If you are out there in search for a 15 inch Windows laptop to buy, after you sell your MacBook, then you should know that the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW is the only Windows laptop currently available out there, that can match and at times beat the performance and user experience of the 15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
The construction of the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW is completely out of aluminium, which screams quality, features a 15 inch touch screen IPS display with 4K resolution, high end graphics processor from Nvidia, Intel made quad core processor, 512 GB SSD storage and even a thunderbolt port.
Already interested to run your hands down this beast of a machine? Read our detailed review to find out more about the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW.
It basically seems like the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW was specifically made to give the 15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display a stiff competition, because in every aspect of this machine, it is pretty much clear.
The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW is pretty light for a 15 inch notebook made of Aluminium at just 5 lbs or 2.27 kg, however, is a tad heavier than the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which weighs in at 4.46 lbs.
For people concerned about the number of ports that is included with this notebook, there are 3 USB 3.0 ports available along with a Thunderbolt port that also functions as a mini Display port, an AC power adapter port, a HDMI port, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. All basic features such as WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and even Intel’s Wireless Display technology is also featured. Asus have always been bringing a smile on its customer’s face with its great performance.
The 15 inch 4K display featured in the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW has a screen resolution of 3840×2160 which turns out to give the display a PPI of 220. And according to Asus, the display screen has about 74% Adobe RGB color space coverage and also claims that the sRGB coverage is even better.
As expected from a high end notebook, the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW features a very comfortable to use chicklet styled keyboard layout, and every single key has a travel of about 1.6 mm and are backlit as well.
The touchpad of the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW has a buttonless design and the clickpad is based on the Elan drivers. Even though the touch surface feels smooth and fluidic, the overall precision and cursor speed is somewhat less than what we have been experiencing on the Synaptics made clickpads.
Performance wise, the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW features an Core i7 processor which is a quad core unit and is clocked in at 2.6 GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.6 GHz. Even though the performance is good enough for a 15 inch laptop, however it means that your battery won’t last long enough if you are planning to bring the beast out of this machine.