Excerpt: Asus refreshes its 15.6-inch ZenBook with the introduction of the ZenBook UX51VZ-XB71 . The new notebook doesn’t mark much of a departure from last year’s UX51VZ-DH71, utilizing the same build design as it predecessor with a few minor technical upgrades.
Conclusion: There are few competitors that can match this laptop. Overall, it’s among the best laptops we’ve tested. Only the MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina might stand toe-to-toe. Noise is the only flaw worth mentioning. This laptop is louder than many mainstream laptops and the fan never shuts off entirely.
Summary: A slim, visually stripped-down 15-inch notebook; many readers will probably think of the Macbook 15". In recent years many manufacturers have tried to copy Apple's multi-talented notebook, but never really succeeded.
Pros: flat and excellent casing, comparatively lightweight, high CPU performance, SSD RAID, high class and bright IPS display
Conclusion: All that helps ease the Asus' mild case of sticker shock—as does the Zenbook's strong performance and elegant design. If you want a bigger screen than you'll get in another four-pound portable and won't miss a built-in optical drive, tons of storage space, and touch screen, the Zenbook is an...
Pros: Gorgeous, ultra-slim design, Excellent performance, Stellar sound system, Great screen, keyboard, and touch pad
Cons: Steep price, No touch screen to navigate Windows 8, No onboard optical drive, VGA port requires dongle
Conclusion: The Asus ZenBook UX51Vz-DH71 is a power users' ultraportable, with a quad-core CPU and high-end 3D graphics. Middling battery life and "only" a 1080p screen keep if from earning our top honors.
Pros: 1080p IPS screen. Quad-core i7 processor. Nvidia GT 650M graphics. Twin SSDs in a RAID array. Subwoofer. Good sound for a laptop. Additional damage and screen warranty protections.
Cons: Mini-VGA, not Mini-DisplayPort. No touch screen. Middling battery life.
Summary: Ultimately, the UX51V's most direct competitor is the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Apple's machine sports a sharper and brighter screen and much longer battery life in a slightly lighter design, but it also costs $250 more.
Asus Zenbook UX51VZ review / Asus U500 – top notch 15 inch ultraportable
14 September 2012
Summary: The Asus Zenbook U500 is a premium thin and light 15 inch laptop, one of the best in its class and for sure one of the most popular in the months to come. It does have some heating issues, as expected, but overall the laptop looks, feels and performs good.
Pros: sleek looks and sturdy build quality; thin and light for a 15 incher; excellent display, audio system and performances; good keyboard; plenty of ports; includes external optical unit
Cons: gets hot; trackpad is sometimes jumpy (also noticed on this sample: potential throttling problems)