Reviews and Problems with Asus Zenbook UX32 - series
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Battery performance 9
Gaming performance 9
Asus Zenbook UX32LN-R4029H Ultrabook Review Update
2 weeks ago
Summary: Gaming-to-go - Part Two. Lots of power packed into an attractive case - that is one way to describe this Zenbook. An IPS panel and SSD complete the package. Even with its high-performance components, its battery life is good as well. Does the Zenbook have weaknesses too? Keep reading to find out.
Pros: Attractive and stable aluminum case, Good variety of connections, Quick WLAN adapter, Very good microphone array, Diverse maintenance and upgrade possibilities, Respectable input devices, Bright, high-resolution IPS display with stable viewing angles, High application performance, Gaming capability, Does not produce much noise, Long battery life, The device on the whole. The computer does well in almost every area and appears to be well thought-out. Asus' concept works.
Cons: Display only opens to a limited angle, Poor quality webcam, Below average SSD read speed, In truth, we essentially have everything we would like to see. The notebook could have a faster SSD, and the webcam could deliver better results. But these are not serious defects.
Summary: Slim aluminum. Yet another offshoot of the Asus Zenbook product line is to attract quality-conscious customers who also value high mobility. An energy-saving Haswell CPU alongside its integrated graphics, paired with a high-capacity battery, and an ultra-thin aluminum casing - is that enough for a new record in terms of endurance and battery runtime?
Pros: Swift overall system with SSD, High-quality build, Elegant and rigid aluminum casing, Good maintenance and upgrade options, Long battery runtime, Very high-quality build fused with premium materials and the latest hardware. The device is delivered in a high-quality box alongside adapters. Very good battery runtimes are achieved with the high-capacity but built-in battery.
Cons: No integrated Ethernet or VGA port (included adapter needed), Power button located directly beside "Delete", No touchscreen, Slightly dark screen, A stronger, dedicated graphics chip would make a broader field of applications possible (but another configuration of the Zenbook is available for that).
Summary: Gaming to go. Haswell CPU and Maxwell graphics card make it possible: The UX32LN combines the performance of a fast multimedia laptop with the mobility and elegance of an Ultrabook. Equipped with a great IPS display and opulent storage equipment you get a convincing package, which is actually available for a reasonable price.
Pros: Nice and sturdy aluminum case, Reasonable port variety, Fast WLAN adaptor, Very good array microphone, Several options to maintain and upgrade the device, Decent input devices, Bright and high-resolution IPS display with wide viewing angles, High application performance, Gaming capabilities, Low noise development, Long battery runtimes, A great IPS panel and fast hardware, integrated into a compact subnotebook – we waited a long time for such a package. Other manufact...
Cons: Limited opening angle of the display, Meager webcam quality, Below-average SSD read performance, Can get quite warm under high load, Yes, the webcam could be a bit better or the SSD could be faster – but these drawbacks are not really serious.
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: 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.