CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2 Ultrabook Review

Posted November 19, 2012 by Sam Chen in Reviews
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Sleek Design, Good Performance, Reasonable Price

Ever since Intel’s Ultrabook push in late 2011, Ultrabooks have become quite popular in the notebook market and today we’ll be taking a look at the newest offerings from our friends over at CyberPowerPC. Now, since this is our first Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review, let’s first discuss what an Ultrabook is and what can be called an Ultrabook.

The first Ultrabooks that were released in 2011 prior to the release of Ivy Bridge CPUs had their own set of Ultrabook specifications, but with the release of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors (sometime during Computex 2012 in June), Intel also released a new set of requirements manufacturers had to meet in order to call their product an “Ultrabook”. Let’s take a look at this set of requirements…

  • Intel Core Family Processor – Obviously…
  • Thin – 18mm thick or less with displays of 14″ or less and 21mm thick or less with displays of 14″ or more.
  • Long Battery Life – Minimum 5 hour battery life
  • Responsive – S4 sleep to wake in 7 seconds or less
  • Secure – Must include Intel’s Anti-Theft technology and Intel Identity Protection technology
  • Fast I/O – Ivy Bridge (3rd Generation Intel Core Processor) Must have USB 3 or Thunderbolt technology

This then leads us into the topic for our review today, the CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2 Ultrabook. Recently unveiled only about a couple months ago, the Zeus-M series Ultrabooks is CyberPowerPC’s first entry into the Ultrabook segment. Currently, CyberPowerPC is offering the Zeus-M Series Ultrabooks in three flavors – the Zeus-M, Zeus-M2, and the Zeus-M3. The difference between the three? The amount of onboard memory and the capacity of the SSD.

Zeus-M2 Specifications

Manufacturer CyberPowerPC
Model Zeus-M2 Ultrabook
CPU Intel Core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge Dual Core Processor – Integrated on MB 17W
Motherboard Mobile Intel®HM77 Chipset
Memory 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance SODIMM Memory
Graphics Intel HD 4000 Integrated
Storage 120GB Intel 520 SSD
Optical Drive N/A
Display 14.1″ 1366×768 LED Backlit Display
Sound Built-in two stereo speaker with chamber
Networking Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps + Wireless b/g/n + Bluetooth v3.0
Keyboard Built-in Frame Keyboard
Mouse Built-in Multi-gesture Touchpad
Battery 8 Cell Li-Ion Polymer Battery 3320mAh
Webcam Built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel Webcam
I/O HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, Ethernet, Multi-card Reader, 3.5mm Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack, Kensington Lock
Operating System Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Dimensions 13.15″ x 9.25″ x ~0.704″ (344mm x 235mm x 17.9mm)
Weight < 3.97 lbs (< 1.8kg)
Warranty 1-Year Limited Warranty with Lifetime Technical Support

As we can see from the specifications here, the specific laptop we’ll be taking a look at today is the Zeus-M2, which contains an i5-3317U, 16GB of DDR3 memory, and a 120GB Intel 520 SSD.

**Update 11/26/12**

Per reader request, I’ve acquired a small food scale in order to accurately measure notebook weight. The Zeus-M2 as reviewed here weighs in at 3.41 lbs.


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  • fran farrell

    ‘Owning’ a Windows PC is like renting a car at the airport and being told that if you want to get your stuff out of the trunk you have to rent another trunk key (Windows/Office combo).

  • romath

    Thin is not enough. It needs to be light, three pounds or preferably less (e.g., 2.4 lbs). Otherwise, it’s just another laptop with a thin design. And when one has a 14″, there’s enough room in the base to make up for thin.

    • http://www.custompcreview.com/ Sam Chen

      Thanks for the excellent suggestion! I will definitely try to get my hands on a small scale to get good weight measurements for these Ultrabooks for future reviews. I’m actually not so sure about the weight CyberPowerPC has in its spec, but it’s definitely around the 3-4lb range.

      Your right though. There really isn’t all that much special about the Zeus-M2 other than the fact that it qualifies under the Ultrabook spec, which actually TBH is quite a difficult spec to qualify under. That said, what it lacks in ultra light weight and a top of the line screen, it makes up for in price. Similarly spec’d alternatives with better screens or lighter weights such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for example starts at $1,124, the Samsung Series 9 starts at $1,199, Zenbook Prime 13.3″ starts at $1099, and the Toshiba Portege Z935 starts at $999.