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This is a well designed Ultrabook,
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This review is from: ASUS Zenbook UX32VD-DB71 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Old Version) (Personal Computers)
As the other reviews have mentioned, this model has a gorgeous display. After calibrating the screen it looked even better. There's nothing like a good IPS display! It has a slight matte finish, but is still very sharp and bright.
With the original configuration, Windows was using 2.8GBs of RAM. I recommend you either uninstall some of the Asus add-ons or do as I did and take advantage of the ability to upgrade the RAM. I purchased a Patriot 8GB RAM module from Amazon that bumps the unit up to 10GB's.
The keyboard is OK. I'm not a big fan of the chiclet style keyboard.
The touchpad is large and does get in the way when you're typing. It's very easy for your palm to touch it while typing, sending you cursor off to a random location. However, you can turn it off by using the Fn key.
I'm using it with a bluetooth mouse, with the touchpad disabled. I like using bluetooth for the wireless mouse becuase there's no USB dongle sticking out.
The battery life is very average. Maybe 3 hours or so of constant usage is all I seem to get. Though, I am not using the battery saver profile. So, I'm pretty sure it's possible to stretch it out a bit more.
Coming out of sleep mode it is very fast. I have it set to sleep when I close the lid. This laptop comes out of sleep mode in the time it take to raise the lid! What's that, maybe 2 seconds? Fantastic. That's where the hybrid drive really pays off. With all my software loaded, including an anti-virus progam, it takes about 35 seconds to boot up.
The build quality is very good. The design and look is beautiful. I haven't noticed any particulary loud fan noise. If I push the laptop hard, the fans will come on with a whooshing sound. But, nothing terrible. During normal use (Word, Excel, browsing the web) it is silent.
I do wish the power button wasn't just a regular looking keyboard button in the upper right. To easy to press it, as it sits right next to the DEL button.
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2012 4:49:12 PM PDT
If the power button is an issue for you, you can always go into the settings and configure it so that it does nothing when pushed just in case you accidently do push it. And if you need to do a hard reset you can still long press it and it will still work.
Also how much was the ram that you bought?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 8:32:36 PM PDT
Thanks for the balanced review. Just wondering, could you give the specific model of the RAM you bought? Also, how easy was it to install the RAM?
Posted on Jun 23, 2012 8:37:18 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 2:21:15 PM PDT
P. B. Ortiz says:
Watch this video:
Posted on Aug 10, 2012 6:29:11 AM PDT
How did you calibrate the screen?
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