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.
Handbrake encoding (in seconds)
- 418Asus ZenBook UX32VD (Core i5 3317U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD cache, GeForce GT 620M)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
The UX32VD performs as it should. While the Core i5 inside isn't taking pole position, it's perfectly fine for all but the most taxing of tasks.
|Batman: Arkham Asylum|
|1366x768, 4x AA, Detail level: Medium, PhysX off.|
|1366x768, DirectX 9, 0x AA, Quality: Low, PhysX: Off.|
|The Witcher 2|
|1366x768, low spec.|
|1366x768, low detail.|
The 620M is faster than Intel HD Graphics, but you're not going to be doing any high-level gaming on it.
Battery life (time)
- Heavy battery test
- Light battery test
- 6h 58m
- 5h 42m
- 5h 35m
- 5h 21m
- 5h 10m
- 4h 47m
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Core i5 3427U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
- 4h 30m
- HP Envy Spectre XT (Core i5 3317U, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
- 4h 27m
- 4h 25m
- 4h 21m
- 4h 18m
- 3h 55m
- Asus ZenBook UX32VD (Core i5 3317U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD cache, GeForce GT 620M)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
We really would have thought that with the extra thickness, Asus would have been able to improve on the battery life of the UX31A. Sadly, it's not to be, with the GeForce GT 620M and mechanical hard drive punishing the final scores.
The UX32VD is a decent attempt at an all-rounder ultrabook, though its battery life is uninspiring, and unless you can find the higher-resolution version, do some GPU overclocking and plan to do some home upgrades, it doesn't quite live up to its potential.