ASUS has started selling its 15-inch ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GE ultra-thin laptop featuring Intel’s six-core processor, NVIDIA’s discrete GPU as well as a factory-calibrated 15.6-inch display with a 4K Ultra-HD resolution. The laptop is available in only one configuration, but good news is that it is relatively affordable as it costs less than $2000.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GE-XB71T is based on Intel’s six-core Core i7-8750H processor accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4-2400 memory as well as a 512 GB NVMe SSD. The laptop has NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4 GB of memory that drives its 15.6-inch multi-touch IPS display featuring a 3840×2160 resolution and is factory-calibrated to a Delta-E <2 accuracy.
The latest ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 comes in ‘Deep Dive Blue’ aluminum unibody with rose gold edges to highlight its first-class nature and positioning. The laptop features an 18.9-mm z-height and weighs 1.86 kilograms, thus being thinner and lighter than most 15.6-inch laptops. As for battery life, the notebook can work for 9.5-hours on one charge (according to MobileMark 2014) on its 71 Wh lithium-polymer battery.
On the wireless connectivity side of things, we see Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi solution featuring 802.11ac Wi-Fi (with up to 1.73 Gbps throughput) and Bluetooth 5.0. As for physical connectors, the notebook is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 headers, an HDMI display output, a microSD card reader, a TRRS audio jack, and a proprietary jack for charging. As for conferencing, the laptop has a VGA webcam, Harman Kardon-badged stereo speakers, and a microphone array.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GE-XB71T notebook is available directly from ASUS in the U.S. as well as from large retailers like Amazon and Newegg. The laptop costs $1,799, but eventually ASUS may expand the number of configurations and introduce models that are more affordable (Core i5-8300H-based) or more expensive (Core i9-based).
|General Specifications of the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550|
|Details||3840×2160 | 100% AdobeRGB, 95% NTSC|
|CPU Options||Core i7-8750H (6C/12T)|
|Graphics||Integrated||HD Graphics 630 (24 EUs)|
|Discrete||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
4 GB GDDR5 memory
|RAM||16 GB DDR4-2400 (soldered)|
|Storage||SSD||512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4/NVMe|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi||Intel Wireless-AC 9560 CRF|
802.11ac (2×2) Wi-Fi
|USB||3.1 Gen 2||2 × TB 3 (Type-C)|
2 × USB Type-A
|Thunderbolt||2 × TB 3 (data, DP displays)|
|Display Outputs||1 × HDMI |
2 × TB3 with DisplayPort
|Gigabit Ethernet||Optional via a dongle|
|Card Reader||Micro SD card reader|
|Other I/O||Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack|
|Dimensions||Width||36.5 cm | 14.37 inch|
|Depth||25.1 cm | 9.88 inch|
|Thickness||1.89 cm | 0.74 inch|
|Weight||1.86 kilograms | 4.1 lbs|
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