Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW

Pro­ces­sor: Quad-core 2.6GHz In­tel Core i7 RAM: 12GB Stor­age: 512GB SSD Screen: 15.6-inch IPS LCD, 3840 x 2160 £1500, $1499 www.asus.com

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Some say less is more, but not Asus. The ZenBook Pro’s 15.6-inch screen is joint-largest here and sports an im­pres­sive Ul­tra HD res­o­lu­tion, re­sult­ing in the high­est pixel den­sity on test.

Im­age qual­ity, how­ever, isn’t quite up there with the MacBook and Sur­face Book. Sat­u­ra­tion and con­trast are marginally less in­tense, and that sky-high pixel den­sity has lit­tle real-world ben­e­fit. The big­ger screen is use­ful, es­pe­cially in Pho­to­shop, but con­trib­utes to the lap­top’s rel­a­tively hefty 2.27kg mass. This beast does con­tain a fast pro­ces­sor, and big bat­ter­ies to power it. The quad-core unit in the ZenBook blitzed our bench­marks and was more than twice as fast as the dual-core de­vices, mak­ing our eight-hour bat­tery life re­sult re­spectable.

Pros

Very fast with good RAM and stor­age ca­pac­ity; prac­ti­cal screen size

Cons

Im­age qual­ity isn’t quite top-tier; com­par­a­tively heavy and bulky on the go

We say

A photo edit­ing pow­er­house, al­beit one you won’t want to carry too of­ten Over­all score

While its pix­els are tightly packed, Win­dows 10’s dis­play scal­ing keeps icons the size you’d ex­pect

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