Asus ZenBook Pro 15 Laptop Review: One Notebook, Two Screens
The ZenBook Pro 15 is extravagant. The workstation, ($2,299 as tried, $1,799 to begin) is a sumptuous machine, both outwardly with its great looks and within with its Intel Core i9 CPU. It's extra to the point that it has a second show under its touchpad. In any case, that ScreenPad, while fascinating, could utilize additional time in the broiler, and the PC's poor battery life implies it's not as versatile as it ought to be.
All things considered, the ZenBook Pro 15 resembles a standard Asus PC. That is not a terrible thing; its metal plan is rich, however the organization exchanged a brilliant blue for a dull blue that looks dark in some light. It's likewise inadequate with regards to the concentric circles numerous Asus scratch pad have on the covers, giving a more traditionalist look. Asus' logo is in a copper highlight, and a copper shading trim frameworks the cover. It's an outline that would shout advancement, yet it's excessively rich, making it impossible to shout. It would just rather you simply see it.
Unfurling the note pad uncovers not one, but rather two showcases. The first is a 15.6-inch, 4K touchscreen encompassed by a direct bezel. That second show is Asus' ScreenPad, an inventive 5.5-inch screen incorporated with the touchpad
The aluminum deck is indistinguishable dull blue from the top, however with an unpretentious striped example, and the illuminated keys utilize a copper-hued text style to coordinate the trim. A unique mark peruser is in the base right-hand corner.
The sides of the workstation are graced with an assortment of ports. On the correct side are a HDMI yield and a couple of Thunderbolt 3 ports, while the left side has an earphone jack, microSD card space and a couple of USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports. I would have gotten a kick out of the chance to see a full-measure SD card opening.
At 4.2 pounds and 14.4 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches, the ZenBook Pro is a normal size for a standard premium scratch pad. The Dell XPS 15 (14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches) and 15-inch Microsoft Surface Book 2 (4.2 x 13.5 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches) both measure indistinguishable sum from the ZenBook Pro. Just the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro (13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches, 4 pounds) is discernibly littler and lighter.
Gaming and Graphics
The ZenBook Pro packs a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of VRAM. You can run most recreations at diminished settings fine and dandy on it, however on account of this workstation, the designs card is more centered around giving a touch of additional oomph in innovative applications like Adobe Photoshop.
In any case, I could play Fortnite at a bolted 60 outlines for every second (fps) on High settings, and the diversion ran pleasant and smooth.
It could pass marshal on a portion of our gaming benchmarks. On the Hitman test (1920 x 1080, Ultra), it kept running at 60fps, coordinating the XPS 15 (GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q), however missing the mark regarding the Surface Book 2 with a GTX 1060 and the exceptional workstation normal of 82fps.
On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (1920 x 1080, Very High), it kept running at a normal of 31fps (simply over our 30-fps playability limit), falling behind the Surface Book 2 and the 43-fps classification normal, yet beating the XPS 13 (27 fps).
Our audit unit came equipped with an Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD, which all likens to a great degree intense execution for a scratch pad. Obviously, 30 tabs in Chrome, including one spilling a scene of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, was no counterpart for those specs.
On Geekbench 4, the ZenBook Pro earned a score of 20,076. That is higher than the superior normal (12,009) and furthermore beat the Surface Book 2 (Core i7-8650U), XPS 15 (Core i7-8750H), however the MacBook Pro 15 (Core i9-8950HK) improved the situation.
The ZenBook Pro duplicated 4.97GB of records in 12 seconds, a rate of 424.1MBps. While that is speedier than the XPS 15 and the Surface Book 2, it's slower than normal (471.2MBps) and the truly quick MacBook Pro 15 (877.5MBps).
On our Excel Macro test, the ZenBook Pro coordinated 65,000 names and addresses in 40 seconds, effortlessly outperforming the normal (1:29) and the MacBook Pro 15, XPS 15 and Surface Book 2.
Asus' journal took 10 minutes and 53 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p in our Handbrake test. That is far speedier than the 20:38 normal and the Surface Book 2 however is behind the MacBook Pro and the XPS 15.
To push test the ZenBook Pro, we ran Cinebench 10 times while recording information with HWinfo. The Cinebench scores demonstrate the workstation rapidly accomplishing a consistent state however dropping hard between the 6th and seventh keeps running before coming back to typical in the eighth run. All things considered, the CPU kept running at a normal of 3.4GHz and never dipped under base clock speeds. The normal temperature was 93 degrees Celsius (199.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
The ScreenPad is an inquisitive monster. It's inventive, certain, notwithstanding when Apple is as of now accomplishing something comparative in its Touch Bar. This 5.5-inch 1080p show is situated under the Windows 10 accuracy touchpad. The glass surface is smooth, exact and receptive to all of Windows 10's motions.
It quantifies 446 nits at its brightest and has quite strong review points. You can tweak the backdrop, yet the central issue boils down to how you'll utilize the applications.
The ZenBook Pro accompanies a few pre-introduced applications for the ScreenPad, including an application launcher for Windows 10, logbook, mini-computer, Spotify and a music player. A portion of these are really helpful. I particularly like the launcher, where you can put your most-utilized applications to begin them rapidly. And keeping in mind that there's a number cruncher as of now in Windows 10, there is something about physically contacting the catches that just feels right. Also, applications for Word, Excel and PowerPoint put some regularly utilized highlights readily available, however they may not be sufficiently noteworthy for you to change your work process.
Be that as it may, different applications aren't anything but difficult to utilize and set up. There is an instructional exercise in the ScreenPad settings that clarifies some of it, however I additionally wound up investing some energy in Asus' site gazing things upward. For instance, ScreenPad Adobe Reader Sign comes pre-introduced. The application gives you a chance to utilize your spared signature however doesn't do anything without Reader on your framework. Furthermore, rather than instructing you to go get Reader, it takes you to the Windows Store to download the ScreenPad application you as of now have. For the YouTube control, you have to go into the Chrome store and discover a module. Try not to utilize Chrome? You can't (right now) utilize ScreenPad as a remote for YouTube.
Maybe the most unusual component of ScreenPad is that you can utilize it as a second screen to run Windows. It's an average method to keep a Twitch stream or YouTube video in see when you don't need it to consume up space on your PC screen. I could play Fortnite on it, however it was for the most part as a muffle — there's no motivation to do anything dynamic on the ScreenPad.
Also, similar to Apple's Touch Bar, you need to look down to utilize it. In case you're a touch-typist like me, you've been prepared not to do that. Subsequently, I needed to invest additional exertion while figuring out how to utilize it. Since the pictures on the ScreenPad continually change, there's no muscle memory to put to utilize.
Finally, there's simply not a great deal of utilization cases for the ScreenPad at the present time. Asus can make more applications, however it extremely needs more programming sellers on board to make helpful expansions. In any case, that is impossible, except if Asus makes a ton all alone or if comparable screens advance toward contenders' gadgets, influencing it worth engineers' to time and cash.
Obviously, on the off chance that you don't care for it, you can simply stop the ScreenPad out and out. It will at present work as a mouse.
Gracious, appropriate, there's a consistent screen on this workstation, as well.
The 15.6-inch, 4K touchscreen show is brilliant and striking. When I viewed the 4K motion picture Tears of Steel, I could make out the ivy on segments in a dim sanctuary and one characters' red shirt flew against a beige divider.
Asus' board covers 141 percent of the sRGB shading extent, significantly more lively than the top notch PC normal (112 percent), and in addition the XPS 15, MacBook Pro 15 and Surface Book 2.
The screen estimated a normal of 330 nits of brilliance, beating the 309-nit premium workstation normal. In any case, the MacBook Pro 15, XPS 15 and Surface Book 2 conveyed significantly greater iridescence to the gathering.
In spite of only 1.1 millimeters of key travel, the ZenBook's console is alright with simply the appropriate measure of snap. On the 10fastfingers.com composing test, I achieved 107 words for every moment with a two percent blunder rate, both of which are genuinely standard for me. The console feels somewhat far back in the frame, as the ScreenPad beneath it takes a considerable measure of room.
The speakers on the ZenBook Pro are clear and noisy. When I tuned in to The Gaslight Anthem's "The Patient Ferris Wheel," the vocals were clear and articulated and were followed up unequivocally by the guitars and drums. The bass, nonetheless, wasn't extremely observable. The volume of the speakers filled an average sized gathering room easily.
To open up the ZenBook Pro, you'll have to expel 10 minor Torx screws. The base cover comes appropriate off. The PCIe SSD is the main client replaceable part.
Wherever the ZenBook Pro goes, the charger ought to run with it. That ScreenPad sucks up a great deal of juice. The workstation went on for only 4 hours and 5 minutes on our battery test, which constantly peruses sites over Wi-Fi, runs illustrations tests and streams recordings. When we killed the ScreenPad, that time helped to a still dull 5 hours and 14 minutes.
The ZenBook gets just hot on the base. In the wake of gushing 15 minutes of HD video, it quantified 102 degrees Fahrenheit on the underside, 94 degrees between the G and H keys, and 84 degrees on the ScreenPad.
I regularly don't pester webcams, however the ZenBook Pro's is hostile. It's a foggy, 480p chaos of a camera. You ought to show signs of improvement on a $2,299 scratch pad. When I gave it a shot, I could scarcely observe the white stripes in my powder blue shirt, and the picture looked foggy instead of sharp. No adjustment in lighting or landscape can settle low goals.
Programming and Warranty
Other than the greater part of the ScreenPad applications, Asus put a couple of different projects on the workstation. The most supportive is the Splendid utility, which gives you a chance to change the screen temperature and is superb for working at evenings. I normally discover the Asus Giftbox, which contains programs from accomplices, to be an irritation, however I speculate it will be the most straightforward spot to discover new ScreenPad applications, should they arrive. Asus additionally included Netflix.
Our survey unit had almost no bloatware from Windows 10. Drawboard PDF and a Microsoft Store connect to Photoshop Elements were the principle guilty parties.
Asus offers the ZenBook Pro 15 with a one-year guarantee.
Our survey unit was the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE with an Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU, 16GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB) and a 512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD, and additionally the ScreenPad. It costs $2,299.
There is a less expensive model, the ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GE, which has a conventional touchpad, an Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD for $1,799.
The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 is a delightfully composed machine, no uncertainty, and it has control, as well. Its screen is dynamic, and having the GTX 1050 Ti is useful for section level gaming or imaginative errands.
Be that as it may, the ScreenPad, while creative fascinating, still needs some work. Without advance improvement, the touchpad-turned-show is intriguing however not an unquestionable requirement have. Furthermore, it surely doesn't help with the ZenBook's desolate battery life.
We didn't get the chance to test the lesser rendition of the ZenBook Pro 15, which has a customary TouchPad and a Core i7, however that is likely the better wager, considering how much cash you'll spare. Then again, in the event that you needn't bother with the intensity of a Core i9, the Dell XPS 15 is somewhat sleeker with any longer battery life, however you may pay more by and large. It's $1,499 for a Core i7, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a 1080p show or $1,899 to knock that up to a 4K screen and 512GB SSD.
That makes the ZenBook Pro recommendable for the individuals who require a Core i9 and figure the ScreenPad could enormously enhance their productivity.But for the rest , you should at present consider different alternatives in spite of how lovely this is and how well it performs.