Asus Zenbook UX32A DB31 review

The Asus Zenbook was one of the first entrants in the new ultrabook category when it launched in late 2011. We liked that original system, despite a few serious flaws, as the all-metal design marked it as a direct competitor to the MacBook Air.
Since then, ultrabooks have become both more common and less expensive. Asus now makes several UX variations, including three that we are reviewing, the UX31A, UX32A, and UX32VD. At $779, the Zenbook UX32A is the least expensive of the current crop, but for good reason.

The UX32A still has a previous-generation Intel Core i5 CPU. That generation of chip is known by the code name Sandy Bridge, as opposed to the latest generation, released in the second half of 2012, and known as Ivy Bridge. The UX32A is also missing other Intel improvements, most notably the HD 4000 integrated graphics, which offer improved gaming performance in other notebooks.
Asus Zenbook models compared
UX32VD1.7GHz Core i7-3517UNvidia GeForce 620M500GB HDD/24GB SSD1,920x1,080$1,299
UX32A1.4GHz Intel i3-2367MIntel HD 3000320GB HDD/32GB SSD1,333x768$779
UX31A1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317UIntel HD 4000128GB SSD1,920x1,080$1,079
Asus Zenbook UX32A specs
Price as reviewed$779
Processor1.4GHz Intel Core i3-2367M
Memory4GB, 1,333MHz DDR3
Hard drive500GB 5,400rpm / 32GB SSD
ChipsetIntel HM76
GraphicsIntel HD 3000
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dimensions (WD)12.8x8.8 inches
Height0.2 - 0.7 inch
Screen size (diagonal)13.3 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter3.3 pounds / 3.8 pounds
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