Asus ZenBook UX331UN

If you’re searching for a well designed 13-inch ultraportable laptop with a relatively powerful discrete graphics card that’s easy to carry with you, you might be wringing your hands at the lack of options. In fact, some of the most popular ultraportables, including the Dell XPS 13 and the Apple MacBook Air, can’t be ordered with a discrete GPU. That’s where the Asus ZenBook UX331UN ($999) comes in. It’s among the thinnest and lightest ultraportables we’ve reviewed recently, but it’s still quite affordable, and its Nvidia GeForce MX150 offers twice the graphics performance you’d expect from an integrated GPU. There are a few minor compromises, including a flimsy keyboard, but overall the ZenBook is an excellent option if you need better-than-average graphics performance in a petite package.

As if its graphics performance and value weren’t good enough, the ZenBook UX331UN$999.00 at Amazon also offers a head-turning design. Unlike the discrete GPU and the price, however, the shiny Royal Blue exterior of our review unit doesn’t have universal appeal. For one thing, the display lid’s glossy coating attracts fingerprints like crazy. It’s also an avant-garde color choice for a laptop that is certainly thin and light but otherwise unremarkable. You won’t find ultra-thin bezels, carbon fiber, or metallic accents on this machine like you will on the HP Spectre 13. On the contrary, it’s quite conventional looking, so if I were buying it for myself I’d opt for the more conventional Slate Gray color.

Asus-zenbook-ux331un. View All 8 Photos in Gallery If you’re searching for a well designed 13-inch ultraportable laptop with a relatively powerful discrete graphics card that’s easy to carry with you, you might be wringing your hands at the lack of options. In fact, some of the most popular ultraportables, including […]

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