Asus Zenbook UX32VD

Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness .71 inches
Weight 3.17 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 8.78 inches
Thickness .71 inches
Weight 3.17 pounds
Color Silver / Gray

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i5-3317U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.6 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3517U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.9 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model GeForce 620M

Memory

Base RAM size 2 GB
Max. config RAM size 6 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz
RAM slots 1

Storage

Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 256 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

Audio

Speakers 2
Audio brand Bang & Olufsen ICEpower

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 3.0 3
Mini VGA 1
HDMI 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Battery

Size 48 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 7 hr

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8.0

Average User Review

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  • Touchpad 7
  • Display 10
  • Performance 9
  • Heat / noise 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Software 7

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Mackoy (Currently owns)

    You already know the stats so I am just going to talk about my experience. Thus far, I am completely satisfied with it right out of the box. For the average consumer, there is no need to upgrade the RAM or to a full SSD but if you feel the need to its a fairly easy task. So far I have done no upgrades and performance has been amazing. I do however plan to upgrade both later this fall.

    Other reviewers have noted trampolining on the keyboard but I think they are making a big deal out of nothing. I see no issues with its construction and feel its solid.

    Touchpad is interesting. The gestures work great but I did notice issues with two finger scrolling and pinch to zoom. I had to stop using Firefox as the scrolling is terrible but Chrome and IE work just fine. Pinch to zoom also has more issues in Firefox but none work flawlessly. There is a little lag and sometimes it doesn't pick up that I am trying to zoom in or out. Aside from that, the experience has been great. I think with a little tweaking (drivers), it will get better.

    Display is pure perfection. thats all I have to say.

    Computer comes with bloatware. Ironically some is good to have such as the ASUS shortcuts for volume/back lighting/display/etc that are on the F-keys. I gave it a 7 because while it is nice to have them, overall it could have been done much more seamlessly.

    After all that its still one of the best laptops on the market... and I mean Mac or PC. I am still shocked with how thin and light this is when you think about all that is packed inside. With the ease in upgrade-ability, integrated graphics and standard powerhouse offerings, its a no brainer.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by mykie (Currently owns)

    Out of the box, the Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD already offers a lot; an actual nVidia 620 GPU with Optimus, georgeous non-glossy 1080p IPS display, an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7 CPU, a suitable island-style keyboard with backlighting, and a multi-touch clickalble trackpad. All packed into a package that's a few millimeters thicker than a 13" Macbook Air.
    But here's where the UX32VD differs from all the other me-too Macbook Air clones out there: This one can be upgraded. With a Torx T5 screwdriver, you can remove the bottom panel and replace 2GB of RAM with 8GB of CL11 RAM and the HDD with a 7mm SSD, and really unleash the monster. So if you plan to drop $1300 on this laptop, definitely budget an extra $250 or so for an SSD and RAM (This reviewer went with a 256gb Samsung 830 and 8GB 1600mhz CL11 Mushkin Advanced Essentials).
    With all this performance in a small package, the UX32VD isn't without its flaws. The trackpad leaves a bit to be desired, but is mostly a driver issue...expect to do a dance of installing different drivers to find one that works for you. The Keyboard is nice, but exhibits a small of flex in the middle. As beautiful as the 1080p display is, at 13" I still find myself turning the resolution down for things to be readable. Many others have noticed some light bleed from the bottom of the screen during dark scenes, so be aware that this might affect some models. The all-aluminum bottom of this machine also finds itself getting downright toasty during periods of intense gameplay, and the fans, while audible, seem to cycle on and off at odd times.
    Overall, the UX32VD is a premium Ultrabook that offers upgradability, and is quite possibly the best Ultrabook on the market right now.

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    • Battery life 7
    • Software 6
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