The Asus ZenBook Pro UX550 Could Put MacBook Pro to Shame

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Asus's new ZenBook Pro UX550 is designed to give the 15-inch MacBook Pro a serious run for its money. Starting at just $1,299 this 15.6-inch laptop is available with Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics, an Intel Core i7 H-series (quad-core) CPU and a 4K, 15.6-inch display that covers 100 percent of the sRGB gamut.

The UX550 is just 0.74 inches thin and weighs a mere 3.97 pounds, which is a bit thicker but the same weight as the MacBook Pro. Asus's laptop uses its added girth to include a full suite of ports, including HDMI-out, two USB 3.0 connections and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Apple users get stuck with four Thunderbolt 3 ports only.

Like several other recent Asus laptops, the ZenBook Pro UX550 uses the company's NanoEdge bezels to give it a very high screen-to-body ratio. Despite its light weight and thin dimensions, the ZenBook Pro packs in a generous 73 Whr battery which promises up to 14 hours of battery life. Asus says the laptop can charge to 60 percent capacity in just 49 minutes.

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Its Harman Kardon speakers are tuned by Harman Kardon, which Asus says is 2.5 times louder than competing notebooks. 

Asus didn't announce a release date for the ZenBook Pro UX550 or precise specs for the base model. 

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5 comments
  • Jurgen Says:

    Asus is going down the Dell path which is the path to self-destruction. No keypad, no ethernet connection, reduction in USB ports, next we know there'll be barely a screen and a keyboard left to use.

    Sorry, that's already the case...

    That's what happens when ignorants design laptops. You get an expensive machine for children. And, judging by my 6 yo nephew's reaction, not even there did they manage to find the niche... Thankfully, there's Aero 15. An ultrabook made by adults who understand what adults need in a real professional ultrabook. The only failure is the pad, centred around the space bar, like with the rest of the laptops, instead in the centre of the keyboard as a whole. Ergonomics is still a concept not properly understood by designers everywhere.

    Sadly, the price reflects the functionality of Aero's design. It's very high.

  • Smithers Says:

    Without a numeric pad, just like XPS 15 or MBPro, it is not t a true 'Pro' laptop to me. What a pity; this was supposed to be my next laptop.

  • Smithers Says:

    Without a numeric pad, just like XPS 15 or MBPro, it is not t a true 'Pro' laptop to me. What a pity; this was supposed to be my next laptop.

  • Alexandra Crisafulli Says:

    Didn't you leave out a "not" in this sentence: "Asus did announce a release date for the ZenBook Pro UX550 or precise specs for the base model."

  • Patrick Says:

    Asus' major problem with their devices is their screens. The internals are great, but the keep skimping on screens. I have own many Asus machines and they just cant get the screens good enough to be as good as Apple or even XPS. The off white colors and even bland yellow/white are such deal breakers. If Asus would stop worrying so much about making their computers super affordable and invest in better screens, they would be a home run.

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