Based on this week’s reviews, this has been quite the summer for storage. We tested and critiqued three external hard drives: The 64GB SanDisk Wireless Connect Media Drive, 1TB Patriot AERO and the OWC Envoy Pro EX (240GB). We’ll let you guess which two of those three offer wireless streaming. When it comes to laptops, we reviewed both the high-resolution ASUS Zebook UX51V and the ASUS N550JV. On the app front, the YouTube creators’ latest, MixBit, was put through its paces as was Notes Plus, an $8 note-taking app for iPad. Finally, we gave the Sprint MiFi 500 LTE hotspot a full review.
With its new Zenbook UX51Vz-XB71, ASUS continues to take aim at the MacBook Pro throne. This sleek 15-inch notebook now has a Retina-like 2880 x 1620-pixel display, delivering crisp and bright images. However, the UX51Vz is more than a pretty face, cramming a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia graphics and dual SSDs into its remarkably thin frame. But is the addition of a Retina-like display and high-powered specs enough to justify its $2,699 price?