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sudeh 12-07-2012 08:30 AM

ASUS Zenbook UX31A Ultrabook (recertified): Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz, 13.3" IPS FHD LED (1920x1080), 4GB Memory, 128GB SSD, Win 7 $618 + Free shipping
 
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Buy.com has the Asus Zenbook UX31A-R5102F (recertified) for $617.99 shipped. This comes with the 1920x1080 IPS screen. I've been trying to get out of 1366x768 hell for a while and this was the best deal I could find. The fact that it's a 3lb ultrabook running a 3rd gen Ivy processor with an SSD included was just gravy.

It weighs 3lbs on the dot (per my kitchen scale) and it's between .33" and .66" thin.


Back in stock as of 01/03/2013

Buy.com Link [buy.com]

The listing is really sparse (which worried me more than a little) but I received my ultrabook yesterday and I'm very happy with it. It arrived in new condition with all accessories (except the laptop sleeve thingy which some reviewers mentioned). Mine came with the lesser of the two possible SSDs (the SanDisk) but the screen is absolutely amazing.

Specs:
  • Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz
  • 4 GB SO-DIMM
  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive (ADATA or SanDisk)
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 2 USB3.0 Ports, Micro HDMI, WiDi
  • 5 hours of battery life
  • 13.3-Inch IPS FHD LED Screen, Intel HD 4000 Graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Reviews:If you're looking for an upgrade-able system or a gaming laptop, you'll probably want to look elsewhere. The RAM is soldered in and the mSATA SSD is difficult (and expensive) to replace.

This is also not to be confused with the previous model, the UX31. They fixed a lot of the issues people had with the keyboard and touchpad.

You can also get $12.XX cashback through F-Wallet's cashback click-through to Buy.com.

brisar 12-07-2012 08:30 AM

ASUS Zenbook UX31A Ultrabook (recertified): Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz, 13.3" IPS FHD LED (1920x1080), 4GB Memory, 128GB SSD, Win 7 $618 + Free shipping
 
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Buy.com has ASUS Zenbook UX31A Ultrabook (recertified) for $617.99 with free shipping. Thanks sudeh

Specs:
  • Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz
  • 13.3" IPS FHD LED Screen
  • 4 GB SO-DIMM Memory
  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive (ADATA or SanDisk)
  • 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

wikipost 12-07-2012 08:30 AM

This post can and should be edited by users like you :)
 
Price now $699
Q: Sales Tax?
A: You must pay sales tax if you ship to the following states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, Washington. By law, sales tax is automatically computed on products and shipping charges.

:(

Clashed 12-07-2012 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sudeh (Post 55789188)
I've been trying to get out of 1366x768 hell for a while

First World Problems :)

encg 12-07-2012 08:46 AM

Your recert came new? What classifies recertified?

AveSharia 12-07-2012 08:48 AM

Quote:

I've been trying to get out of 1366x768 hell for a while
Dude, no kidding... My 3 year old laptop is 1440x900 on a 15 inch screen.

sudeh 12-07-2012 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by encg (Post 55789840)
Your recert came new? What classifies recertified?

It didn't look like it was ever used, but they could have swapped the shell and all that. It came in new condition, in a plain brown ASUS box with the accessories.

Buy.com actually lists it as "Brand New" even though the item title says "Recertified" so who knows.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clashed
First World Problems

Ha, totally. I'll have to remember to fire my butler for typing up that over-dramatic description. It's pretty horrible though.

real_cheep 12-07-2012 08:53 AM

Any advantage to buying through Ebay as opposed to directly from Buy.com?

doema 12-07-2012 08:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by real_cheep (Post 55790120)
Any advantage to buying through Ebay as opposed to directly from Buy.com?

You will be eligible for ebay buyer protection

malacide 12-07-2012 08:55 AM

It's newly re-certified!

aznhero913 12-07-2012 08:57 AM

I would never buy a refurbished laptop but this has got me really tempted!!

JussaIrish 12-07-2012 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clashed (Post 55789736)
First World Problems :)

The question is, are the speakers loud enough to hear while I am eating my Cheetos?

sudeh 12-07-2012 09:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aznhero913 (Post 55790300)
I would never buy a refurbished laptop but this has got me really tempted!!

The listing looked like Joe's Shady Scam Shack typed it up too. I figured, even if it arrived and it was a case of refurbished Men's UX31A Jockey Underwear at least I could send it back to Buy.com and just be out the cost of shipping.

Turns out, I couldn't be happier (aside from not getting the better SSD)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jussalrish
The question is, are the speakers loud enough to hear while I am eating my Cheetos?

Depends if they're Crunchy or Puffs.

menting 12-07-2012 09:00 AM

what's the warranty on this? does it say in any of the paperwork that shipped with the laptop?
I'd have no problems if it came with a 1 yr warranty, like lenovo refurbs.

tpham 12-07-2012 09:02 AM

whats the warranty on this?

rkx 12-07-2012 09:05 AM

Looks like a great deal. 899 new from Best buy

Can get 10% CB with discover too which makes it 556.

Really wanted something with dedicated graphics and touchscreen but this is really hard to resist at 550!

edit: looks like BB raised the price. BB is also selling this refurbished for 679.99 but you have to pay tax

Llanowan 12-07-2012 09:08 AM

If you buy through buy.com, you get free google trusted store protection too, fwiw.

I'm in for one! Went through buy.com for cashback. Buy.com also has their own rakuten point cashback program.

MusicsAllWeGot 12-07-2012 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by real_cheep (Post 55790120)
Any advantage to buying through Ebay as opposed to directly from Buy.com?

Quote:

Originally Posted by doema (Post 55790194)
You will be eligible for ebay buyer protection

And you'd get EBucks. But if you buy it through their main website you also get points. Plus, if you have Discover, you could get 10% CB along with your Rakuten points

jdpdata 12-07-2012 09:09 AM

Is this i5 or i7 processor. Reviewers states that is i7 1.9ghz ivy bridge processor.

eryeal 12-07-2012 09:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aznhero913 (Post 55790300)
I would never buy a refurbished laptop but this has got me really tempted!!

Why? There are many cases where the refurb laptops have the exact same warranty a a new one, except cost 20-40% less. In that case, there is really no difference, except price.

1200mk 12-07-2012 09:11 AM

i just returned one of these from amz. some keys only sometimes work. fyi.

sudeh 12-07-2012 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdpdata (Post 55790858)
Is this i5 or i7 processor. Reviewers states that is i7 1.9ghz ivy bridge processor.

This comes with the i5 and 128GB SSD. I must have posted a link to a review that had the i7 version, I'll fix that.

Kevoo_11 12-07-2012 09:11 AM

I'm 1/2 in the market for a new laptop, but just bought a TV so I can't justify this price and I refuse to get slickdealed into this one.

This is a really nice machine for the money though...

sonerb81 12-07-2012 09:11 AM

Sudeh,

Can you talk a little bit about the screen, the keyboard and the touchpad? I would especially appreciate your input regarding the screen.

Are the viewing angles great as it should be on an IPS screen? Does it ever look like colors fade when you tilt the screen?

I currently have an Asus 13" laptop (UL30A-A2) that weighs 3.7 pounds with ultra low c2d processor and 1366x768 screen resolution. The viewing angle on that laptop is HORRIBLE. I can't find a position where there is 0 color fading. So, the main reason why I am tempted to buy this deal is the screen. Please let me know. Thanks!

monkeysez 12-07-2012 09:11 AM

Make sure you have some type of warranty on these things. I've exchanged my twice already. Once for massive backlight bleeding on the screen and dead pixels, the other for fan issues and lack of working wifi. The quality control for Asus is not the greatest. That being said, the screen sure is pretty.

eryeal 12-07-2012 09:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdpdata (Post 55790858)
Is this i5 or i7 processor. Reviewers states that is i7 1.9ghz ivy bridge processor.

It's an i5. There are other reviews that state it's an i5.

monkeysez 12-07-2012 09:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sonerb81 (Post 55790930)
Sudeh,

Can you talk a little bit about the screen, the keyboard and the touchpad? I would especially appreciate your input regarding the screen.

Are the viewing angles great as it should be on an IPS screen? Does it ever look like colors fade when you tilt the screen?

I currently have an Asus 13" laptop (UL30A-A2) that weighs 3.7 pounds with ultra low c2d processor and 1366x768 screen resolution. The viewing angle on that laptop is HORRIBLE. I can't find a position where there is 0 color fading. So, the main reason why I am tempted to buy this deal is the screen. Please let me know. Thanks!

The screen is bright and has nice wide viewing angles. I have no complaints on the screen.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1200mk (Post 55790916)
i just returned one of these from amz. some keys only sometimes work. fyi.

You do have to push harder on these keys than on other ultrabooks I have tried. But all in all, you get used to it.

Neo42 12-07-2012 09:13 AM

so tempted. any warranty at all?

johnw91498 12-07-2012 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clashed (Post 55789736)
First World Problems :)


Whahahahahaha...

repped

kevinh 12-07-2012 09:16 AM

Lol..wow , didn't even need a laptop. I'm such a freaking loser.

1200mk 12-07-2012 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkeysez (Post 55790960)
The screen is bright and has nice wide viewing angles. I have no complaints on the screen.



You do have to push harder on these keys than on other ultrabooks I have tried. But all in all, you get used to it.

I wish that was the case, I really liked the laptop otherwise but it's a known issue that the solder on they laptops are hit and miss.

tpham 12-07-2012 09:18 AM

im in the market for an ultrabook..someone talk me into this! the resolution is sooooo hard to resist!

sonerb81 12-07-2012 09:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkeysez (Post 55790960)
The screen is bright and has nice wide viewing angles. I have no complaints on the screen.

Thanks. Repped. I am reading the amazon reviews and there are way too many negative reviews. I am now second guessing myself whether I should buy this laptop or not...

sudeh 12-07-2012 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sonerb81 (Post 55790930)
Sudeh,

Can you talk a little bit about the screen, the keyboard and the touchpad? I would especially appreciate your input regarding the screen.

Are the viewing angles great as it should be on an IPS screen? Does it ever look like colors fade when you tilt the screen?

I currently have an Asus 13" laptop (UL30A-A2) that weighs 3.7 pounds with ultra low c2d processor and 1366x768 screen resolution. The viewing angle on that laptop is HORRIBLE. I can't find a position where there is 0 color fading. So, the main reason why I am tempted to buy this deal is the screen. Please let me know. Thanks!

The screen is amazing. You could duct-tape it to a typewriter and still have a better laptop than most people. I was about 170 degrees off-screen while my wife was watching youtubes and it still looked nice. Not as nice as dead-on, of course, but still very nice. 1920x1080 on a 13.3" was a bit concerning, but in my whole 1 day worth of experience, it's not an issue at all. Tons of real-estate and all the fonts are readable.

The touchpad is big and even the button-areas are touch-sensitive. I find myself doing a lot of "two finger" stuff since I usually rest my finger on the left-button while I move around the touchpad. It's probably just a bad habit but when the button is capacitive too, it makes for some annoyance. I haven't run into anything unusual though, although some people complained about jittery or jumpy-ness. The keyboard is nicely spaced, but the keys are a lot more shallow than my laptop. I haven't had trouble typing on it though, it's just a different feel.

rkx 12-07-2012 09:21 AM

Really dont want to let this one go but im going to hold off after reading some of the problems these units have. No experience with Buy.com returns so dont want to risk it. If this was Amazon would be a different story!

ralphsdog 12-07-2012 09:22 AM

Remember that some credit/debit cards (Visa Signature) will extend your warranty by a year.

jmor 12-07-2012 09:22 AM

Good price. Sure beats paying 3x the amount for a "retina" macbook pro

teaberry 12-07-2012 09:23 AM

I'm tempted to sell my Alienware m11x Sandybridge i3 to get this one, but couple of concerns.

OP - how is the battery-life in real-world usage? Let's say screen brightness about 30-50% with wifi on and just surfing the web? I see 5hr battery life listed but I'm curious if that's optimal or real-world type usage? With above settings, I can get 7-8hrs out of my m11x.

- How easy is a clean install? Some laptops have proprietary software and drivers for special buttons and hardware that a clean Win7 install and just simply installing drivers doesn't get you full function back? How is bloat-ware with stock Asus WinOS?

TIA ;)
Quote:

Originally Posted by sudeh (Post 55790410)
The listing looked like Joe's Shady Scam Shack typed it up too. I figured, even if it arrived and it was a case of refurbished Men's UX31A Jockey Underwear at least I could send it back to Buy.com and just be out the cost of shipping.

Turns out, I couldn't be happier (aside from not getting the better SSD)


Depends if they're Crunchy or Puffs.


elfnumber1 12-07-2012 09:27 AM

how is battery life buying recerts? anyone have experience?

rkx 12-07-2012 09:28 AM

Actually buy.com's return policy is pretty good

Quote:

Orders Shipped by Buy.com

Buy.com will always provide shipping labels to return items at no cost to you if you item you receive is:

• Defective
• The Wrong Item
• Damaged in Transit

If you believe that your item should be returned to us at no cost to you and you are unable to receive a shipping label when processing your return merchandise authorization online, please contact us and we will be glad to review the issue with you.

If you return an item using a shipping label provided by Buy.com and your item does not meet the conditions required to receive free return shipping, you may be issued a refund for your return minus the cost of the shipping label. If a replacement was requested in a case like this, a refund may be issued instead to accommodate this charge.

sudeh 12-07-2012 09:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by teaberry (Post 55791312)
I'm tempted to sell my Alienware m11x Sandybridge i3 to get this one, but couple of concerns.

OP - how is the battery-life in real-world usage? Let's say screen brightness about 30-50% with wifi on and just surfing the web? I see 5hr battery life listed but I'm curious if that's optimal or real-world type usage? With above settings, I can get 7-8hrs out of my m11x.

- How easy is a clean install? Some laptops have proprietary software and drivers for special buttons and hardware that a clean Win7 install and just simply installing drivers doesn't get you full function back? How is bloat-ware with stock Asus WinOS?

TIA ;)

I was installing all sorts of apps, downloading, running windows updates, etc. I got about 4 hours of life (and the screen wasn't turned down very much). Sorry, that's not too scientific but I've only had it a day.

I was thinking about a clean install, but I'm currently running with what they gave me. I uninstalled the annoying stuff (Bing bar, Asus eTutor, etc) immediately. The rest doesn't seem horrible (yet), but I can't really comment on how easy it is to get all the drivers up and running again. Someone on the NotebookReview Forums [notebookreview.com] looks like they tackled it though.

dealstack 12-07-2012 09:29 AM

i dont need it, but i shop around for laptops a lot for fun. with cashback from 5-10% at various places, (notskinnywallet and discover) I'd pick my preferred CB program, pay with a CC that extends warranty, and be all over this!

sonerb81 12-07-2012 09:31 AM

Great specs (especially the screen) for my needs but the scary reviews on amazon just changed my mind on buying this laptop. I still repped the OP because it's a very competitive price considering the specs.

a1strank 12-07-2012 09:34 AM

1080p on 13.3" screen? isnt that overkill?

bestco 12-07-2012 09:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by a1strank (Post 55791714)
1080p on 13.3" screen? isnt that overkill?

do the fonts become hard to read on such large resolution and small screen?

inspron 12-07-2012 09:39 AM

Where can I find an "official" specs to this specific laptop?

I see the general specs for UX31A only.

nomikal 12-07-2012 09:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MusicsAllWeGot (Post 55790822)
And you'd get EBucks. But if you buy it through their main website you also get points. Plus, if you have Discover, you could get 10% CB along with your Rakuten points


discover site shows 5% for buy.com, what am i missing?

sudeh 12-07-2012 09:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55791762)
do the fonts become hard to read on such large resolution and small screen?

I'd imagine it comes down to personal preference. With Windows' default font scaling, everything has been very readable for me, so far.

Some reviews (TechReport [techreport.com], for example) complain that 3rd party apps and some websites don't scale as well though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by inspron (Post 55791914)
Where can I find an "official" specs to this specific laptop?

I see the general specs for UX31A only.

It's the same as the UX31A-DB51: Amazon [amazon.com]

Soulseeker 12-07-2012 09:42 AM

Most of these ultrabooks will have some type of issue. Seems like a crapshoot at this point. I don't care what brand it is.

Beezay 12-07-2012 09:43 AM

The battery life (5 hours) seems kind of average for an ultrabook...

inspron 12-07-2012 09:43 AM

5% buy.com specific plus 5% for quarterly bonus on online purchases = 10% discover rebate

StanleyL 12-07-2012 09:45 AM

560 after taxes ;/

Staxmunny 12-07-2012 09:45 AM

this is a sweet computer if you don't mind the fact that you can never make it faster...or increase its hard drive, or ever play a CD/DVD on it.

k000 12-07-2012 09:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StanleyL (Post 55792160)
560 after taxes ;/

Can you please explain how it comes out to 560 ? I will jump to get that :)

JuMpMaN6235 12-07-2012 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k000 (Post 55792316)
Can you please explain how it comes out to 560 ? I will jump to get that :)

Prob FW CB

This is a good deal.

aznhero913 12-07-2012 09:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rkx (Post 55790722)
Looks like a great deal. 899 new from Best buy

Can get 10% CB with discover too which makes it 556.

Really wanted something with dedicated graphics and touchscreen but this is really hard to resist at 550!

edit: looks like BB raised the price. BB is also selling this refurbished for 679.99 but you have to pay tax


Links to the BB items?

rsx1213 12-07-2012 09:52 AM

how do we know the specs are correct? I can't see it on their page.

a1strank 12-07-2012 09:52 AM

really thinking about buying this for my girlfriend for christmas.....but I'm just worried about the 1080p screen on 13.3"....

menting 12-07-2012 09:53 AM

so, any updates on what the warranty is on this?

minghi 12-07-2012 09:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by inspron (Post 55792070)
5% buy.com specific plus 5% for quarterly bonus on online purchases = 10% discover rebate

99% of SD'rs would have used up the 10% ;)

kupa 12-07-2012 09:57 AM

This is no doubt a good deal IF it's a UX31A-R5102F. However, the links from OP only mentioned UX31A which is a family model number and can have different specs based on the sub-model number. For example. Walmart has an i3 model UX31A-DB31.

Can anyone confirm this deal is indeed for UX31A-R5102F?

MusicsAllWeGot 12-07-2012 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nomikal (Post 55791942)
discover site shows 5% for buy.com, what am i missing?

Quote:

Originally Posted by inspron (Post 55792070)
5% buy.com specific plus 5% for quarterly bonus on online purchases = 10% discover rebate

Yup, what Inspron said.

JuMpMaN6235 12-07-2012 09:58 AM

OP, what color is this?

supercoolman 12-07-2012 09:58 AM

I have this laptop and the speakers are louder than your mouth ;)

easymonies 12-07-2012 09:58 AM

Can't understand the craze for 1080p on such small monitors. For me, 1080p would make just too small to be comfortable on this monitor. Would have preferred 1600x900 for this size. But that's just me and I know that many would not agree. At lease the CNET reviewer agrees that text can get too small with 1080p on this laptop ;)

cisengineer 12-07-2012 09:59 AM

This is by far the most I've spent on the shaiest looking listing...but I went through eBay so returns should be easy if it's not what it seems.

teaberry 12-07-2012 09:59 AM

I am sure I hit the maximum $75 back for the quarterly 5% back already, but do you know what the max (if any) for ShopDiscover 5% back for month or year? Thanks
Quote:

Originally Posted by inspron (Post 55792070)
5% buy.com specific plus 5% for quarterly bonus on online purchases = 10% discover rebate


Jaeger 12-07-2012 10:00 AM

I have this laptop. Lots of compliments. I recently had 3 powerpoint presentations open simultaneously, each with embedded flash graphics, and had 4 huge pdf files open at the same time. No hiccups whatsoever. I had been concerned that 4 MB RAM would be inadequate, but it was fine. Haven't tried a battery test. I grab this with a stack of papers and a notepad and pop into a meeting and it doesn't seem like I've brought my laptop at all.

Some reviews say wait for touchscreen.

mysteryman3001 12-07-2012 10:00 AM

Has anyone confirmed that the discover cashback stack upon each other? (5%+5%)?

Jaeger 12-07-2012 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55791762)
do the fonts become hard to read on such large resolution and small screen?


Yes, on some apps I magnify. But the type is very sharp and crisp, so it is easier to read.

aznhero913 12-07-2012 10:02 AM

ok, I was about to jump on this deal until folks started mentioning that 1080p on a 13" screen is bad...


First, doesn't everyone always complain on laptop deals that the screen isn't 1080p?

Second, can't you go into the monitor settings of the laptop and change it to 720p or to a resolution you like?

Corrosive 12-07-2012 10:02 AM

Snagged this on buy.com with discover through shop discover. This is by far one of the best ultrabook deals I have seen this holiday season (Besides the insanely cheap vizio on BF* Even that is debatable because this has much better specs). At this price range most only have SandyBridge and 768 screens. These are still listed on my local craigslist in around the 700 range so even if a return does not work out, you may be able to find a buyer locally and make a little for your trouble.

Propps to OP for testing the waters. The sale page looked really sloppily thrown together and somewhat like a sham, but propps for giving it a shot and all the replies in this thread. Repped.

It may also be worth noting that the charger on these is small... Its similar to an apple macbook air charger and similar to asus transformer tablets. It does not have the "brick" and its more of a cord. This being said, carrying the charger with you is not as much of a hassle as most other ultrabooks.

sudeh 12-07-2012 10:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kupa (Post 55792632)
This is no doubt a good deal IF it's a UX31A-R5102F. However, the links from OP only mentioned UX31A which is a family model number and can have different specs based on the sub-model number. For example. Walmart has an i3 model UX31A-DB31.

Can anyone confirm this deal is indeed for UX31A-R5102F?

I can confirm. I was also very concerned, since the listing is so sparse.

It is the UX31A-R5102F with FullHD IPS :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by JuMpMaN6235 (Post 55792648)
OP, what color is this?

It's aluminum with black keys.

chaderino 12-07-2012 10:07 AM

I like this listing, I don't love it. Too much gray area regarding which one this is....No picture on the actual listing.....etc.

minghi 12-07-2012 10:07 AM

wow... look at the horrible reviews [amazon.com]. i was on the fence whether to replace my sony vaio z1 with this but now i've to think twice

aviralmsharma 12-07-2012 10:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tojo_m (Post 55792676)
Can't understand the craze for 1080p on such small monitors. For me, 1080p would make just too small to be comfortable on this monitor. Would have preferred 1600x900 for this size. But that's just me and I know that many would not agree. At lease the CNET reviewer agrees that text can get too small with 1080p on this laptop ;)

Agree with you!
I have this ultrabook and keep res at 1600x900

Pros
+ IPS Full HD gorgeous Display
+ Backlit keyboard
+ Very good battery life
+ i5 3rd Gen, Intel 4000 HD
+ SSD, its fast enough for most of us

Cons
- The touchpad is large and had issues with it. As someone recommended, I updated the drivers and its all good now.
- 4GB soldered RAM
- only 128GB HDD

-/+ Its metal body like MBP/MBA, so gets cold real fast

Overall, love this Ultrabook!

encg 12-07-2012 10:10 AM

sudeh, can you take photos of your unit and its packaging? I'm VERY interested in this, especially since the UX32VD sold out on Amazon and Adorama via Amazon.

Jaeger 12-07-2012 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aznhero913 (Post 55792826)
ok, I was about to jump on this deal until folks started mentioning that 1080p on a 13" screen is bad...


First, doesn't everyone always complain on laptop deals that the screen isn't 1080p?

Second, can't you go into the monitor settings of the laptop and change it to 720p or to a resolution you like?


Yes, in settings you can set the default magnification to whatever you want. This is intended for those with sight difficulty, and it's in the Control Panel > Appearance > Display menu.

yarnim 12-07-2012 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tojo_m (Post 55792676)
Can't understand the craze for 1080p on such small monitors. For me, 1080p would make just too small to be comfortable on this monitor. Would have preferred 1600x900 for this size. But that's just me and I know that many would not agree. At lease the CNET reviewer agrees that text can get too small with 1080p on this laptop ;)

esp with the horrible scaling on windows. not a good idea.

get a series 9..........................IF....it drops its price...at all lol

nautical 12-07-2012 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aznhero913 (Post 55792826)
ok, I was about to jump on this deal until folks started mentioning that 1080p on a 13" screen is bad...


First, doesn't everyone always complain on laptop deals that the screen isn't 1080p?

Second, can't you go into the monitor settings of the laptop and change it to 720p or to a resolution you like?

It won't scale properly to just decrease the resolution to 1366x768 because 1920x1080 isn't easily divisible by 1366x768. What this means is the operating system has to interpolate how to transform a 1366x768 image onto a 1920x1080 grid. Some pixels will be represented by 2 physical pixels, some by 3 physical pixels, etc, and this causes blurring of the image.

If you were comparing resolutions that were twice each other (e.g., 2560x1600 versus 1280x800 as on the 13" retina Macbook), running the 2560x1600 screen at 1280x800 would be simple as the operating system would just use four physical pixels for each image pixel (2560x1600 has four times as many pixels as 1280x800). Since there is no interpolation the image doesn't suffer. This is why it's always recommended to run LCD panels at their native resolution to prevent distortion and blurring due to inaccurate pixel mapping.

chaderino 12-07-2012 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by minghi (Post 55793008)
wow... look at the horrible reviews [amazon.com]. i was on the fence whether to replace my sony vaio z1 with this but now i've to think twice

In order for there to be many refubs available, there first must be many problems on an original unit that need re certified. :vomit:

aviralmsharma 12-07-2012 10:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaeger (Post 55793150)
Yes, in settings you can set the default magnification to whatever you want. This is intended for those with sight difficulty, and it's in the Control Panel > Appearance > Display menu.

I didn't prefer the magnification since all apps/sws including Chrome didn't work so well.
1600 x 900 works good

menting 12-07-2012 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chaderino (Post 55793258)
In order for there to be many refubs available, there first must be many problems on an original unit that need re certified. :vomit:

not "must*. Sometimes stock not sold will also be labeled as refurbs when it's being discontinued.

Jaeger 12-07-2012 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrosive (Post 55792828)

It may also be worth noting that the charger on these is small... Its similar to an apple macbook air charger and similar to asus transformer tablets. It does not have the "brick" and its more of a cord. This being said, carrying the charger with you is not as much of a hassle as most other ultrabooks.


Good point, the charger (aka "brick" )is a real plus. Smaller than the Macbook charger, it fits in the small accessories pocket in my backpack, which the Macbook sharger never did. I bought a second generic charger on Am,azon for around 28 bucks. You need to be sure to get the correct model, as there are different tips for different UX31 models.

chaderino 12-07-2012 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by menting (Post 55793320)
not "must*. Sometimes stock not sold will also be labeled as refurbs when it's being discontinued.

Valid point. In general would have been better word usage.

anders 12-07-2012 10:17 AM

What are the best cash back options for people without discover cards? I have many other cards from different banks and airlines, but not discover. I only see 1.5% CB on FW for computers. TIA.

Cirrus 12-07-2012 10:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eryeal (Post 55790870)
Why? There are many cases where the refurb laptops have the exact same warranty a a new one, except cost 20-40% less. In that case, there is really no difference, except price.

In this case the warranty is a big difference since ASUS only warranties it for 90 days, so if something breaks after the first 3 months you're out of luck. Also, those extended credit card warranties usually only work on *new* products, not refurbs. Squaretrade won't even sell you a warranty on a refurb laptop unless it's bought through ebay so if you really want an extended warranty you'll have to forego the cashback and go through ebay. Even then they'll only sell you a 1 year warranty (instead of 3 on new laptops) and it's $99 (though there's 30% coupons if you've bought from them before that they e-mailed out so it's more like $70). Still quite a bit of savings even with the purchase of the warranty I guess.

I'm pretty sure only direct Apple refurbs get identical warranties.

goibhniu 12-07-2012 10:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rkx (Post 55790722)
Looks like a great deal. 899 new from Best buy

Can get 10% CB with discover too which makes it 556.

Really wanted something with dedicated graphics and touchscreen but this is really hard to resist at 550!

edit: looks like BB raised the price. BB is also selling this refurbished for 679.99 but you have to pay tax

Are you sure that it's the same model? I saw them selling the RSL8 as a refurb, but didn't see this model.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1200mk (Post 55790916)
i just returned one of these from amz. some keys only sometimes work. fyi.

There's probably around a dozen 13.3" Zenbook variants, starting with the X31, then X31A, then X32, X32VD, etc. The original X31's had some issues with the keyboard and trackpad. The X31A and X32 line supposedly fixed them (though I've seen some reports that say that the trackpad is merely better, no perfect). Make sure that you know which model you are getting and are comparing apples to apples.

jciron 12-07-2012 10:20 AM

The UPC corresponds to that Model: UX31A-R5102F per Bestbuy website as shown below

http://reviews.bestbuy.com/3545/5620967/asus-zenbook-ultrabook-13-3-laptop-4gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive-radiant-silver-reviews/reviews.htm?sort=contributorRank&dir=asc
[bestbuy.com]


Quote:

Originally Posted by kupa (Post 55792632)
This is no doubt a good deal IF it's a UX31A-R5102F. However, the links from OP only mentioned UX31A which is a family model number and can have different specs based on the sub-model number. For example. Walmart has an i3 model UX31A-DB31.

Can anyone confirm this deal is indeed for UX31A-R5102F?


kdiggz 12-07-2012 10:20 AM

sales tax in ny kills it for me

menting 12-07-2012 10:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cirrus (Post 55793452)
In this case the warranty is a big difference since ASUS only warranties it for 90 days.
I'm pretty sure only direct Apple refurbs get identical warranties.

hmm, Asus does say that refurbs are only covered for 3 months. That kinda pushes me away from this deal, good as it is.
http://www.service.asus.com/#!ref...anty/c16us

Lenovo and Dell refurbs all get 1 yr warranty. I wish more companies would do that.

OgreDave 12-07-2012 10:21 AM

Battery life is only 5 hours? I thought these Zenbooks got like 7-8 :(

jluna 12-07-2012 10:21 AM

Looks like a nice deal. I was considering this one and the Dell XPS13. I really liked the IPS display on this one, but the battery life of the Dell was better. I ended up pulling the trigger on the Dell due to the $150 American Express cash back deal. But that got the Dell down close to the price on this deal. Sweet price for an ultrabook.

magoomba 12-07-2012 10:22 AM

Is it really just a 5hr battery life? I'm looking for 6.5hrs or more.

chaderino 12-07-2012 10:23 AM

I honestly don't know how this got front page in my humble opinion.

selective 12-07-2012 10:25 AM

Thanks OP! Was scouting for a great deal on an ultrabook and this fits the bill.

goibhniu 12-07-2012 10:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by minghi (Post 55793008)
wow... look at the horrible reviews [amazon.com]. i was on the fence whether to replace my sony vaio z1 with this but now i've to think twice

For everyone complaining about the horrible reviews on Amazon, please note that Amazon doesn't sell the UX31A-R5102F. The reviews you are reading are for the DB51 model, which is in the same family but not the same model. There are about a dozen variations on the Zenbooks, and some of them have issues UX31A-DB51, and others are far more reliable. If you check the reviews on sites like NewEgg that sell multiple models you will see wide variations between models.

sandrineXD 12-07-2012 10:28 AM

Very nice. Thanks for the post.

goibhniu 12-07-2012 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tojo_m (Post 55792676)
Can't understand the craze for 1080p on such small monitors. For me, 1080p would make just too small to be comfortable on this monitor. Would have preferred 1600x900 for this size. But that's just me and I know that many would not agree. At lease the CNET reviewer agrees that text can get too small with 1080p on this laptop ;)

I checked out an X32VD with a 1920x1080 display at Microcenter the other week, and I didn't think it was bad at all. If you prefer 1600x900, look at the RSL8 refurbs at NewEgg and Best Buy, they are 1600x900 but with lesser specs because they are older models.

nsdjoe 12-07-2012 10:29 AM

Here's the anandtech review of the i7 model with 256GB:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/619...ltrabooks/

They seem to really like it!

tpham 12-07-2012 10:30 AM

3mo warranty really scares me. Visa will only double it

menting 12-07-2012 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tpham (Post 55793938)
3mo warranty really scares me. Visa will only double it

this is the reason why i'm not jumping in as well.

drymonkey 12-07-2012 10:31 AM

The dell xps 13 battery life is not that much better. It barely crosses 5hr. If you re into battery life, look at the Samsung Series 9 or if you want something thicker, x230 plus 9 cell will go forever...lol. I miss out the Series 9 but ended up with the Vizio instead (sacrifice the battery life for speed).

pboy207 12-07-2012 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goibhniu (Post 55793816)
For everyone complaining about the horrible reviews on Amazon, please note that Amazon doesn't sell the UX31A-R5102F. The reviews you are reading are for the DB51 model, which is in the same family but not the same model. There are about a dozen variations on the Zenbooks, and some of them have issues UX31A-DB51, and others are far more reliable. If you check the reviews on sites like NewEgg that sell multiple models you will see wide variations between models.

The PC Mag review linked in the OP says that the DB51 and R5102F seems to be the same exact computer with different model numbers. Not sure how true that is. But If that is the case, then those horrible reviews on Amazon would apply to this model.

chaderino 12-07-2012 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pboy207 (Post 55793988)
The PC Mag review linked in the OP says that the DB51 and R5102F seems to be the same exact computer with different model numbers. Not sure how true that is. But If that is the case, then those horrible reviews on Amazon would apply to this model.

Exactly.

baddog992 12-07-2012 10:33 AM

I never buy a high ticket item without a decent warranty to go with it. The 3 month or if purchased with a credit card 6 months would leave me cold.

sudeh 12-07-2012 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by encg (Post 55793132)
sudeh, can you take photos of your unit and its packaging? I'm VERY interested in this, especially since the UX32VD sold out on Amazon and Adorama via Amazon.

I'm at work, so I asked my wife to snap a photo:

Not pictured is the little pouch and dongles, which is far too risque for slickdeals.

But seriously, it comes with a little pouch, ethernet dongle, and VGA dongle.

goibhniu 12-07-2012 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chaderino (Post 55793666)
I honestly don't know how this got front page in my humble opinion.

Me either. It's comparable to at least two other Zenbook refurb deals posted in the past 3-4 days that only got a handful of posts. I guess timing is everything, eh?

ashu66 12-07-2012 10:34 AM

why in the hell you need 1080p on 13.3"?? that is over kill. you will need magnifying glass to read the content. the optimum size for 1080p is 15.6" or may be 16".
For 13.3" laptop, 1080p is just insane.

sudeh 12-07-2012 10:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goibhniu (Post 55794064)
Me either. It's comparable to at least two other Zenbook refurb deals posted in the past 3-4 days that only got a handful of posts. I guess timing is everything, eh?

I don't think those had the 1080p IPS display. That made all the difference to me.

spayiem 12-07-2012 10:37 AM

Price changed to $700 on buy.com as I clicked on 'Place Order'. Still seems to be $618 on eBay. I was hoping to take advantage of ShopDiscover on buy.com, but they changed it at the last minute!!

PrisN 12-07-2012 10:38 AM

touch screen?

menting 12-07-2012 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrisN (Post 55794276)
touch screen?

you can touch the screen for sure.
but it won't respond to your touch (unless you touch it very hard, which in that case it might break)

sudeh 12-07-2012 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spayiem (Post 55794206)
Price changed to $700 on buy.com as I clicked on 'Place Order'. Still seems to be $618 on eBay. I was hoping to take advantage of ShopDiscover on buy.com, but they changed it at the last minute!!

Updated OP, thanks. Sneaky bastards.

akahai 12-07-2012 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ashu66 (Post 55794082)
why in the hell you need 1080p on 13.3"?? that is over kill. you will need magnifying glass to read the content. the optimum size for 1080p is 15.6" or may be 16".
For 13.3" laptop, 1080p is just insane.

They now have 1080P on 5" cell phone screen.

goibhniu 12-07-2012 10:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pboy207 (Post 55793988)
The PC Mag review linked in the OP says that the DB51 and R5102F seems to be the same exact computer with different model numbers. Not sure how true that is. But If that is the case, then those horrible reviews on Amazon would apply to this model.

They put enough weasel words in the quote to give me pause. It could be the same hardware, it could be a slightly different variation with similar specs and slightly different internals. If all you're looking at is CPU model, amount of RAM, screen resolution and SSD size, there's still a lot of room for variation in there. That's part of the problem with having a dozen UX31 models. I can't imagine them having a different model number for the exact same item.

Still, I'm holding out for a decent deal on an upgradeable model. Either the UX32VD or an UX51.

dandaman1219 12-07-2012 10:42 AM

Ebay link is now 699 too :(

Mike C 12-07-2012 10:42 AM

I have one of these the DB51 which seems exactly the same from what I can tell, and I LOVE it. I got it to be in a work piot program for BYOD, and even development (Ecplise->Jave, Visual Studio, C Sharp) is no problem, of course I am using a VDI :D. But the resolution matched my old work laptop (Lenovo W520), except about 6 of these = 1 W520 on size and weight :D. I also use it al of the time localy vs. VDI, and it ROCKS.

I bought this in July when it came out for $983 on the Amazon $100 gift card SD, and don't' regret it one bit, even though it is now almost $400 cheaper, that almost 4 months with this awesome Ultrabook were worth it, like driving a new Ferrari, all of my work geek friends were drooling on it at every meeting, and it took portability to a whole new level for me! I didn't used to want to drag out the W520 when in Dr. appt waiting rooms or waiting for an oil change, but no problem with this baby.

I like it so much I jumped on this deal for another to get some dollar cost averaging going on, someone is going to get a sweet xmas present :D.

menting 12-07-2012 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sudeh (Post 55794330)
Updated OP, thanks. Sneaky bastards.

ebay link up to 699.99 now as well
deal is un-hot now

sprials 12-07-2012 10:43 AM

dammit was thinking about it and price went up. Not slick anymore

Firebird72 12-07-2012 10:43 AM

Sams had this one a while back (see below), none were at my local clubs so I ordered 3 online for $1k each, thinking I could return and re-buy one of them at the discounted price of $450. I played with one for a week or so and took them all back to Sams. I asked if they had a new price (closeout) for this laptop, they said they did not have it in their system at all.
I went in the next day and was told they had none and no history in the past 6 months, even any returns. WTH?
I really liked the Laptop.

ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52 13.3" Ultraportable Notebook: Core i5-2557M 1.7GHz, 13.3" LED-Backlit 1600x900, 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, Win 7 @ Sams Club $449.71 YMMV

the_m_factor 12-07-2012 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sudeh (Post 55791174)
I was about 170 degrees off-screen while my wife was watching youtubes and it still looked nice.

I know I am not adding anything to the discussion, and not trying to be an a**hole, but I think you mean 85 degrees. 170 degree viewing angle is from one edge to another, and if you are 170 degrees off-screen (from a position of heads-on to the screen), you will be looking at the back of the laptop :) :)

Thanks for sharing your experience though. I am in market for an ultrabook, and 1080p IPS screen is enough to get me sold on this.

Mike C 12-07-2012 10:44 AM

BTW, I don't think any of the other posts were for THIS model, the Prime (second generation from Asus with Ivy Bridge) with the SSD, but I could be wrong. If so, my deal alerts aren't working... and those reviews sound like they are for he first generation, I type roughly 100 WPM and have yet to have an issue with typing on this thing. The last generation on the other hand not so much. Check out Ananadtech for the comparison of the two models, and all of his criticisms of the first model are what is bad in the reviews.

magoomba 12-07-2012 10:44 AM

Deal is dead...
Wasn't fast enough in my checkout =(

Thanks anyway, OP

StanleyL 12-07-2012 10:45 AM

still 618 on buy.com

menting 12-07-2012 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StanleyL (Post 55794598)
still 618 on buy.com

not if you add to cart

minnus 12-07-2012 11:00 AM

Your screen will suffer from bleeding issues unless they've changed something in the past 3-4 months.

watwat 12-07-2012 11:03 AM

I too wish to get out of this 1366x768 hell, wish laptops would get the damn memo already.
THE TECHNOLOGY ALREADY EXISTS USE IT

Fatawallet Killer 12-07-2012 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Staxmunny (Post 55792162)
this is a sweet computer if you don't mind the fact that you can never make it faster...or increase its hard drive, or ever play a CD/DVD on it.

It also doesn't come with a CRT screen or floppy drive, grandpa

prawinready 12-07-2012 11:08 AM

Ordered one 697 with tax in CA.

rwong48 12-07-2012 11:11 AM

Not quite 699, but it's 649 when I add to cart.

goibhniu 12-07-2012 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Firebird72 (Post 55794484)
Sams had this one a while back (see below), none were at my local clubs so I ordered 3 online for $1k each, thinking I could return and re-buy one of them at the discounted price of $450. I played with one for a week or so and took them all back to Sams. I asked if they had a new price (closeout) for this laptop, they said they did not have it in their system at all.
I went in the next day and was told they had none and no history in the past 6 months, even any returns. WTH?
I really liked the Laptop.

I don't mean to sound too accusatory, but are you saying that you ordered three of them online specifically to return them so that your local store would have stock to sell at an "open box" discount? Because if so,

1. That's seriously shady.
2. Wouldn't the restocking fees offset any potential savings?
3. Sounds like you got what you deserved.

n00bcak3 12-07-2012 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goibhniu (Post 55795700)
I don't mean to sound too accusatory, but are you saying that you ordered three of them online specifically to return them so that your local store would have stock to sell at an "open box" discount? Because if so,

1. That's seriously shady.
2. Wouldn't the restocking fees offset any potential savings?
3. Sounds like you got what you deserved.

Yeah. Sounds like a total dick move.

megamanny2000 12-07-2012 11:23 AM

I have the i7 version UX31A-DB71 and love it! The touchpad was giving me trouble in the beginning but either the new drivers or some registry update I found online fixed the problem for me. This laptop is quick and snappy, even though I had SSD hd in my other laptops, this one seems to bootup and resume much quicker! I have the ADATA drive installed in my asus. I also like the size and weight and all the functions to dim the backlit keyboard and turn off the display. I bought 2 of these to give to family members.

aviralmsharma 12-07-2012 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrisN (Post 55794276)
touch screen?

Quote:

Originally Posted by menting (Post 55794316)
you can touch the screen for sure.
but it won't respond to your touch (unless you touch it very hard, which in that case it might break)

:lmao:

pboy207 12-07-2012 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goibhniu (Post 55795700)
I don't mean to sound too accusatory, but are you saying that you ordered three of them online specifically to return them so that your local store would have stock to sell at an "open box" discount? Because if so,

1. That's seriously shady.
2. Wouldn't the restocking fees offset any potential savings?
3. Sounds like you got what you deserved.

Sounds to me like a simple price adjustment. The in store price for a new one was $450. He purchased online for the higher price in hopes to get the price adjusted in store for the lower price. Nothing wrong with that.

xenidus 12-07-2012 11:33 AM

So... would you get this? Or keep a Samsung Series 9 (np900x4c 15") for $840? I'm torn on battery life and build quality!

Buckeyefan 1 12-07-2012 11:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by megamanny2000 (Post 55796118)
I bought 2 of these to give to family members.

Rich uncle?

I'm sorry I passed on this late last night on Cowboom...

$449 Ultrabook...
Asus UX31-RSL8 13.3in Laptop i5 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB
1600x900
Condition: Pre-owned
Included: 13.3" Laptop - Silver Battery AC Adapter AC Power Cord Operating System License Key Manuals
Not Included: Installed Operating System
Grade: 7 - Overall good condition

pikes 12-07-2012 11:40 AM

This is one of the best laptops I've ever owned. Bought it for 1000 a few months back.

selective 12-07-2012 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xenidus (Post 55796532)
So... would you get this? Or keep a Samsung Series 9 (np900x4c 15") for $840? I'm torn on battery life and build quality!

I personally went for this vs the Dell XPS 13's or others because of
1. The higher res. screen (I belive the Series 9 is 1600 x 900)
2. It is a Ivy Bridge Proc with HD4000 graphics (Your homework to check the Series 9 one - i'm lazy). Newer gen processor consumes lesser battery and has better graphics capability(not just for games, but HW acceleration for driving a lot of things to make things smoother and snappy)

Edit- 3. Lower price too. But the tradeoff is the warranty(refurbished vs new)
Edit 4. Most reviewers agree, build quality is superb! So no doubts on that.
My $0.02.

edplayer 12-07-2012 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by menting (Post 55793320)
not "must*. Sometimes stock not sold will also be labeled as refurbs when it's being discontinued.


That's my number one strategy to increase sales. My number two strategy is to wipe feces on the box. Combine both and you will have a stampede of new customers!

Wand 12-07-2012 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tojo_m (Post 55792676)
Can't understand the craze for 1080p on such small monitors. For me, 1080p would make just too small to be comfortable on this monitor. Would have preferred 1600x900 for this size. But that's just me and I know that many would not agree. At lease the CNET reviewer agrees that text can get too small with 1080p on this laptop ;)

I do not understand idiots with no common sense posting their opinion on the forums .

If a car can go 200 miles/hour it doesn't mean you have to drive it at 200mph all the time.

Firebird72 12-07-2012 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goibhniu (Post 55795700)
I don't mean to sound too accusatory, but are you saying that you ordered three of them online specifically to return them so that your local store would have stock to sell at an "open box" discount? Because if so,

1. That's seriously shady.
2. Wouldn't the restocking fees offset any potential savings?
3. Sounds like you got what you deserved.

Yea, pretty much. The computer was a closeout, priced at $450 for new un-opened
Sams has a 100% satisfaction policy with no restocking fees, and if the price goes down they make an adjustment. It's their policy.

"1. That's seriously shady." Really?
2 computers were never opened, I was wanting to re-buy the opened one. I just wanted the computer for $450, my brother wanted one also at that price, they are not worth $1k.
(Likely eternal damnation for me)

xenidus 12-07-2012 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by selective (Post 55796820)
I personally went for this vs the Dell XPS 13's or others because of
1. The higher res. screen (I belive the Series 9 is 1600 x 900)
2. It is a Ivy Bridge Proc with HD4000 graphics (Your homework to check the Series 9 one - i'm lazy). Newer gen processor consumes lesser battery and has better graphics capability(not just for games, but HW acceleration for driving a lot of things to make things smoother and snappy)

Edit- 3. Lower price too. But the tradeoff is the warranty(refurbished vs new)
Edit 4. Most reviewers agree, build quality is superb! So no doubts on that.
My $0.02.

Ah, sorry I forgot to mention, the Series 9 is Ivy Bridge, and is "Pre owned" like new from Amazon (It was spotless) and is running flawlessly. And yup, 1600 X 900.

Thanks for the input. I just ordered one, and I'll compare the two in an ultimate showdown when it comes! Battery run down test and star craft 2 test :D

Also I just bought one for 650... so the price is back down?

1200mk 12-07-2012 11:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goibhniu (Post 55793574)
Are you sure that it's the same model? I saw them selling the RSL8 as a refurb, but didn't see this model.



There's probably around a dozen 13.3" Zenbook variants, starting with the X31, then X31A, then X32, X32VD, etc. The original X31's had some issues with the keyboard and trackpad. The X31A and X32 line supposedly fixed them (though I've seen some reports that say that the trackpad is merely better, no perfect). Make sure that you know which model you are getting and are comparing apples to apples.


I had the x31a (which is the same deal as this one).

selective 12-07-2012 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xenidus (Post 55796954)
Ah, sorry I forgot to mention, the Series 9 is Ivy Bridge, and is "Pre owned" like new from Amazon (It was spotless) and is running flawlessly. And yup, 1600 X 900.

Thanks for the input. I just ordered one, and I'll compare the two in an ultimate showdown when it comes! Battery run down test and star craft 2 test :D

Still a good deal IMO. Cool! Looking to hear what you findings are when you get them.

amax 12-07-2012 11:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clashed (Post 55789736)
First World Problems :)

I figured at some point the industry's bitches would chime in defending their man, saying that "high" resolution costs more. Which is ironically a "first world problem" all its own: consumers taking it up the #@!.

superflex 12-07-2012 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aznhero913 (Post 55790300)
I would never buy a refurbished laptop but this has got me really tempted!!

Why not. I've bought 5 since 2002 and never experienced a problem with any of them.

blackflag486 12-07-2012 11:52 AM

Intel HD gaaaafffics.. F that.

rustydud 12-07-2012 11:54 AM

I'm looking for a sweet deal on a Windows 8 touch-screen laptop. For my mom cause she likes that touchscreen stuff. Anyone run across anything that's sub-$500 for a 15"?

encg 12-07-2012 11:55 AM

eBay went down from $699. Both are at $649 now.

android_shopper 12-07-2012 11:55 AM

If there is no DVD drive, how do you install software on it?

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by android_shopper (Post 55797352)
If there is no DVD drive, how do you install software on it?

download it, usb drive, external DVD drive

petard 12-07-2012 11:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by android_shopper (Post 55797352)
If there is no DVD drive, how do you install software on it?

When was the last time you installed something from a DVD drive? Besides, if you really need to there are $25 USB DVD burners.

magoomba 12-07-2012 12:00 PM

Price increase and taxes kill the deal for me.
Good luck to the rest of ya.

JDMKidBill 12-07-2012 12:01 PM

Should I buy this and sell the one I bought a couple of months ago? i got it for 700 lightly used. I have the intel i5 2557m one with 128gb ADATA SSD and 4gb ram.

EDIT: mine is not 1920x1080 res

matthewsjl 12-07-2012 12:01 PM

Ordered through buy.com. Interestingly, buy.com automatically offers a warranty through Squaretrade... clicking through brings you to a screen where it mentions a few 'ineligible' items - re-certified isn't mentioned as ineligible. $84.99 for three years.

John.

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JDMKidBill (Post 55797632)
Should I buy this and sell the one I bought a couple of months ago? i got it for 700 lightly used. I have the intel i5 2557m one with 128gb ADATA SSD and 4gb ram.

better track pad, backlit keyboard, 1080p screen,

I would but that's only me

xenidus 12-07-2012 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JDMKidBill (Post 55797632)
Should I buy this and sell the one I bought a couple of months ago? i got it for 700 lightly used. I have the intel i5 2557m one with 128gb ADATA SSD and 4gb ram.

EDIT: mine is not 1920x1080 res

I DEFINITELY would if you can get a decent price on the older one. (i.e. $650 :P would be ideal)

mk_3014 12-07-2012 12:06 PM

I'm considering buying this to replace my old 2010 MBA 11". Will it be a significance upgrade? It does have a better screen than the MBA but can you really tell the difference? Thanks

cimorene 12-07-2012 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Buckeyefan 1 (Post 55796560)
Rich uncle?

I'm sorry I passed on this late last night on Cowboom...

$449 Ultrabook...
Asus UX31-RSL8 13.3in Laptop i5 1.6GHz 4GB 128GB
1600x900
Condition: Pre-owned
Included: 13.3" Laptop - Silver Battery AC Adapter AC Power Cord Operating System License Key Manuals
Not Included: Installed Operating System
Grade: 7 - Overall good condition

You shouldn't be. This is the clearly better laptop. FullHD 1080p, brighter screen, backlit keyboard (without the problems that plagued that one you passed on), 3rd gen ivy bridge instead of 2nd gen sandy, and intel HD4000 mobo.

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mk_3014 (Post 55797848)
I'm considering buying this to replace my old 2010 MBA 11". Will it be a significance upgrade? It does have a better screen than the MBA but can you really tell the difference? Thanks

yes and yes

JDMKidBill 12-07-2012 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xenidus (Post 55797816)
I DEFINITELY would if you can get a decent price on the older one. (i.e. $650 :P would be ideal)

I'm looking at the second hand market (craigslist) and price seem to be 380-900ish.... Do you think I would have a difficult time selling this for 650?

raju_77 12-07-2012 12:14 PM

Ordered one.. No tax so that is in my favour.. I also ordered the Asus Vivobook 14 inch touchscreen laptop with Windows 8 for $500. For an additional $100 (tax on Microsoft and no tax here), I am back to Windows 7 but a laptop with IPS screen, better resolution (though I am fine with both), backlit keyboard, SSD, Bluetooth.. Considering I may upgrade the SSD drive in the Vivobook for another $100, I think this is a better deal and seems to be a no brainer.. Any suggestions to take this instead of the other one?? Just wanted some backing up to ensure my wife is not going to kill me :)

bestco 12-07-2012 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JDMKidBill (Post 55798088)
I'm looking at the second hand market (craigslist) and price seem to be 380-900ish.... Do you think I would have a difficult time selling this for 650?

If it was new you won't have problems making a profit on CL. But as a refurb yes you will be hard to get it of it.

Buckeyefan 1 12-07-2012 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cimorene (Post 55797910)
You shouldn't be. This is the clearly better laptop. FullHD 1080p, brighter screen, backlit keyboard (without the problems that plagued that one you passed on), 3rd gen ivy bridge instead of 2nd gen sandy, and intel HD4000 mobo.

I hear ya - still the price point climbs quite a bit. But if the previous gen had the issues you say it does, I'm glad I didn't bite. Thanks for the info.

My biggest issue with this model is the 4GB of ram and 128GB SSD drive. I would use this for work, and I've got 90GB used up with work photos and documents.

bestco 12-07-2012 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raju_77 (Post 55798176)
Ordered one.. No tax so that is in my favour.. I also ordered the Asus Vivobook 14 inch touchscreen laptop with Windows 8 for $500. For an additional $100 (tax on Microsoft and no tax here), I am back to Windows 7 but a laptop with IPS screen, better resolution (though I am fine with both), backlit keyboard, SSD, Bluetooth.. Considering I may upgrade the SSD drive in the Vivobook for another $100, I think this is a better deal and seems to be a no brainer.. Any suggestions to take this instead of the other one?? Just wanted some backing up to ensure my wife is not going to kill me :)

where is the link for the Asus Vivobook 14 inch touch screen laptop?

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 12:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55798428)
where is the link for the Asus Vivobook 14 inch touch screen laptop?

black friday weekend deal

JDMKidBill 12-07-2012 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55798364)
If it was new you won't have problems making a profit on CL. But as a refurb yes you will be hard to get it of it.

This zenbook I currently have (UX31E) was last gen. It is used, but in excellent condition with all accessories (save the cable ties I think). IF I do get this Ivy Zenbook, i'll save the laptop sleeve as others have mentioned refurb'd ones don't include it.

duanehaas 12-07-2012 12:26 PM

Dang! I bought it for $700 on eBay... Think I can get the $50 price adjustment back?

raju_77 12-07-2012 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestco (Post 55798428)
where is the link for the Asus Vivobook 14 inch touch screen laptop?

Sorry forgot to mention.. It was during CyberMonday..

http://slickdeals.net/f/5580624-Asus-VivoBook-Touchscreen-Laptop-i5-3317U-1-70-GHz-CPU-4GB-DDR3-500GB-HDD-14-LCD-1366x768-w-10-Finger-Touch-WiFi-N-3-Cell-Win-8-499-Free-shipping

If this one is better than the Vivobook I will sell it to someone at cost since people were looking for it.. The one I have is perfect without the trackpad or Wifi Issues as well..

trangmichael 12-07-2012 12:29 PM

on a 13.3'' screen you shouldn't worry so much about having 1080P because it will make little difference, but make sure that it can hit 1080P when connecting to a TV through the HDMI.
i have a 5 series samsung with 13.3" screen that is 768 resolution and it is fine, but when i hook it up to the tv i can boost it up to 1080P and it looks great.

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 12:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by duanehaas (Post 55798648)
Dang! I bought it for $700 on eBay... Think I can get the $50 price adjustment back?

contact them

sudeh 12-07-2012 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trangmichael (Post 55798752)
on a 13.3'' screen you shouldn't worry so much about having 1080P because it will make little difference, but make sure that it can hit 1080P when connecting to a TV through the HDMI.
i have a 5 series samsung with 13.3" screen that is 768 resolution and it is fine, but when i hook it up to the tv i can boost it up to 1080P and it looks great.

For me, the 1080p resolution was a major selling point because running a programming IDE was impossibly claustrophobic with 1366x768.

I mean, I'm sure watching a movie at 720p or 1080p on a 13" monitor is pretty much the same experience, but being able to have multiple windows open is a god-send.

bosskid30 12-07-2012 12:32 PM

I'm using this laptop right now and I love it. I paid $980 shipped for it about 5 months ago and I don't regret it one bit. It's lighting quick, the screen is beautiful, it's as light and slim ultra books come and is very attractive.

This laptop isn't perfect though. There is a well documented fan cycling issue. Mine has this problem but it doesn't bother me since I just do a shut down and boot up instead of using the sleep function. There is a tiny bit of black light bleed at the bottom of the screen but it's only noticeable if the entire screen is black. I think only about 75GB of the hard drive is is usable when you first get it. I did a clean install to get that up to about 100GB but it took me the entire weekend to figure out (USB3 is not natively supported in windows 7 so installing from a thumb drive was very tricky and I'm honestly not entirely sure how I got it to work in the end). I think since then guides have been published so it's probably easier now then it was then.

All that said I"m still very happy with my laptop and have yet to see anything else that I would want more even if money was no option. As long as the condition of the one you get is good this is a steal.

harshey1388 12-07-2012 12:34 PM

So what's the final consensus on the warranty? Worth it or not?

Also I know ppl mentioned it earlier but whats the cheapest this can get with CB and all?

burticus 12-07-2012 12:36 PM

I wonder if HD4000 can run Civ 5.... My A8 can barely play it and I have to use DX9 mode with lowered settings...

trangmichael 12-07-2012 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Buckeyefan 1 (Post 55798422)
I hear ya - still the price point climbs quite a bit. But if the previous gen had the issues you say it does, I'm glad I didn't bite. Thanks for the info.

My biggest issue with this model is the 4GB of ram and 128GB SSD drive. I would use this for work, and I've got 90GB used up with work photos and documents.

my advice to you is to use cloud storage or some kind of remote sharing from a desktop to save your documents in so you can access them all from any machine and then 128gb on a laptop feels like overkill most of the time. i have 128 in my laptop that i bring with me to school and honestly use more than my desktop, but i keep all of my school work on SkyDrive or Dropbox etc. and it has worked out great for me since almost everywhere i stop has wifi. if you don't reliably have a wifi connection i would suggest making sure you can use your phone for internet.
cloud storage is just very convenient, though if it is for work maybe there are legal reasons would keep you from storing on a cloud service, idk

Corrosive 12-07-2012 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matthewsjl (Post 55797636)
Ordered through buy.com. Interestingly, buy.com automatically offers a warranty through Squaretrade... clicking through brings you to a screen where it mentions a few 'ineligible' items - re-certified isn't mentioned as ineligible. $84.99 for three years.

John.


I got the same email. Does anyone know how long I have to decide if I want to order the squaretrade warranty? (Email and links didn't say how long... just that my time is running out soon *Pressure tactic much*) I have read good things about squaretrade, but I am always iffy about warranty companies. Too bad the 40% off coupon is no longer active, but I saw a $14 off that would make the warranty even more enticing.

Also to the reply about cloudstorage... I agree 100%. The cloud has changed how I store my music and pics. Also with usb 3.0 now becoming standard, I have a small portible 750gb hdd that if I really need more space, then I just load that up. USB 3 is plenty quick.

Watson28 12-07-2012 12:39 PM

The link and order slip says refurbished. Did it ever say recertified?

"ASUS Zenbook UX31A 13.3" Ultrabook, Intel Core i5-3317U (1.70GHz), 4GB, 128GB Solid State Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit - Refurbished"

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Watson28 (Post 55799116)
The link and order slip says refurbished. Did it ever say recertified?

"ASUS Zenbook UX31A 13.3" Ultrabook, Intel Core i5-3317U (1.70GHz), 4GB, 128GB Solid State Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit - Refurbished"

It's the same thing

burticus 12-07-2012 12:40 PM

Oh and it has a SD slot I see, so if you need more storage space I guess you could pick up a 64gb SDHC card...

Bushrod 12-07-2012 12:41 PM

Absolutely stunning laptop and a great deal. My only complaint is the trackpad. You can read up on the reasons people don't like it. I personally wish they'd dedicate just a little space for a couple traditional trackpad buttons. It would make right-clicking oh so much easier.

sudeh 12-07-2012 12:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burticus (Post 55799150)
Oh and it has a SD slot I see, so if you need more storage space I guess you could pick up a 64gb SDHC card...

Note that the slot is shallow and the card will stick out a bit.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrosive (Post 55799098)
I got the same email. Does anyone know how long I have to decide if I want to order the squaretrade warranty? (Email and links didn't say how long... just that my time is running out soon *Pressure tactic much*) I have read good things about squaretrade, but I am always iffy about warranty companies. Too bad the 40% off coupon is no longer active, but I saw a $14 off that would make the warranty even more enticing.

Also to the reply about cloudstorage... I agree 100%. The cloud has changed how I store my music and pics. Also with usb 3.0 now becoming standard, I have a small portible 750gb hdd that if I really need more space, then I just load that up. USB 3 is plenty quick.

I love squaretrade. Unfortunately, I didn't get that email from them so I'm still trying to decide if paying $130 for 3 years of warranty is worth it to me.

I think you have 30 days to decide, though I'm not 100% positive.

JDMKidBill 12-07-2012 12:42 PM

Is there a warranty included without paying more for it?

trangmichael 12-07-2012 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sudeh (Post 55798856)
For me, the 1080p resolution was a major selling point because running a programming IDE was impossibly claustrophobic with 1366x768.

I mean, I'm sure watching a movie at 720p or 1080p on a 13" monitor is pretty much the same experience, but being able to have multiple windows open is a god-send.

see that is a great point. i suppose i rarely do tasks on my laptop where i am trying to view multiple displays at the same time or run a program that needs that much space. typically i am just running office programs and alt tab between different programs. if i was say copying information from one thing to another.
obviously someone would want to have higher resolution, i only wanted to point out that for most people this should not be a deal breaker, maybe a factor for a tie breaker

StanleyL 12-07-2012 12:45 PM

Does buying though eBay avoid taxes?

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StanleyL (Post 55799352)
Does buying though eBay avoid taxes?

no...

JDMKidBill 12-07-2012 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dreamexecution (Post 55799458)
no...

Do you know if ASUS offers their standard warranty on this?

burticus 12-07-2012 12:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sudeh (Post 55799252)
Note that the slot is shallow and the card will stick out a bit.

Ok, one of those super low profile USB drives then?

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cru...e+usb+64gb

goibhniu 12-07-2012 12:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1200mk (Post 55797048)
I had the x31a (which is the same deal as this one).

There are quite a few variations on the X31A, that doesn't mean that they're all the same. That was my point.

Vasario 12-07-2012 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burticus (Post 55799548)
Ok, one of those super low profile USB drives then?

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cru...e+usb+64gb

The SD card would stick out less than that

kidicarus89 12-07-2012 12:51 PM

I own the first generation of this lappy and it is hands down the best ultrabook, including Macbook Airs, that you can get for the money. The build quality is great, ASUS has a solid warranty no one else can match, and spec-wise can't be beat.

Oh, and yes, the trackpad was wonky before the update and typing was annoying, but after getting the new drivers its solid. Not quite MBA-level, but what is?

sudeh 12-07-2012 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burticus (Post 55799548)
Ok, one of those super low profile USB drives then?

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cru...e+usb+64gb

That might work. Although, you only have two USB ports so you'd be down to one if you kept that in full-time.

dreamexecution 12-07-2012 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JDMKidBill (Post 55799492)
Do you know if ASUS offers their standard warranty on this?

3 month limited warranty

snailsdream 12-07-2012 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by duanehaas (Post 55798648)
Dang! I bought it for $700 on eBay... Think I can get the $50 price adjustment back?

PayPal said Covers eBay Buy It Now purchases of new items from top-rated sellers ONLY.

ThisWasATriumph 12-07-2012 12:58 PM

Why is this expired? $650 is still a really good deal.

ROOSKIE 12-07-2012 01:00 PM

Is there anyway I can drive my U2711 Dell monitor with this at 2560x1440?
To make it work with the HDMI or VGA in some custom fashion...
It is super annoying to find an ultra-book with a display-port that can drive a high external resolution that has a good screen. The XPS 13 has display port but it's own screen sucks. The Acer S5 has thunderbolt but again sucky screen.
I want to be able to edit photos a bit on the go and use my U2711 at home.

Staxmunny 12-07-2012 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fatawallet Killer (Post 55795286)
It also doesn't come with a CRT screen or floppy drive, grandpa

not sure how wanting greater speed or more memory can be seen as archaic, so I guess you hoped to hang your entire insult on my pointing out the lack of an optical drive. In my opinion (and believe it or not, others are entitled to them), this computer is about as lacking as your sense of humor is.

garycoleman 12-07-2012 01:40 PM

good deal. I hate 768 res ultrabooks


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