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First Look: Asus Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 delivers on design and performance

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First Look: Asus Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 delivers on design and performance

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If you're looking for a premium Windows 8 laptop, this Asus should be your first stop. Just make sure to bring a fat wallet.

-Hi. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and this is a really nice laptop. It's the Asus Zenbook UX51Vz, a windows 8 laptop for people wanting a well-designed system with high performance components and who are willing to pay for them. It's priced a little less than $2,000. But for the money, you get a nice looking aluminum body all around, top, bottom and inside. A bright 1080p resolution IPS display with wide viewing angles and some great components including; an Intel Core i7 processor, dual 128 gig SSD, 8 gigs of memory and discreet NVIDIA graphics. You get a large keyboard with a number pad and responsive touchpad with multi-touch support. You even get better than average stereo speakers and a small subwoofer to give things a fuller sound. What you don't get is the touchscreen which sort of hurts the Windows 8 experience but since it has a very good touchpad, it's not the end of the world. Its overall performance is also very good including an 11 second boot time and a 2 second resume from sleep. Batter life with normal use comes in about 5.5 hours, so maybe not all day use but still respectable. Basically, as I set up top, it's a really nice laptop. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Asus Zenbook UX51Vz.

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