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ASUSUX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast (18)
  • Quality display (18)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Comfortable keyboard (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Graphics (14)
    • Video (14)
    • Web browsing (14)
    • Business use (11)
    • Music (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (15), Multimedia professional (7), Avid gamer (5)
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      • Personal (13), Business (5)

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    4.0

    Almost Perfect

    By Jerry del Sol

    from Monterey, CA

    About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life
    • Quality Display
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Bad trackpad
    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Graphics
    • Music
    • Video
    • Web Browsing
    • Word Processing

    Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

    This computer is overall decent, although it feels a little flimsier than the thinner version that I owned previously. The screen has very nice colors and resolution, although a tiny bit of flashlighting around the edges. The keyboard is greatly improved compared to before, and now I can type full speed on it (90+ wpm).

    A few disappointing things: trackpad and hard drive. The trackpad is okay, but it isn't perfect even with the latest driver update. After typing, it will move slowly at first before going full speed. Also, when you rest your thumb on the bottom edge of the trackpad to click, it often registers as a multi-touch gesture. Be prepared to accidentally zoom in and zoom out of web pages often if you click the trackpad with your thumb.

    The slow hard drive is a beast. Having used an SSD for so long, this hard drive feels like a constant pain, making loud hard drive noises and bottlenecking all operations. It seems extremely slow even for a traditional hard drive. I predict I will replace it with an SSD at some point. At this point it drags everything down and makes it feel like a medium-speed computer. Sometimes when playing videos (plugged in or unplugged), the computer will hang a little bit and distort the sound for a second or two. I don't know if this is from the hard drive or some other software issue. I run a light system.

    Overall this laptop is great. Why couldn't it just be perfect?

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    • Personal

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    5.0

    Excellent ultrabook

    By Coz

    from Philadelphia

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful
    • Quality Display
    • Three Usb 30 Ports

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Graphics
      • Video
      • Web Browsing

      Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

      Beautiful Display. I use it to back up photos and edit while on the road. (Lightroom and PS Elements)
      Back is removable and 1 SODIMM slot is removable. I removed one 2GB stick and replaced with a Corsair 8GB stick for a total of 10GB. Also removed the 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive and replaced it with a Samsung 830 512GB Solid State Drive.
      With the upgrades, this thing flies.

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      • Personal

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      4.0

      Amazing!!

      By Brian

      from Berkeley, CA

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphics
        • Video
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

        I use this as my personal computer. It's all around a great ultrabook - super thin, super light, and comes with great accessories (charger, sleeves, extra cords, etc.) It feels and performs like a top quality product.

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        • Personal

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        4.0

        WOW What an Ultrabook!!!

        By Dude Fluke

        from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Backlit Keyboard
        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Dual Earphone Plug
        • No Built-in Ethernet Port
        • Use Of Dongles 1980~'~~s

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Graphics
        • Presentations
        • Spreadsheets
        • Video
        • Web Browsing
        • Word Processing

        Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

        Searched for a long period of time through the web and in stores for what would be best value from Performance/Portability/Display quality. My criteria were i5 or i7 with fast boot and 500GB HDD but more importantly a high resolution non-reflective display. Choice was the ASUS ZENBOOK, which will replace 2 laptops, namely HP dv6 (which I now use for accounting for my small business) and also replacing MacBookPro which turned out to be a loss due to limitations imposed by both, Office for Mac and the recent decision by Apple to remove Sync capabilities from it latests OS. Outlook is my life hence, needed something that works well and painlessly with it. HP's dv6 is a good unit with the exception of the display (week contrast and brightness) very good performance and battery life. MacBook still unmatched from a display and trackpad perspective but the ASUS ZENBOOK from an overall perspective is almost as good if not better than both previous units, it offers great performance thanks to its i7 and nVidia GEFORCE GT dedicated graphics card with a pleasant backlit keyboard and respectable > 5hrs battery life. It leaves everything else on the market in the dust! Very happy with the unit thus far after 1 month utilisation and do not regret my decision to purchase. Sure an SSD version would have been a bit faster but disk drive space was more important.

        The display is astounding, it is unbelievably clear and pleasing for the eyes. All in all the best laptop I have ever had both from both my professional and personal persective in the last 3 years.

        Kudos ASUS!

        May be a bit more expensive than other similar offering from competing brands but build quality and performance it is hands-down the best Ultrabook presently available Oct. 2012.

        Would have given it a 5 stars see cons below

        B&H Great turnaround time and processing got it faster than anticipated and blling was exact! Tks

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        • Personal

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        5.0

        Very fast notebook

        By Cam

        from Texas

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Graphics
          • Music
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

          Love the computer. Great screen, backlit keys, thin and light, very fast. Added a 256GB SSD hard drive and 8GB of ram for a total of 10GB ram. It now flies.

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          • Personal

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          5.0

          A small powerful windows package

          By Esbjorn the viking

          from Kungalv, sweden

          About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video

            Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

            I love this little machine. The 1920x1080 full HD screen is amazing for watching movies and previewing your prezi or powerpoint slideshows. I dig the lit up keyboard and its tactical feedback. It is difficult to find a windows notebook that can compete with the Apple MBP. This one does! It is not as quiet as notebooks with a SSD-only solution, however if you're a techie you can upgrade the hybrid drive to a full SSD on your own. Just search the internet how to do it. You can't go wrong with this machine. It is almost as if Apple had designed it. Yes, I am an Apple fan but if I have to work with Windows, this is the machine I want to use doing it.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Jose

            from Campinas, SP, Brasil

            About Me Statistician, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Graphics
              • Scientific Computing

              Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

              I loved this computer. Powerful and lightweight, it delivers what I need for some heavy statistical analysis (with SAS and JMP 8). The screen resolution is top!

              Now the best part - without much effort I just wiped Windows and installed Mandriva Linux 2011. Too bad that I had to pay for an OS that I won't use. ASUS should give us an option not to pay for Windows.

              That notwithstanding, I am really pleased with this computer.

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              5.0

              Awesome machine

              By Frank

              from Los Angeles County

              About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Keyboard
              • Fast
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Graphics
                • Music
                • Video
                • Web Browsing
                • Word Processing

                Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                I use it or normal computing such as word processing, excel, note taking, browsing the web, and watching movies. And it handles all of that perfectly.As an engineering student, I needed some kind of dedicated graphics for my CAD software and this handles that well also.It is so light and also so very thin. It's aluminum chassis is just superb, The only downside was the installed ram limitation and the hard drive which I upgraded to a Samsung 830 SSD and its maximum of 10gb of memory

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great experience so far!

                By Phil

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Long Battery Life
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Wi-fi Sort Of

                Best Uses

                • Business Use
                • Video
                • Web Browsing

                Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                I've only owned this for a little over a week, but I am pretty impressed. Battery life easily lasted me through 3+ hours of video playback on a flight over the weekend, everything seems very responsive and the display is (obviously) very sharp and bright. In normal light I don't see any backlight bleed-over, though I did notice some the other day when watching in the dark.

                Initially I didn't like the trackpad, because I was used to my old laptop that had discrete buttons instead of a clickable bottom area. Soon I found that the trackpad used a lot of multi-touch gestures (apparently) familiar to Mac users, and I was able to pick those up pretty quickly.

                It comes with your normal boatload of bloatware, but that is easily fixed by a fresh install of Windows. I also installed Ubuntu 12.04 without any issue.

                My one complaint is that the wi-fi isn't as good as my old one's. I put my old laptop and the Zenbook side by side in a room of my house that is admittedly pretty far away from my router, but the old one connected and the Zenbook did not. Still, this might be something more of a compliment to my old laptop than a complaint about the Zenbook. This one disadvantage is far outweighed by the superior industrial design on the Zenbook. My previous laptop had a plastic case and a poorly-constructed hinge and felt cheap, this one feels much sturdier.

                On the most basic level, I was looking for something with the performance and profile of a Mac, but without all the OSX and pretension. A friend of mine who owns a Macbook confirmed that I had found it.

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                • Personal

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                4.0

                Sleek robust and powerful machine

                By yghawkeye

                from California

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                  I work for a semiconductor company. After a LOT of research I settled for this ultrabook.- Great Resolution! Sharp crisp graphics.- Upgradeable to 10GB. It has 2 GB fused, so I bought an 8GB kingston for about [$].- Easy to change the RAM and Harddrive. Be careful to align the back place properly when you have removed it for hardware upgrades.- Not a touch screen, so Win-8 experience will not be great. - Build is beautiful. Love the metallic construction.- I did expect more from the B&Oluf. speakers, but definitely louder than any laptop that I have used recently.

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                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Excellent product

                  By goxy

                  from Sarasota

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use

                    Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                    business use

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    4.0

                    Fantastic Computer, Especially Upgraded

                    By Joe

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive design
                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life
                    • Too Hot

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphics
                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                    I use this product for everything from the newest games (Dishonored) to writing papers and running programing and AUTOCAD software. It is fantastic! Everything runs smoothly and especially after upgrades and re-image are done, the computer is truly incredible. It has the stats of a MacBook Pro in the package of an Air! Okay, so when I got it, the first thing I did was crack it open, take out the 2gb RAM stick, replace it with an 8gb. After that, when paired up with the motherboard's soldered in RAM, it totaled 10 gigs of DDR3 madness. I then took out the 500gb hdd(really?), and put in a 240gb ssd. Now it can boot windows in under 20 seconds, which when paired with the thin design, is quite impressive. I didn't like that it came with only 4 gigs of RAM and a hdd, but those were easy fixes, totaling around [$]from [@]. It also runs a little hot when charging and running hi profile games (skyrim, dishonored, BL2, ect). B&H Photo was fantastic to buy from, came on time and from the other side of the country! Also, $100 less than on NewEgg. Overall, fantastic product! I highly recommend upgrading if you get the chance!

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                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Great machine, great service

                    By Paul K

                    from London, UK

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display

                    Cons

                    • Average battery life
                    • Slight Light Bleed

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Graphics
                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing

                    Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                    I ordered the UX32VD from B&H as I couldn't find this model anywhere in the UK at the time. This coupled with the fact that B&H offered great value on shipping and precalulated import duty and taxes, so I knew what I would be paying at the end of the day, made them the top choice.

                    Also, they take paypal payments from this side of the pond, so a worry free purchase for me.

                    It arrived in less than 3 working days and apart from a little light-bleed on the bottom of the screen (a common issue with these models) its barely noticeable in everyday use and otherwise an awesome and beautiful little machine.

                    Thanks B&H!

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                    • Business

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                    4.0

                    great ultrabook

                    By JSL

                    from DC

                    About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Business Use
                      • Graphics
                      • Music
                      • Video
                      • Web Browsing
                      • Word Processing

                      Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                      Strongly recommend purchase. The laptop does it all.

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                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      Lots of Potential

                      By Peterjcb

                      from North Carolina

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Excellent build quality
                      • Excellent display
                      • Excellent trackpad
                      • Fast
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful
                      • Quality Display

                      Cons

                      • Fan noise
                      • No Thunderbolt port
                      • Running warm

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                        First impression...this is a beautiful piece of hardware. The first thing that I did when I took it out of the box was to use the installed Asus AL backup software to create some backup/restore disks in case anything went wrong. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing this as it doesn't take very long and it will save you a lot of headaches & time if you need to do a restore of your system.
                        When I turned it on it was completely silent...but after a few minutes I noticed that the machine was making constant fan noises and seemed to be running warm/hot. I ignored this and proceeded to install a clean copy of Win 7 Ultimate. I went to the Asus website the day before the machine arrived and downloaded ALL the drivers from their website so I would have everything I needed for the clean install. The biggest culprits are Norton Anti-Virus and Asus Update...I would recommend you deleting both and installing AVS for free. Don't even bother with Asus Update. Those two programs alone slow this machine down to a crawl.
                        The 1920X1080 HD display is incredible and everything that I expected & more. Only the Apple Retina display is better (and not by much) and a similar machine will cost you at least twice what this costs! Yes, the text can seem small but you can easily increase the text size so that is not an issue for me. The improved trackpad was extremely smooth and fluid and the keyboard was easy to type on. I especially liked tha backlit keyboard. The audio was more than adequete.
                        This machine does not come with a real SSD, just a 500GB HDD & a 24GB SSD boot partition soldered on the motherboard. It's OK but it does not do this machine it's true justice. Mind you, it's not bad but a real SSD would make this ultrabook absolutely fly.
                        I have every intention of swapping the HDD for and 480GB SSD as soon as the prices drop at the end of the year. I also intend to replace the single replaceable 2GB RAM with an 8GB stick, bringing it up to 10GB. If you are planning to do this also remember to purchase a stick with 11 CAS latency.
                        The one thing that this machine is missing is a Thunderbolt port for future expansion when Thunderbolt hardware comes down in price.
                        The fan noise was haunting me & I was hoping it would somehow go away but it never did. After scouring the internet for a solution to the fan noise problem, I came to the realization that there was some sort of hardware problem with this machine and it would have to go back. Fortunately I had the 4 DVD restore disks that I made right after I turned the machine on for the first time, and I did a full restore back to factory settings and packed it back up in the box. Keep in mind that a restore from the 4 DVD disks takes about 4 hours in total but fortunately you don't have to do much other that just wait it out.
                        I am looking forward to a replacement and know that this is really going to be an awesome machine when I get everything sorted out with the SSD and additional RAM! I would have given it 5 stars had there not been the fan noise/heat issue which I know will be sorted out in time. Right now it only gets 4 stars.

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                        5.0

                        Best ultrabook in the market right now

                        By Ericfloey

                        from Sydney, AU

                        About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Keyboard
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Powerful
                        • Quality Display
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business Use
                          • Graphics
                          • Music
                          • Video
                          • Web Browsing
                          • Word Processing

                          Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                          This is the only ultrabook tick most of my boxes.
                          1)upgradable RAM (now I'm on 10GB)
                          2)upgradeable SSD (now I'm with Samsung 256GB SSD)
                          3)Full HD screen
                          4)ultraportable in terms of size and weight
                          a lot of improvements from zenbook gen1

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                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          I like this Ultrabook, I bought two!

                          By Fred

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Keyboard
                          • Fast
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Powerful
                          • Quality Display
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Business Use
                            • Graphics
                            • Music
                            • Video
                            • Web Browsing
                            • Word Processing

                            Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                            I am an enterprise software architect. I use the ultrabook to write prototype applications, as well as regular Microsoft office products activities.

                            This ultrabook is powerful enough to let me write enterprise level applications, and small enough to be mobile. The key difference to its other competitor is that it is displaying 1080p. Screen size is very important for me.

                            I would pay a little more, if I can have the same functionalities with more memory (16GB) and SSD hard disk.

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                            • Personal
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                            • UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook

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                            5.0

                            Just Incredible

                            By Power

                            from Australia

                            About Me Avid Gamer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Keyboard
                            • Fast
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long Battery Life
                            • Powerful
                            • Quality Display

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                >It can play games at max settings
                                >It COOLS rather than overheating
                                >They fixed the rubbish keys
                                >Managed to get just over 6hrs battery
                                >Has real hard drive space

                                Basically this is the sexiest piece of tech I'v ever used and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to pay for the best.

                                *Note: if you're in Aus. it'll cost ~$200 to get it into the country*

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                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Good lightweight and compact laptop

                                By Orbit Geek

                                from Denver, CO

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Display

                                Cons

                                • Short Battery Life

                                Best Uses

                                • Business Use
                                • Graphics
                                • Music
                                • Web Browsing
                                • Word Processing

                                Comments about ASUS UX32VD-DB71 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer:

                                Overall, a very good laptop and competes with the performance of much bigger and heavier laptops. The memory of 4 GB is too small and needs to have an option for more memory - it is possible to add after market additional memory. Would also love to have a pure SSD instead of the split hard drive. Battery is not as good as I had hoped and just getting about 4 hours of use.

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