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New ZenBook Pro 15 Has Core i9, Thunderbolt 3 & 100% Adobe RGB | Your Next Editing Laptop?

By Justin Heyes on May 23rd 2018

Adobe RGB was specifically designed to have a larger color gamut than sRGB, incorporating all the colors required for professional printing processes. However, even good quality external monitors (and some laptop screens) will have a few percentiles less than the full gamut of Adobe RGB. As I write this behind the screen of a 2016 MacBook Pro, I am enticed by the newest offerings from ASUS, the ZenBook Pro 15 with a 100% Adobe RGB display.  The recent announcement is a unique outlier in the ZenBook lineup with killer looks and packed full of performance for video editors and photographer alike.

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Concerning the enticing design, the ZenBook Pro 15 has rose gilded, diamond-cut edges that compliment the new Deep Dive Blue aluminum chassis.

Blazoned on the sides is a plethora of ports including a pair of Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors, micro SD slot, and HDMI output.

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GD Specs

  • Resolution
    • 1920×1080 | 100% sRGB
    • 3840×2160 | 100% AdobeRGB, 95% NTSC
  • CPU
    • Core i5-8300H (4C/8T)
    • Core i7-8750H (6C/12T)
    • Core i7-8850H (6C/12T)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB GDDR5 memory
  • Ports
    • 2 × Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)
    • 2 × USB Type-A
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x Micro SD card reader

Keeping within a familiar slim and light profile, the ZenBook 15 is one of the first laptops to offer Intel’s new 8th-generation, hexa-core i9-8950HK processor, as well as a dedicated GTX 1050 GPU, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, up to 1 TB PCIe NVME SSD, Harman Kardon branded speakers, and a factory-calibrated 4K screen. With these specs, the laptop is far from bulky weighing just 4.1 pounds in a 18.9 mm thick frame.

It is important to note that there are not many i9 laden laptops, let alone ones in such a slim and light profile. ASUS claims the ZenBook Pro 15 can operate up to 9.5 hours on its 71 Wh battery, which can charge up to 60% in just 49 minutes.

The price has not yet been released for this supped up portable, but expect performance in a light package not to come cheap. A “lower-end” model will also be available sporting a six-core Core i5-8300H 1080p 15.6-inch IPS display with 100% sRGB coverage.


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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

Website: Justin Heyes
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  1. Kyle Stauffer

    That’s a very nicely spec’d laptop!

    A note for anyone deciding to spend more for the 4k….When I bought a monitor last month, I decided for myself that anything over 1080p on a screen 20″ or less is unnecessary. I looked at countless monitors of all resolutions and sizes.. I bought and worked with a  27″ 2k and a 27″ 4k. I simply can not see a difference in resolution when editing side by side. Color and speed would now be more of a deciding factor for me than resolution.

    My 2 cents for saving money!

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