ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 1000GB SSD
M.2 Slot
1x 2280 PCIe NVMe (M key)
RAM
up to 24GB
OS
Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro
Battery
96Wh, Li-Ion, 6-cell, 96Wh, Li-Po, 6-cell
Dimensions
383 x 255 x 21 mm (15.08" x 10.04" x 0.83")
Weight
2.06 kg (4.5 lbs)
Body material
Aluminum
Ports and connectivity
  • 3x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI 1
  • Displayport mini
  • Card reader SD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio jack combo audio/microphone jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD webcam
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Array microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

CPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 series.

$1189.95
price
7.49
performance
Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1189.95
price
681
performance
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1189.95
price
836
performance
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1189.95
price
14.49
performance
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the 3DMark: Sky Diver (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 in-depth review

Apple has reigned over the business segment of the market for so long now that other manufacturers would really like to take a piece of the pie, but struggle to do so. It's a difficult job to overtake a company like Apple after all. However, ASUS seems to be getting the idea with the new ZenBook Pro UX501 that strongly resembles the MacBook Pro, but keeps its roots to the ASUS' design language. Actually, its roots are so deep that the device can be easily mistaken for the G501 with the main [...]

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Pros

  • Beautiful design and excellent build quality
  • Thin and light chassis
  • High-Quality UHD IPS panel that's also harmless to human vision
  • Thunderbolt port (available in selected markets) and other useful peripherals found in the retail package
  • Flawless touchpad and keyboard performance
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers with great sound
  • Super-fast M.2 PCIe x4 SSD

Cons

  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Hinges aren't tight enough and allow screen wobbling when using the touch panel

 

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