Asus ZenBook UX32VD review: Asus ZenBook UX32VD

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.

Application performance

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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.

Gaming performance

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Playable on:
MEDIUM
settings
FPS
MaxAvgMin
976433
1366x768, 4x AA, Detail level: Medium, PhysX off.
Metro 2033
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
MaxAvgMin
78275
1366x768, DirectX 9, 0x AA, Quality: Low, PhysX: Off.
The Witcher 2
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
MaxAvgMin
231814
1366x768, low spec.
Skyrim
Playable on:
VERY LOW
settings
FPS
MaxAvgMin
694636
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


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.

Conclusion

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.

What you'll pay

Pricing is currently unavailable.

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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