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ASUS U32U-ES21 Ultra-Portable 13.3-Inch Laptop (Silver)

by Asus
65 customer reviews
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  • AMD E Series Dual Core E 450 Processor 1.65GHz
  • 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 3 x USB 2.0 ports
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Product Description

Product Description

13.3" HD (1366x768) / AMD E450 (1.65GHz) / 4GB RAM / 320GB 5400RPM / Windows 7 Home Premium (64Bit) / 802.11BGN / Bluetooth 3.0 / 8 Cell Battery / HDMI Port / 1YR Global Warranty / 1YR Accidental Damage Protection / 30-Day Zero Bright Dot / 2-Way Free Shipping / 24-7 Tech Support

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VH236H - Versatile Widescreen LCD monitor for Instant Multimedia Enjoyment
Thin and Light with the power to perform

Powered by an AMD Brazos E-450 processor, the ultra-slim 13.3-inch U32U-ES21 has incredible features that take you far beyond standard entertainment notebooks. The U32U-ES21 features the AMD Mobility RadeonTM HD 6320G graphics with AMD Advanced Power Management technologies to help extend your notebook’s battery life so you can stay mobile, longer. Whether you are online gaming or multi-tasking you can have the best of both worlds. With Full HD playback capability and HDMI connectivity, you can easily connect to any HDMI-enabled HDTV and enjoy a complete cinematic experience.

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Slim, light, and profoundly elegant

Careful engineering has achieved an ultra-light and ultra-compact form factor without leaving out usability or performance. At an average height of just 22mm and weighing only 4 lbs. (with 8-cell battery), the U32U is easy to carry. Sporting a stylish etched hairline aluminum finish on the cover and gorgeous brushed lavender application elsewhere, it's an eye-catching notebook that's as fun as it is satisfying to use.

AMD Brazos and ASUS Super Hybrid Engine deliver compact power

Driven by AMD Brazos E-450 (1.65GHz), the U32U offers users the efficiency and capabilities of the Fusion architecture, integrating the CPU and GPU on one component for better notebook performance. With the new generation AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6320 G series GPU, with full DirectX 11 compatibility, the U32U offers better multitasking and multimedia.

This is further improved by exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine technology, which utilizes the efficient design to provide true 2-second on resume with smartphone-like spontaneity. It also offers an extended 14-day standby mode to keep work and content safe even while on vacation, and a prolonged 10-hour battery life so all-day computing is more than possible.

Comfort and Control Included

The U32U-ES21 has an array of built-in features that are specialized for ease of use. It features a spacious palm rest with ASUS Palm-Proof Technology where the track pad intelligently distinguishes between your palm and finger to prevent typing errors. Using an exclusive dual-sided motherboard design, ASUS Ice Cool Technology places heat-producing components away from users to keep the palm rest and typing surface cool for utmost user comfort.

With its sunken-hinge screen design, you will be able to enjoy wider and more ergonomic viewing angles, enabling greater clarity and comfort.

Faster data and recharging

USB 3.0 comes standard, and works up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, managing a massive 6GB/s in data transfer rates. The U32U also ships with USB Charger+, a powered ASUS USB port that recharges devices quickly even when the notebook is powered off and with less power consumption than regular USB ports.

Key Features

  • Artful hairline aluminum cover and better portability – less than 1” thick and 4 lbs. light
  • AMD Brazos CPU powers better DirectX11 graphics, multitasking, and multimedia with longer battery life
  • True 2-second instant on and 14-day standby with ASUS Super Hybrid Engine
  • All-day portable computing thanks to 10-hour battery life


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 13.3-inch LED display (1366 x 768)
  • CPU: AMD E450 (1.65Ghz)
  • Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6320G
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz)
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM Sockets (up to 8GB
  • Storage: 320GB 5400RPM
  • Camera: 0.3 megapixel
  • Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers
  • Card Reader: 3-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS)
  • Battery Pack: 8- cell
  • Dimensions: 112.9” x 9.2” x 1” (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 4lbs (with 8-cell battery)
  • Color: Silver
Input/ Output:
  • 1 x Mic-in
  • 1 x Headphone-out
  • 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1 x HDMI port

What's in the Box

  • U32U-ES21 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • 8-cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card

Product Information

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Screen Size13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1366x768 pixels
Processor1.65 GHz E-Series Dual-Core E-450
Hard Drive320 GB
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6320
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand NameAsus
Item model numberU32U-ES21
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H12.90 x 1 x 9.20 inches
Color Silver
Processor BrandAMD
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #20,734 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableMarch 3, 2012
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By th3_shiv on April 29, 2012
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As there are few reviews for this product I was a little wary, but I'm very satisfied with my first laptop. As a university student getting into upper division courses, the ability to take projects with me became a necessity, and since I recently built a powerful gaming computer, I needed something that I would *want* to travel with. After removing a bit of ASUS bloatware that comes with it, it runs pretty smooth. Some of the bloatware is actually nice like the power profiles switcher. All in all it runs faster than I expected with a low-power processor and 5400 rpm hard drive.

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.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Dyer VINE VOICE on April 18, 2012
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It's not easy to find a computer this slim and light without buying an ultrabook. This is half the price of even a low end ultrabook, so of course there are some compromises. It's not quite as sleek, the processor isn't that powerful, though it's good enough for most HD video and light gaming. The keyboard has a little flex to it as well. It's biggest flaw is the screen, which isn't that vivid and has poor viewing angles. That's to be expected at this price though. The battery life is very good, about 5-6 hours even with the brightness on high and the wireless on. I didn't want to spend ultrabook money on a laptop, so I was glad to find this.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. Warren on July 16, 2012
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I really wanted to like this product it has many good features, but sadly, the system has 3* VERY bad points and 3 not so bad points.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve in Japan on July 27, 2012
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I've been waiting to replace my trusty eeepc 1005HA for a while now, and while looking for another ASUS netbook with a 12 inch screen, all of a sudden Amazon offers this a 13-inch model for very little more than I paid for the 10-inch netbook almost 4 years ago. To be honest, I was expecting to be disappointed because the 1005HA has been so dependable and functional. But the U32U-ES21 is such an enormous improvement that it is really in a class by itself. I am still getting used to it and especially to Windows 7, but here are my first impressions:

- 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.
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