Component makers are under more pressure than ever to design thin and light products, but as iFixit has pointed out on more than one occasion, a millimeter could be the difference between a throw a way gadget, and a serviceable one. Apple’s new Retina Macbook Pro is an excellent example of design over function. It’s a glorious mess of metal and glue, and all we can say to those who plunked down over $2,000 to own one, we hope you’re never in need of an out of warranty repair. Asus seems determined get the Ultrabook design right, and as enthusiasts who love to tinker, we like what we’ve seen in the iFxitit UX32VD teardown.
Asus used a relatively low-key press event in Taipei to introduce the world to a pair of new Zenbook models built around Intel's recently launched Ivy Bridge platform. The first of the two Ultrabooks is the Zenbook UX32A , an $800 machine with integrated graphics. For $300 more, the UX32Vd ups the pixel pushing ante with a GeForce GT 620M GPU with 1GB of onboard memory.