Asus' 15-inch powerhouse offers plenty of performance for editing 4K videos, processing RAW images or doing computer animation. With an Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics and a gorgeous 3840 x 2160 touch screen, the ZenBook Pro UX501VW offers similar performance to a MacBook Pro that costs $1,000 more. Throw in 8 hours of endurance and you're ready to take your creative work on the road.
|Best Asus Laptops 2017|
|Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW||Best Overall||4.5 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook C202||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus VivoBook E403SA||Best Budget Notebook||4.5 out of 5|
|Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi (Full-HD 2015)||Best 2-in-1||3.5 out of 5|
|Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition||Best for Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe||New and Notable||N/A|
The $199 Asus Chromebook C202 puts Chrome OS in a nearly indestructible package that can survive drops from 3.9 feet. Its 1.6-GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor and up to 4GB of RAM (priced at $229) provide decent performance for the price. With 8 hours and 23 minutes of battery life, you can spend plenty of time away from a wall charger. The C202 also has the best Chromebook keyboard we've ever used, with deep travel and snappy feedback.
Asus' VivoBook E403SA packs a 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, a USB Type-C port and over 9 hours of battery life into a lightweight, $399 package. Add in solid Pentium-class performance, a stylish brushed-aluminum-finish lid and a solid keyboard, and this laptop's a steal.
The Transformer Book T300 Chi is a solid 2-in-1 for the price. This $699 convertible seduces with its dark-blue aluminum body, and opens to reveal a bright 12.5-inch touch screen and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. The two halves are connected by magnets with a stronger grip than other hybrids, and its Core M-powered processor performs well. Just make sure you opt for the full HD screen instead of the quad HD model. It's not only cheaper but lasts longer on a charge.
The ROG Strix G752VS OC Edition sets the bar for gaming notebook. Its vivid 17.3-inch, 1080p display, overclocked CPU and powerful Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU make it worth the splurge. Add in a sleek case that sets itself apart from all of the black and red gaming notebooks out there, support for the latest USB Typ-C standard and VR gaming, and you've got a machine ready to handle anything you throw at it.
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe will take the design of its predecessor and supercharge it for professionals when it releaes in May for $1,699. The new laptop steps up to a 14-inch, 1080p display, has three USB Type-C ports (two of which support Thunderbolt 3), and runs on an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD. It's not much thiocker than the original ZenBook 3, but we're hoping the extra space mean sroom for a larger battery.
Hands-on with Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe