Asus ZenBook UX32VD review: Asus ZenBook UX32VD

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Typical Price: $1,299.00

Asus Zenbook UX32VD

(Part #: UX32VD-DB71)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars 2 user reviews

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.

7.5 Overall

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.

The screen we did get is 13.3 inches, matte, TN-based and is decent for what it is. Audio isn't spectacular, but it isn't terrible, either. Headphones will always be better, but Asus has done an OK job of balancing the tone here.

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