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.