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Asus P31F 13.3" business model?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by simP, Dec 14, 2010.

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  1. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    Does anyone know anything about the Asus P31F laptop? I can't find it anywhere on the Asus website, but stores in The Netherlands are selling it (already since october) Can't really find much information on the internet either.

    On the pictures I've seen so far it looks to be a nice, not too thick, 1.8kg business model with a matte screen. Another interesting thing is that it's got an 8-cell battery.. however even real life photo's can't be found.. so it's not known whether the battery sticks out or not (which I'd really want to know if I buy a laptop).

    There are two models available (click for specs and current prices in Holland):
    P31F-RO043X
    P31F-RO070X

    I can't find any difference in the specs, apart from the fact that the -43X one was released more than a month before the -70X

    More detailed specs can be found here (english):
    http://icecat.nl/en/p/asus/p31f-ro0...aptops-0884840735199-p31f-ro043x-5966519.html
    http://icecat.nl/en/p/asus/p31f-ro070x/p31-series-notebooks-laptops-p31f-ro070x-6811490.html

    I've also just called the Asus helpdesk, and the guy talking to me was also surprised that there was no information about this laptop on their website, but he couldn't help me further, since he hasn't got any more information either.

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  2. ALLurGroceries

    ALLurGroceries   Super Moderator

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    That is gorgeous. We don't get any P series in the USA as far as I know. It looks like the little brother of the B43F, except with a nicer chicklet keyboard. I also was unable to find any info beyond what you've already linked.
     
  3. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    Yea and most results I get on google are shops or price comparison websites from Holland :\ So weird.
     
  4. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    Ah finally, I found out a bit more. When searching for P31, I found out that they sell this P31JG in china, which is almost the same laptop (this one can contain a GT415M and can also have a i3 380M or i5 460M, oh and it's 1.6kg instead of 1.8kg... mmm weird)

    Checking on the chinese Asus website I got this when searching for P31JG there:

    http://translate.googleusercontent....&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhgp35VPY55pb-Nt0azxcgZRAc4qhg

    A bit annoying that the next part of the Asus website can't be put in the Google translater (you'll get directed to the main .cn website). So you'll get this:

    http://www.asus.com.cn/product.aspx?P_ID=e3nNj9ee7BvE2R1x (Second tab is specifications)

    Unfortunately it's still not clear whether it's a matte screen or not...
    Maybe I should just buy it.. I'm so curious now :p

    Overview P31JG (Google translated):
    EDIT: LOL, and hidden in this picture on that webpage (just click on this picture on the Asus overview page of the P31JG) is this youtube video of the U31/U41 series.... yeaa right

    EDIT2: Hmmm it quite like the U31 demonstrated on this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjjDBzaz5J8&t=1m46s (second laptop he shows) Glossy screen though :(

    EDIT3: Specs also match, although the weight and height do differ... (so maybe the screen as well, and the P31 might have a matte one :O? I'll just e-mail some shops, maybe they can tell me)
    U31F: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=OV45sT3DY56akobY
    U31JG: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=qcgJ2RirwkZL7Hpa
     
  5. ALLurGroceries

    ALLurGroceries   Super Moderator

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    Wow you've been digging for a while... lol. Yeah the F/J is for integrated graphics/nvidia graphics but all of the B/P series in current production have matte screens as far as I know.

    It'd definitely be a big surprise if it has glossy, but I guess it's easy enough to ask a retailer.
     
  6. Partizan

    Partizan Notebook Deity

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    Wow what an awesome design (asus ruins their designs imo in most of their models with the glossy left and rightclick mousebuttons underneath the trackpad), and the 800€ price is perfect for someone like me.

    Add a nice SB cpu and it'll have acceptable graphics aswell ^^ I can't wait for next year :p
     
  7. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    I got several confirmations that this model does have a matte display. Secondly, a distributor of one of the shops I e-mailed also states that the battery, although it is an 8-cell unit, doesn't stick out.

    I'm currently in a conversation with Asus, and they are going to check whether this battery does stick out to the back (or raises the laptop).

    Here is a detailed specification list I received:
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  8. irTim

    irTim Notebook Guru

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    Mis-read the post, silly me. =/

    However that does look extremely nice, has a nice matte finish instead of the gloss that Asus usually prefer to go with.
     
  9. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    After watching some videos of other Asus models, I noticed that there are laptops with 8-cell batteries which don't really stick out.

    For example the UL30:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om-vOWL5j9E&t=9m12s

    So I guess the 8-cell battery in the P31F won't protrude either.

    Now I'll just have to wait a couple of weeks to see this model drop in price with the release of Sandy Bridge models..
     
  10. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    Awesome, just bought the newest model (P31F-RO090X) shipped with the i3-380M :). First impression is just great.. I loved the keyboard instantly, it's perfect. Quite thin & light. It's almost exactly the same as the U31-series, except that it's not available in silver and the screen is not a mirror :D On the battery and driver-cd, it also says U31, and on the back it says MB. Ver. U31F beneath Model: P31F.

    I decided to buy it now, since the new Sandy Bridge laptops will come a bit later because of Intel's small production failure. Since I could really use it @ university at the moment I checked on 1 Feb again if there were any price drops in these models, and coincidentally, this new model popped up, with a i3-380M @ 2.53GHz instead of the lower clocked i3-370M, so I immediately bought it!

    I'll post some photos if people are interested.
     
  11. Soulsaber

    Soulsaber Notebook Evangelist

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    Post pics!!
     
  12. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    Im guessing it uses the chassis of the U36, but the U31 looks a lot like it too.
     
  13. poma

    poma Notebook Consultant

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    whered did you buy it and can you tell us about the screen quality?
     
  14. koeln85

    koeln85 Newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    im from Germany and i am was looking for the P31F for the whole morning.
    I just found a shop that sells the P31F-RO108X for students at around 700 Euro.
    Thats a fantastic price and i think i will oder one just now.
    By the way, it has WWAN included allready and comes in a very nice silver case.

    I only hope the display (anti-glare) is a good one and the fan and other parts are silent!

    The guy from the shop told me, that it will be available at the end of next week

    http://www.campuspoint.de/shop/notebooks/hrst/asus/p-serie/p31f-ro108x.html
     
  15. Vico100

    Vico100 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I wonder how this compares with the u36

    There are several shops in Australia that have them in stock.
     
  16. Flixion

    Flixion Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey SimP,

    is there any chance you could post a review and some pictures?
    Im really interested in purchasing this laptop instead of the U36Jc, since there are no reviews available of the P31F that would be really helpful.
    Im really interested in some more details about the battery life, the screen and heat production.

    Thanks in advance
     
  17. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    @koeln85, BUY IT NOWWWW :p oh wait, delivery @ 2 weeks :( so you'll still have to wait a bit :p But here isn't any model with a 3G module, and it's even cheaper than mine (it cost me ~€790). Although I like my colour better.

    @Vico100 & Flixion, if you haven't see it yet, this video might be useful, since they compare the U36 with the U31 (just the looks). But compared to the U36, mine is a bit thicker and heavier I think, but there also has a battery with a larger capacity I think. The P31/U31 does miss the USB3.0 port and fingerprint-scanner. But here's a small review of my impressions so far.

    I'm very tired atm and really can't get up from this couch to get my camera :p But I'll surely post some pictures later.

    First of all, the laptop looks really slick and business-like. I removed all the stickers and the material looks OK. Although you can feel the palmrests are from plastic, only the right palmrest gives in a little and makes a small squeak when you push on them. But overall, it feels quite sturdy, with the exception of the hinges which look quite small and more fragile than the rest. The screen doesn't really bend too much, possibly because of the brushed aluminum lid, which looks really stylish. I think the build quality is exactly comparable with the U31-series (so you can check those reviews for more information about that). Although it has more matt parts than most other notebooks, I don't like the bezel having this mirror finish.. it attracts fingerprints, and when opening the laptop you usually touch that part. Same for the area on the right & left side of the keyboard.

    When I powered on the device, I immediately noticed, besides being blinded by the incredibly bright powerLED, how quiet it was. When turning on some energy-saving options, the fan won't always spin, and then you only hear the HDD, which I might replace for an SSD soon. Compared to some old laptops I have come across, it's extremely quiet. There is only one outtake on the left side. And when using it on my lap, I can only notice a small heat build-up on the left side (where the fan is located). The right side, palm rests, keyboard etc etc stay cool enough. And if your hands feel sweaty, just touch that slick aluminum lid for a second (fingerprint alert!), it stays heavenly cool :D. Beneath the touchpad, there are 6 small (fortunately less bright) led indicators.

    As I said before, the keyboard is just perfect. I never really used a laptop keyboard before for a long time, but I can say it is way better than some I tried in local stores (Toshiba R700 keyboard is ³ compared to this one, and when looking at the best laptop chiclet keyboards from HP, this one might be as good as those..) Lay-out is also exactly what I wanted, large horizontal ENTER, large left SHIFT, no useless keys. One disadvantage is that I just can't increase the volume with 1 hand, since the Fn-key is one finger too far away :p (Why don't they make those volume wheels on the side anymore?) It's also more sturdy than other keyboards when pressing hard on the middle. Furthermore, the touchpad is also well-built. Performing multi-touch gestures go smoothly and the mousebuttons (it's one big button) have a better feedback than I expected. Also way better than some I tried in the stores.

    Tomorrow I'll compare the screen with my Samsung 2443BW 24" 1920x1200 monitor, but so far I haven't really done much to test it. More on this later. O wait I can see one thing: IT'S NOT A ING MIRROR ;) aren't many options if you want a matte screen :p.

    The battery is the most impressive part, it was one of the important factor for choosing a laptop for me. When I took it to college today and turned it on, it said something like 5+ hours left.. I thought, well manufacturers always lie, so I could've expected this. Well I turned on some energy-saving options and brightness on half.. was on wi-fi all the time, did some programming and web browsing... nothing much. Then after more than 4 hours of usage, with a couple of small breaks, I checked and the battery was still more than 50%!!! So in the future, I won't bring my adapter with me anymore.. saves a lot of space and weight :D awesomeness. Besides having a higher than average battery capacity (8-cell @ 5600mAH, 83Wh), it's still quite light (1.8kg), for me, I know now a portable laptop shouldn't be heavier :p

    Another con I found is that it doesn't support 5GHz 802.11n.. it doesn't really say so @ laptop specs, but I assumed that '802.11n support' also means the 5GHz band. But perhaps most laptops don't.

    The Altec Lansing speakers perform quite well for a laptop. Maximum volume is quite high, but not really important for me. Of course there's a lack of bass.

    Performance-wise it's really straight forward, you can check how an i3 performs @ other reviews. But one thing I noticed is that when it's set on 100% it's around 2.90~2.95GHz instead of 2.53GHz.. but it doesn't support Intel Turbo Boost.. perhaps a tweak from Asus? I also tried to play an HD video on it, and it runs perfecty smooth (which is obvious). Pre-installed Windows 7 Professional is full of crap bloatware, so I'll need to find some time to get a fresh install, really hate al those programmes (106 processes running atm!! of course less @ start-up).

    Perhaps I missed an aspect, please ask more questions, because I'd really recommend this portable, thin&light, matte screen equipped laptop with an awesome battery life!!

    ->> one question for you guys, whats the advantage of having more cells in a battery.. this is an 8-cell, but most 8-cells contain more capacity than 5600mAh.. and then you also have the '83Wh'.. I think the mAh part is the most important specification, right?
     
  18. Flixion

    Flixion Notebook Enthusiast

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    As far as i know 5600MaH is pretty good for any 13" notebook battery. I have been looking for a thin and light for almost 2 months now and i dont think i saw a larger battery so far: most come with a smaller 6 or even 4 cell battery. As far as i know more cells would work the same as more batteries in other products, you can deliver a higher voltage and therefore more watts.

    Something i'm pondering about is the question if it is really worth the extra 100 euros compared to for instance the samsung sf310 which has the same processor, an optical drive and the nvidia 310M 1GB to go with it for less money. Do you think this little notebook is special enough to make up for the hardware and cash difference, and if so why ;)? Shame some parts are still glossy plastic on the notebook, or did i understand this wrong from your review?

    Thanks for the short review though, im looking forward to hear more from you because im really digging this notebook and am also really starting to need a notebook for my university work :]
     
  19. simP

    simP Notebook Geek

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    Well, YES it is worth it. For me it was even a ~150 euro difference. The other option I was looking at was the HP 4320s (worse touchpad, maybe better keyboard, not so good screen according to reviews, 48Wh battery or something, 0.2kg heavier, unnecessary optical drive, quite thick,).

    But I would've never bought a samsung SF310. Because if it's like the Samsung Q330, that was one of the laptops I meant when talking about 'other laptops which I tried in local stores'. The build quality just sucked, and the touchpad was one of the worst ever. Keyboard also bends a lot in the middle when pressing on it, though typing was a little bit better than on the Toshiba R630/R700, but if I remember right, the keys felt a bit more like plastic than the P31F. And doesn't the SF310 have a mirror screen? Or doesn't that matter for you?

    The optical drive also gives you more weight, and the 310M only uses battery, but isn't really a significant improvement over the integrated Intel graphics. And at least I do not need a thin&light for gaming (I would want to actually, but it's just too expensive). Btw, I shortly tested Trackmania today, and it runs perfectly smooth :) @ lowest settings, native resolution, perhaps I can even run it higher.. I'll test what the framerate exactly is later today

    Indeed there are some glossy plastic parts, but as I said, most other laptops have got more of that. With a matte screen and a normal mobile cpu, this laptop is the most beautiful one of all available models (which aren't many in my country)

    But about the batteries, there might be more cells, but each cell individually has less capacity, but well it doesn't matter, since the battery life is way more than average.
     
  20. Flixion

    Flixion Notebook Enthusiast

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    Awesome you have pretty much persuaded me to order my P31 on monday, exactly your model as i live in the netherlands aswell ;). Which university are you attending by the way?

    If i may ask one last thing from you it would be some pictures, because the pictures asus gives us always make it look more dandy than it actually is ;)
    Thanks alot for all the info :]
     
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