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Asus Zenbook UX32A review

Asus gives the Zenbook brand an Ivy Bridge makeover

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Ivy Bridge power
  • Great portable design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent connectivity
  • Good speakers

Against

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Screen limited to 720p
  • Lack of RAM
  • No scope for gaming
  • Needless bloatware

The Ivy Bridge chip on the Zenbook UX32A helps to lift it above any second generation Intel machine you'd care to mention, but this is still only a Core i5 processor.

Which means the message here is about balance between performance and affordability. Evidence for this is the fact that our review model didn't break the 10,000 score when we tested it with the Cinebench 10 benchmarking program.

Don't get us wrong, this machine will still perform - and perform well. But it won't match the Asus Zenbook Prime for performance, so you can't run demanding program on top of demanding program.

This machine will take care of what you need it to do – web browsing, basic office programming and multimedia use, but the Dell XPS 14 and Acer Aspire S5 will both outperform it on paper.

Most telling is the 4GB of RAM - we're now routinely seeing 6GB or 8GB of memory on premium notebooks.

Asus Zenbook UX32A review

Similarly, the screen resolution on this model is a modest 1,366 x 768 which lacks the pixel count to display Full 1080p HD.

So if you plan to use this for watching movies you're going to have to content yourself with 720p content. Again, for the majority of us this won't be a problem but it's something to keep in mind if you're looking at an investment beyond two years.

Although we might be berating the internal specifications somewhat, when it comes to the hardware design and connections, Asus has got it spot on.

You're given three USB ports, all of which are USB 3.0 – allowing you to transfer data ten times faster than you ever could with musty old USB 2.0.

There's also an HDMI port and DisplayPort for connecting the Zenbook UX32A to an external display.

There's no VGA connection here which isn't a huge omission because as time marches on, we expect to be seeing less of these connections anyway.

The Zenbook UX32A comes with 500GB of storage space and there's also a full 3-in-1 SD card reader for adding in extra storage if you fancy it.

If you want to use some of that storage space for a music collection, then you'll benefit from the excellent Bang & Olufsen speakers packed into the Zenbook Prime's chassis.

Sound quality was an unexpected highlight of the original Zenbook and Asus has certainly repeated the feat here.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
TouchscreenNo
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity24 GB
GPSNo
eSATANo
FireWire/i.LINKNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
DisplayPortNo
Product FamilyZENBOOK UX32
Operating System Architecture64-bit
ThunderboltNo
Processor Modeli3-2367M
ColourSilver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.50 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesUX32
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelUX32A-R3001V
Product NameZENBOOK UX32A-R3001V Ultrabook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineZENBOOK
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberUX32A-R3001V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Package Contents
  • ZENBOOK UX32A-R3001V Ultrabook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter