Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 Laptop: Benefit from power and mobility with this sleek ASUS ZenBook Pro touch screen laptop. The 4K resolution provides vibrant clarity, and the 15.6-inch IPS touch screen display delivers easy-to-use operation. This ASUS ZenBook Pro touch screen laptop has an aluminum-chassis design and large resonant chambers to deliver a crystal-clear, full-frequency sound.
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Intel 6th Generation Core i7
Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›
15.6" Ultra HD touch screen display
Natural 10-point touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution creates an immersive, realistic picture. IPS (in-plane switching) technology for wide viewing angles.
6 Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ processor
Powerful quad-core, eight-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming
Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
512GB solid state drive
While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics
Backed by 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games. NVIDIA Optimus technology optimizes the laptop for both graphics performance and battery life conservation.
Built-in stereo speakers
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower audio optimizes the sound to generate high-quality audio from ultraslim devices. Hhigh-quality speakers with oval voice coils and oversize shielded magnets for improved bass response.
Weighs 5 lbs. and measures 0.8" thin
Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 6-cell lithium-ion/etc. battery.
Creates a sleek look and provides a rigid but lightweight frame.
Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices
Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the laptop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.
3 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices
USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).
HDMI output expands your viewing options
Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
Thunderbolt 3 port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives
This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.
Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer
Supports microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory card formats.
Next-generation wireless connectivity
Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. The Fast Ethernet LAN port plugs into wired networks.
Built-in 1.2Mp HD webcam with microphone
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
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Best Buy Customer Reviews
Great Service/Good computer
Posted by: Jake from: on
Best Buy did a great job working with me to get the computer that I needed to run my business. They took the time to show me several and did not push one way or the other. Also seeing/working on the systems helped greatly. The computer, no fault of BB, is okay for the price. The specs are great comparatively speaking and the price point is good. The B&O speakers are located on the bottom, total design flaw (unless you like muffled sound.) Touch pad and space bar are jacked up pretty back. The touch pad is higher one side then the other and the space bar has no travel action and is lower then the rest of the keys on the keyboard. - Nice QC ASUS. (Received the computer in this condition in an unopened box direct from ASUS) Was expecting more from the company that makes parts for most of the computers out there. Especially on one of their flagship computers what are they doing with the lower end ones. YIKES. Disclaimer - BB does not have an option to opt out of the Recommend to a friend because I am not sure if this was isolated case with my system.
6 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Powerful laptop, just 'good' build quality
Posted by: tsheesch from: on
FIRST OF ALL, MAKE SURE YOU TELL BEST BUY TO PRICE MATCH THIS LAPTOP. Best Buy lists it as $1699 when you can order it for $1499 from every other website (Newegg, B&H, PC Richard, etc.). Reason to use Best Buy is their 15-day return policy, no restocking fee.
My first order of this laptop had a multitude of issues, including one side of the screen having a yellowish tint, sound occasionally cutting out and forcing a restart, internet browsing causing the machine to freeze, and waking up from sleep not turning on the monitor.
I decided to give the laptop another go by getting a free replacement using Best Buy's 15-day return/replace policy (no restocking fee, which is awesome), and the second laptop was much better, except for the same exact sleep issue (maybe a windows 10 software problem?) and one corner of the trackpad being attached down improperly. So my experience basically is that the quality control with this laptop is pretty poor compared to what I'm used to, which is Apple's macbooks.
Now for the pros and cons.
-Lightning fast, can handle having many videos/browsers/applications open at once thanks to the quad-core i7 6700 hq processor. Running programs is a breeze.
-Dedicated graphics card is great for engineering applications and new games on lower graphical settings
-The laptop's temperature never gets any hotter than 'warm' even under heavy loads. I'm hoping that this means the hardware will last longer in the long run.
-Fan is not very loud
-Speakers are decent, could be louder and placed somewhere other than the bottom of the laptop. They also lack bass, so don't expect to be using this laptop's speakers for parties or anything (not that anybody would)
-Numerical keypad is awesome for Excel. It's uncommon for laptops to have this.
-Lots of ports
-Incredible price for its specifications. Similar specs as the highest end Macbook pro and the highest end Dell XPS 15 but for $1000 and $700 cheaper respectively.
-Comes with a USB to ethernet cable, cleaning cloth, an extra cable tie, and a laptop bag. These are things that you would have to buy separately with a Dell XPS or a macbook.
-4k screen looks better than real life
-Screen wobbles a bit, not terribly noticeable unless you like to use the touchscreen which I don't
-Backlighting is only useful in pitch darkness. White lighting on silver keys makes the keyboard markings almost invisible with even the slightest daylight
-Glossy screen is pretty reflective. You'll have to avoid bright lights shining onto the monitor as reflections can be pretty distracting.
-Charging brick is HUGE and gets toasty. Not a huge deal but worthy of noting.
-Trackpad works well, but not close to the perfection of Apple's trackpads
-Keyboard seems to work fine for typing, but during gaming, not all the keys pressed were registered if you're pressing a whole bunch of keys in rapid succession. Not a huge issue because you can just get an external keyboard or mouse or gaming controller, but clearly this laptop is not meant for gaming.
-Most applications cannot handle 4k resolution at this time, and as a result, things do not scale well. An easy fix for this is to go into the settings and change the resolution to 1920x1080, which is still plenty high resolution.
-Lots of bloatware from ASUS. I ended up deleting a lot of apps that came with the laptop and then using a free app from the internet called '360 total security' to block other unnecessary programs from running in the background.
-Camera quality is pretty grainy and laggy. Good enough for video conferencing I guess.
-Thick bezels make the laptop pretty big compared to other 15" laptops, but the size also helps with cooling. Weigh your preferences.
-Other reviews complained about how the keyboard is configured with the right shift key being small or the '0' on the keypad being smaller than most keypads, but I never had any problems. Maybe because I have small hands.
-Battery life is about 1.5 hours when gaming, roughly 6 hours when browsing web and playing videos.
In summary, I would recommend this laptop to engineers, data scientists, video editors, programmers, and light gamers. The keypad is great for Excel, the dedicated graphics card (gtx 960m) is enough to run most visual-intensive programs, and low price is unmatched by any other company selling laptops with the same specifications. However, you sacrifice build quality and quality control (not to say that the build quality is poor or anything. It just 'feels' cheaper than other premium laptops).
28 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Great Specs + Cheap Price Doesn't Equal Great
Posted by: TCFC from: on
I just received my laptop in the mail from Best Buy. It's approximately 3 hours old. First I want to say it is a beautiful looking computer. Sexy if you will! :) However, I can't imagine keeping it at all. I let it fully charge before I started using it for light computer work. Therefore, in an hours worth of time I've seen and/or noticed the following:
1. I have received the error message, "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered", five times within the first 45 minutes of use.
2. Laptop is already warm on my lap (noticed after 30 minutes)
3. The Zero on the numpad is smaller than normal and if you work in Excel and need to input numbers, it would take some getting use to. But if you have larger fingers and/or hands you may want to throw it at the wall.
4. After being on the laptop for an hour, it says there is 1 hour 9 minutes remaining. This is at 50% brightness (my eyes are sensitive to bright lights). Now part of the problem could be I haven't tried to remove any bloatware that may be on the computer.
5. The trackpad is a bit loud for my taste and you definitely have to press down harder than normal (at least to me).
6. Silver keys with a white backlight, should never ever be a consideration as it truly makes the backlight useless.
I did read reviews before I purchased. But, honestly you just have to try things for yourself because I was not able to find any computer that had only great reviews. I had settled on the XPS 15, XPS 13, HP Spectre x360 and this one. I returned the XPS 15 because it had problems out the box and had to be brought back to Best Buy after seeing Geek Squad the day after purchasing and having the same problem once I returned home. Therefore, I ordered this one and then order the Dell XPS 13 through my job (major discount). I figured I would test them both out. So I'm waiting on the Dell. But, with the issues I've already experienced with this one out of the box, I can't imagine keeping. Plus, it's bigger than I want.
What I do like is the keyboard. It's incredibly easy and comfortable as I am typing this review right now. Seriously no complaints. I am able to find the home keys with great ease (which was definitely a draw back on the XPS 15 because I couldn't and had to look down every time because my fingers were always on the work keys). This display is nice and no issues with it at this time either. I can't comment on the touch screen because I honestly don't see how it would be useful on a laptop. To me it's only useful for Ultrabooks or 2-in-1's.
The specs are fantastic on this computer. However, it is not something I can keep due to the issues I have seen with only doing light computer work when I know I will also be using it for editing videos. I hope this review helps someone. Oh, the actual size of the display is 13.8 inches (I always wish people would include that in their reviews).
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Best bang for the buck laptop out there
Posted by: thenoobrules from: on
Excellent laptop with amazing specs for the price. It is a bit bulkier and heavier than its direct competitors: Dell XPS 15 and Macbook Pro 15, but the battery life is good, the screen resolution is great (I wish it were less glossy and more bright), and the performance is spectacular. The keyboard is OK for the price range and the trackpad is great for a windows machine. This laptop demolishes any everyday productivity task and plays most light-moderate modern games on high graphics settings at Full HD resolution. Photo edits are also quick and fluid. I have not done any video editing so I cannot comment on that, but I am sure 4K edits should smooth with this machine.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Beautiful Computer but big design flaws
Posted by: Builditbetter from: on
After reading the reviews online and checking out the specifications of this computer I was eager to buy. Unfortunately, this computer is what I would call a near miss.
Let me start with the positives:
-Gorgeous machine the finish is exceptional and the design is stunning
- The computer specifications are fantastic for the money. this computer out does a similar Mac for half the cost.
- The touch screen is responsive.
Unfortunately as I type this review, im currently sitting on a 3 hour geek squad session trying to speed up the computer and adjusting the display and system settings.
-The 4k display is stunning but it does not play well with many programs and significantly slows down the computers performance. Tonight I had the display set to a resolution of 1080 and it seems to help tremendously.
-Screen has a terrible glare and gray haze effect in any light level other than a dark room. I read this review online and thought there was no way it could be this bad. I assure I was wrong. An anti glare coating should do the trick . Asus was no help in recommending a anti glare film.
- The keyboard back-lighting is inconsistent and looks cheaply built. Unfortunately i'm already having issue with grime on my keyboard keys and I do not eat while working on my computer. The track pad is noisy but responsive.
- The sound of the laptop speakers has a hollow sound, lacking base. I have yet to adjust the sound properties, i hope its an easy fix.
To summarize, this computer is a beautiful machine but, there are some serious downfalls with build quality. I think Asus is on their way to something great but its just now quite there yet. If I were to do it again I would have bought the Dell XPS 15 non touch.
9 out of 15 found this review helpful.
The product performed outstanding as advertised!
Posted by: lchariotsoffire from: on
The product was delivered within the specified time (2-business) day shipping.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Powerful laptop at a reasonable price!
Posted by: Greg from: Los Angeles on
Speed, thin and loaded with power at a very reasonable cost.
The graphics are off the charts great!
I would recommend this computer to anyone looking for a complete laptop.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
BEST Laptop i ever have
Posted by: Frankie778 from: on
Absolutely best laptop , like Mac book but on windows ,
very good quality , nice brushed aluminum .
looks very rich , and nice heavy , perfect for my job
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: jvillaloboscr from: on
The computer works great , the monitor is really reflective and that is something I don't like but the rest is ok
7 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Salinas from: on
I bought this for my son who does film editing. Exactly what he needed. Worth the price.