Asus Zenbook UX42VS Review

Today’s review will focus on the new representative from the company ZenBook Asus line. That is the ZenBook UX42VS. The devices in this series has for a long time proved to be a good alternative to laptops with the bitten apple on the cover. The ZenBook laptops is a compact and efficient solution of various business issues. They are easy to take with you on a business trip, and carry to the office, where they will undoubtedly attract the attention of others due to its stylish appearance. How accurately does the new ZenBook model comply?



Asus Zenbook UX42VS has a classic design for the line ZenBook. This is a very thin shell with a conical profile, the cover and the base are made of metal, and the harmony of the two colors.

Metal cover has a very beautiful and thin circular grinding, which looks very expensive, nice to touch and repel any greasy marks. In addition, the cover is quite strong, and it is especially good for a device that is often used outside the home.

The base unit is made entirely of aluminum and looks also very expensive, and even a bit like Apple MacBook Air, the main competitor is, in fact, is ZenBook. Housing is very durable and never pressed, except for the central part of keyboard unit. Otherwise, everything is done very efficiently.


Input Devices

The Asus Zenbook UX42VS has quite convenient layout. All the keys are in the optimal range of each other. The only unusual thing here can be a shallow space key. But it is only a matter of habit. Frisky recoil is compensated landing keys. This keyboard is perfect for making multiple text documents, as well as for presentations. And thanks to the classical keys layout «Ctrl» and «Fn» you will not have trouble playing your favorite shooter. In addition to that, the Asus Zenbook UX42VS keyboard has a backlight, which will operate in complete darkness.

Also, our laptop has a large and stylish touch pad, which is located in a small depression and shifted slightly to the left. It has a slightly matte finish, which provides the right grip with your finger, as well as highly sensitive sensors.



Once again, the display was a weak point of the device. With a diagonal of 14 inches it has a resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. Wide viewing angles is difficult to call, but they, too narrow and not name. In short, for the films will do. Contrast ratio is not too high. Compared with a good IPS-panel screen Asus Zenbook UX42VS seems a little washed out. The display is the part over which Asus engineers should strongly consider.


The Asus Zenbook UX42VS has on-board low-voltage dual-core processor Intel Core i5-3317U clocked at 1.7 GHz. This decision makers often use ultrabook, and not in vain, these processors can spend less energy, while maintaining the performance index. Also, our computer has 4 GB of RAM, combined hard disk of 500 GB, with an additional SSD-compartment volume of 24 GB.

This solution is perfect for working with the new system, Windows 8. Another good point is the presence of a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M with 1 GB of internal memory. Thanks to this solution on your computer, you can run new games, though not at maximum settings, and programs that load graphics.



On the right side of the notebook is an optical drive and media card reader. In fact, it would be better to abandon the device, as did Apple. Remember, the last time when you transfer data to your computer using the CD-ROM?

On the left side of the video ports are mini display port and mini-HDMI, two-ports USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio jack headphone or microphone, Internet RJ-45 connector and the socket for the charger.

All the necessary ports on the spot. Confuses only the presence of the optical drive, because instead manufacturer could install something more modern.


If you use the Asus Zenbook UX42VS as a home multimedia laptop, the presence of the optical drive can still be justified. Anyway, the Asus Zenbook UX42VS has everything you need to replace a desktop computer. In this case, due to its relatively small size, it can be transported in an office or on a business trip, which simply need a quality and efficient laptop.

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