ASUS announced new Ultrabooks today in Taiwan, the Zenbook UX32A and UX32Vd that will both come with Ivy Bridge CPUs. The one to keep an eye on is the UX32Vd will includes a switchable 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT620M graphics card. The new Zenbook UX32VD include premium features like the 1920 x 1080 IPS display panel, packs with hybrid HDD (500GB hardisk plus 24GB SSD). Since it has added in graphical horsepower, there is a little more weight at around 1.45kg and a bit thicker. The entry-level Nvidia GeForce GT 620M on the UX32VD is unlikely to get gamers excited. It’s probably just a tad more capable than the Intel integrated graphics …
While SSDs have become more affordable recently, they are still not as cheap as HDDs and adding one would significantly increase a laptop’s selling price. The UX32VD uses a 500GB hybrid HDD equipped with a 24GB SSD cache. This cache ensures that users get the responsiveness expected of an Ultrabook for tasks, however, it may not be as fast as a real SSD when opening applications or large files. Asus has also added backlighting to the keyboard, consumers have been clamoring for this feature, it’s a nice addition that’s increasingly found on many laptops. The UX32VD has both an HDMI and a mini-VGA port (adapter is included).
The UX32A is its budget brother coming in the same chassis with Intel’s integrated graphics solution. In the meantime, Asus has not announced the price and release date of the two new Ultrabooks. We expect the Taiwan PC maker will be releasing more info during the upcoming Computex event.
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