ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550 - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 2000GB SSD
RAM
up to 16GB
OS
Windows 10 Home, Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro
Battery
73Wh, 73Wh, Li-Ion, 8-cell
Dimensions
365 x 251 x 19 mm (14.37" x 9.88" x 0.75")
Weight
1.80 kg (4 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader microSD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Audio jack combo audio/microphone jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera VGA
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Array microphone
  • Speakers Quad speakers (3W each)
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550 configurations

See all ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550 configurations

 

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.

 

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

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Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. 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.

$4.97
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Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

THealth-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. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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GPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550 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 UX550 in-depth review

With the latest generation of CPUs and GPUs from Intel and NVIDIA on the mobile front, OEMs started a race - who will build the fastest, yet the thinnest and most portable notebook. We've seen some great design and performance from the latest generation of Apple's MacBook Pro 15 and Dell's XPS 15. But what if you get roughly the same specs and performance and put it on a much more affordable package? That's exactly what ASUS has managed to achieve with its latest ZenBook Pro UX550VE - a succ[...]

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Pros

  • Generally good build quality
  • Light and portable for a 15-inch device
  • Good input devices
  • Excellent IPS display
  • No PWM above 85 cd/m2 (29%) brightness
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 connectors
  • Relatively affordable compared to some of its rivals

Cons

  • Poor cooling solution
  • Cooling fans run even when the laptop is idle and during normal office work
  • No availble RAM slots (only soldered memory)
  • There's a noticeable flex on the interior
  • There are no configurations with 2.5-inch HDD/SSD slots

 

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