The Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A recently hit the market and interestingly stands out from the rest of the Zenbook crowd with a jet black aluminum color. Ever since Asus fired up their UX Ultrabook series, the devices have been styled in silver and grey. Not only is it a looker, but it’s also a solid deal at $1099 for a 1080p display and 128GB SSD.
We knew Asus was eventually going to launch touchscreen versions of the UX21A and UX31A, but they nearly slipped this launch under our radar. The new color makes us think that Asus wants to position the Zenbook Prime UX31A Touch as their premiere Ultrabook — which they had already done previously with the ‘Prime’ designation, but I suppose they wanted to set the touchscreen model apart from the rest. The 11.6-inch UX21A doesn’t appear to yet be available in a touchscreen model.
The unit is now available at a number of retailers, but Best Buy seems to have the best UX31A Touch deal at $1099.
For that price you’re getting a pretty impressive package:
- Model: UX31A-BHI5T11
- Intel Core i5-3317U
- 13.3-inch IPS 1080p touchscreen (1920×1080, 350 nits)
- Windows 8
- 128GB SSD
- 4GB of 1600MHz RAM
- Ports: 2x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, mini VGA, full SD, and 3.5mm headphone/mic combo
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Backlit keyboard
- 1.4kg weight
Some official info that we dug up says that there should be a model equipped with the faster Core i7-3517U, but we’ve yet to find it available anywhere.
The Zenboook / UX series has been well regarded in the Ultrabook world thanks to great build quality. Our only gripe with the UX31A Touch is that it’s lacking in the port department. We would have preferred to see the Asus UX32 chassis in use which bumps up the HDMI port from micro to full, and adds an additional USB 3.0 port.
If you don’t mind the miniaturized ports then this is definitely an Ultrabook that should be on your touchscreen list. We think the black color looks pretty sleek, how about you?