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Asus Zenbook UX32VD – A Buyers Guide and Review

ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD
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Asus Zenbook series is one of the first Ultrabooks to be released in the market. Asus Zenbook UX32 is the latest release in this series. This time Asus came up with a scaled down affordable to purchase version without making any noticeable decrease on the performance and its looks.  After the release of their first series of Ultrabooks, Asus made good on their promise to improve screen resolution, badly designed keyboards and low battery power.

Asus Zenbook UX32VD Specification

Asus Zenbook UX32VD
Specification
CPU
Intel® Core™ i7-3517U 1.9GHz Turbo boost to 3.0GHz
Intel® Core™ i5-3317U 1.7GHz Turbo boost to 2.6GHz
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic 64 bit
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64 bit
Z-height
5.5mm at the front; 18mm at the rear
Main Memory
DDR3 1600MHz 2GB (on board) + 2G or 4G Slot Dim
Screen
13.3” (16:9)Backlight/Resolution 350 nits FHD (1920 x 1080) / HD with EWV (1366 x 768)
Instant on
Always resume in 2 seconds
USB charger+
Yes
I/O port
7 (mini VGA port /USB 3.0 port / HDMI 1.4 (1080p support)/ audio jack combo/ SD card reader)
USB3.0
3 Port
SSD Generation
SATAIII SSD 128GB/256GB
BT
Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
48W (7+ hrs)
Mic
Integrated digital microphone
Keyboard
268 illuminated chiclet keyboard
Camera
CMOS module
Audio
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® SonicMaster

ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD

ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VDThe word ‘Zen” is all about beauty and peace. Asus did justify giving the name with a head turning design and a sleek aluminium build. The machine is pretty, sleek and light weight.  The thinnest point in Asus Zenbook UX32VD measures 8mm and the thickest is at the hinge end measuring 14mm.

Asus Zenbook UX32VD is powered by Core i5 Processor running on Ivy bridge chip. This is what I talked before as scaled down version as the Core i5 make sure there is a balance between performance and affordability. The performance of Zenbook UX32VD was good enough to run some of the usual applications. In the benchmarking tests, it performed really well for the configuration it carries. The PC took almost 35 seconds to boot to desktop with all the softwares fully loaded. The Ultrabook came out of sleep mode in 2 seconds. A part of the credit goes to the presence of SSD.

Regarding the RAM memory, Zenbook UX32VD comes with in-built 4GB RAM (2 slots). If you are planning to buy this model, consider about adding additional RAM while buying. You can replace the 2GB RAM in one slot with a 4GB or 8GB RAM.

Zenbook UX32VD comes with a hard disk space of 500GB and 64GB of SSD space. 500GB is not a lot when you think about living in 2012. There is a 3 in 1 SD card reader for adding extra storage. My recommendation is to upgrade the SSD at the time of buying. The prices have come down a lot these days and it is well worth the money spent.  SSD’s come in lot of foam factors and be careful to buy the 7mm drive which fits to the device.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VDThe model comes with a 13.3 inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The screen is gorgeous, images are sharp and bright. Zenbook UX32 graphics is powered by an internal standard Intel HD Graphics 4000 and an external nVidia Optimus graphics card. The sharp and bright screen combined with amazing sound effects provided a great movie experience. The Bang & Olufen speakers are included in the chassis. The speaker is well known for its quality sound and is one of the best features included in the Zen series of Ultrabooks from Asus.  Asus Zenbook UX32 has a HDMI port and Display port for connecting Asus Zenbook UX32 to an external display. There is no VGA port, but is normal as devices which use this connectors are slowly disappearing. The machine also provides three USB 3.0 connectors.

The keyboard on Asus Zenbook UX32 is another feature to be considered. The chicklet style keyboard looks nice on the laptop and functioned better than some of the Ultrabooks from Lenovo and Samsung. It looks identical to MacBook Pro, but not as good. The Keyboard is backlit with adjustable brightness level controlled using the Fn key.

The Ultrabook gave a reasonable, not amazing battery life as claimed by Asus. Don’t get me wrong, it gives almost 3hrs of battery life with full usage, and more than 4hrs for using light application which is reasonably good.

Finally, Asus provide industry’s best-in-class warranty and free 1-year accidental damage protection. The accidental damage protection covers accidental drops, spills, power surges and fire damage for the first year.

Verdict: The machine is light, it is beautiful and it is well worth the buy. But if I am asked to buy this machine, I would not do that without adding more RAM and HDD. If possible, I would also like to add more SSD space before buying.  With these upgrades, Asus Zenbook UX32 is the best Ultrabook available in the market now. Microsoft is going to offer a $15 upgrade to Windows 8 Professional which is again a good deal in the future.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Mandy Jun 25, 2013, 8:41 am

    Thanks for the detailed Review.I was looking for it.

  • Kuladip Roy Sep 25, 2012, 9:42 am

    thanks Anup for shearing this great features of Asus Zenbook. All those i7 machines are very much smart. You delivered the entire specification of Zenbook. Thanks for sheared this news.

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