Asus Zenbook Prime UX51Vz – An Attractive And Sophisticated Ultrabook (Part 2)

4/20/2013 3:20:20 PM

We checked UX51Vz with the quad-core 2.1GHz Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD disk which is created by SanDisk. These specifications provide good performances result system, most of which defeated the Windows 8 systems that we have tested up to now. For instance, in the ATTO disk test, this ultraportable brought the maximum reading speed of 908 MB/s, and writing speed of 567 MB/s. These super-fast I/O speeds just stand behind Acer Aspire S7 among the computers that we recently checked. UX51Vz took 12 seconds to cool-boot into Windows 8, and the navigating of Start Screen and background generally seem fast and smooth.

As being advertised by Asus, UX51Vz is a multimedia laptop with GT650M chip from Nvidia and a 2 GB dedicated memory along with the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. In the synthetic graphics test of 3DMark06 and 3DMark11, it left other systems with integrated graphics far behind and also worked well when we played some games through Steam. When we run games like Mafia II, the actions seemed to be smooth and frame rate fluctuated from 40fps to 60fps. That is a stable number, although the fan is obviously burdened by the workload. Just after few minutes of demo, the whirring started and the machine became warmer.

The machine packs an eight-cell 70WHr battery, and when we ran our battery test (looping a locally stored video on loop with display brightness set to 65 percent), it lasted five hours and 15 minutes. (ASUS rates the system for a slightly longer five hours and 38 minutes.) We've seen many, many Windows 8 devices with touchscreens turn in very short runtimes, and given that the UX51Vz doesn't pack a touch display, we expected it to offer better longevity. Plus, this 15-incher could fit in a bigger battery.

The machine packs an eight-cell 70WHr battery

The machine packs an eight-cell 70WHr battery

The machine packs 8 cell 70 WHr battery, and when we carried out the battery test (looping a local stored video with the brightness of 65%), it lasts 5 hours and 15 minutes. (Asus evaluated the system would last 5 hours and 38 minutes). We have seen many Windows 8 devices with touchscreen that have very short battery life, and because of the fact that UX51Vz does not use the touchscreen, we expected it to have longer battery life. Moreover, this 15inch laptop can assembly a bigger battery.

Asus UX51Vz (Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz, Nvidia GT650M graphics)

·         PCMark7: 4,877

·         3DMark06: 14,267

·         3DMark11: E3809/P2395/X750

·         ATTO(the fastest disks): 908MB/s (reading); 567MB/s (writing)

Acer Aspire S7 (Core i7-3517U 2.4GHz, Intel HD 4000)

·         PCMark7: 5,011

·         3DMark06: 4,918

·         3DMark11: E1035/P620/X208

·         ATTO(the fastest disks): 934MB/s (reading); 686MB/s (writing)

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz, Intel HD 4000)

·         PCMark7: 4,422

·         3DMark06: 4,415

·         3DMark11: E917/P572

·         ATTO(the fastest disks): 278MB/s (reading); 263MB/s (writing)

Dell XPS 12 (Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz, Intel HD 4000)

·         PCMark7: 4,673

·         3DMark06: 4,520

·         3DMark11: N/A

·         ATTO(the fastest disks): 516MB/s (reading); 263MB/s (writing)

Software and warranty

The accessories

The accessories

The UX51Vz is also affected by the bloatware epidemic which seems to affect almost Windows 8 computers, although Asus did apply some resistances here. The pre-load applications primarily comprise utilities labeled Microsoft, for example, the Fresh Paint utility, the 60 days demo, SkyDrive and Skype, with some special applications of Asus. You will find the Asus Install, a store that helps installing drivers and programs – only for pre-selected apps like Cyberlink Power2Go. Asus Calculator and the measurement converter utility are also available. In addition, there is Asus Tutor that helps the users to get familiar with the new terrain of Windows 8.

Asus packs with one-year warranty, which includes accidental damage warranty and 24/7 technical support.

Configuration options and competitors

Asus Zenbook Prime design

Asus Zenbook Prime design

We checked Asus Ux51Vz-DH71, which has the Core i7-3612Qm 2.1 GHz processor, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GT650M graphics and 256GB SSD disk. This configuration will make you spend $1,949 and surprisingly, it is the basic price. The rich can spend another $2,399 for purchasing the UX51Vz-XH71, which runs the Windows 8 professional and has two 256 GB SSD disks. Before we expand the playing field to other companies, it is considerable that Asus provides different Zenbooks which have touch-enable screens. The 13 inch Zenbook Prime Touch will be launched in this month, and a touch-enabled 15 inch model will come later.

If 15 inch screen is your favorite, Sony VAIO series 15 is another choice that has similar configuration. With $1,700, you will have CPU Core i7 2.2 GHz, 12GB RAM(!), 256 GB SSD disk and Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics. Like UX51Vz, E series 5 has the IPS display with the resolution of 1,920x1,080 (also non-touch), although this system weighs 4.42 pound and is thick enough to include an optical drive. There is also Spectre XT TouchSmart 15 inch of HP, which has the IPS 1080p touchscreen. The price tag of $1,569 offers you the Core i7 CPU, 128 GB SSD disk and a full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. However, the trade-off here is the integrated Intel Graphics 4000 instead of Nvidia chips that are set in the systems of Asus and Sony.

If your eyes are not blurred seeing the price tag of UX51Vz, you can consider the MacBook Pro 15 inch with Retina screen. It offers Core i7 CPU 2.3 GHz, 256 GB SSD disk and removable Nvidia graphics with $2,199. Its advantages here are the excellent screen and exceptional battery life – although without the Windows 8, it would be a big minus for some people.


Do you dare purchase an UX51Vz? Maybe; it packs with many senior accessories with a good-looking package and a comfortable keyboard. However, there might be some disadvantage. They could be reasons enough to excuse for this passing the system up. The computer has a hyper-high price, especially when considering the humble battery life and non-touch screen to interact with Windows 8. If those shortcomings still not discourage your willing to pay, UX51Vz is the most powerful ultrabook that you can have.

Its reference price is $1,949.


·         IPS 1080p screen provides excellent view angle

·         Good design and comfortable keyboard

·         Exceptional performance


·         Humble battery life

·         Too expensive

Good design and comfortable keyboard

Good design and comfortable keyboard


·         CPU: Intel Core i7 – 3612QM

·         RAM: 8GB

·         Hard drive size: 256 GB

·         Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GT659M

·         Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n

·         Bluetooth: 4.0

·         Weight: 4.6 pound


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