ASUS Zenbook Pro Gets Everything Right But for a Price

Few companies so dutifully check all the boxes as Asus has done with its ZenBook Pro UX550. The new laptop comes with pretty much all the specs you’ll want in a no-nonsense high-end machine and the company charges an appropriately high price for it.

The NanoEdge display on the front is a 15.6-inch panel with Full HD 1080p resolution. It is also touch-enabled with optional ASUS Pen accessory, and supports viewing angles of up to 178-degrees. The shell is 18.9 mm thick and it weighs only 3.97 pounds.

The aluminum chassis features a glass trackpad with a fingerprint scanner onboard for added security. Windows 10 onboard allows you even further protection via Windows Hello.

Processor, GPU and Storage

Under the hood, you get the powerful 7th-generation Intel i7-7700HQ processor with 16 GB DDR4-2400 RAM. The storage is handled by similarly-fast 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. As for the graphics, there is the appropriately-powerful GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics chip from Nvidia with 4 GB of VRAM.

Wireless connections are handled by Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 and Bluetooth 4.2. For wired connections, you get two fast Thunderbolt 3 ports with USB-C connections, 2 conventional USB-A 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 for external connections, a microSD reader, 3.5mm audio-jack and Harmam Kardon-certified quad-speaker setup.

Battery and Pricing

The battery unit is of 73 Whr capacity, which can get you up to 14 hours of life. Thanks to Asus’ fast-charge technology, you can fill it up to 60 percent in just 49 minutes.

The pricing starts at $1699, which is about what you’d expect from a notebook of this calibre. It will be available from October 13th in international markets.

Sure, there are similarly-powered options at a lower price-tag, however few of them come close to Asus’ design prowess which is on full display here. There’s also likely little choice to upgrade to a slightly-more powerful setup.


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