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ASUS Zenbook UX32VD-DB71 Intel Core i7 3517U (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 24GB SSD Notebook Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

  • Intel Core i7 3517U (1.90GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 24GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
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  • Anonymous
  • 11/15/2013 7:04:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat piece of technology

Pros: I needed a small laptop that is light, has core I7 processor, IPS 1080 screen preferably matte so no glare, good looking, slim and with usb 3 ports and HDMI out. Asus Zenbook UX 32VD has it all. But lets not stop here since the way it is being sold is not good enough!!!! UPGRADES is what made this machine what I really needed. Those are done easy and takes no time. See my other thoughts below. Clean install of windows 7 ultimate with all the upgrades got me to windows experience index of 5.4 overall. but when we look at processor 7.1 memory 7.4 gaming graphics 6.6 primary hard disk 7.9 the reason overall was only 5.4 because graphics for desktop performance got the lowest score of 5.4
Make sure all the drivers are up to date and all are installed!!!! Runs Light Room 5 with no problem while editing 40-50mb Raw pictures.

Cons: Asus could have put this machine from the factory in such set up as mine so people didn't have to do all upgrades. on other hand.....i don't mind doing it all myself and saving few bucks in the process!!!

Other Thoughts: I HIGHLY recommend the following upgrades:

1 x SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

1 x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10

My system is a 10GB RAM, Intel i7, 250gb SSD with a 1080p matte screen all neatly wrapped up in a 13.3" ultrabook. For under $2000 that can't be beat!

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  • G. R.
  • 8/29/2013 8:54:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect Ultrabook

Pros: This is one of the best tech purchases I have made. I am writing this review after owning my system for over a year. I have used it for everyday processing tasks (MS Suite, statistical packages, internet browsing) as well as for gaming and video streaming. This is a great looking ultrabook that is easy to carry around, has great stock components, an amazing screen (1080p matte screen reproduces truer colors). The most important and impressive aspect of this system to me was the ability to upgrade RAM and install a solid state hard drive (see below for recommendations). A little elbow grease and some youtube instructions turned my system into a beast, easily outperforming my wife's 3K powerbook in every category. Most importantly, it time proofed my investment as this is a system powerful enough to be relevant for 3-4 more years.

Cons: The chassis is a combination of plastic and aluminum (part of the reason why it's so light) which makes it feel a bit fragil and not as sturdy as single-aluminum built systems. The factory configurations for the fan were also wonky as my fan would turn on at rest times (this was fixed with fresh windows install when replacing the hard drive).

Other Thoughts: I HIGHLY recommend the following upgrades:

1 x SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256N/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

1 x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10

My system is a 10GB RAM, Intel i7, 250gb SSD with a 1080p matte screen all neatly wrapped up in a 13.3" ultrabook. For under $2000 that can't be beat!

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  • Andres C.
  • 10/22/2012 11:17:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust right

Pros: Backlit Keyboard. Ambient light sensor controls both screen and keyboard brightness.

1920 x 1080 IPS matte screen. Amazing viewing angels.

Full size HDMI port (other models have micro HDMI).

3 x 3.0 USB

Ivy Bridge Chipset

Geforce GT 620M. It's not a powerhouse by any means but I'll take it.

The ability to buy a hard drive and replace it same day in the event that my SSD ever died. Minimal if any downtime.

Everything else that comes with an Ultrabook. Do not buy an Ultrabook expecting to run max settings at max FPS. This is about portability, functionally and reasonable performance. I noticed a few of the negative comments are really just from people who didn't do their homework.

I'm a Information Technology & Systems major and get compliments from my peers. Poor MacBook kids.

Cons: Slight screen bleed - Some light bleeding but I only notice it when I boot the system up. The first load had significantly more but now I don't even notice.

Touchpad - Improvements over past versions though.

Other Thoughts: I had a UX31E-DH52 for 6 months. I recently sold it just so I could pick up the UX32VD-DB71. There are significant improvements over the previous generation (sandy bridge) of Zenbooks. The Screen and Keyboard were worth it alone.

1) Keyboard. The old aluminium style keyboard was pretty bad. I got used to it but it was a consistent problem. Especially when it came time to do word processing or coding.

The UX31E had poor color and I'm not very fussy. The screen was also glossy which I hated. Viewing angles were poor to average. The UX32VD screen is lovely. I couldn't ask for more. I love love love the IPS viewing angles. I can show classmates my screen without having to fuss with the screen. I'm sure the new MBP retina screens are nice but I'm not paying $2500+ for a laptop.

The power adapter is beefier. The plug is physically larger in diameter now. I think they may have had been to brittle previously. I feel more confident that it wont break off if i accidentally bumped in to it while it's charging.

Upgrades - You'll need a Torx T5 screwdriver. I bought one at my local store for $3.99

Samsung 803 like others mentioned. It's 7 mm, requires no modification and is faster than the rest. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164

Mushkin 8 GB. You specially want DDR3 1600 with a cas latency of 11. It's also 1.35v to boot. I can confirm DRAM Frequency is 1600 with the Muskin. The Corsair Vengeance will underclock to 1333 MHz. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226322

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  • Apollo C.
  • 10/11/2012 6:10:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Best Ultrabook of 2012

Pros: - Industrial design is top notch, the best I've seen in a Windows PC. The only other that comes close is Samsung.
- VERY fast file transfer. Boot times are under 15 seconds, resume from sleep in 2 seconds.
- Beautiful screen. I own an iPad 3, and this screen is right on par with it.

Cons: - No easy way to install Windows 7. I had a Windows XP (32-bit )system kicking around, and used the Microsoft Windows 7 USB / DVD tool to create a Windows 7 (64-bit) Home Premium USB disk. This is the downside of not having an optical drive, but it's getting better.
- Slight flex on one edge. The aluminum casing is very well done, but since it's so thin there can be a very slight amount of flex.

Other Thoughts: I've spent the past 4 months researching every Ultrabook available, using the latest Ivy Bridge systems. The whole point of an Ultrabook is moderate amounts of power, very high bandwidth speed, in a highly portable package. I work as a web developer, writing PHP code, and doing mockups in Photoshop, so I don't need a top of the line laptop; but, I do need moderate amounts of computing power.

You can find other Ultrabooks that are less expensive, such as the Lenovo Thinkpad U410 / Toshiba Satellite Z930-P300 / Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5A-S0AUS; and you could always get a more expensive Macbook Air. However what you get with the Asus UX32VD, with an additional SSD and RAM upgrade, is THE FASTEST and most responsive 13" or smaller Ultrabook. If you need more computing power than this, you're either doing high-end Gaming, HD Video editing, 3D Animation, or CAD modeling; when it's more cost effective to buy a desktop.

I bought an 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Corsair Vengeance (CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10), and a 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD. Looking at videos on Youtube, the 256 Samsung Series 830 (MZ-7PC256B), is a slightly better option (near identical performance and cost) because you don't have to take the SSD drive apart to install it into this Asus.

After I installed the RAM and SSD, I had to create a Windows 7 USB bootable drive, using my Windows XP system. It's moderately simple. Here's the tutorial I used:
http://kyleabaker.com/2011/12/29/create-a-bootable-windows-7-x64-install-flash-drive-from-32-bit-window/

Next, go onto the Asus website, click on the "Download" tab below the laptop graphic, and download all the drivers and utilities:
http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Superior_Mobility/ASUS_ZENBOOK_UX32VD/

Once you get all that going, you'll have the best 13" Ultrabook of 2012, with the fastest graphic chip (1GB Nvidia GT 620M), 10GB of RAM vs. the usual 4GB or 8GB max, the fastest SSD available (535MB/sec read, 475MB/sec write), with an amazing IPS display that's much better than even the ones on a Macbook Air (1052 vs. 656 contrast ratio).

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  • Tomas L.
  • 10/10/2012 10:22:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAsus Zenbook Laptop

Pros: Nice Build, Alumium, Nie Design, Good Features, Intel core i7, dedicated graphics card

Cons: Buggy, Sluggish, Glitchy, Font is way too small! Can't see a darn thing!

Other Thoughts: Due to the cons, I am giving the Asus Zenbook a back review. Pretty on the outside but ugly on the inside, because this computer has so many problems. I want to return this laptop so bad, but Newegg says this laptop is ineligible (how convenient).

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/2/2012 10:24:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS UX32VD-DB71

Pros: I love this UltraBook, but if you are looking for great performance just plan on upgrading the slow 5400 rpm drive to a SSD drive. I knew this before I bought it but I thought I would try it before I upgraded to an SSD. That test lasted about 1 week.
Very light, great graphics. It plays Civ V great no lag at all.

Cons: While you do your daily office work it just uses the build in graphics card, and the battery will last a very long time and the ultrabook puts off little heat.

But when you start playing a high end game it will switch over to the dedicated graphics card, which is great. But at the expense of heat (~5 times hotter than normal) and less battery life (~hour hour of game time on battery)

Other Thoughts: Over all I downsized from a 17inch to this and love it. Just have your power cord and cooler table ready when you want to play high end games.

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  • Justin P.
  • 9/25/2012 11:16:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Support

Pros: Laptop works quite well and looks fantastic. The dedicated graphics card is good for gaming and doesn't run very hot.

Cons: I lost 3 case screws and Asus technical support was completely unhelpful. They wont' sell me more screws and want 6-8 weeks to replace them. The warranty is a complete waste if you need it.

The trackpad is also very sub par.

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  • Andy E.
  • 9/22/2012 9:50:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIts great with the upgrades

Pros: The Screen! this was the main reason i chose this along with the dedicated graphics. The dedicated graphics are on the low side, but I have no problems playing Diablo 3 at full resolution. The overall size is great. build quality is good. I bought this with a 256 SSD and 8 gig memory stick right off the bat. I played with it for a bit before installing them and it felt pretty average. The upgrades make a world of difference. Snappy and responsive. I have not noticed any touchpad issues so far.

Cons: The keyboard feels mushy. I am coming off of a dell latitude and the keys on this style of keyboard are all mushy feeling. It is not too bad but i did notice it along with minor keyboard flex. Main reason I gave it four eggs is because you will want to do the upgrades to be fully satisfied with purchase.

Other Thoughts: I have no regrets! I was really thinking about buying a mac but I am not an IOS fan. This fit the bill perfectly.

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  • Wesley D.
  • 9/18/2012 12:01:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSleek, Fantastic, Flawed

Pros: I'll say this, Asus really knows how to make a 4-star product. But I'm giving it 5 stars anyway. The hardware quality and screen are top-notch. I was also nervous about using a chiclet keyboard for the first time but this one is very comfortable. This processor is currently hard to come by, cheaper than the 3667U but still has 4 MB of cache.

Cons: Despite all the cutting-edge hardware, this thing is slower than a pile of turtles unless you replace the spinning hard drive and ASUS's corpulent Windows installation. As I discovered you can install Win 8 on the integrated 24 gig SSD with 6 gigs left over for drivers and programs.

Replacing the 2.5" SSD is doable but more challenging than I expected. Read elsewhere on how to do this.

Other Thoughts: Very quiet, although I haven't test-driven the Fermi GPU yet. Screen bleed is noticeable when everything is black, otherwise not an issue.

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  • Lawrence H.
  • 9/13/2012 11:19:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAfter upgrades, its great. THere are Lemons..

Pros: This is pretty much a Macbook Air without MacOS and IPS Screen (1080p) powered by dedicated graphics (620m GT).
Screen is very nice. Design is sleek and very thin. I upgraded with Samsung 830 256GB SSD and 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 ram. Dedicated true USB 3.0 support (all USB ports are 3.0). Intel 6235 wifi Dual Band Card- very fast and reliable compared to the cheaper options.

Cons: Zenbook out of the box did not perform very well. With 4 GB and a 5400RPM HD, it felt really sluggish. My first Zenbook had really bad back-light bleeding and some imperfections in the speaker and rubber seal (replacement also had back-light bleeding, but much more minor than the first one. The design isn't unibody, which makes the Zenbook kinda flimsy. There is slight keyboard flex when I press down with some force on the H key.

1080p on a 13.3 in screen leads to squinting. You have to adjust DPI, use NoSquint Add-on in firefox and etc to get around this. I wish ASUS made a 14 or 15 in ultrabook with similar specs.

Other Thoughts: Mini Displayport, miniDisplayport adapter to VGA, USB 3.0 to ethernet adapters are all very thought-out and handy. Box it came with was nice.

Comes with a carrying bag. Installation of Windows 7 requires the USB 3.0 drivers from ASUS website (just put it on the USB), and also have a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive (Win 2 Flash and other software out there works well for this). There is one jack for both headphones, speakers, and microphone.

Overall very good ultrabook, if you spend an extra $300 dollars + Tax on it. Perfect for students, and professionals. You might get a lemon, because ASUS quality control on these Zenbooks are not as good or attentive as they should be.

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