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Asus announces 15-inch Zenbook U500VZ with Nvidia graphics and full numpad

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Asus has announced the Zenbook U500VZ, a 15-inch ultraportable with an Intel Core i7 processor and optional Nvidia graphics.

Asus Zenbook U500VZ
Asus Zenbook U500VZ

Asus has expanded its Zenbook laptop line in more ways than one with the announcement of the U500VZ, a large model with a 15-inch screen and full numpad. Featuring an Intel Core i7 processor as standard, the U500VZ offers a number of customization options, with users able to choose between dual SSDs with a capacity of up to 512GB or a combination of a 128GB SSD and a 500GB HDD.

At the top end of the spectrum, the U500VZ's on-board graphics can be replaced by a Nvidia GT 650M card, turning the device into a capable gaming machine — measuring 0.78 inches at its thickest point, it's certainly more portable than a lot of the gaming-focused laptops on the market. Asus has not revealed any details on pricing or availability, but the U500VZ is likely to hit shelves soon after the release of Windows 8 in late October.