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
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.
Very fast with good RAM and storage capacity; practical screen size
Image quality isn’t quite top-tier; comparatively heavy and bulky on the go
A photo editing powerhouse, albeit one you won’t want to carry too often Overall score
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