SpecificationsNotebook: Asus UX32VD-DB71 (UX Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1100 euro
Average of 6 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus UX32VD-DB71
Source: Hot Hardware
Overall, we like the Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD. Our small gripes aside, it's a strong performer with real graphics punch. The system looks great and its brushed metal chassis is classy. The backlit keyboard looks positively great in dark or low-light settings. We didn't have any trouble with heat while the system was on flat surfaces, and it didn't get uncomfortably warm during lap duty. Importantly, the UX32VD feels sturdy, despite being a very thin ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/26/2012
Source: Computer Shopper
All in all, even with a less-than-bodacious battery, the Zenbook Prime easily cops an Editors' Choice for its wonderful 1080p IPS screen, swift performance, and at least moderately game-worthy graphics. It's a premium-priced choice in the ultrabook arena, but it delivers a combination of cool design and potent productivity, especially for photo or video buffs, that'll be hard to top.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
So what's the final verdict? The Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71 is a very, very good system for content creators in the field. It's light, has a brilliant 1080p screen, and is compact. A photographer will enjoy the speedy photo editing capabilities of the system, video editors will love the Core i7 power of the system, and both will find the 500GB hard drive a good thing. The system will also keep multimedia power users happy, for mostly the same reasons plus the full-sized HDMI port in such a compact laptop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
The $1,299 ASUS Zenbook Prime UX32VD is sort of a niche Ultrabook for those not satisfied with Intel's graphics performance, and on that basis it succeeds. You get the same sweet 1080p IPS screen and rich Bang & Olufsen speakers as the UX31A, and Nvidia's GeForce GT 620M GPU provides enough muscle to play some of the most demanding games (albeit at lower resolutions).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 93% features: 83% display: 97% mobility: 76% ergonomy: 82% emissions: 82%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Lone wolf within the 13-inch-ultrabook-segment; very good performance; fulfills the customer's wishes
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/27/2012
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/18/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Graphics performance; convenient backlit keyboard; peak IPS display with high resolution. Negative: Worse touchpad compatibility with some applications; lack of an integrated Ethernet.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/18/2012
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 100%
With the recent announced UX21 and UX31 Ultrabooks, provided by the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus and marketed under the self-created term Zenbook, the already existing UX series moves back to the foreground. In 2009 Asus showed the slim notebook UX50V with energy efficient hardware and a 15-inch display. Today, three years after the first device of this series Asus presents two devices in the Ultrabook-class with 11.6 - and 13.3-inch display. The category Ultrabook itself was launched by Intel to the fire up the market of the top dog Apple with its MacBook Air 11 and MacBook Air 13.
Significant milestones for this project are a sleek design, fast and energy-saving hardware as well as a decent battery lifetime. Asus uses a alloy-chassis, a solid state drive and a lithium-polymer battery, which is integrated. In the first reviews for the two new devices the available ports, the bright screen and the minimalistic background noises in idle-usage models are highlighted. Disadvantages are the reflective surface of the display and the missing option to expand the integrated hardware.
Asus offers the Zenbook UX21 (11.6 inches) and the UX31 with the larger 13.3-inch screen from 999 € (MSRP) upwards. In regard to other devices you’ll see that Asus only sell premium devices at the moment. Acer offers the Aspire S3 Ultrabook already from 799 € (MSRP) upwards. But in comparison the devices from Asus get a better result in the most reviews out there.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M:
Based on either the older 40nm GF108 chip or the newer 28nm GF117 Fermi die shrink. In either case, the 620M is most similar to a GT 525M and comes without dedicated display ports. Consequently, the GPU can only be used in conjunction with Optimus.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
1.4 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
82.67%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.