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Asus quietly introduces the ZenBook Pro 15 with hexa-core processors

By Greg S · 8 replies
May 15, 2018
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  1. Asus has refreshed its ZenBook Pro 15 laptop to make it thinner and more power than ever before. The addition of 8th Generation Intel Core processors, improved screen to body ratio, and three heat pipe design keeps it running smoothly with excellent visuals.

    The biggest change is the availability of an Intel Core i9 processor in this year's ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GD. Processor options include an i5-8300H up to 4.0GHz, i7-8750H up to 4.1GHz, and i9-8950HK up to 4.5GHz with 8, 9, and 12MB of cache respectively. All three CPUs are hexa-core models.

    All configurations come with a GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM. However, it would have been nice to see at least a GTX 1060 considering the display options.

    The base unit comes with a 1920x1080 panel that covers the entire sRGB color gamut. A 7.3mm bezel around the sides of the screen allow for an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio. A touch screen of the same resolution is available or the display can be upgraded to a 4K UHD panel that has even better color calibration and is a touch screen by default.

    Currently, the ZenBook Pro is listed with a VGA webcam. This is a shortcoming of an otherwise premium model. While certainly not a deal breaker, it is an oddity that a portable professional oriented laptop does not have modern communication hardware.

    Storage is completely solid state on the ZenBook Pro 15. A 256GB or 512GB Sata 3 SSD and a 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD can be chosen. I/O is plentiful with two USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports supporting Thunderbolt, two standard USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, an HDMI out, a 3.5mm TRRS combination audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader. Standard connectivity includes dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

    A 71Wh 8-cell lithium-polymer battery provides up to 9 hours of battery life. Although it maight take some aggressive power saving features to achieve the full runtime, Asus states that it takes precisely 49 minutes to recharge from zero to 60 percent using the 150W power adapter with barrel plug.

    Pricing and availability is still unknown, although previous models give a good indication. Units are likely to be available around June and will be upwards of $1,500 and breaking $2,000 for fully loaded configurations.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,031   +2,425

    A bit of a pointless machine. A top-ranging laptop today should allow M.2 SSD-s. And GTX 1050 is inadequate for a 4K panel.
     
  3. David Matthews

    David Matthews TS Addict Posts: 186   +35

    I disagree somewhat. A GTX 1050 is inadequate for rending 4K 3D graphics (ie. games) but it's plenty powerful for watching or editing 4K videos.
     
  4. PeterCC

    PeterCC TS Rookie

    Like I’m going to pay for an i9 without a minimum GTX 1070.
     
  5. lazer

    lazer TS Booster Posts: 161   +36

    Like I said in a different post, Asus ruined my machine. They told me to upgrade and I did and the thing kept shutting down on its own and then starting up again on its own.

    I complained to them and they at first refused to deal with it. only after a long time did they 'try' to provide me with a crappy help that did NOT work. So I have a dead machine and no resort.

    I recommend any other brand over them. Never had such a terrible help desk experience in my life....
     
  6. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +440

    Not interested in these ultra books from companies that have lousy support channels.

    And these same old battery life claims are rarely realized in the reals.
     
  7. Bas Keur

    Bas Keur TS Member Posts: 20

    You must be joking !
    M.2 = PCI Express & my HP Envy Laptop runs native 4K and 4K on a external monitor using nothing but Intel's own HD Graphics 620.
     
  8. koohansen

    koohansen TS Rookie

    I have lost confidence in Asus products, used to be a huge fan of it, their newer Zenbook product seems to have inferior quality and poor customer service.
     
  9. Bas Keur

    Bas Keur TS Member Posts: 20

    This is true, same with Sony. Growing up a Sony Vaio laptop was OP, now your 3K i7 won't even get a new BIOS.
     

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