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ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver)

B&H # ASUX51VZXH71 Mfr # UX51VZ-XH71
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Product Highlights
  • 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QM Quad-Core
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • Dual 256GB Solid State Drives (512GB)
  • nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics (2GB)
  • 15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Display
  • 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated Webcam, Microphone & Speakers
  • Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)

The Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer from ASUS features a hairline spun design with precision etched concentric circles coated with a silver finish. The 15.6" HD widescreen display uses LED backlight technology for low power consumption. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution, which is supported by an nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card with 2GB of discrete memory.

Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) is the installed operating system. Windows 8 Pro replaces the traditional Start menu with a redesigned Start screen. The Start screen features tiles that update in real-time, which provide faster access to news, weather forecasts, sports scores, social network updates and more. Windows 8 also focuses more on cloud storage as well as apps, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Windows 8 Pro provides a unique user experience.

The system is powered by a quad-core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3612QM processor. It also has 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, dual 256GB solid state drives, a 2-in-1 media card reader, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers.

Hardware

Quad-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 Performance
This ASUS notebook is powered by an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3612QM processor. Its quad cores can reach a stock speed of 2.1GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.1GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. With a dedicated 6MB L3 cache, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to experience smooth multitasking
15.6" Full HD Widescreen LED-Backlit Display
The 15.6" HD widescreen LED-backlit display of this ASUS notebook provides full-screen views of HD content. The display offers a Full HD 1920 x 1080 native resolution powered by an nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card with 2GB of discrete memory. You can connect this ASUS notebook to an external display via the HDMI port
Stay Connected
Stay connected to the Internet wirelessly with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 technology in this ASUS notebook so you can connect to all your favorite peripherals. The integrated webcam and microphone puts you face-to-face with friends or colleagues. Capture high quality HD videos or photos and send them to friends or post them on social media networks
Solid State Drives
With dual solid state drives, this ASUS notebook delivers faster boot times and they last longer than traditional hard disk drives because they don't have any moving parts

Windows 8 Pro

The Redesigned Start Screen
Windows 8 Pro introduces a new Start screen, which has all the information you need in one place. The traditional Windows desktop screen has been replaced with a more tablet style design featuring tiles. These tiles are customizable to your liking as well as update in real time. News, weather forecasts, sports, contacts, apps and more are available for you to use. It's all right there on the Start screen. If you prefer the traditional Start screen of Windows 7, you have the option to switch to it
To the Cloud
With Windows 8 Pro, when signed in using your Microsoft account, you'll have instant access to your personal Start screen, themes, language preferences, browsing history and browser favorites. You can also connect to services such as Microsoft Outlook, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and more
Windows Store
In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse thousands of apps. Choose from the featured apps or grab one of the most frequently downloaded apps to see what all the hype is all about. You can also see how other people rate apps. For certain apps, you can try it out before you buy it so you can make sure you absolutely want an app before you spend your hard-earned money on it
BitLocker
BitLocker drive encryption helps protect corporate data on mobile PCs that include a TPM chip. BitLocker now encrypts hard drives quicker, which helps keep your data safe without interrupting your productivity. BitLocker now also supports encrypted drives
SmartScreen
SmartScreen services help protect you from malicious sites and software on the Internet. It checks the reputation of any new app or website, helping to keep you safe no matter what browser you're using. This helps prevent malware and other viruses from infiltrating your PC or your corporate network
Remote Desktop Connection
Connect to your work computer from home and access all of your programs, files and network resources like you were actually sitting in front of your computer at work
Windows Media Center
Windows Media Center lets you turn your PC into a home entertainment system that can play and record high-definition TV (if you have additional tuner hardware), DVDs, and CDs. It's also a software DVR that can play photo slideshows and Internet TV content
Performance
Processor 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QM Quad-Core Ivy Bridge
Cache L3: 6MB
System Bus 5GT/s
Memory Type: 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 8GB
Graphics Card Type: Dedicated
Installed: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 2GB DDR3 SDRAM Dedicated
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 15.6"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Antiglare
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 512GB (2x 256GB SSD)
Optical Drive None
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 3x USB 3.0 (A)
Display 1x HDMI
1x Mini-VGA
1x DisplayPort
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
Flash Media Slot 1x SD
1x MMC
Communications
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband None
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)
Security Not Specified By Manufacturer
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Pointing Device TouchPad
Battery 8-Cell
Power Requirements AC: 100-240 V AC, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.0 x 1.2 x 10.0" / 38.1 x 3.0 x 25.4 cm
Weight 4 lb / 1.81 kg
ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver)
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  • Power Cord
  • Mini-Subwoofer
  • 8-Cell Battery
  • 1 Year International/1 Year Accidental Damage/30-Day Zero Bright Dot Warranty
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    ASUSZenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver)
     
    4.2

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Fast (5)
    • Good power output (5)
    • Quality display (5)
    • Comfortable keyboard (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business use (5)
      • Graphics (4)
      • Web browsing (4)
      • Music (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5)

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      4.0

      Fast and LIght!

      By Rich

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Graphics

        Comments about ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver):

        I use this for work and Lightroom Picture Editing. Fast and nice screen. It ended up being a little bigger than I supposed, but nice and light/thin for the size.

        Still pricey..

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great laptop for a developer

        By Mike the Web Developer

        from St. Louis, MO

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Music
          • Web Browsing

          Comments about ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver):

          I purchased mine from B&H in April 2013. When I open the lid after a sleep mode it starts up in what seems to me almost instantaneous; or about 1 second via a stopwatch.Battery life and weight are the two most important aspects of mobility, and the ZenBook doesn't disappoint. It has much higher than average battery life, especially when you are doing low impact things like typing code. The Apple MacBook Pro Retina is one of the few laptops with better battery life, but not by much. Under normal conditions the ZenBook's 70 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4750 mAh, 8 cell battery gets 5 hours and 17 minutes; while the MacBook Pro Retina gets about 6 hours. The nearest competition Dell XPS 15 gets 4hr 39min, the Sony VAIO S15 gets 4hr 34min. There are others with better battery life, but they sacrifice other features.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Awesome Laptop

          By Bee

          from Naperville, IL

          About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Web Browsing

            Comments about ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver):

            I haven't found anything I don't like about this Zenbook. It is super fast, and the keypad is nice to have. I love the weight and screen size. I use this as my primary work computer, and I don't even feel like I'm on a laptop because the screen is such a nice size.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Best Laptop I ever had

            By Desiguy

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Graphics
              • Music
              • Video
              • Web Browsing
              • Word Processing

              Comments about ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver):

              This is the best laptop I ever had or experienced. Have played with Apple Pro and other high end laptops. But Asus has hit a homerun packaging this in a light and slip package still providing a powerful machine. Great screen, speed, keyboard. Love the Solid state drive, and superfast speed of power on /of. If I have to really pick on something, I would say the power connector could be improved, it comes of frequently. There is also low humming notice of the fan running al the time, although it is not a big issue.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              2.0

              Wanted to love it. But had to return it.

              By Tim

              from Grants Pass, OR

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy, Web developer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life
              • Quality Display

              Cons

              • Built-in Battery
              • Extreme Palm Rest Pain
              • Sluggish Performance
              • Touchpad is terrible

              Best Uses

              • None - Too Painful To Use

              Comments about ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver):

              Background: I'm a mechanical engineer by trade. Actually worked for 4 years at one of the big U.S. computer manufacturers.

              In December my Dell Inspiron blew up, so I went on a frantic search to find a replacement. When it comes to shopping -- especially for things like computers and cars -- I go pretty overboard on the research. For me, everything matters - performance, reliability, fit, finish, display quality, bloatware, etc., etc., not to mention the feel of the keyboard, pointing device, and palm rest. The company that I work for basically gave me a blank check to get any system I wanted.

              Keep in mind my usage scenario is mainly Website development (coding and design). So that means I always have a ton of programs open at once - graphics software, Web development programs, tons of browser windows, Excel, Word, OneNote, Outlook, video editors, project management software, etc., etc. Anywhere from 30-80 windows open at a time.

              After a ton of online and in-store research, I settled on this exquisite little beauty. It really is a work of art -- by far the most beautiful PC laptop I'd come across.

              Now, I wasn't able to try this one out in the store. No one in my area had one. So I gambled and ordered one from B&H Photo just based on online reviews and testimonials. (their return policy is exceptional, btw)

              The first thing you'll want to know is that performance is mediocre. I got it maxed out on HDD space and RAM, and even so, it was noticeably sluggish. The low-wattage processor just doesn't perform well enough if your usage scenario is CPU-intensive. But there's more to it than that -- even having just a couple office programs open the machine was still slow to respond. Don't expect that crisp, lightning-fast program response times that you might imagine from a brand new machine. The mobile processor just can't do it.

              The second thing that drove me crazy was the sharp edge on the palm rest - the very front edge that your palms/wrists hang over. It knifes into your palm/wrist, and creates unbearable pressure-point indentations. It actually gets to the point where it feels like you're being burned (even though the edge is very cool). On this one ergonomics point alone, I would have had to return the machine. I don't know how anyone could stand to work on the machine for more than maybe half an hour.

              Oh, and one other thing related to that last point. Be wary of the photos used to highlight the thinness of this machine. Some of them are shot in such a way so as to hide its 2nd-level of thickness. The reason I gambled on this one in the first place was because the key photos I was using to judge the palm rest comfort didn't show just how far off the desk the palm rest really sat (the extra thickness makes the pressure point problem I mentioned all the worse).

              But what totally crippled this machine was the touchpad. It's horrible. Inadvertent mouse movement, clicks, and drag-and-drops happen all the time. It's astounding that a manufacturer would ship a system with this kind of defective design. The thing is, the majority of the PC laptops that use the Mac-style touchpahd design have similar problems. The only all-in-one, Mac-style touchpad that worked in any of the PC's I tested was the 14" HP Envy. (I needed a 15", otherwise I would have gotten that one).

              There was one other thing that really didn't sit well with me, and that's the built-in battery. When it eventually wears down, which you can rest assured it will, the only way to replace it is to send it back to the manufacturer. I called ASUS and their turn around time is 2 weeks or longer. So make sure you have a plan for that.

              I ended up returning this system and going with an HP DV6-7000t. So far, after 1-1/2 months, a pretty good system - though it never would've been my first choice. It retains the two-button style touchpad instead of using the Mac integrated style, which is awesome. Even with that I still have to disable the tap-to-click feature for the touchpad to avoid errant mouse-clicks.

              FYI: Trying to get pre-sales information from HP is ridiculous. Their sales people aren't trained to answer technical/performance questions. It's almost laughable.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              4.0

              Great product!

              By trueno

              from New York, NY

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Graphics
              • Video
              • Web Browsing
              • Word Processing

              Comments about ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-XH71 15.6" Notebook Computer (Silver):

              The performance of this computer is awesome. I have also a macbook pro w/retina display 16 gig/768 ssd and the biggest processor and I can't complain about this PC except for the screen and the battery life when compared to the macbook, otherwise a great buy. Keyboard not that comfortable.

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              • Business

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