ASUS Zenbook UX32VD Unboxing & Compared to the UX31E

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25 Jul, 2012 9:30 pm

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The 13” Asus Zenbook UX32VD is a very sexy machine as it seems to have everything and you don’t really have to sacrifice much well that’s not exactly true, you do pay for the luxury. For $1,349 from Amazon at the high end it has an Intel Core i7 CPU, a full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel-resolution display, and a discrete Nvida 620M GPU. Most laptops of a similar size, including Apple’s Macbook Air don’t have an HD display or discreet graphics.

It has both a hard drive and SSD, the SSD only being 24GB, on the UX31A you’ll get 128GB but no graphics. Size wise the Asus UX31A sports a slightly smaller minimum build height of 3 millimeters (0.12 inches), while the UX32 “only” slims down to 5.5 millimeters (0.22 inches) at the front edge.

The keyboard was a weak point on the original Zenbook, with shallow, clacky keys. The body of the UX32VD is actually slightly thicker and heavier, and that extra depth lets the keyboard have a little more space. Compared with the UX31, the feel of the keystrokes here is more like what you get on a standard laptop. The keyboard is also backlit which is a must-have feature on any Ultrabook.

If you’re wondering how long this unit will last, you’ll should expect 5:50 min of video playback.

The Asus Zenbook UX32VD comes close to being an ideal ultrabook. It has most of the high-end components you could wish forbut it is a little heavier and the trackpad on the zenbook line up isn’t the best in the business, but my hope is one day they’ll get the right software update. You pay for it but over all it offers a good balance of portability, battery life, and gaming. The comparable Macbook Air is cheaper but it doesn’t have discreet graphics so the higher price tag is somewhat justified.

We go into greater detail in the below video and have a series of comparison photos below that, so check it out!

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