Asus Zenbook UX331UA 13" Laptop model: UX331UA-DS71

Asus Zenbook UX331UA 13

Quick Description

If your work mostly happens away from the desk, this stylish, metal-built, ultra-portable laptop should serve you well.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 6 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected 59 days ago, selling for $850.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (36.46% of the time to be exact). It's so common in fact that I would advise against buying it at regular price.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $1120.

Available at 3 locations, from $1099

Based on 96 days of observation, the Asus Zenbook UX331UA 13" Laptop usually costs ~$900 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $849.00. This product is regularly discounted, but in terms of dollars saved, they're of little consequence.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus Zenbook UX331UA 13" Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Canada Computers, Newegg, Best Buy, Memory Express, Tiger Direct, Visions Electronics, eBay or MicroBytes at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus Zenbook UX331UA 13" Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
Price3/5
Durability2/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory4/5
Storage3/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance1.5/5

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
Price2.5/5
Durability1.5/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power3.5/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance1.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price3/5
Durability2.5/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power3.5/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of Maintenance2/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i7-8550U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 256.00 GB
Screen Size: 13.3"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(165.63ppi)
Dimensions: 31.00 × 21.60 × 1.39 cm
Weight: 1.100 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Touch Screen
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • DisplayPort (mini)
  • HDMI
  • USB 3
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • USB Type-C
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • USB Type-A
  • External Power Brick
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Paired Memory
  • Backlit
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • USB 3.1
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • TPM & other Encryption Hardware

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement2/10A specialist might be able to help you
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage6/10A technician can help you with that
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 4/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 1/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (9 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (11 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (5 / 9)

Music Production (8 / 11)

Photo Editing (5 / 5)

Video Editing (5 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (27 / 66)

Video Games (10 / 12)

Triple-A Video Games (9 / 67)

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