Reviews and Problems with Asus Zenbook UX32 - series
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Asus Zenbook UX32Vd Review
14 November 2012
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.
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
Conclusion: So, how successful is Asus' 800 Euro ultrabook project? The customer is doubtlessly given a lot of extras for this price point . The slim, very well-built and rigid case is not unibody construction like in the UX31A. However, it is comprised of an aluminum-plastic composite that was adopted from the UX32VD just like the excellent Bang & Olufsen speakers and the sophisticated, extremely quiet cooling system featuring 2 heat pipes and 2 fans.
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...
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.
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.
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
Pros: Attractive Design, Full-Size HDMI, VGA and LAN by Adapter, Service friendly thanks to large bottom plate, Backlit keyboard, Bright display with strong 1000:1 contrast, Outdoor capable thanks to bright, non-reflective display, Very stable viewing angles (IPS), Good GPU performance, Good battery runtime, Without doubt, the display. If one can live with the limitations resulting from lackluster scaling support of some software applications, one finds a nearly perfect dis...
Cons: No Unibody, Spongy keyboard mounting, some software applications fail at supporting Windows' display scaling., No SSD, just a conventional HDD with SSD cache, High case temperatures during full load, suboptimally positioned speakers, The unibody case design of the UX31 or UX31A, as well as the Solid State Drive.
Conclusion: The Zenbook UX32A is a solid Ultrabook – thanks to the remarkably attractive design and the addition of an Ivy Bridge chipset. If there's one criticism to be levelled, it's that the battery life could have been better. While it would have been nice to see a 1080p display panel and a bit more RAM, these are the preserve of the top-flight Asus Zenbook Prime.
Pros: Ivy Bridge power, Great portable design, Comfortable keyboard, Excellent connectivity, Good speakers
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Screen limited to 720p, Lack of RAM, No scope for gaming, Needless bloatware