Asus Zenbook U500VZ Detailed: The Next Super Ultrabook
Published on September 2nd, 2012
If you think the Asus Zenbook Prime is one of the best out there, think again. Asus has unveiled another Ultrabook, this time more powerful and fully loaded with features that will make you drool, the Asus Zenbook U500VZ Ultrabook. If you ask me, this is one B.A.M.F. Ultrabook. The Asus Zenbook U500VZ is powered by the latest 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, paired with GeForce GT650M and features a huge 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display.
If you don’t like Ultrabook because they have limited storage capacity, or not so good display, then the Asus Zenbook U500VZ will make you want one. Its storage capacity ranges from 128GB/256GB up to 512GB Solid State Drive (via dual SSD setup 2x 256GB). Unlike its Zenbook predecessors, the Zenbook U500VZ has a huge 15.6-inch display. And not just any display, it’s a Full HD IPS display that offers a more vivid, sharper and better display compared to the previous models. It also features Bang and Olufsen ICEpower speakers for its audio.
The Asus Zenbook U500VZ, like its little brothers, has an aluminum body. It carries the “Zenbook look and feel”. Asus has also included the numeric keypads and all the keys are backlit. On the right side of the Zenbook U500 you can see the 3.5mm audio socket, SD card slot, another USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort and a mic port. On the left side is a full size HDMI connectors, an Ethernet Socket and two USB 3.0 ports.
Since its GPU is powered by a GeForce GT650M, the Zenbook U500 can easily be turned into a mobile gaming unit. A piece of hardware that most Ultrabooks doesn’t have. It is expected to run on the latest Windows 8 operating system.
Asus Zenbook U500VZ Specifications
Operating System: Windows 8
CPU: 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT650M 2GB GDDR5
Display: 15.6-inch Full HD IPS at 1920×1080 Screen
Storage: 2x 256GB SSD or 128GB SSD + 500GB HDD
Audio: Bang and Olufsen ICEpower speakers
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, Mic, 3.5mm port, memory card reader
Dimensions: 19.7mm thickest down to 6mm
The Asus Zenbook U500 is definitely a kick-ass Ultrabook packed with cutting edge specs. It’s definitely a must have Ultrabook and I’d definitely want one. But I’m sure this Ultrabook will have a hefty price tag.
Asus Zenbook U500VZ Price and Availability
As of to-date, Asus did not disclosed any information regarding its price. But based on the specifications it is built with, it will definitely cost more than the Asus Zenbook Prime. Asus did not also disclosed its released date, but most probably this Ultabook will be released once the Windows 8 is officially released.