ASUS Zenbook UX32VD ultrabook with powerful hardware: Review & Specs

ASUS Zenbook UX32VD is one the beautiful designed ultrabook which is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GT 620M (ex-530M) and a hard drive. Ultrathin and versatile, it is proposed to 1079 euros.

ASUS Zenbook UX32VD

This version of Prime UX31A is most versatile, lightweight design as always, gets an Nvidia graphics card and a good storage system.

Among the ultrabooks of Asus Zenbook series ultrabooks are the premium, ultra mobility of the real Ferrari brand, Zenbook and “normal” more affordable. The ASUS Zenbook UX32VD is part of the second family, even though it is still more than 1000 euros. Profile a little less forward than the Prime, this ultrabook screen is 13.3-inch Full HD embeds a powerful configuration. This includes a low power processor, a 500 GB hard drive with 24 GB SSD module as a cache and, above all, an Nvidia graphics card.

ASUS Zenbook UX32VD

Reality

ASUS Zenbook UX32VD is 13.3inches format ultrabook! Its metal frame color aluminium bronze, “unibody” (one piece) is particularly well designed. As thick (2.1 cm) and almost as light (1.47 kg against 1.4) than its big brother ( Zenbook Prime) , the UX32VD is distinguished by a frame round a little in some places and a connection a little more substantial. The latter consists of three USB 3.0 (two on against UX31A), a memory card reader, an HDMI video output, an output and a headphone jack microVGA combining stereo output and microphone input. Asus has good deliver the taste in adapter connectivity microVGA / VGA and USB / Ethernet with its craft. Wi-Fi n and Bluetooth are obviously part. As UX31A the ASUS Zenbook UX32VD features a backlit keyboard with separate keys, very pleasant to use, as well as imposing touchpad, reacting to gesture commands to multiple fingers.

ASUS Zenbook UX32VD
A beautiful Full HD

The ASUS Zenbook UX32VD 13.3-inch screen is the same size as that of the Prime Zenbook UX31A. This is an IPS Full HD (1920 by 1080 dots) treated crystal. Light (382 cd/m2), it renders colors quite accurately. However, the contrast ratio has been a fair bit (637:1) to win the prize for the best slab. On the top of the screen, there is a small 0.3 Mpixel webcam and brightness sensor. The latter is responsible for varying the intensity of the backlight of the display and of the keyboard according to the lighting conditions and feeding of the machine. Truly effective, it is easily detachable using a keyboard shortcut.
An energetic configuration

ASUS Zenbook UX32VD

Sold about 1080 euros, ASUS Zenbook UX32VD configuration offers a hybrid between traditional and versatile notebook, ultrabook. Thus, it meets a wide range of needs. The Intel Core i7-3517U is a dual-core designed low power (ultrabook oblige!) supported by 4 GB of memory. Swift, it has enough power to handle photos or to do some video editing. In addition, storage combines a traditional hard drive and a 500 GB SSD module (24GB) for better responsiveness. Windows startup and wakeup is done as soon as possible. And as the security of your data is important, Asus has brought Intel Anti-Theft Preinstalled software (39 euros per year), which is used to encrypt data or render inoperative the remote machine. The graphic part is assigned to a GeForce GT 620M, coupled with Intel integrated graphics by Nvidia Optimus. As a reminder, this technology ensures switching between the two graphics chips as needed for applications. For very casual game, it is the GeForce who officiates, for Internet browsing this is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor. Thus, the laptop consumes only a small ten watts idle (Windows desktop) and the ventilation is very quiet (31.3 dB). If, however, you start a game, the meter goes to 66 and the small fans are heard UX32VD (38.9 dB). Mercury, too, rises to 39.4 ° C in the machine. ASUS Zenbook UX32VD battery backup measured to be 4 h 16 (on average) brightness of the panel up, Wi-Fi enabled. This result is quite in the average current ultrabooks, but remains lower than that attained by the UX31A (over 5 hours).
The verdict

The ASUS Zenbook UX32VD is a good laptop ultrabook type. Thanks to the Nvidia graphics card, it can even play a little. However, battery life is not as good as the Prime UX31A. Asus, however, continues to deliver a good game accessories (adapters, carrying cases), unlike some competitors like Apple. This was all about one of the good designed and enough powerful ultrabook i.e. ASUS Zenbook UX32VD.