CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2

11/6/2012 9:26:44 AM

Ultrabooks have been gaining popularity in recent months, as the notebooks designed to meet Intel’s specifications combine the features and performance you’ll find in a traditional notebook with the slim, lightweight designs seen in netbooks and tablets. For example, Intel requires that an Ultrabook be less than an inch thick and offer a battery life of at least five hours. A couple of other cool features found in every Ultrabook include the ability to wake up from sleep mode in less than seven seconds, and Smart Response Technology, which allows for quicker loading of your most commonly accessed applications. We got a chance to check out CyberPowerPC’s Zeus-M2.

Description: CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2

CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2

CyberPower builds the Zeus-M2 around Intel’s Core i5-3317U processor, which boasts a Turbo Boost speed of 2.6GHz and the multitasking capabilities of a dual-core CPU with HyperThreading. The Core i5-3317U also powers the Ultrabook’s graphics with Intel’s HD Graphics 4000. You can add a monitor to the Zeus-M2 via an HDMI port on the left side of the notebook. You can also pair the Zeus-M2 to an Intel WiDi receiver to wirelessly deliver video and audio to a home theater or HDTV.

Our test build features 16GB of DDR3-1600, which at press time was a free upgrade from the Zeus-M2’s default of 16GB DDR3-1333. For storage, CyberPower installed a 120GB Intel 520 Series SSD that promises sequential read speeds of 550MBps and writes of 520MBps. You’ll be able to fill that SSD with files through the Zeus-M2’s variety of connectivity options two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and a 9-in-1 memory card reader. For Internet connectivity, there’s a wired Ethernet port and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The Zeus-M2 also supports Bluetooth 3.0.

Description: CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2

We ran our traditional bevy of bench-marks on the Zeus-M2 to see how it would fair under load. As you might guess from the specs, it shined in storage and memory tests. We saw a Sequential Read of 453.5MBps and Sequential Write of 189.8MBps in CrystalDiskMark, while SiSoftware Sandra’s Memory Bandwidth test delivered marks of 19.81GBps and 19.9GBps. We were also impressed with the Core i5-3317U transcoding capability, as it produced 5.19MBps (WMV>H264) and 5.45MBps (H264>H264) in SiSoftware Sandra’s Media Transcode tests. Games scores were what we expected, but we’ll note that the Intel HD Graphics 4000 worked great when playing League Of Legends.

CyberPower allows you to make some hardware changes to the Zeus-M2, such as the capacity and model of Intel SSD, so you can tweak it to fit your needs. The build quality is solid, and CyberPower’s options give you more flexibility with an Ultrabook than we’ve seen from other manufacturers.


Price: $799


Specs: CPU: Intel Core i5-3317U @ 1.7GHz (2.6GHz Turbo Boost); Chipset: Intel HM77; Display: 14.1-inch (1,366 x 768); GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000; Memory: 16GB DDR3-1600; Storage: 120GB Intel 520 SSD; OS: Windows 7 Home Premium; Dimensions: 0.75 x 13.5 x 9.25 inches (HxWxD)


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