Friday, November 23, 2012

Two months with my new ASUS ZENBOOK

I've had many laptops, desktop replacement laptops, gaming laptops, and also been lucky to work for companies ligke Compaq, HP and IBM, and been supplied with top of the pops at that time. But my new UX32VD R4002V beats everything! And yes, I really require a lot from my computer. At work I use VM  to demonstrate large e-commerce solutions, so I need a machine that performs, so until I bought ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD-R4002V i dragged around 4-8 kg. heavy Lenovo monsters.

Then bought an ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD-R4002V for my daughter who started high school, and after having installed / configured / de-crapified it for her, I just had to also own one :-)

I deliberately choose ASUS ZENBOOK UX32VD-R4002V (Top EU model in UX32VD series), rather than the slightly thinner/lighter UX31A series, as you can change/extend the RAM and disk in UX32VD, which can not be in UX31A'erne. In addition, UX32VD-R4002V has a separate graphics card so that it can run both games and graphics-intensive applications better (I am not a gamer at all, but do some video editing).

After a few months, behindt the keyboard, several customer presentations and a few trips around Europe, I must say that I am 110% satisfied with my purchase. (This is my daughter also, and she is quite good at making complaints about a lot of things).

With a little extra shopping i now have a lightning fast computer that beats anything I have ever had in my hands before, but here are pros & cons, after a couple of months use on the road.

Stuff that the makes working with UX32VD into a good day ...
  • The screen is fantastic
  • Perfectly thin and light
  • Good milage on a charge
  • Instant On feature is really "Instant on"! (Close teh lid when you're done, fold it up, enter the password and you're going again)
  • Light in keyboard
  • Three USB 3 ports, so you do not have to lug around a hub, to have more than one external mouse connected.
  • Does not get hot, even when lying on your lap
  • Stable, robust and fast
  • Small nifty power supply, with long thin wire
Could be better ...
  • The keyboard is not as it was on a real IBM Thinkpad, but it's probably just the top, of what can be expected on such a thin machine
  • Instant on is as I said, INSTANT, but some time after the instant one happens once in a while the machine is beating furiously up the fan for 5-10 seconds
  • It could be done better, and is a little annoying ...
  • The screen can not be fully opened enough that you can comfortably use it on a plane on monkey class.
Try once again - It's just crap ...
  • I have not found anything yet... Well , OK, to be honest - it is not very smart to put the  "on/off" button next to the Delete button. And it is not smart to have PgUp / PgDn / Home / End and Insert buttons available only as fn buttons.
But all in all, a machine which I can highly recommend to anyone who is ready to pay DKR 10,000 for a new computer.

Are you ready to use even more, you may want to do as I have done and get even more speed, run longer on a charge and be completely silent.

I have expanded RAM with 8GB Corsair Vengeance SO-DIMM PC3-12800S module. UX32VD-R4002V comes with 2x2GB. Only one RAM module can be changed, giving  a total of 10 GB. As the machine has different RAM modules,it no longer runs DUAL Channel, which should hit on performance, but it's definitely not something I've noticed. On the contrary. I run many intensive applications, so the extra RAM actually makes it run faster.

UX32VD-R4002V comes with both a 450 GB standard SATA HD, and a 32 GB SSD. The 32 GB SSD is  used for cache, which ensures that the most frequently used files on the large hard disk is cached on the small but fast 32 GB SSD. It makes windows starts much faster, and often used programs and files also load much faster. I have chosen to equip mine with an Intel Solid-State Drive 520 Series 480 GB, which in itself is faster than the small 32 GB built-in SSD, and then it no longer makes sense to use the built-in for cache. In any case, the result is a crazy fast small, light thin, silent notebook.

Now I am a geek, so I just to squeeze a little more performance out of the beast, then there is no reason that the built-in 32 GB SSD, hangs around unused. I have chosen to move Windows pagefile, onto it.

Afraid to take apart a brand new computer? Do not worry, if you can operate a screwdriver, you can also do it. How easy it is, you can see here.

Should you still consider a ZENBOOK, I have collected some info about the different ZENBOOK models here.

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