ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD REVIEW – Live Life To The Fullest


The ASUS company has achieved very significant success in the market and also ultrabooks, releasing the first line of ultra-thin laptops ZENBOOK about a year ago. The pioneers began ASUS ZENBOOK Prime UX31E and UX21E, which quickly won the sympathy of the public. Of course, at this company did not stop, continuing to improve in this area. For example, one of the interesting options for buying at the moment is the Ultrabook ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD, many of the characteristics he inherited from previous models in the line ZENBOOK, and although there is innovation. Let’s consider ZENBOOK UX32VD (UX32VD-R4002H) and try to figure out what’s what.

Technical characteristics

Processor: Intel Core i7-3517U 1900 MHz
Memory: 4GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Storage: 500 GB HDD, 24 GB SSD
Display: 13.3 “1920×1080 Full HD LED IPS, matt
Video: Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, 2 speakers
Interfaces: 3xUSB 3.0, mini-VGA, HDMI, card reader SD / MMC / SDHC, combo audio jack
In addition: HD webcam
Battery: 6-cell Lithium-Polymer 6520 mAh
Dimensions and Weight: 325x223x5.5 ~ 18, 1.45 kg
Operating system: Windows 7 Pro
Options: UX32VD-R4002H

Scope of delivery

Together with the ultrabook you will get pleasant and useful accessories: brown cloth cover, made of thick material. The set also comes with two adapters mini-VGA to VGA and USB to Ethernet (RJ-45), and, of course, the charger.

Design

Externally this ultrabook is very interesting. Build quality – simply superb. ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD housing is made of aluminum, making the laptop turned out quite easy, but at the same time durable. Ultrabook rounded edge, which gives it a neat look. The concentric pattern on the lid looks very stylish. Right in the middle emblazoned company logo, made of chrome-plated metal.

At the bottom are four rubber feet prevent slipping on smooth and ultrabook incline. It is also a ventilation grille. Note that on the back side there is no separate compartment for access to major components, so that their replacements will need to remove the entire back cover. Thanks to a special tab on the front end opening the ultrabook can be easily and quickly, even with one hand.

Dimensions ZENBOOK UX32VD received the following: 325x223x5.5 ~ 18 mm, and weight was 1.45 kg.

Display, audio and webcam

Outlining display ultrabook is made of matte plastic. 13.3-inch IPS-display with anti-reflective coating has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Viewing angles turned out great thanks to IPS-technology. The screen brightness is also pleased and was 350 cd / m ², the saturation of the transmitted color – at the highest level. It should be noted that the model is also available with a TN-display and a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

The sound output is thanks to two built-in speakers, located on the side ends, and an audio system Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. The sound is clear and balanced, and most importantly loud enough for the ultrabook.

The webcam is located above the display, and is perfect for video conferencing. It also allows you to take pictures and record video. Next to the camera you can see the built-in microphone.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Island style keyboard has an adjustable LED backlight, the location of the keys is quite standard. They are made of black matte plastic. It should be noted only unusual location of the power button – in the upper right corner next to the button Delete. Placed next to the hard drive activity LED (light-emitting diode and the corresponding icon).

The touchpad on UX32VD turned out pretty close, he combined with two control buttons. The touchpad has a near-perfect surface for smooth and precise control also supports multi-touch gestures.

Performance

This Ultrabook is equipped with energy-efficient dual-core Intel Core i7-3517U with a frequency of 1.9 GHz, but thanks to the support of technology Turbo Boost it can be increased up to 3 GHz. The processor is able simultaneously to handle up to four data streams. Intel Core i7-3517U is built on 22-nanometer process technology, cache size is 4 MB. It is worth mentioning that this notebook is also available with a processor Intel Core i5-3317U with a frequency of 1.7 GHz.

ZENBOOK UX32VD features like integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M with 1GB of video memory. The presence of the latter, and became one of the main advantages of the device, as a powerful graphics card to accommodate ultra-thin laptop is not easy. Now it is also possible to play in a fairly demanding games.

The ultrabook use RAM standard DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz 4 GB. Support, as the hard drive (500 GB) and a solid-state drive (24 GB) has also become chip of ultra-thin notebook. ZENBOOK UX32VD runs on the operating system Windows 7 Pro, but it can run on the new operating system Windows 8.

Ports and Communications

A wide variety of interfaces also became ZENBOOK UX32VD advantage over competitors. On the right are two ports USB 3.0, charging slot, HDMI-out, mini-VGA and composite audio output.

On the left side you can see one more USB 3.0 port and a slot for SD / MMC / SDHC. With such a range of interfaces can safely say that the problems with the movement of information on the external drive and output devices, such as a home theater system will not.

As mentioned above, the manufacturer of the supplied adapter included with the mini-VGA to VGA connector and a USB to RJ-45, which will make your life even easier.

For wireless capabilities include Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.

Battery

ZENBOOK UX32VD equipped with a 6-sektsionnnoy lithium-polymer battery capacity of 6520 mAh. Battery life ultrabook is 7 hours, which is a very good indicator. It should be noted that the output of the laptop from sleep mode takes only a few seconds, and in sleep mode it can run for up to two weeks without recharging it.

Conclusion

Despite the fact that the ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD is the thinnest and lightest, perhaps even someone wants to argue about the accessories of this notebook to ultrabook, but still the presence of a discrete card, HDD and SSD compensate sufficiently large size ultrabook. The apparent advantage of this model is also a 13-inch IPS-display with a resolution of Full HD. A number of available interfaces are the envy of every other ultrabook. Additionally, discreet, yet stylish design perfectly accentuate the individuality of its owner. ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD can safely be called a stylish and powerful device, which combines all the latest in the world of computer technology.

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