It's rare that we see a truly high-end notebook PC these days that's not a Mac, but Asus is taking a crack at the concept. The new ZenBook Pro UX501 conceals some serious computing power inside a sleek, all-aluminum chassis that's only 0.8" thick and five pounds.
In keeping with its professional-grade aspirations, the UX501 features a 15.6", 4K IPS display with 100% coverage of the sRGB gamut. An Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB of RAM pushes all of those pixels. The Pro also has a single Thunderbolt 2.0 port for high-speed connections to displays, external storage, and other peripherals.
On the CPU front, an Intel Core i7-4720HQ offers four cores and eight threads of processing power clocked at 2.6GHz base and 3.6GHz Turbo. Asus backs the chip with 16GB of RAM.
The UX501 also features 512GB of flash storage hooked up to four PCIe lanes, which Asus specs for read and write speeds of up to 1400MB/s. The one concerning figure is the six-hour claimed battery life, which isn't entirely surprising given the UX501's display and internals.
E-tailers are already selling the UX501 for $1999, which is marked up a little from the $1799 list price quoted in Asus' press release.