Resolving a slow Asus ZenBook UX32A (and a rant about Ultrabook reviews)

As any tech freak does when considering to plummet their money into any technological piece of equipment these days, they read as many reviews as possible. That’s exactly what I did – for about four weeks!

UX32A Keyboard

It was surprisingly difficult to be given the ability to compare particular Ultrabooks across many websites – some websites had little or no detail on the product they were selling and/or people were giving products inappropriate reviews. For example, I saw quite a number of reviews on respectable machines that were given poor scores just because they came pre-installed with Windows 8. Thus making you less likely to look at them for a large list of products.

So anyway, my rant is basically on this… if you feel confident enough to review an operating system’s usability, when you’re actually supposed to review a machine… then just be sure you know what you’re actually comparing it to because it hasn’t actually changed since 6-7 years ago.


Speed up the Asus Zenbook UX32A

The UX32A can come with the i5 3317U @ 1.7GHz with capabilities up to 2.5GHz. But overclocking means more power consumption and it would seriously dent battery lifespan. But once I did these few things, I really didn’t feel the desire to overclock anymore, which was great because I still got to enjoy the 5-6 hour battery life.

I uninstalled all of the bloatware applications below after a couple of days, and doing so caused no harm or fuss. Just much better performance and more memory to play around with!

  • Asus USB Charger Plus
  • Asus Splendid Video Enhancement Technology
  • Asus Screen Saver
  • Asus LifeFrame3
  • Asus Tutor
  • Asus Power4Gear Hybrid (didn’t notice much difference in performance when started using Windows’s power management)
  • Microsoft Office (installed my purchase of Office 365)

After that, I noticed I had a BIOS update available. I was having some trouble with some short-keys as they weren’t performing 100% of the time. So if you’re experiencing the same issue, I recommend you flash to 214 (as mine came with 213). Otherwise, there’s no point doing it for no reason. Although 214 claims to come with more short keys, so why not! Asus Zenbook UX32A Drivers.


Installing the Samsung 840 EVO, whilst still using ExpressCache, WHOA!

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