Good performance, Dedicated graphics
Overall, the Asus is a superb gaming laptop. With the Blu-ray drive, it betters the Alienware 17 (its top competitor), but both seem expensive compared to other options on the market. A high-end gaming laptop may be a step too far for your wallet. But, if you can afford it, this is a superb buy.
Excellent CPU and graphics performance, relatively cool and quiet
Go buy one, I did. If you're a gamer this is a superb choice. The price is reasonable for what you get, and I personally prefer the ASUS ROG G750's cooling and trackpad to its most direct competitor in price and features, the MSI GT70. In fact, I prefer the keyboard too because the game-centric SteelSeries keyboard design on the MSI doesn't work as well when using the machine for productivity (the Windows button moved to the right side drives me crazy).
Class-leading performance, Multimedia-oriented features
Watching movies on a tablet is well and good, but to get real immersive entertainment, a 15.6-inch laptop with multiple speakers like the Asus N550JV-DB72T is the portable equivalent of a home theater system, plus it also qualifies as a power user system.
Big storage capacity, attractive case, backlit keyboard
The Asus N550JV-CN201H convinces with a decent system and gaming performance. Although the CPU significantly throttles (down to 800 MHz) under full load, you will hardly experience this in practice. The benchmark results are as expected. In addition, the notebook features a bright, contrast-rich and matte IPS display and a big storage capacity and can read Blu-ray disks. The battery life is also appropriate for a notebook with that much performance.
Attractive multimedia laptop with impressive audio and video capabilities
The slow hard drive is a cost-cutting weakness in a laptop costing almost £1000, and leaves it looking expensive in a crowded market. Nonetheless, the N550JV is an attractive multimedia laptop with impressive audio and video capabilities that could make it suited to presentations at work, or entertainment at home.
Appealing design, fit and finish, Excellent contrast ratio
While the current price point of around $1000 doesn't seem unreasonable, the slightly thicker, but much more performance-oriented Asus N550JV with the high-end quad-core Intel Core i7-4700HQ, matte 15.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 750M seems like a much better option - especially considering that it only costs about $100 more.
Very impressive battery life, especially under heavy load
The VivoBook V551LB is a mixed bag of highs and lows, with very good battery life, but a sub-par screen. It has a mostly premium-feeling shell, but lacks the solid-state storage or backlit keyboard that we've come to expect with a system priced at near $1,000.
That doesn't make the VivoBook a bad option by any means. It's just not the best-balanced choice for most users.
Nice Audio From Speakers, Above Average Keyboard and Trackpad
The ASUS X550CA still remains as a solid value for those looking at a basic laptop computer. The problem is that it doesn't really distinguish itself from the competition in any real way. In fact, the laptop design really needs to be updated to address the limited number of USB ports which is as much as half as many as the competition. In addition to this, the battery life is still on the low side for the budget segment.
Good build quality and sleek design for the price
Even if the VivoBook S500CA may not be perfect for travelers, it retains all the positive qualities we praised about the 13.3-inch S300CA and 14-inch S400CA including the elegant design, good construction, large touchpad, and an overall solid impression that is fit for home use, especially considering the price.
Ultimate portability without sacrificing performance
While the ASUS Vivobook S500C Ultrabook may be pushing the size limits of an Ultrabook, it handles the rest of the requirements with ease and is a joy to use. Throw on the low price point of $699.00 and we have a great deal on a great product!
Exactly what I expected...after some patience
Overall, I'm glad I purchased this device. Anything intensive I can do on my desktop, though this little guy seems to be pretty capable. Obviously this won't replace your main computer unless you really only use it for web browsing, watching videos, and creating/editing documents (Comes with Office Home and Student for free..or at least bundled into the great price.) But it is great for what I do with a tablet and a little more.
Overall, I really like this laptop. It has a premium, solid feel to it. I am excited that it's one of the first powerful machines with Windows 8 that takes advantage of what Microsoft was thinking. Windows 8 has a pretty big learning curve, but I've spent some time with it now and think it's pretty decent.
Good manufacturing quality, Elegant design
All in all the notebook can be recommended to anyone that is looking for a multi-touch capable notebook for an entry-level price of 750 Euros (~$973). Windows 8 is especially fun with this configuration and should also elicit some curiosity when using the VivoBook as a tablet.
Good battery life, Good speakers, Inexpensive
The ASUS S400CA Touch Ultrabook seems like quite a good deal on the surface: $699 buys a touch screen, Windows 8, an attractive design and good battery life. We found it also bought a solid selection of ports, reasonable build quality and relatively good sounding speakers. What it doesn't buy is a satisfactory user experience.
The touch screen works well but is more of a novelty due to the notebook form factor; there's no getting around the display wobbling when touched.
Touchscreen Display Very Useful With Windows 8
With its base features and price tag, the ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T is not that different from most other ultrabooks. What sets it apart from them though is the 14-inch touchscreen display which is very beneficial to the Windows 8 experience but at a price similar to competing 14-inch ultrabooks. There are a number of smaller issues that do plague the system including a low resolution webcam and a trackpad that has a number of problems but most of these can be worked around fairly easily.
The best ultrabook that can be found at this price
Overall, a great ultrabook, may have some flaws, but when you remember that just invested $ 700 for it, you realize certainly that is the best option with difference in the market at that price, you can not ask for more, and probably do not want to ask more.
Robust, high quality aluminum unibody case
In conclusion, we find the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A to be a successfully executed update. The old model's strengths were kept and the few weaknesses eliminated. In search of a mobile office companion, the Asus UX31A turns out to be a near perfect choice. Possible points of criticism are limited and could be viewed as nitpicking on a high level (fixed RAM, missing DisplayPort and Gigabit LAN).
Got great build quality.
I'm not sure if the Zenbook Prime is the best of the new wave of Ultrabooks, but it's definitely one to watch for. It's got great build quality, a few small but noticeable upgrades in the keyboard and audio, and a display that is definitely superior to any of the Ultrabooks I've seen so far. The 13.3-inch version of the Zenbook Prime with a 128GB SSD is estimated to cost around $1099 when it goes on sale next month, and that price includes the full HD IPS display.
Excellent High Resolution Display, Strong Performance
For anyone looking to get an ultrabook with a high quality display, it is tough to top when ASUS has to offer with the Zenbook Prime UX31A. The IPS panel offers great color and a resolution capable of 1080p video support. Performance is also quite strong but the storage performance is a bit below what the competition does have to offer. While ASUS has improved the keyboard significantly, the same cannot be said for the trackpad which is one of the most erratic I have tested.
Viewing angles are superb, as you'd expect with an IPS monitor.
The new Asux Zenbook UX31A ultrabook looks like the old Asus Zenbook UX31E, with a brushed, bronze-tinted, solid aluminum shell that looks slightly dangerous and angular. The weight remains the same, at 1.3kg. But our test model arrived with a gorgeous, 1080p IPS (in-plane switching) display and an Ivy Bridge processor, boosting both performance and display quality. Price is about £1499.
Excellent screen, Thin and light
The Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A is a premium computer with a price tag to match. The build quality is excellent, the performance is great for an Ultrabook and the screen is top-notch.
Sadly, the battery life makes you think twice about its good points when you're spending that amount of money - we're just not sure that it's worth it for all that many people.
If you want a high-end Ultrabook, we recommend the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A as long as battery life isn't your main concern.
Different to what I ordered - Satisfied in the end
Overall I am very happy with the machine - for a 15.6" machine it is lightweight and thin and an example of this is that you can easily sit with it on your lap for as long as is needed without the machine becoming heavy or hot. The screen size makes working for extended periods of time a breeze and the touch screen is great. There is no optical disk so if you need one you would need to order additionally.
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