Asus DB71

The Good The Asus Zenbook UX32VD has features usually missing from ultrabooks, including a 1080p display and Nvidia GPU.

The Bad The UX32VD is expensive, it's thicker and heavier than most ultrabooks, and it has a less-than-stellar touch pad.

The Bottom Line With a Core i7 CPU, discrete graphics, and a full HD screen, the Asus Zenbook UX23VD is pretty close to being the ultrabook that has it all, but you'll pay for all those features.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 8.0
  • Support 6.0
8.1 Overall

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Review

Asus DB71

Laptop shopping is always about making compromises, trading computing power for battery life or reducing size and weight at the cost of extra features. For ultrabooks or other ultrathin laptops, this is especially true, and nearly every slim 13-inch laptop we've reviewed has had one or more cut corners and missing features that remind you of the inevitable trade-offs required.

The 13-inch Asus Zenbook UX32VD comes alluringly close to being an ultrabook without compromises. For $1,299 it includes an Intel Core i7 CPU, a full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution display, and a discrete Nvida 620M GPU. Most laptops of a similar size, including Apple's genre-leading MacBook Air, lack all three of those features (although a Core i7 option is available on the Air for $1,599).

That makes this the closest hybrid of a 13-inch ultrabook and a full-power mainstream laptop to date, and might be the answer to occasional reader questions I get about superthin laptops with GPUs and high-res screens. Acer also has a few larger ultrabooks with GPUs, but they have other issues, including low screen resolutions.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,499
  • Brand Asus
  • Type Core i7
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Capacity 256 GB
  • Diagonal Size 13.3 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel HM76 Express
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model ASUS ZENBOOK Prime UX31A-DB71 - 13.3" - Core i7 3517U - 4 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD

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