- Editor's Rating
- Solid Design
- Beautiful Display
- Strong Performance
- Long-Lasting Battery
- Heat-Up Easily
- No Fourth-Gen Processor
- No Touch Screen
The Asus ZenBook offers a sleek and durable design with strong performance and incredible display, but all those features come at a steep cost.
Asus refreshes its 15.6-inch ZenBook with the introduction of the ZenBook UX51VZ-XB71. The new notebook doesn’t mark much of a departure from last year’s UX51VZ-DH71, utilizing the same build design as it predecessor with a few minor technical upgrades. Instead the big change comes from the device’s upgraded 2880 x 1620 resolution Retina-like display.
However, the Apple MacBook Pro alternative offers much more than just an eye-catching display; with an Intel Core i7 processor, NVidia dedicated graphics and dual SSDs the Asus ZenBook provides strong performance in its portable form factor. With one of the highest resolution displays on the market and excellent performance the ZenBook may be the company’s most attractive high-end notebook to date, but does that justify the ZenBook’s hefty price point? Read the full review to find out.
Little has changed in terms of design for the Asus ZenBook UX51VZ. The device offers the same great look and feel as last year’s model, while retaining the same levels of utility and durability in an even thinner form factor. Offering excellent speaker quality, a comfortable keyboard and ample connectivity, the Asus ZenBook UX51VZ delivers on almost all fronts. For more on the device’s build and design be sure to see our previous review of the Asus ZenBook UX51VZ-DH71.
The 15.6-inch display offers an impressive 2,880 x 1,620 resolution with a 297 nits brightness. With one of the highest-resolution displays on the market the Asus ZenBook provides a clarity and sharpness seldom seen from most notebooks. Images are incredibly crisp and detailed and text proves easy to read. The high-resolution also affords an impressive amount of real-estate that takes advantage of the machine’s ability to juggle multiple programs. The vibrant display also boasts rich color contrast and detailed color saturation making the most of the Zenbook’s dedicated GPU and proving perfect for watching media or playing games. The Asus ZenBook not only matches the Apple’s Retina display pixel-wise, it also manages to provide a high-quality viewing experience comparable with the acclaimed display.
While the high-resolution does provide a crystal clear image, it can also prove to be a double-edged sword. The large resolution makes images that are normally easy to read seem miniscule. Normally this on the traditional desktop, but the Windows 8 tile screen does not offer users options to increase the size of the text or the display tiles. This can make reading text-heavy titles difficult. It’s a fairly small issue, but it something users should consider, especially those that rely heavily on the Windows 8 tile screen to navigate.
As expected the ZenBook offers generous viewing angles, with images holding up at 180 degrees on the horizontal axis with no noticeable distortion. The display proves to be just as flexible when tilting the display forwards. However, display did produce a faint sheen along with noticeable reflections when it was tilted backwards; though the loss of image quality appears to be more indicative of the display’s propensity to reflect images in heavy lighting than restrictive viewing angles. Users should expect a drop in image quality while in direct or outdoor lighting, but under normal conditions the ZenBook offers a pristine viewing experience that few notebooks can match.