An original laptop at a good price
There are all sorts of genres of laptops, ultrabooks, notebooks and netbooks. Sometimes it’s just too much to take in. There are, among all of this madness, some manufacturers which truly stand out. And somewhat keep you sane. The device we took for a test is actually a hybrid between a netbook and an ultrabook. So it’s a gadget that does not cost a fortune, is not small and keeps a perfectly thin body. The name of this original product: Asus U32U. We’re throwing in this review to maybe help you decide whether you want to buy it or not.
The Asus U32U is a device that actually has two colors on its body. They are black and silver. Because the exterior is, praise the gadget gods, matte, no fingerprints will dirty it. Not only the outside looks good, but also the inside. While it might not imply anything great, seeing as it has a modest design, don’t let that fool you. Because if you do, you will regret it. Scout’s honor. The right is covered in an assortment of Ethernet port, Kensington lock, SD card slot and others. On the left are included a VGA port, a USB 2.0 port, a heatsink vent and one HDMI slot. The fact that an Ethernet port is featured is very welcome news. But that means that there is no need for a DVD writer slot in Asus U32U. The panel that houses the LCD was well thought out, since it sports some really solid hinges. They will make sure that nothing gets damaged. And while we were at it in our test, everything remained fully functional.
1.65GHz AMD E-450 processor
The screen is 13.3″ with 1366 x 768 pixels. And, what differentiates it from past ones, is durability. It may be thinner than usual, but that does not take away from its solidity. Great thinking once again, Asus. The bottom panel is also strong; its material is metal, so that explains everything. Again we’re saying this: the looks of the U32U will let some people down, but it’s really not that bad. If you mind that, then maybe its thinness will win you over instead. And build is also an advantage to think about.
An 1.65GHz AMD E-450 APU processor does all the speed-related things. Its 8GB will blow your mind as it did ours. This pro is accompanied by a hard disk of 320GB. You wouldn’t have expected these specs from such a plain-looking hybrid, huh?
The keyboard is swell with its good buttons. But you will have no numpad. We found typing this review on the keyboard a pleasant thing to do.
Powered by Windows 7
Options regarding connectivity are vast. You get Bluetooth, a cam and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Other features: Windows 7 OS, the 64-bit version. Which is not bad at all. There is also, like on many such devices, pre-installed software. Here you are offered a recovery app, AMD VISION engine control center, boot optimizer software and many more.
That’s all nice and dandy, but performance was kinda not as awesome as we’d have wanted. 50 seconds was what it took for boot up. And you will have to pay attention not to use memory heavy apps. But sound was delivered nicely and viewing angles were fine.
Before dying, the battery lasted around 3 hours and 30 minutes. But that was because we did several things on this laptop. When we only used it for normal tasks, the battery lasted 6 hours and 30 minutes.
To be fair, the Asus U32U won’t be a smash hit. But, for what it is, it won’t disappoint.