|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768 pixels|
|Processor||1.65 GHz E-Series Dual-Core E-450|
|RAM||4 GB DIMM|
|Hard Drive||320 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 6320|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
ASUS U32U-ES21 Ultra-Portable 13.3-Inch Laptop (Silver)
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First week review:
Battery life is legitimately 7+ hours in battery save mode (which you can tweak).
24 hours in Sleep Mode only cost the battery ~7% charge, and Instant On works as advertised.
Computer is capable of light gaming in performance mode (it runs Dungeon Defenders on low settings).
Hard drive is divided into two even partitions, OS and Data.
Usable RAM is 3.6 GB as 400 MB seems to be dedicated to video memory, which is good.
8-cell Battery keeps laptop slightly lifted, which helps keep it cool, but adds a little size.
It is slim and light enough to compete with an ultrabook at half the price.
Hinge construction feels more solid than it looks. Overall the entire machine feels sturdy.
No optical drive. Helps keep it light and isn't an issue for tech-savvy users, but could be an issue for some.
Yes, there is some keyboard flex, but I have to pay attention to notice it. It would be nice if the keys were backlit, but since the screen gives off light, that isn't really important. The keyboard feels like the cheapest component, but there are zero problems actually using it.
Something to note is the USB ports are an extremely tight fit. It shaved some plastic off of my flash drive getting it into the ports the first couple of times. I've muscled in a couple other USB devices, but it doesn't seem to damage anything.
Here's the bad;
*1. The viewing angle of the screen is horrible.10 degrees from dead-on at most.YIKES!
*2. The Wi-Fi has no problem finding signals, it just won't stay connected to any of them.
*3. Hard Drive is very slow.
o4. Decals on keys, not laser etched.
o5. Bluetooth is very picky and tempermental
o6. Multi-Finger gestures on the track-pad do not work as advertised.
Here's the good;
o1. Attractive aluminum and ABS-Plastic construction.
o2. Keys operate smooth as silk (despite the decals).
o3. Processor is quite efficient once all the crapware is uninstalled.
o4. Plays back video gloriously
o5. Two USB 3.o Ports!
o6. Can run three monitors at once. Wow!
o7. Plays semi-recent games at medium settings
o8. Sound is low but very clear.
o9. Thin Sleek Profile
If the 3 of the 6 bad points had not been so serious, I would strongly consider keeping this laptop, but the viewing angle is so poor that I strongly recommend that people look else where. AND that's a shame, b/c ASUS went to the trouble to design and build a fine computer out of decent materials, but then shot themselves in the foot by coupling the system to such a low grade glossy screen with dismal viewing angles.
This is a good effort, but ultimately a poor execution on ASUS's part. After working with this laptop for a couple of days- The defective Wi-Fi, agressively low quality screen, and an annoying trackpad issue make this laptop a dud. Had to send it back.
- the screen angle issue is real, and obvious when compared to the excellent (matte!) LCD screen in the eeepc, but not a huge problem. Maximum brightness is about the same. The view angle might have to do with the U32U screen being LED-backlit, which probably saves battery drain. The much higher resolution and of course the extra "real estate" more than makes up for this, and blacks are richer too.
- It's a joy to have the additional keyboard size and especially a more conventional layout of the right side keys. The keys are a bit on the stiff side but I am making far fewer typing mistakes. (The eeepc also had some repeated key problems that I am happy to find absent now). My eeepc had a black-on-white keyboard, which is easier to see in dim light than the new one, but that's only an issue for hunt-and-peck typists in darkened bedrooms, like me.
- Fan is much, much quieter and the unit runs cooler than the eeepc!
- Windows7 is a great advance over the familiar and reliable but now clunky XP. The 4GB standard RAM seems to handle it fine.
- I've had no wi-fi problems at all so far, although I get different strength indications with the 2 laptops side by side.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ASUS' U32U-ES21 isn't going to be your go-to gaming workhorse, nor is it your ideal machine for color-sensitive graphics work, but for most users, it's a pretty good fit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Asher Taylor
This little guy served its purpose.
It was just very slow for the specs. The atom processor isn't up to speed (literally) with other technology on the market. Read more
I just wanted a lightweight PC to travel with, and get work done. It's been two years since I've purchased this computer, and have comfortable traveled with it to multiple... Read morePublished 18 months ago by L. Aquino
Buttons on mouse are surprisingly loud, swipe/scroll on mousepad has never worked, and lack of cd-rom drive is a minus - but have had for several years & still functions well!Published 18 months ago by C Masters
Bought this a couple of years ago and it is still going great. I travel a lot by train and find this screen size to be best for working/watching on.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Do not purchase this under any condition from my experiences. The computer is inoperable and I cannot even sell it at this point.Published on May 24, 2014 by B. Scott
Pros: nice build quality. Light and compact. Comfortable screen size.
Cons: Didn't recognize memory above 4 Gig despite using Win 7 64 Bit. Very slow. Read more
If I could give this no stars I would. From the very first day, computer was unbearably slow, and had many problems. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by shanban100
Bought for school. Love the size and performs great. Quick start up and fast browsing. Love the size of this laptop.Published on November 16, 2013 by Keith Grisso
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