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Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW 5

9 / 13

Reviewed by Chris Finnamore

14 April 2016

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW

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Top-drawer components to rival the Dell XPS 15

Key features:

  • Powerful processor and graphics
  • Decent battery life
  • Ultra HD screen
It may not have the most elegant design, but what it lacks in style the ZenBook Pro UX501VW more than makes up in performance and value-for-money.
The processor is a top-end Intel Core i7-6700HQ that's capable of handling the most difficult processing tasks you can throw at it. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M is a highly capable GPU that can play the latest games at Full HD resolution on High or Medium settings, and it's also a handy workhorse if you're going to be playing with visual effects or 3D modelling.
The screen, too, is fantastic. It's a 3,840x2,160 glossy panel with top-of-the-line colour performance, and while applications running in Windows 10 don't always scale on high-resolution screens properly, most modern applications are just fine.
Even battery life is good: we squeezed a little over 7 hours out of the UX501VW in our testing, and would be fairly happy taking this laptop away from the mains for a full day of work.
It's expensive, but the equivalent Dell XPS or 15in MacBook Pro are both more expensive.

Buy now from Amazon.co.uk from £1,399

At the time of review the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW was available for £1,446.

Our Score:

8

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