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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

Usually, a designer or an artist early in his journey can do their work and practice with what tech they have available, which is always the best way to figure out if art and design really are up your alley. However, once you figure that out and decide that this is a hobby/profession that you want to pursue further, you have to start thinking about a proper device to handle the needs of a Creator’s workflow.

The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535) is a bit overkill and pricey, but we’ll be damned if it wasn’t a beastly machine with an OLED panel, powerful Ryzen processors, and Ampere graphics, which will increase Rendering performance due to its NVENC encoding capabilities.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535).

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535)

1. Design and build quality

As with all members of the ZenBook Pro OLED family, you have some of the best build quality on the market, with a sharp-looking, aluminum lid, and chassis. The body is durable and can withstand serious twists and flexes thanks to the additional Glass screen cover, which adds a degree of structural support for the lid, along with scratch protection to the display. The lid opens easily with one hand, which also works to lift the back of the base off of the ground, creating some much-needed space for the fans on the bottom. This is not the lightest notebook, packing H-series processors, it manages to weigh 2.00 kg, which is still manageable.

The base has a decently-sized keyboard with a NumPad and tiny arrow keys. In terms of comfort, it is one of the better that we have tested, utilizing as much of the 18 mm profile as possible to deliver long key travel, and clicky feedback. The touchpad is also covered in glass, like the display, ensuring smooth gliding, and has great accuracy.

2. Display quality

You’ll find good use of both the Full HD and the 4K UHD displays, but the latter will increase battery usage, thus lowering the battery life. We tested the Full HD display, which comes with excellent viewing angles, True Black colors, a max brightness of 392 nits, and an infinite contrast ratio, thanks to the nature of OLED panels. In terms of color coverage, the panel covers 100% of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts.

The panel is surprisingly stubborn when it comes to its color accuracy, with the stock settings (left) delivering a dE value of 4.2. With our Design and Gaming profile applied (right), we get a dE value of 3.3, which still isn’t below the widely accepted value of 2.

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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.

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.

Health-Guard

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

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3. Battery life

With a beefy 96Wh battery pack, the laptop lasts for 17 hours and 13 minutes of Web browsing, or 16 hours and 26 minutes of video playback, which is among the best that we have seen from powerful laptops with H-series CPUs. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

4. Performance

The laptop offers a lot of power from its Ryzen 5000H-series chips and RTX 3050 Ti GPU.

CPU benchmarks

Here you see the Ryzen 7 5800H-powered device outperforming some of its competitors in both 3D and 2D Rendering.

GPU benchmarks

The RTX 3050 Ti is spot on when it comes to Creator workflow, while also sporting enough gaming performance for the times when you want to relax and play a favorite title of yours.

Gaming tests

Metro ExodusFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
Average FPS93 fps44 fps21 fps

Borderlands 3Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
Average fps77 fps57 fps45 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)Full HD, Lowest (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)
Average121 fps80 fps72 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
Average fps74 fps67 fps59 fps

 

1 reason NOT to buy the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535)

1. Upgradeability

Lastly, while the package is hard to resist, a major turn-off for many people will be the lack of upgradeability. Coming with only soldered RAM, albeit up to 32GB of it, which is the current sweet spot for most workstations, however, you might not be as secure in the future. Storage-wise, there is a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot for SSD expansion, should you deem one necessary.

Here is our teardown video, which gives you an inside look at the laptop, while also showing how to access the single SSD slot.

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