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ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ-DH71 15.6-inch Ultrabook

  • Intel Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz
  • 8GB DDR3, 128GB SSD x 2
  • 1920 x 1080, Nvidia GeForce GT650M
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Mark C.
  • 10/2/2013 4:07:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExtremely Fast

Pros: Ridiculously fast! It has super high scores on everything in the Win7 experience index. 7.2 was the bottom number, and it maxed out 7.9 on Disk I/O. This is due to the dual 128GB SSD drives in RAID0. I’m sold on RAID0 SSD’s for speed now. :-) The 2GB DDR5 Nvidia card plays Diablo3 with all settings on high and doesn’t lag. Subwoofer Sounds very good too.

Now that I’m running Win7 (loaded a lot of the same drivers that worked on my UX31 that came with Win7) I’ve not had any further issues with the machine.

Hardware is top notch, including a much nicer keyboard than my UX31 had. I have been suggesting this machine to everyone who is willing to listen.

Some have a hard time with the price tag. I’d say if you’re considering an Apple, then consider this instead.

Cons: Why am I running Win7 on this machine? It comes with Win8. You must be a bigot. :-) No. I like things that work. My combination, which I didn't find out about until after the purchase is one in which; there is a known issue with this combination:
win8
dedicated nvidia video card
displaylink for multiple monitors

Now this combination has been an issue for a year as of this posting, and there is not a solution or a work around. Yes of course I loaded the latest drivers, etc. But what was more amazing was how once I loaded this machine with Win7 there weren't any problems with all of the exact same hardware.

Same monitors I had used on my previous UX31 that ran Win7 w/o issue.

Other Thoughts: I still highly promote this machine as I have the resources to come up with my work around. If you want to buy a Win8 machine with an Nvidia card and expect to use Displaylink usb video adapters, good luck. You'll need it. Who knows if Win8.1 will have this sorted or not.

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  • Brian K.
  • 2/10/2013 4:50:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Hardware. Install Linux.

Pros: Everything about this book feels about 98% Apple quality manufacturing.

There are actually TWO 128GB flash drives (in raid by default. I un-raided them for Linux and extra space).

Mint Linux and Sabayon Linux will install out of the box after you turn off RAID (press F-2 during boot and set RAID to AHCI in BIOS). Arch Linux took some work, but I might not have installed my USB key correctly, so installed Linux...to install more Linux =)

I love having fat hardware. This book is almost as powerful as the big GS75 gaming rigs from ASUS but has mobility about halfway between a Macbook Pro and a Macbook Air. I'm using it with full-disk encryption and it just flies. 10s boot time for XFCE on Arch.

Cons: Windows 8 is ATROCIOUS.


Nvidia does not support Optimus --yet-- on Linux, so you have to be pretty skilled to get it working with bumblebee/primus. Once I had configured all that, the battery life went through the roof, so it was worth it to me. With the backlight down and the Nvidia card turned off, laptop gets > 6hrs unplugged.

Other Thoughts: Use a Mint or Sabayon Live CD and try out Linux. Seriously, if you're stuck between Windows 8 and OSX, just get this and try out Mint Linux. When Ubuntu Linux decided to screw with their UI, a lot of the users did what users with choices do; they switched to Mint. Linux never abandons its users because it is created itself by the advanced users.

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  • ALEXANDER U.
  • 1/30/2013 5:46:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest ultrabook on the market that money can buy

Pros: I researched for about a week before purchasing an ultrabook. I looked at everyhting, samsung series 9, lenovo, toshiba, acer.. Nothing comes close to this machine. First of all, the exterior finish is superb, brushed aluminum. The laptop feels very solid and sturdy. Th keyboard is one of the best keyboards ive ever typed on. It has a full numpad which makes it awesome for coding. Its backlit. Yes, this laptop is a lot of money but when you want something with this much ram, a solid state disk, and a dedicated card then you are looking at the 2000 dollar range. It's a worthwhile investment if you ask me. You can do anything with this laptop. The matte display is crisp and gorgeous. If you are looking for apple level build quality with performance that surpasses that, look no further. This Zenbook is at the top of the ultrabook food chain if you ask me. Also, newegg has this delivered to me within 1 day.

One last thing, for a 15 inch laptop this thing is suprisingly lightweight.


If you can afford it, and you want an ultrabook. Look no further.

Cons: None.

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