Asus Zenbook UX32VD – Review and Buyers Guide

Asus Zenbook series lies in the category of first Ultrabooks that came in market. Asus Zenbook UX32VD was released in 2012 and is still preferred all over the world due to its amazing specifications and affordability.

Specifications

ASUS Zenbook

  • 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
  • Main Memory
  • DDR3 1600MHz 2GB (on board) + 2G or 4G Slot Dim
  • Z-height
  • 5.5mm at the front; 18mm at the rear
  • Screen
  • 13.3” (16:9) Backlight/Resolution 350 nits FHD (1920 x 1080) / HD with EWV (1366 x 768)
  • USB charger+
  • Yes
  • Instant on
  • Always resume in 2 seconds
  • 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 Ports
  • SSD Generation
  • SATAIII SSD 128GB/256GB
  • Battery
  • 48W (7+ hrs)
  • BT
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Keyboard
  • 268 Illuminated Chiclet keyboard
  • Mic
  • Integrated digital microphone
  • Audio
  • Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® SonicMaster
  • Camera
  • CMOS module

Asus Zenbook UX32VD Review and Buyers Guide

Zen is all about peace and beauty. Asus named the device by a head turning design and a smooth aluminum body that catches the eye. The machine is as well sleek and light weight. The thinnest part in Asus Zenbook UX32 is 8mm and thickest is the hinge end measuring 14mm.

Zenbook is powered by Core i5 processor that runs on Ivy Bridge chip. Therefore, the Core i5 balances between performance and affordability. The PC takes only 35 seconds to boot to desktop along with fully loaded softwares. The UX32 Ultrabook wakes from the sleep mode in just 2 seconds.

It comes with a 4GB RAM (2 slots). You can also consider adding additional RAM by replacing 2GB RAM in one slot with 4GB or even 8GB. It also offers 500GB of hard disk space and 64GB of SSD space.

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The 13.3 inches screen at a resolution of 1366 x 768 gives sharp, bright, and gorgeous images and videos. UX32VD’s graphics is powered by internal standard Intel HD Graphics 4000 with external nVidia Optimus graphics card. Its Ban & Olufsen speakers when combined with its awesome screen resolution give an amazing movie experience. It has an HDMI and a Display port to connect Asus Zenbook UX32VD to an external display. The Ultrabook also offers three USB 3.0 connectors.

Its chicklet style keyboard appears nice on the laptop and works better than some of the Lenovo and Samsung Ultrabooks. The keyboard also comes with an adjustable backlit brightness level that can be controlled using Fn key.

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The Asus Ultrabook gives a reasonable battery life, like for almost 3 hours with full usage and more than 4 hours when working on light applications, which is considered reasonably good.

Asus offers best in class warranty with free 1 year accidental damage protection, which covers accidental spills, drops, fire damage, and power surges for the first year following the purchase.