Saturday, June 7th 2014

ASUS Announces the Zenbook NX500 Ultrabook

ASUS today announced Zenbook NX500, the stunning new flagship of the multiple-award-winning Zenbook Ultrabook range. Echoing the timeless, classic design of Zenbook, NX500 introduces a new sleek and elegant all-aluminum chassis housing state-of-the-art components for ultimate performance. NX500 premieres the incredible new ASUS VisualMaster display technology, and has the world's first 15.6-inch 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) touchscreen using 3M QDEF (quantum dot enhancement film) technology for unbelievably natural and vivid color reproduction.

NX500 uses a powerful 4th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, teamed with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics for seamless multitasking, smooth 4K/UHD video playback and responsive gameplay.

Zenbook NX500 is the proud recipient of a prestigious 2014 IF Design award, which is recognized worldwide as seal of quality for products that excel in specific criteria including design quality, degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics and more.

VisualMaster display - the future, today
Zenbook NX500 is the first ASUS product to feature the new ASUS VisualMaster display technology, which ensures incredible detail, clarity, accuracy and vibrant lifelike color. The VisualMaster display on NX500 is a 15.6-inch IPS touchscreen, with a 4K/UHD resolution for stunningly detailed images. It is the world's first 15.6-inch laptop display to feature 3M QDEF technology, which uses quantum dots to enable an ultra-wide color gamut of 100% NTSC, 108% Adobe RGB and 146% sRGB. This means that NX500 can display an unprecedented range of colors and hues, making all images richer and more vivid.

With wide 178-degree viewing angles, ASUS TruVivid direct-bonding technology to minimize reflections, factory-calibrated color temperature, and a pixel density sufficient to make individual pixels effectively invisible from a normal viewing distance, NX500's display is simply the best you can find on a laptop, anywhere.

For the ultimate touch experience, NX500 uses high-fidelity touchscreen actuators that are twice as sensitive as the industry standard, for smooth, intuitive and accurate 10-point multi-touch input.

NX500 Zenbook evolved
Evoking the classic, timeless Zenbook design, NX500 has a refined new slim shape featuring the Zenbook signature spun-metal finish on the lid. Crafted from a single block of aluminum, and tapering to remarkably slim edges, NX500 is supremely elegant and portable. Every detail of NX500 is carefully crafted for style and practicality, including the chiclet keyboard with its one-piece frameless construction and backlighting controlled by an ambient-light sensor, which gives perfect key illumination under all lighting conditions.

Ultimate power, ultimate connectivity
As with any Zenbook, NX500 is not only incredibly stylish, but also has power to spare for any computing task, thanks to its powerful Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics with 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory. With either a state-of-the-art 512 GB PCI Express (PCIe) x4 solid-state-disk (SSD), or up to two SATA 3 SSDs (configurable as a RAID 0 array) for ultra-responsive data transfers and quick application loads, NX500 will never keep the user waiting. The three USB 3.0 ports provide 10-times fast data transfers than USB 2.0, and the next-generation Broadcom dual-band three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi gives speeds up to 3 times faster than 802.11n with compatible routers. Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 allows connections to the latest high-speed peripherals.

Awe-inspiring sound
The stereo speaker grilles on NX500 feature a laser-engraved ripple-effect design detailing that gives a visual hint of the incredible SonicMaster Premium audio, incorporating ICEpower, Bang & Olufsen technology. This gives NX500 rich, deep bass and crystal-clear vocals, with a wider frequency range and higher volume levels than ordinary laptops. MaxxAudio Master by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award, brings professional-level sound processing to NX500 for an enhanced listening experience.
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10 Comments on ASUS Announces the Zenbook NX500 Ultrabook

#2
Maban
Press releases are:

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#3
Ferrum Master
by: Maban
Press releases are:
After reading this - sugar is simply pouring out of my ears...
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#4
techy1
PR text - like an ancient poetry... but it works - I am buying this (disclaimer - price less than 950,- eur, after taxes, i7 and those SSD's in raid included. if otherwise - go F your self,you PR people :P)
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#5
brunello
Why still RAID 0 of msata instead of an M.2 ssd? I'm not a huge fan of raid 0.
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#6
The Von Matrices
by: brunello
Why still RAID 0 of msata instead of an M.2 ssd? I'm not a huge fan of raid 0.
I don't think there's any chipset that can make PCIe SSDs into a RAID as of yet. The single PCIe x4 (M.2) SSD is still probably the better choice.
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#7
Arjai
by: Maban
Press releases are:

stunning
multiple-award-winning
timeless
classic
sleek
elegant
state-of-the-art
ultimate
first
incredible
unbelievably natural
vivid
powerful
seamless
smooth
responsive
proud
unprecedented
richer
best
high-fidelity
intuitive
accurate
slim
signature
remarkably
supremely
perfect
incredibly stylish
ultra-responsive
quick
next-generation
laser-engraved
rich
deep
crystal-clear
professional-level
enhanced
Forgot:
Vibrant.
Stylish.
:toast:
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#8
brunello
by: The Von Matrices
I don't think there's any chipset that can make PCIe SSDs into a RAID as of yet. The single PCIe x4 (M.2) SSD is still probably the better choice.
I mean, why they don't just put one M.2 instead of a raid 0 of msata, like Apple or Sony, I guess the performance will be better with the M.2

I've got one in my Vaio Pro and it's blazing fast
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#9
Maban
by: Arjai
Forgot:
Vibrant.
Stylish.
:toast:
I put "incredibly stylish". I suppose I could have left out incredibly since it's an adverb but I figured I'd include it anyway. I did miss vibrant though and I also missed lifelike.
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
I would want raid 1 for data protection as lets face it, it's going be fast enough anyways.
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