Overview Ultrabook ASUS Zenbook UX32L: pragmatic minimalism

Overview Ultrabook ASUS Zenbook UX32L: pragmatic minimalism


    All the same thin and still the same metal – that’s what I want to say when you first look at the brand new “Zenbook”. If you do not get accustomed to the new product, and not to look at its specification, then we can not understand what this new model: on the surface of any major differences from the previous representatives of the line to be found.

    Appearance ASUS Zenbook UX32L changed little, but the filling was transformed significantly. The laptop is set not only on the Intel architecture Haswell, but discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce 840M, based on a new architecture Maxwell. Let’s see what a new “Zenbook” and not spoiled if it anything.


    In terms of the supplied ASUS Zenbook UX32L bit different from most of his peers. The box hero of this article, besides the laptop and charger are two tissue envelope, large and small.

    As you might guess, a large envelope designed for laptop and small – for two useful accessories: USB-Ethernet adapter and an adapter with a Mini DisplayPort to D-Sub.

    Similar accessories and envelopes is not the first time found in the box with “Zenbooks”, so they can be considered the original card series ASUS Zenbook.


    The construction and materials in the new “Dzenbuke” are the same as previous. Laptop lid still made of gray metal, decorated with intricate embossed pattern of a plurality of concentric circles centered on the logo ASUS. Fingerprints on the shiny surface of the cover are going to quickly and easily cleaned off – because of the topography – is not easy. Fortunately, thanks to the practical color, “fingers” are not as noticeable as on a glossy black plastic, often used in other laptops.

    The fact that the working area is made of metal, we have almost no doubt that it was in the previous “Dzenbukov” because there is the hero of this article. The only plastic part – this frame framing matte 13-inch display.

    On the space workspace rules pragmatic minimalism. Power key that is embedded LED, as before, is inscribed in the keyboard unit. Actually, besides the keyboard and touchpad on the workspace has only one element: it is the hard drive activity indicator.

    HDD activity indicator does not distract the user through its constant winking.

    Keyboard from ASUS Zenbook UX32L island type, buttons are large, miss them during printing will not be easy. Quality turned on a conventional keyboard, the middle level: Move buttons standard laptop, a lot of effort when you make do not have to, otherwise the keyboard unit is a little sag in the center.

    White backlit keyboard is also present, although how it will look on the Russified “Zenbook” – we can not say: in our test lab configuration came with the British layout. Most likely, the Cyrillic markings will be highlighted as well as the Latin alphabet and marking – at least it was in all previous Ultrabooks ASUS, endowed with a backlit keyboard.

    Touchpad for ASUS Zenbook UX32L very spacious – 105h71 mm, which for a 13-inch notebook with Full HD display will be more than enough. Button, as usual, only one, it is hidden under the panel: right-and left-click the driver determines, depending on what side of the panel concerned the finger when you press. Drivers work well: recognized properly and depression, and gestures. In short, the touchpad in ASUS UX32L failed.

    Ports and connectors from the new “Zenbook” is also all right. Most of the interface is on its starboard side: there are two ports located USB 3.0 (one of which is designed for fast charging gadgets) video outputs HDMI and Mini DisplayPort, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack for a headset. Besides all of the above, on the right side are two LEDs, and power connector.

    On the left side is another port USB 3.0, as well as a memory card reader with support for SDHC and SDXC. The front and rear ends is nothing remarkable.


    Specifications ASUS Zenbook UX32L could be called quite mediocre, because the thin and light Ultrabooks we’ve seen enough. But thin and light ultrabook with good – at least for such a modest thickness of the body – a discrete graphics card in our lab was not.

     ASUS Zenbook UX32L
    Processor Intel Core i5-4200U;
    1.6 GHz (2.6 GHz mode Turbo Boost); 3MB L3;
    Two cores, TDP 15 W
    Chipset Intel Lynx Point-LP
    Graphics Controller Intel HD 4400;
    NVIDIA GeForce 840M (2GB DDR3);
    Automatic switching between adapters
    Screen 13,3 inch
    Resolution 1920×1080, matrix — IPS;
    Matte finish, LED-lights
    Memory 6 GB DDR3L-1600 (4 GB soldered on the motherboard + one expansion slot SO-DIMM)
    Hard Drive 1TB HDD (HGST HTS541010A7E630)
    Interfaces 3 x USB 3.0
    1 x Mini DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x headphone output (mini-jack 3,5 mm)
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, 2,4 and 5,0 GHz (Atheros AR5BWB222)
    Bluetooth 4.0
    LAN Adapter Outside, with USB interface
    Optical drive No
    Flash cards jack SD (SDHC/SDXC)
    Sound Two speakers, two microphones
    Battery Built-in, 3 flat battery
    Capacity 50 Wh (4300 mAh, 11.31 V)
    Power supply 65 W (19 V, 3.42 A)
    Size 325x223x6 — 18
    Weight 1,45 kg
    OS Windows 8.1 (version for one language)
    Recommended price

    The processor installed inside “Zenbook” we find not the first time. It already familiar Intel Core i5-4200U with L3 cache size of 3 MB, and 1.6 GHz, which can grow up to 2.6 GHz when you activate the Turbo Boost.

    In addition to the soldered on the motherboard 4 GB of RAM in a single expansion slot in the samples tested ASUS UX32L module was installed 2 GB. Total total memory capacity of 6 GB. As with most expensive notebooks 2014 release memory used with low voltage – DDR3L-1600.

    Discrete graphics card – the most interesting part of the ASUS Zenbook UX32L. The compact ultrabook whose thickness does not exceed 21 millimeters, the manufacturer was able to fit a graphics card NVIDIA GeForce 840M. Of course, this is not gaming solution in the full sense of the word, but for a thin and light 13-inch ultrabook is very serious. In addition to discrete graphics, and has a built-in processor graphics engine Intel HD 4400 – where the same without him. Ultrabook can automatically switch between the adapters – depending on whether you want the currently high productivity.

    Disk Subsystem our guinea consists of a single thin (thickness 7 mm) hard disk HGST HTS541010A7E630 of 1 TB. Of course, I would like to in a couple of him was installed SSD form factor mSATA, but to our dismay, for it places in the body was not found.

    The battery is quite typical: its capacity of 50 Wh (4300 mAh, 11.3 V). Battery built in, you can replace it yourself, but to the simple replace operation adds intrigue: the fact that the speakers ASUS UX32L glued to the battery – too tightly assembled ultrabook. Therefore, when replacing the battery will have to stock up on glue.

    Power supply found in the kit with a laptop, proved typical “dzenbukovskim” design. Its capacity is a standard 65 W (19 V, 3.42 A). BP root can be inserted into the socket using the included attachment.

    If you want to increase the distance to the wall outlet, then plug can be used instead of the standard two-wire cable with IEC 60320 C7 (true, complete this cable is no need to buy separately). In addition, these cables can be used instead of the adapters while traveling in countries where the standard sockets are in formats other than European.

    As for the price, it is worth our guest today is relatively little. At the time this article was written for the 13.3-inch Ultrabook ASUS Zenbook UX32L with metal casing, Full HD IPS-display, discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce 840M and drive capacity of 1 TB will have to pay about 40 thousand rubles.


    The bottom of the ASUS Zenbook UX32L holds 12 miniature hexagon slot, so I have to stock up on the appropriate screwdriver. However, unscrew all the screws – only half the story. Bottom in several places glued to the body so it should be removed carefully without undue haste.

    After the removal we have the opportunity to explore the design of the case. It is not fully metal, and is a sandwich layer of plastic and a layer of metal – the latter has a thickness of 1.1 mm. Slightly thinner bottom: 0.8 mm. The internal design of ASUS Zenbook UX32L allows relatively simple replacement of some components: battery, hard drive, RAM module and a wireless module can be changed independently.

    At the same time we can estimate the cooling system: two turbines are responsible for blowing one large heat pipe which removes heat from both the processor and the graphic chip.
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