New Asus Zenbook boasts 4K display and Nvidia GPU

Asus has unveiled an absolute powerhouse of a notebook in hopes of taking on the Apple MacBook Pro.

Dubbed the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501, the company’s newest high-end laptop is crammed full of pricy components.

For a start, it’s got a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel i7-4720HQ processor inside, which will chew through most computing tasks with ease.

That’s backed up by a 512GB PCle SSD – that’s super-fast flash memory that will keep loading times to a minimum.

There’s also 16GB of RAM inside, which will offer impressive multi-tasking capabilities.

The most exciting feature, however, is the inclusion of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card paired with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.

Most thin-and-light laptops tend to use integrated graphics, which means your machine will likely shudder and die at the first sign of a graphically intensive game.

Nvidia’s dedicated Notebook-edition GPU will handle recent games with relative ease however, and you’ll also be able to use it for big video rendering tasks too.

But what’s the point of a good GPU if there’s not a decent screen to run it on? Asus covers this, offering up a 15.6-inch IPS 4K display with a 178-degree viewing angle.

That means the UX501 offers a 282-pixels-per-inch pixel density, which is exceptional for a notebook.

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Other notable features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a Thunderbolt 2.0 connection, three USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, an audio jack combo port, and an SD/SDXC card reader. It’s also got a fully backlit keyboard, in true MacBook Pro style.

The ZenBook Pro UX501 isn’t exactly a bulky affair either, measuring just 0.81-inches thick, a mere 0.10-inches chunkier than the MacBook Pro.

All this will set you back around $1,799, which is roughly £1,180. It’s available to buy right now in the US, but a ZenBook Pro UX501 UK release date has not been confirmed.

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