ASUS ZenBook Pro Laptop Review

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Hey guys, Jarrod here and today we’re goingto check out the ASUS ZenBook Pro and see what it’s got to offer, as well as how itperforms through a number of benchmarks to help you decide if it’s a laptop you shouldconsider.

Inside the box we’ve got the laptop itself,manual and warranty information, power brick and power cable.

To start let’s look at the specs of themodel I’ve got here.

There’s an Intel 7700HQ quad core Kabylake CPU which runs at2.

8GHz and can turbo up to 3.

8Ghz.

There’s 16GB of DDR4 memory running at 2,400MHz hereand for storage there’s a 256GB SATA M.

2 SSD and it’s got support for PCIe basedstorage so you can upgrade if needed.

For the graphics we’ve got Nvidia’s 1050 incombination with a 15.

6 inch 1080p 60Hz IPS panel, we’ll see how this performs laterin the benchmarks.

For the network connectivity there’s 802.

11acWiFi and Bluetooth 4.

2, no ethernet port here unfortunately unless you use a USB dongle.

I’ve got the matte black version of thelaptop here, but it’s also available in blue.

There’s a nice circular brushed metallook on the lid, and inside is where you’ll find the matte black.

The entire body of thelaptop is solid metal, so the lid, keyboard area, and even the base, and there’s a silveraccent around the edge.

The physical dimensions of the laptop are36.

5cm in width, 25.

1cm in depth, and 1.

89cm in height.

The total weight of the laptop is advertisedat 1.

8kg on the ASUS website, and when testing mine it weighed it weighed a bit more, justunder 2kg.

When including the power brick and power cable for charging the total increasesto around 2.

5kg, so it’s fairly lightweight and portable for a 15 inch laptop.

As mentioned the screen here is a 15.

6 inch60Hz 1080p IPS glossy panel.

ASUS say that the panel can be viewed at 178 degrees, andI found that no matter what angle I looked at it from, up or down, side to side the coloursstill looked great.

Although the glossy screen does look good, one of the downsides is ofcourse that it shows all reflections.

It’s also a touch screen, so all those fingerprintswill be clearly visible.

I don’t have too much experience with touchscreens, but I foundit to work well.

I’ve also measured the colours producedby the screen using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 96% of sRGB, 67% of NTSCand 73% of AdobeRGB, so in terms of colour reproduction it did pretty well.

I’ve also performed my usual backlight bleedtest on the display, which involves having the laptop show a completely black screenin a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding around the edges.

I then take a long exposurephoto with my camera to help display any bleed, so basically this is a worst case scenariotest.

The results were pretty good, interestingly there’s extremely minor bleed shown in thephoto that I wasn’t able to see myself, this is the first time that’s happened inover 15 laptop reviews.

As I couldn’t actually see it even with the lights off, I’m goingto say it’s virtually non existent and not a problem practically, though of course thiswill vary laptop to laptop.

While moving the display there was almostno flex, it’s really solid owing to the metal construction and the hinge which runsalong most of the base.

You can almost open the laptop with one finger, but it’s notquite heavy enough for that.

Above the display is a VGA camera, so it’sonly capable of 480p video at 8 frames per second and uses a 4 by 3 aspect ratio.

As you probably expected the video is kindof garbage, I think the microphone sounds alright but I’ll let you judge for yourself.

The keyboard is backlit with white LEDs whichcan be adjusted between three brightness levels, no options to change the colours unfortunately.

There’s plenty of spacing between the keys, but in order to get that there’s no numpadavailable.

I personally prefer this as I never use the numpad myself, so if you do it’ssomething to be aware of if you do.

Overall I liked typing on the keyboard, I’d describethe key presses as slightly mushy and quiet.

There was some flex while pushing down hardon the keyboard but this wasn’t noticeable under normal typing conditions, overall itfeels fairly solid.

I also found the touchpad to work pretty well,it’s got a very smooth surface and I had no problems using it.

Moving onto the available I/O on the leftwe’ve got the power input, HDMI port, and two USB 3.

1 Gen 2 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt3 available.

Over on the right there’s a 3.

5mm headphoneand mic combo jack, a micro SD card reader slot, and two USB 3.

1 Gen 1 Type-A ports.

On the front there’s just a couple of LEDstatus indicators, while on the back there’s nothing except some subtle ZenBook branding.

Up on the lid there’s the ASUS logo whichis lit by white LEDs while powered on.

Both the lid and matte interior showed fingerprintsvery easily, but they were pretty easy to wipe away.

Underneath there’s basically nothing otherthan two speakers towards the front, as well as some rubber feet which help prevent thelaptop from moving around on flat surfaces when in use.

There are two more speakers on either sideof the keyboard for a total of four speakers, and I thought they sounded quite good forlaptop speakers, there was some bass and they sounded clear even at higher volumes.

Powering the laptop is a 73 Watt hour 8 cellbattery, and with a full charge and doing basic tasks such as browsing the Internetand watching YouTube with the screen on around half brightness, keyboard lighting off andbackground apps disabled, I was able to use it for 4 hours and 2 minutes.

While playingthe Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia’s battery boost set to 30 FPS the battery lastedfor an hour and 4 minutes.

The laptop did pretty well here owing to that fairly largebattery and lower powered 1050 graphics, and it’s one of the best 15 inch laptops I’vetested in terms of battery life.

During normal use with an ambient room temperatureof 24 degrees celsius, the CPU idled at 38 degrees celsius while the GPU idled at 39degrees celsius so fairly cool, and here are the external temperatures of the laptop whereyou’ll actually be putting your hands.

With the CPU and GPU maxed out for half an hourwith the same room temperature, the CPU reached a maximum of 83 degrees celsius, while theGPU peaked at 79c.

No CPU throttling was observed, however GPU throttling was present as thecore clock dropped from 1,709MHz down to 1,506MHz in just a few minutes.

Despite this consideringthere are no fan vents underneath it ran fairly cool, though this seems to be because of thethrottling.

We can see that the keyboard area has warmed up quite a bit more, mostly towardsthe middle and it was quite noticeable while typing, but wasn’t too bad.

I also found the laptop fairly quiet whennot gaming, at idle it sat around the 36 decibel mark and I could barely hear it, this is whatit sounded like.

While maxing out both the CPU and GPU it went up to 47 decibels, whichwas a fair bit quieter than other laptops with similar specs that I’ve tested, andhere’s what that sounded like.

Finally let’s take a look at some benchmarks,we’ll first cover some real world gaming benchmarks followed by tests with variousbenchmarking tools.

While I’m aware that the 1050 isn’t meant to be a serious gaminggraphics card, I wanted to test some of my usual suite of games against it to see howit held up, also I don’t personally have many low demanding titles, I didn’t botherwith the most resource intensive titles though.

All tests were run at the 1080p resolutionwith all Windows and Nvidia updates to date applies.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was testedwith the latest 1.

0 version.

I’ve used the new replay feature to perform this testing,so the results between each test should be more accurate as I can now consistently performthe same test run, however with that said the performance of the game will vary quitea lot depending on what’s going on in the game, so take these results with a grain ofsalt.

The game actually ran alright at minimum settings, but it’s not an ideal experiencefor an FPS game.

Again The Witcher 3 ran fairly well at thelowest settings, not quite 60 FPS but it still felt alright while playing.

Ultra settingsin comparison felt very stuttery, as illustrated by the 1% low frame rate.

Shadow of war was similar, in that the highersettings were around the 30 FPS mark, however at low or below the laptop was able to averagearound the 60 FPS point.

Although these are fairly intensive games,the 1050 didn’t do too bad when using lower settings.

If you’re looking at a laptoppurely for gaming though you’ll probably want to run with higher settings, I generallyrecommend a 1060 as I’ve found that a great sweet spot for 1080p 60 FPS gaming, otherwisea 1050Ti would probably be the minimum I’d personally consider for gaming.

Of courseit depends on the games that you’ll be playing and how demanding they are, you can definitelystill have a great experience with less demanding games on the 1050.

Now onto the benchmarking tools, while a usefulindicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gamingresults previously shown.

We’ll start with the Unigine benchmarks,this is how the laptop performed in Heaven benchmark with the tessellation set to extreme,and anti-aliasing set to x8, here’s how Valley benchmark performed with anti-aliasingon x8 at various graphics settings, and finally these are the 1080p results from their newestSuperposition benchmark.

For the final graphics benchmarks I ran FireStrike and Time spy from 3DMark and got scores of 5,267 and 1,791 respectively, so a bitlower than other laptops with similar specs that I’ve tested.

In Crystal Disk Mark the 256GB SATA3 M.

2 SSDperformed around 550 MB/s in sequential reads and 260 MB/s in sequential writes, so prettytypical for a SATA based SSD, although a little lower on the write speeds.

With these exact specs at the time of recordingthe laptop can be picked up in Australia for $2,899 AUD.

That’s about $2250 USD for myinternational friends, with tax included, so it’s a little on the more expensive side,which is to be expected as I think this is a fairly premium laptop.

So what did you guys think of the ZenBookPro from ASUS? Overall I’m pretty impressed with the build quality, the whole laptop feelsnice and solid.

It’s also got great battery life, and the specs are pretty decent consideringthe size and weight.

You won’t be doing any serious gaming with the 1050 graphics,but it should be enough for plenty of games.

It does cost quite a bit, but so do Razerand Apple laptops and I feel like the build quality is similar.

Let me know what you guys thought down inthe comments, and leave a like on the video if you found the information useful.

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