I read two European reviews of the ASUS UX31 yesterday and both of them said that the keyboard was fine. It confused me because I’ve read some bad feedback about the keyboard and my own testing of the UX21 resulted in disappointment in the keyboard department so I decided to venture out today to find a UX31 and test it myself. I found one at Saturn, a large electronics store here in Germany, who are offering the Core i7 / 128GB version for €1099. Sure enough, the keyboard wasn’t bad at all. The keys still have that slightly wobbly feeling that the UX21 had but here I am typing away now on the UX31 with far fewer problems than I did on the UX21. It’s not perfect (the space bar is catching me out at the moment) but I’m giving it a chance. In fact, I’ve bought it and have a few days in which to test it out. If I’m not happy, I can return it.
Right now, I’m not sure that I will because the screen , SD card slot, noise levels and battery life appear to be fitting with my requirements but the big decision comes later today when the ASUS UX31 goes up against the Toshiba Z830 and the Acer Aspire S3 in a LIVE REVIEW. Yes, the planned Acer S3 session tonight will now be a feast of Ultrabook testing and you’re all invited to come along and watch. Ask questions, track the chat and watch the video and make your decision. Bring a glass of Gluehwein too because it will be the last live session of 2011.
Live session details are here. Summary: 2100 CET (Berlin) at Ultrabooknews.com/live it will run for about 3hrs, or until I fall asleep.