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Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ 4 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.2GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.6" Laptop

4 Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.2GHz 8GB Nov 2013
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36 Reasons For

Nice Design

Several people mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design. Last year Goodhousekeeping.com wrote “Slim design”. Goodhousekeeping.com also said “Core 7 processor, in a slim, smart design”. One Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Goodhousekeeping.com wrote “Beautiful scratchresistant Gorilla Glass lid” in their review but they only scored it 3 stars.

Easy to Use

One customer who bought it thought it was easy to use. Six years ago Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert website CNET.co.uk “The Asus Videophone Touch does a great job of making Skype-calling simple and intuitive with its easy-to-navigate menu systems” in their review.

One Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ owner who purchased it considered that it had a good interface. Computeractive.co.uk wrote in their review “Brilliantly simple interface”.

One Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ owner mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Goodhousekeeping.com mentioned “Comfortable keyboard” in their review of this laptop although they only gave it a score of 3 stars.

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Good Size

A few Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ owners who reviewed this laptop wrote that it was thin. Expert website Goodhousekeeping.com mentioned “The Asus Zenbook UX31 is as slim as any system in our test” but they scored the product 3 stars.

Good Technical Features

A few people mentioned that it had good features. Cnet.co.uk said six years ago “Unfortunately there are some important features missing”. Goodhousekeeping.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “Good range of features” however despite that they gave this laptop a rating of 3 stars.

Good Connectivity

One Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ reviewer who bought it thought it was wifi compatible. Expert review site Voipplanet.com mentioned “While there are a number of wireless devices for making Skype voice-only calls (see our coverage here, here”.

Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ has one of the bigger maximum internal memory supported by processors (32 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of portable PCs of this age and spec is 8GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 25GB.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ range from 200MHz to 650MHz. When compared to other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the Zenbook Touch U500VZ of 650 megahertz is one of the fastest.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

When compared to other laptops that were launched around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ that we have assessed, the Zenbook Touch U500VZ's PCI Express slot version of 3 is one of the newest. Ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago have PCI Express slot versions of between 2 and 3.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the laptops of this spec and age. Most of the ultrabooks that are a similar age to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this Asus laptop has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Good Brand

We checked 3,771 expert and user reviews for Asus portable PCs and found that on average Asus has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Asus has good ratings specifically within its ultrabooks range.

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Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ have between one and three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 800MHz to 1,300MHz. At 1,150 megahertz, the Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

This laptop's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution across all portable PCs of this spec and age.

The worst display resolution across similar types of laptop is 1366 x 768 pixels.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ range from 1GHz to 2.9GHz. The processor clock speed of the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ of 2.2 gigahertz is one of the fastest amongst ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a front camera. Most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for more than two years also have a front camera.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than most ultrabooks that have been available for more than two years. Most comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family. Across all portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ the worst processor family is Intel Core i3-2xxx and the best is Intel Core i7-3xxx.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this Asus notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

Amongst similar types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of ultrabooks that came out more than two years ago range from 4GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.9GB. The Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a fairly big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many ultrabooks that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Quite Big Screen Size

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a fairly big screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other ultrabooks that have been available for more than two years. Ultrabooks that have been around for a similar time to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ have screen sizes of between 11" and 18", and the average screen size is 14".

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has one of the bigger total storage capacity (512 gigabytes) amongst ultrabooks of this age. Across all the ultrabooks that have been around for more than two years the total storage capacity range from 64GB to 1.1TB.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 32,768 megabytes, the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age. The average maximum internal memory of portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ is 24GB.

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Very Big Cache Memory

Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ the cache memories range from 2MB to 6MB. When compared to other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago, the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ's cache memory of 6 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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512 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has bigger solid-state drive capacity than most of the laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ. Most of the portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ only have between 16 and 511 solid-state drive capacity, however this notebook PC has 512 solid-state drive capacity.

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Very Big Processor Cache

Ultrabooks that have been on the market for more than two years have processor caches of between 2MB and 6MB. At 6 megabytes, the Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a very big processor cache compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big L3 Cache

Across all the portable PCs of this age and spec the L3 caches range from 2MB to 6MB. With a L3 cache of 6 megabytes, the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has one of the biggest L3 caches amongst ultrabooks of this age.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has more processor threads than most of the similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ. Most of the portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ only have between two and seven processor threads, however this notebook PC has eight processor threads.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of laptops of a comparable type and age to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ is 2.9GHz. At 3.2 gigahertz, the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Eight Battery Cells

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ is a eight battery cell count laptop.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

The Zenbook Touch U500VZ is a three USB 3.0 port laptop.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ is 23Wh and the biggest is 70Wh. When compared to other ultrabooks that were released more than two years ago, the battery capacity of the Zenbook Touch U500VZ of 70 watt-hours is one of the biggest.

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Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At 2,048 megabytes, the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ has a fairly big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that came out more than two years ago. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1GB and the biggest is 2.1GB.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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5 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this notebook PC is 68 out of 100 based on six expert reviews from sites including v3.co.uk, CNET.de, CNET.co.uk and computeractive.co.uk.

Poor Battery Life

Several Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ reviewers who purchased the product reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. V3.co.uk wrote six years ago “Simply; good screen; touch-screen controls Bad points No battery so loses settings if not plugged in; contact list doesn’t easily show who’s online” in their Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ review. In November last year Goodhousekeeping.com scored the product 3 stars and wrote “Poor battery life in our tests”. Goodhousekeeping.com also said “Its battery life is unimpressive”.

Not Robust

One Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ reviewer mentioned that the product was not strong and durable.

Heavy

Across all the ultrabooks that came out around the same time as the Zenbook Touch U500VZ the weights range from 870g to 3.3kg, and the average weight is 1.6kg. At 2.1 kilograms, the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ is fairly heavy compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Zenbook Touch U500VZ.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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1 Other reason to consider the Asus Zenbook Touch U500VZ

Released Over Three Years Ago

Asus released the Zenbook Touch U500VZ over three years ago.

Specification

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4G
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Expert Reviews

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The Asus Zenbook UX31 is as slim as any system in our test and boasts a glorious high-resolution screen, but if you're looking for a real powerhouse PC, this ultrabook may disappoint. The laptop... Read more…

Brilliant highresolution screen
Slim design
The Asus Zenbook U 301 packs in a lot, including a betterthanHD touch screen, big 256GB SSD, and Core 7 processor, in a slim, smart design
Stunning design
Decent performance
Poor graphics and performance in our tests
Slow to launch applications
Poor battery life in our tests
It costs more than most comparable betterthenHD laptops, including the Retina MacBook Pro
The Zenbook doesn't feel as rugged as its price warrants, and its battery life is unimpressive
23 August 2010

A good video phone, but it?s far too expensive given its flaws...

Works smoothly and simply
Good screen
Touchscreen controls
Touch-screen controls
High call and video quality
No battery so loses settings if not plugged in
Contact list doesnt easily show whos online
Looks rather old fashioned
No IM-style chat
No way of topping up your Skype account
23 August 2010

A good video phone, but it?s far too expensive given its flaws Good points Works smoothly and simply; good screen; touch-screen controls Bad points No battery so loses settings if not plugged in;...

28 April 2010

The Asus Videophone Touch does a great job of making Skype-calling simple and intuitive with its easy-to-navigate menu systems and responsive touch-interface. Unfortunately there are some...

1 January 2010

Tens of millions of people worldwide make daily video calls over Skype's low-cost/no cost Internet based VoIP service. While there are a number of wireless devices for making Skype voice-only... Read more…

If you or people you know like video chat (or could benefit from switching to it) and don?t want to use a PC for the task, the SV1T is the way to go...

14 December 2009

Price: $199 (MSRP), before $50 mail-in rebate (available through 12/31/09)...

30 April 2010

Das Asus Videophone Touch ist ein einfacher Zugang in die Welt der Videotelefonie - ganz ohne PC. Leider fehlen ein paar wichtige Funktionen. Außerdem dürfte der hohe Preis einen großen Teil...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers u500vz, asus ux501, u500vzcm064, asus ux501v, u500vzcm064p, asus ux501vw, u500vzcm064h, u500vz-cm064p
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