Asus announced a successor to the ZenBook Pro UX501 at Computex in May. The UX501 has been available for more than two years and got a Skylake Update in 2016. The new notebook is called ZenBook Pro UX550 and has a so-called “Nano-Edge display”, which means that the bezels are very slim, so the 15.6-inch screen fits into a 14-inch chassis.
Asus has decided to implement powerful components, including the popular Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor and modern GTX 1050 GPU from Nvidia. The UX550 was originally announced with the more powerful GTX 1050 Ti as well, but it is not available in all regions. Our test model is equipped with the standard Full HD IPS panel, while a 4K screen is optional. The memory and storage equipment is not bad with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB PCIe-SSD. Our laptop retails for around 1800 Euros (~$2150).
One of the biggest rivals is definitely the Dell XPS 15, which uses very similar components and slim bezels. We will list both tested SKUs (Core i7 & UHD; Core i5 & Full HD) in the comparison tables. Another competitor with a higher price tag is from Apple: The MacBook Pro 15 that has recently been renewed with Kaby Lake CPUs and is still very popular. Another possible comparison device is the Gigabyte Aero 15, which is categorized as a gaming laptop thanks to the GTX 1060, but it also works well as a multimedia laptop. Finally, we will obviously check whether users of the old ZenBook Pro UX501 should switch as well.
- Update 08/31: Case, PWM & response times, PCMarks, GPU, temperatures Witcher 3, battery runtime.
- Update 09/14: Ports & communication, input devices, viewing angles, gaming performance, system noise, speakers, power consumption.
- Update 09/26: Second test sample, BIOS 302, verdict, rating, pros & cons