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The ASUS Zenbook Pro 2018 Review

ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550G Review:

Over the last few months, it seems that we’ve focused a lot of our energy on the ASUS Gaming brand: Republic of Gamers (ROG) editions of laptops and gaming notebooks. We discussed the look and feel of the notebooks and how their performance in hi-intensity games such as DOOM react to their overall experience.

The ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550G is not that kind of laptop, it is the newly developed office work laptop by ASUS; focusing on the office market for the hardcore gamers.

ASUS Zenbook Pro Feel and Experience:

Like its gaming counterparts, the ASUS Zenbook Pro focuses on maintaining the quality of its performance while looking good when in use.

The Zenbook Pro does look like it should be in the average business office, mobile entrepreneur’s hand or adding to a desk of business technology on your average South African start-up.

The weight of the Zenbook is a bit unexpected, however; doesn’t remove you from enjoying the Zenbook, rather adds to the overall stability when in use.

According to the Zenbook’s marketing: The ZenBook Pro 15 is refined and luxurious which belies the power inside. The Zenbook’s build includes a spun-metal finish and features elegant Rose Gold diamond-cut edges which compliment the overall flow of the design.

The Zenbook is 18.9mm thin and weighs 1.86kg, adding to the idea of mobility and ease of use when working across your average African city.

ASUS Zenbook Display:

The Zenbook boasts a resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels — 4x more than Full HD — the 4K UHD NanoEdge display. This means that it can keep up with most average gaming laptops and is way more than any entrepreneur will ever need in their average power-point presentation.

But, we know it’s not about what you can technically do, but more about how cool you look doing it in this case.

Ports and Connections:

The Zenbook Pro UX550 also comes with a set of I/O ports — including two USB-C ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, and an HDMI port.

For your average business operator, this is enough for what you need, but it’ll never be enough for your techie like me, you may find it frustrating when trying to connect more than one screen or USB device at a time. But, a normal challenge for this class of notebook, not a problem, merely something that is the norm that you should think about when buying this device.

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ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550G Specs:

ZenBook Pro UX550
CPU Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 2.8 GHz (6MB Cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
Display 15.6″ IPS-type, LED-backlit
Resolution FHD 1920 x 1080
UHD 3840 x 2160
Memory 16GB DDR4 2400MHz
Storage 512GB PCIe x 4 SSD
Networking 802.11 ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.1, 2 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C, with Thunderbolt 3 support, 1 x audio combo jack, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x MircoSD slot, 1x DC jack
Battery 73Wh
Dimensions 14.4″ x 9.9″ x 0.74″
Weight 3.97 lbs
OS Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 Professional (64-bit)


Should you Buy the ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550?

It comes down to the simple things in life, does this build justify you investing roughly: R22 268,71 (converted from dollars at $1699). I’m not sure, yes you could play games on this build and yes you could build amazing presentations on this thing, but it’s not quite a studio laptop and it’s not a gaming laptop, so what is it? It feels like an expensive office and work laptop with a lot of power; if you want something that will practically never fail you and will last for as long as your business will, then this would be ideal, but if you’re starting out, maybe get something baseline affordable in contrast.

Good machine, just expensive. 

I’ve always enjoyed Dave Lee’s reviews, so if you want something more indepth, have a look here:

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Written by Brett Magill


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