Of course, you’ll have to pay for that. At about $1,300, the UX32VD’s price tag puts it at the higher end of the ultrabook price range. We’re seeing many ultrabooks at sub $1,000 and even sub-$800 price points. Obviously, a $1,300 machine has more power and features, and it’s the performance, bells and whistles that we’ll be checking out.
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|Intel Core i7 3517U (1.9GHz w/Turbo Boost to 3GHz, 4MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5 3317U (1.7GHz w/Turbo Boost to 2.6GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
Intel HM76 Express
Height: 0.22" - 0.7" / Width: 12.79" / Depth: 8.78"
3.19lbs (with 6-cell battery)
13.3" HD with EWV (1366 x 768)
13.3" IPS FHD (1920 x 1080)
Aluminum and Plastic Composite, Illuminated Keyboard
4GB DDR3 1600MHz (1x DIMM socket)
Nvidia GeForce GT 620M/ Intel HD 4000
48Whr batter: 6-Cell (built-in). Up to 7 hours (usage) and 10 days (standby) battery life claimed.
65W AC Adapter
Up to 500GB HDD & 24GB SSD
Up to 256GB HDD & 256GB SSD
Intel Centrino Advanced - N 6235 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR, support for dual-band Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 on combo card, USB cable adds 10/100 LAN
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers
720p HD Webcam
USB 3.0 (3); HDMI; Mini VGA; mic, headphone; SD Card Reader (SDXC Compatible)
Adobe Reader, AI Recovery Burner, Asus Secure Delete, Asus Vibe Fun Center, Asus WebStorage, CyberLink Media Suite, E-Driver, Instant On, LifeFrame, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, Splendid Utility
Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional 64-bit
An Intel Core i7-3517U powers the Zenbook Prime UX32VD. The processor runs at 1.9GHz but bumps to 3GHz with Turbo Boost. The i7 is a good choice for an ultrabook, but what makes the UX32VD stand out is its discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 620M graphics. With CUDA and PhysX support, this GPU also adds gaming oomph that integrated graphics just don’t have. The notebook can also tap its integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics for more mundane tasks, saving power consumption and extending battery life with Nvidia's Optimus dynamic graphics switching technology.
Discrete graphics isn’t the only big deal for the UX32VD. The ultrabook also has some beefier storage options. Our review model UX32VD includes a 500GB hard drive at 5400 RPM, which is a little pokey these days but it's backed by 24GB SSD cache as well. Depending on what you plan to use the system for, this storage setup could be handy. If you work with video or plan to install a few game titles, you’ll need the space.
USB 3.0 ports, as well as an HDMI port and SDHC reader, but Asus opted not to include a full-size LAN port. Instead, the ultrabook includes a 10/100 LAN adapter that you can plug into one of the USB 3.0 ports. Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n) is built-in, of course, as is Bluetooth. Plus, Asus tosses in some noteworthy design features like a backlit keyboard, which we’ll get to on the next page.