ASUS ZenBook UX51V: Conclusion

March 13, 2013 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (89,043)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 7.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

The ASUS UX51VZ is a well-rounded 15.6-inch notebook that’s ultimately a bit too expensive. There’s little to actually complain about; at the top of the list is the lack of a touch-enabled display and always-audible cooling fans; it also gets a bit warm under full load and has just a one-year warranty. Otherwise we like what we see; the UX51VZ packs an incredible amount of power into a thin chassis including a quad-core processor, dedicated Nvidia graphics card and dual SSDs. The IPS display is beautiful and has an appreciated anti-glare surface. The backlit keyboard has a good feel and is quiet like the clickpad. The build quality is good but not exceptional. Lastly let’s not forget about the excellent Bang & Olufsen speakers and very good battery life.

The UX51VZ is one of the most expensive notebooks we’ve tested lately at $1,949 MSRP; we looked online and found it for not quite $100 less, a far cry from being a good value. It probably would be a reasonable price if the cons we found didn’t exist but it still wouldn’t be considered a “deal.” We’re otherwise happy to recommend the ASUS UX51VZ – though for a lower price. Find one on sale and you’ll have a respectable notebook.

Pros:

  • Solid design and quality
  • Excellent performance
  • Good keyboard
  • Good speakers
  • Good battery life

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not-quiet cooling fans
  • No touch screen


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