadn't been cleaned, but it's doable for the price and specs.

I just had to adjust the gamma and brightness and it looks better. It seems like the rez for the display was more of a selling point, because the display obviously isn't meant for 1600 x 900.

Yet, outside it looks pretty good--nice thing about matte displays is that they don't have that annoying reflective glare from external light sources.

I can live with this.
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#189
Dirt, graininess, or sparkle on this screen is a result of the anti-glare treatment. If its the first time you have ever had a screen with AG, it can be a bit jarring.

For those who are wondering how aggressive the AG is, think 2012 and earlier Ultrasharps. It's aggressive.

After going through and updating all the drivers (VGA, Touchpad, Wifi, USB3, chipset, etc) and flashing the most recent 219 BIOS, the notebook seems to be performing where I would expect.
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#190
Yesturday while watching some movies, noticed that the screen actually changes colors. It's not even maintaining the color calibration I set. Frown

Gonna return it.
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#191
Got it on saturday.

Brand new in a box. Did a fresh install of Windows 7 using minimal drivers and came out with 103GB free with the usual stuff and Office 2010. Around 6 hours of battery life. I actually like the 3 finger gestures Asus included in their touchpad driver.

Like others said, the screen is absolutely atrocious compared to the XPS 13's IPS and my Dell U2412M IPS. The AG coating is wayyyyyy too aggressive and the colors are way off. I think this is one of those bad TN (my laptop has an AUO TN panel that's actually usable).

On the upside, the wireless actually works. Too bad I had to return the XPS 13 cuz the wifi will not work (same intel 6235 card, I wonder what's wrong with the dell's).
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#192
Got mine and it is new, has not yet booted it. Will do tomorrow and I don't have room for return or anyhting because laptop is needed and no gap of time is possible, so praying that nothing goes wrong.
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