Reviews and Problems with Asus Zenbook UX32 - series
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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX32VD
10 October 2013
Conclusion: Do we like the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A? Oh yes, in fact we love it. It has superb build quality, one of the most elegant and attractive designs on the market and that 1080p IPS display will spoil you. The MacBook Air's display will be a let down, and even the super color-accurate Sony Vaio Z 1080p display will seem weak for viewing angles and brightness. The much more typing-friendly backlit keyboard, fast performance and dual USB 3.0 ports seal the deal.
Summary: The thing is, you can get all these neat features, as well as an SSD, in the new Zenbook UX31A, for $200 less, just by forgoing the discrete graphics. And frankly, we think that if portable gaming is what you’re after, you’re better served by a small powerhouse like Origin’s Eon11-S (reviewed last month), as opposed to a rig that tries to be both an Ultrabook and a gaming machine, where one or both facets are bound to be compromised.
Pros: Sexy Zenbook looks; lovely screen; lots of amenities at a competitive price.
Cons: Wimpy GPU; despite Optimus, battery life isn’t exceptional; HDD rather than SSD.
Summary: The Asus UX32A offers a familiar line-up of features for a cheaper Ultrabook. There's nothing outstanding in terms of performance here but you do get a much more stylish and well-built laptop compared to some of the competition.
Asus Zenbook UX32A review – the most affordable Asus ultrabook
8 October 2012
Summary: The Asus Zenbook UX32A is the most affordable Zenbook you could get right now. Starting at $700, it keeps most of the looks and overall build quality of the Primes, but ditches the IPS screen and top-notch hardware specs. Still, for the money, it's a good pick, although there are alternatives you should also consider.
Pros: beautiful and fairly solid built; decent trackpad and keyboard; alright screen, but short of impressive; good speakers; 5+ hours of everyday battery life; affordable
Cons: not as sturdy as the Zenbook Primes; the Core i3 config is quite slow; tons of bloatware preinstalled
Summary: Entry-level Zen. Asus has been one of the first out of the blocks when dipping their hands into the ultrabook market. Now, with the UX32A-R3001V, it wants to rock the low-priced competition offering the laptop at around 800 Euro (~$1050). Our test shows how successful it is.
Pros: Elegant, rigid and yet slim aluminum casing, Good backlit keyboard, Accurate and large touchpad - smoothly implemented multi-touch gestures, Great speakers ("Just where is all that sound coming from?"), Portability is guaranteed (sufficient screen brightness & battery life), The rigid, stylish, well-manufactured casing, the good input devices and the quiet fans. Also, the sound quality that is likely to remain unbeaten by other ultrabooks. And finally, the mobility an...
Cons: Weak, outdated Sandy Bridge Core i3, Consequently, a comparatively poor performance, The latest processor that would not arouse doubt about its long-term usability in us.
Conclusion: Asus clearly has engineers who know what they’re doing. They are interested in high-resolution displays, attractive exteriors and excellent performance. The UX32 is an engineering feat no other Ultrabook on the market can match. Unfortunately, the laptop fell short in our battery life testing. That’s a serious problem. It’s fair to assume someone buying a portable laptop expects it to offer great battery life. The UX32 is merely adequate.
Pros: Three USB 3.0 ports, Enjoyable keyboard and large touchpad, High-contrast IPS display, Good processor and 3D performance
Cons: Display has severe uniformity issues, Hard drive is mechanical, Battery life is so-so
Conclusion: The Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71 adds a speedy 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics to the ultrabook formula. What Asus has wrought is the thinnest and lightest 1080p HD power system on the market. It's the ultrabook to buy if you want to get real work done.
Pros: Brilliant 1080p screen in a 13.3 inch ultrabook. Discrete 3D graphics. Strong multimedia performance. Full sized HDMI port. Three USB 3.0 ports in an ultrabook. Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi
Cons: Text can be tiny unless scaled up. Middling battery life. Only 30-day trial to McAfee Internet Security.
Excerpt: For all the performance being packed into today’s super-slim ultrabooks, gaming and multimedia are often the weakest links. Most ultrabooks have Intel integrated graphics that aren’t designed to take on graphics-intensive games. Storage space, graphics processing, and display quality can be key areas in many ultrabooks that leave heavy multimedia users wanting a little more. With the Zenbook Prime UX32VD, Asus is looking to deliver a bit more graphics punch.
Pros: Excellent graphics for an ultrabook, Plenty of data storage, Snappy brushed-metal chassis and bright keyboard backlight, Super-slim design, Quality IPS display
Cons: Lack-luster battery life, Lower-than-expected HDD performance, Lackluster included software
Conclusion: Of course, that begs the question: Why can't Asus put a 256GB SSD into the UX32VD-DB71 and stake a claim to the ultimate ultrabook title? Industry pundits would probably say it was too expensive, but we don't often agree with them.
Pros: Terrific 1080p screen, Fast performance, with Core i7 CPU and discrete graphics, Three USB 3.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, and (via USB) Ethernet support, Backlit keyboard
Cons: Onscreen text can be tiny unless zoomed in, Minimal backlight bleed, Mediocre battery life
Summary: The $1,299 ASUS Zenbook Prime UX32VD is sort of a niche Ultrabook for those not satisfied with Intel's graphics performance, and on that basis it succeeds. You get the same sweet 1080p IPS screen and rich Bang & Olufsen speakers as the UX31A, and Nvidia's GeForce GT 620M GPU provides enough muscle to play some of the most demanding games (albeit at lower resolutions). There's a reason why the UX32VD was out of stock at multiple online retailers as we wrote this.
Pros: Awesome 1080p screen, Nvidia graphics lets you play latest games, Robust speakers, Comfortable keyboard and touchpad, Good port selection
Cons: Shorter battery life than UX31A, Runs hot in certain locations, Below-average overall performance