Asus Zenbook U500VZ/UX51VZ Review

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With a sleek body, fast hardware and an incredible 15 inch display Asus zenbook U500VZ is a great looking, high performance piece of machinery. It is solidly built and nicely finished with a full metallic body. The laptop is only 20 mm high at it’s highest point and the design means it thins towards the front, this gives the laptop a great, sleek look and feel. The Zenbook is feature rich and the 15 inch screen makes it perfect for gamers and media buffs alike.

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Asus Zenbook U500VZ Design and features

 

When closed the Aus zenbook U500 is incredible looking,the top of the machine is dark finished, with concentric circles and the bottom is of a nice polished silver look. The U500 has a smaller footprint than many laptops in the 15 inch class. The zenbook weighs in at a nice and light 2Kg. The laptop has a lot of great access ports, on the right hand side:

Headphone/microphone Jack

Card reader

USB slot

Mini VGA port

Connector for a sub-woofer.

 

On the left hand side of the laptop there are:

DCIM Ethernet ports

Ethernet connection

Full size HDMI

2 USB Ports

 

There is no optical unit included in the machine itself but there is one included in the box. There are blu-ray or CD drives available and all come with a USB cable included.

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Also included in the box are an external sub woofer and a mini VGA to VGA adapter.

Once you open the Asus Zenbook you will find the beautiful metallic interior, which is becoming synonymous with Asus design. The keyboard includes a numpad which is not always the case with laptops of this size.

The screen is surrounded by dark metal and includes a HD camera, some microphones and an ambient light sensor. It’s overall build quality, looks and overall finishing are of the highest quality as we have come to expect from Asus products. The ultrabook range in particular has been of the highest build quality and this machine is no exception.

 

The keyboard is nice and quiet and responds quickly, it is backlit and includes a numpad. The trackpad is large, feels good and is usually accurate, the click buttons are integrated into the trackpad.

 

Asus Zenbook U500VZ Display

 

There is a 15 inch display on the unit the display is 1920X1080 pixels, there is also an IPS panel, as a result it offers great contrast  colors and brightness. The screen includes non glare coating and great brightness which will allow you to use the screen in high light situations. The display is excellent and works perfectly for the games we tried as well as watching movies in 1080p.

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Asus Zenbook U500VZ Performance

 

The standard operating system is windows 8 and the machine will boot in under 25 seconds.

 

The Nvidia 650M makes this machine a beast when it comes to handling games, the version of the chip has 2GB of DDR5 dedicated video memory. We tried a few games including crisis 2 and the machine preformed beautifully. Often times a gaming machine can get noisy or heat up when pushed to capacity, but even when we pushed the asus zenbook U500VZ to the max, in order to get both cooling fans going, the noise was fairly minimal. The fans never turn off completely and the machine can get a little hot at the bottom at times, but the palm rest does not over heat. When doing day to day activities the heat is very minimal.

 

The laptop includes 4 bang and olufsen speakers, the speaker grills are on the bottom of the machine. The audio is great quality and volume can go reasonably high, once you connect the external sub woofer the sound goes from reasonable to incredible.

 

Connection

 

WI Fi: Asus have packaged a Intel Centrino advance n6235 module and the performance is good. The Wi-Fi adapter works at fairly good distances from your router. There is also a blue tooth option, should you require it.

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Battery life

 

There is a 74Wh battery inside the ASUS Zenbook U500, with a fairly normal level of usage testing has shown that the battery life is somewhere between three to three and a half hours.

 

Conclusion

 

The Asus Zenbook U500VZ is one of the most impressive premium machines on the market today. There can be some problems with heat when the machine is performing at the high end of its capabilities  Some heat issues are to be expected when there is a large amount high performance hardware in such a light, small bundle. While this Ultrabook comes in with a fairly hefty price tag, its specs and performance levels are hard to beat and is surely up there as one of the best Ultrabooks on the market.

 

 

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop typeUltraportable
ColorSilver / Black

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal)15 inches
TechnologyIPS LCD

Keyboard

TypeChiclet
BacklitYes
Number padYes

Mouse

Type(s)Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brandIntel
CPU familyIvy Bridge
ModelCore i7
Cores4

GPU (max)

Discrete GPU brandNvidia
Discrete GPU modelGT650M

Storage

OptionsHDD (Unspecified RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
Max. config HDD500 GB
Max. config SSD512 GB

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