Among the new features that ASUS has taken to Computex 2017, we have to highlight the ZenBook Pro UX550. The reason is clear, it is a complicated option to find in the notebook market: elegant design, quality of materials, graphic power thanks to a dedicated graphics, and above all, quite contained dimensions for all this offered.
This is a laptop with a screen size of 15.6 inches, which many of you will know from previous generations – a couple of years in the market. This season is renewed more than ever with things as interesting as a touch panel with 4K resolution and an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card (4GB of DDR5 RAM).
It seems the ideal laptop for those who do not need a desktop and want to do everything in it, valuing the possibility of carrying it over when necessary. What some would call the ASUS MacBook Pro, but with enough personality, and very good specifications.
We have to highlight the introduction of Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, with two quad-core options such as Core i7-7700HQ and Core i5-7300HQ. In this laptop, a new cooling system based on two fans, for CPU and for GPU is released.
The new ASUS Pro laptop weighs 1.8 kilos and has a thickness of 18.9 mm, little thing for 15.6 inches. No less interesting is the presence of a Type-C USB port with Thunderbolt 3 support; we also have a normal size HDMI 1.4 output.
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Playing to compare the dimensions of this ASUS with other equipment known to offer much in a small space, we have to say that is considerably better in its dimensions than the Dell Inspiron 15, and almost equals its size with the Razer Blade 14 inches (1, 86 kilos and 17.9 mm).
On the 4K screen, it should be said that it covers the NTSC space by 72%, with a viewing angle of 178 degrees and frames of only 7.3 mm. With this and with the elimination of the numeric keypad they have achieved the diminution of size so powerful. The battery seems to have improved considerably, with up to 14 hours of use and rapid charging (60% in 49 minutes).
Things that are always interesting in a high-end notebook are present, such as the four quality speakers certified by Harman / Kardon, backlit keyboard, or trackpad with glass surface and integrated fingerprint sensor.
ZenBook Pro UX550, price and availability
The new ASUS Pro laptop comes on sale with a starting price of $1300, will be available in the main markets of the Taiwanese brand starting in July.
The price will go up considerably with the highest processor, up to 16GB of RAM or the possibility of placing a 1TB in SSD format. Windows 10 is the operating system option.