Asus ZenBook UX32VD review: Asus ZenBook UX32VD

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good

Average User Rating

5 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good 24GB SSD cache + 500GB storage is a flexible solution. Backlit keyboard. Three USB 3.0 ports. Matte screen. Decent sound for a laptop.

The Bad Weak battery life. Higher-resolution model hard to find. GeForce 620M is limited.

The Bottom Line The UX32VD is a decent attempt at an all-rounder ultrabook, though its battery life is uninspiring and it doesn't live up to its full potential.

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The ZenBook UX32VD is a little chunkier than its ZenBook Prime cousins, on account of having discrete graphics inside — not particularly strong discrete graphics, given it's a GeForce GT 620M, but still discrete.

Connectivity

  • USB 3.0: 3
  • USB 2.0: 0
  • Optical: none
  • Video: HDMI
  • Ethernet: 100Mbps via USB 2.0 adapter
  • Wireless: dual-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

The extra height has allowed Asus to also squeeze in some extra ports, for a total of three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a full-sized HDMI port, a mini VGA port (which Asus thankfully includes the adapter for) and a headset jack.

Also included in the box is a USB 2.0 to 100Mbps Ethernet adapter (we're still hanging out for the USB 3.0 gigabit version), a carry pouch for both adapters and another for the ZenBook itself.

While the UX32VD has made a name for itself in the US due to its upgradeability (providing you have a small Torx screwdriver on hand), our North American friends seem to have a one-up on us, with a Core i7, 1080p model being available. Our review sample was the 1366x768 version, and, from what we can ascertain, the 1080p one is more than a little difficult to find in this country, despite some shops listing it.

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Where to Buy

Asus Zenbook UX32VD

Part Number: UX32VD-DB71

Typical Price: $1,299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Colour Silver aluminum