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 extremely classy choice.
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.