Whether you’re a future designer chipping away at the following Fallingwater or a maturing executive attempting to cut the following Citizen Kane, here and there you simply require more PC than what the conventional standard portable PC brings to the table. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend in overabundance of $2,000 to get one. Asus’ ZenBook Pro UX501VW offers an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16gygabyte of RAM, 512 gygabyte SSD and Nvidia 960M discrete representation, for just $1499, more than $500 not exactly an equal MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 15. It even has a high-res UHD touch screen, which makes this a perfect machine for altering photographs or recordings. The ZenBook Pro is so great it feels like there ought to be a catch or mystery covered up underneath its tough aluminum unibody outline, however beside a couple of minor nitpicks, Asus’ 15-inch mixed media machine is practically faultless.
On the 15-inch ZenBook Pro, Asus takes a basic, stately way to deal with configuration. The machine includes an all-aluminum undercarriage topped by the organization’s mark concentric ring complete on the metallic dark cover, with unobtrusive, cleaned edges on the sides. When you pry open the top, there are more concentric rings set close to the back of the console, and a plentiful, brushed metal deck where you can rest your palms.
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW Size
Weight : 5 pounds
Dimensions : 15.1 x 10.0 x 0.80 inches
While the ZenBook Pro’s top and palm rest have somewhat more flex than you get from other aluminum-bodied frameworks, similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, it’s insufficient to bring about concern, and generally the UX501VW feels entirely strong.
Console and Touchpad
With a travel separation of 2.1 millimeters, the ZenBook Pro’s console includes a long stroke, which, when joined with the console’s 62 grams of required activation power, makes for a comfortable writing knowledge. In any case, in case you’re utilized to sheets with short key travel, as am I, it can take a short time to conform to pushing down the distance with the goal keys should enroll. I hit 76 words for each moment on 10fastfingers.com’s writing test, which is was on the moderate side of my run of the mill 75-80 wpm range, however not annoyingly so.
The one exchange off Asus makes on the console is a half-estimate Right Shift key consequently for an arrangement of full-size bolt keys. While this can make writing a little slower at to begin with, it’s a penance that truly advantages video professionals, who regularly utilize those keys to explore to various casings of while altering.
The ZenBook Pro’ s adequate, 4 x 2.75-inch touchpad highlights a smooth, silver-matte complete that mixes in with the metal deck. Obviously, the touchpad reacted rapidly and precisely to both clicking and multitouch motions, for example, two-finger looking over and squeeze to-zoom.
With its 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 UHD touch screen, the ZenBook Pro’s showcase is perfect for photograph and video editors who aren’t married to Apple. Beside an extremely unpretentious blue tint, both recordings and pictures had a striking resemblance on the ZenBook Pro’s showcase as they did on my professionally aligned NEC desktop screen. I simply wish the covering were less glossy, as I invested excessively much energy gazing back at myself.
When I viewed the Warcraft film trailer at 4K, I cherished the supersharp point of interest on the people’s swords, which made them seem as though they may slice directly through the screen. Notwithstanding, I noticed that the cold Blizzard logo toward the start of the clasp had a faintly more profound blue tone than I saw on different presentations.
Asus ZenBook pro UX501VW Display: Test Results
Benchmark Score How it Compares
Brightness 289 nits Strong
Color Gamut (sRGB) 111 percent Very Srrong
Color Accuracy (Delta e) 4.37 Below Average
At 289 nits of shine, the ZenBook Pro’s screen was about as brilliant as the presentation on Dell’s XPS 15 (285 nits), marginally dimmer than the one on Apple’s 2015 MacBook Pro (303 nits) and a decent arrangement behind the screen on Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Pro (405 nits).
The ZenBook Pro’s screen can recreate 110 percent of the sRGB shading range. Anything above 100 percent is extraordinary, and the Asus bested the MacBook Pro by a considerable amount (86 percent). Notwithstanding, this present scratch pad’s board missed out to the super-rich showcases on the XPS 15 (191 percent) and the Ativ Book 9 Pro (130 percent), in spite of the fact that its hues looked all the more consistent with life.
Shading precision likewise lingered somewhat behind comparable frameworks, as the ZenBook Pro earned a Delta-E rating of 4.37. (Numbers more like zero are better.) Dell’s XPS 15 (0.7) and Apple’s MacBook Pro (2.1) both scored better, while Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Pro was a reasonable piece away, at 9.5.
At first look, the ZenBook Pro seems as though it’s concealing its speakers behind the round examples on its deck, however truth be told, sound originates from an arrangement of Bang and Olufsens situated on inverse sides of the portable PC’s base. At the point when listening to Ratatat’s “Neckbrace,” I enjoyed the framework’s reasonable highs and its generation of the crying guitars, in spite of the fact that I discovered its low-end pound lacking as I missed the headbanging bass I was truly searching for.
Discrete illustrations regularly make it troublesome for a framework to keep its warmth legitimately suppressed. Be that as it may, the ZenBook Pro didn’t experience the ill effects of this issue. After we spilled a video for 15 minutes, the most sizzling spot on the framework (the underside, in the middle of the two center fans) measured only 91 degrees Fahrenheit, securely beneath our 95-degree solace limit.
The space between the G and H keys was considerably cooler, at 88 degrees, and the touchpad didn’t enroll much above room temperature, at 80 degrees.
Ports and Webcam
Notwithstanding three standard USB 3.0 ports, the ZenBook Pro now includes a superfast USB-C association with backing for Thunderbolt 3.
That implies the port can be utilized to connect an outer showcase, or for making bursting quick information exchanges at up to 40 Gbps. You likewise get a combo receiver/earphone jack, HDMI 2.0 and a SD card peruser.
The HD webcam is less amazing, however. The photo I snapped in our sufficiently bright office turned out excessively dull, grainy and delicate for me to truly value it.
The ZenBook Pro leaves the crate prepared to handle the greater part of your profitability and interactive media needs, highlighting an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. That is something to be thankful for, on the grounds that right now, this is the main config you can purchase.
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW (Core i7 / 16GB / 512GB): Performance Tests
Benchmark Score How it Compares
Geekbench 3 11,472 Below Average
Spreadsheet Macro Test 3:41 Strong
File Transfer Test 462.66 MBps Strong
In ordinary utilize, the ZenBook Pro flies through assignments, for example, sorting through spreadsheets or basically running a group of program tabs. Indeed, even with 15 tabs open in Edge, the UX501VW experienced no difficulty spilling different 1080p recordings from YouTube.
When we ran Geekbench 3 to gauge general framework execution, the ZenBook Pro scored 11,472. That is somewhat behind numbers from the $2,130 Dell XPS 15 (13,502), $1,599 Samsung Ativ Book 9 Pro (12,334) and $2,500 Apple MacBook Pro (14,423), in spite of those frameworks including the same, or more established variants of the ZenBook Pro’s Core i7 CPU.
The UX501VW’s PCIe 512GB SSD was entirely rapid, enrolling an exchange rate of 462.66 MBps, which was essentially quicker than showings by the Ativ Book 9 Pro’s 256GB SSD (133.9 MBps) and the Dell XPS 15’s 512GB SSD (254 MBps), yet not exactly as quick as the ideal opportunity for the MacBook Pro’s 512 strong state drive (636 MBps).
In conclusion, on our efficiency test, the ZenBook Pro coordinated 20,000 names and addresses in OpenOffice in only 3 minutes and 41 seconds. Dell’s XPS 15 and Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Pro were both in the same extent, at 3:36 each, while the MacBook Pro was somewhat more lazy, with a period of 4:14.
Including a Nvidia 960M GPU with 2GB of vRAM, the ZenBook Pro expectedly kept pace with the representation force of the Dell XPS 15 (which highlights the same Nvidia 960M GPU) and exceeded the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Pro (which highlights a more established and less strong Nvidia 950M GPU).
On 3DMark’s Fire Strike representation test, the ZenBook Pro scored 4,308, versus 3,949 for the XPS 15 and 3,236 for the Ativ Book 9 Pro. The ZenBook Pro likewise held a slight edge in gaming, as it pushed 38 fps in Rainbow Six Siege at 1920 x 1080 and high settings. The XPS 15 trailed somewhat behind, at 32 fps, and the Ativ Book 9 Pro raised the back, at an unplayable 8 fps under the same settings.
Credit to Asus for tending to one of only a handful few issues we had with a year ago’s ZenBook Pro. The UX501VW kept going a strong 8 hours on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (ceaseless Web surfing over Wi-Fi) versus the miserable 4:25 we got from this present machine’s antecedent.
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That is over 2 hours longer than the common standard tablet (5:37), and it beats Dell’s XPS 15 (6:36) and Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro (5:31). Just the MacBook Pro (9:08) kept going longer in this class of scratch pad.
Laptop Battery Life
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW 8:00
Category Average 5:37
Right now, both Asus and outsider retailers offer just the single $1,500 model, which has an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and a Nvidia 960m GPU. Be that as it may, later on, I wouldn’t see any problems with seeing a model with an all the more intense Nvidia 970M, or a less-costly model with a 1920 x 1080 screen.
Programming and Warranty
The ZenBook Pro accompanies Windows 10 Home and a modest bunch of media-altering projects, for example, Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector and PowerDirector. Be that as it may, these applications appear like pointless augmentations, since the tablet’s intended interest group of Windows-based imaginative experts has a tendency to settle on Adobe’s all the more intense altering applications. For the individuals who don’t as of now have admittance to something like Premiere or Photoshop, Asus advantageously gives a blessing box highlighting a 20 percent off coupon for Adobe Creative Cloud among other programming bargains.
You likewise get accommodating utilities, for example, Nvidia’s GeForce Experience, alongside Asus Live Update, which improves and redesign your portable workstation to keep it running easily. The Zen Book Pro accompanies an Asus’ standard one-year guarantee too.
Despite everything i’m attempting to discover the wellspring of Asus’ dark enchantment that allowed the production of a $1,499 machine that opponents the best from Dell and Apple yet at a small amount of the expense and with about zero bargains. A comparably prepared XPS 15 runs $2,130 and has battery life that is 90 minutes shorter, while the nearest MacBook Pro config costs an incredible $2,500 and elements a lower-res show and no touch screen or Thunderbolt 3. Also, regardless of those different frameworks high as can be sticker prices, neither offers quite a bit of leverage, assuming any, in execution.
The UX501VW’s supershiny screen, to some degree firm console and marginally more prominent heave are minor bandy when you consider this current portable PC’s strong 8-hour battery life, vivid UHD touch screen and lovely aluminum unibody body. The ZenBook Pro is so great, it feels like burglary, taking wind and dollars out of Dell’s and Apple’s sails while sparing you cash in the meantime.