ASUS ZenBook UX550VE-DB71T Premium Ultrabook Review

     
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The market of ultrabooks is full of choices so finding the perfect (or good enough?) solution for you might be challenging. Well, for sure if you’re looking for something prestigious, a laptop like ASUS ZenBook UX550VE-DB71T could be the game-changer. It seems to have every feature in check: performance, graphics, screen, weight. But at the same time, it’s one of the costliest ultrabooks currently available. Here are my views about whether you should spend money on this ASUS or something else.

Performance For Everyone

It’s true that a storage drive plays a big part in how fast a laptop is. A conventional hard drive might be big, but also containing moving parts somewhat slower than a solid-state drive. And indeed, it’s an SSD this notebook has, a PCI-e based one which is even faster than a regular SATA technology. It has a 512GB storage capacity, and taking Windows 10 installation into account you would be left with more or less 480 gigabytes of free space. Not bad, and definitely a fast drive you will get.

The good continues in processor department: Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a very high-end quad-core processor takes care of your CPU needs. Its clock speed starts from a nice 2.8GHz and ends up at 3.8GHz with turbo boost. Truly, this is a demanding user’s choice thanks to multi-core and high clock speed amount: multitasking, gaming and complex software will all bow to its will.

The notebook also has a plenty of memory, 16GB DDR4 2400MHz integrated on the system board. It is true you can not install more (RAM is soldered) but with sixteen gigabytes already there, who would really need more? In my opinion, nobody – this amount makes your computer fly as far as memory is concerned.

What’s In The Display?

The ZenBook UX550VE-DB71T has a 15.6″ screen, making me almost call it not an ultrabook, but due to the overall weight (4 pounds) and long battery life I call it one anyway. It’s a Full HD display, so maximum resolution is 1920×1080 and aspect ratio video-friendly 16:9. To my knowledge it’s a professional-grade IPS display, with colors often reproduced accurately. It also supports touch, although I guess most people like to use the keyboard and touchpad.

One of the better things in this laptop is the graphics department. It’s often the woe of gaming notebooks that graphics are poor, but definitely not here! It’s a dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5) taking care of the graphics, allowing for a Full HD gaming experience. For example, looking at The Witcher 3 – notoriously demanding game on the system – gets +60FPS on 1080p and medium settings on this card. Most games are more forgiving than that, so you can expect plenty of titles run on full in-game settings on this rig.

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A Lot of Ports For A Notebook

The sides of this laptop are filled with ports. You’ll find two regular USB 3.0, nothing special there, but also two USB 3.1 Type-C ports with the other one featuring Thunderbolt support. Having two USB-C is quite a feature as other premium ultrabooks often have just one. In addition, the ZenBook sports HDMI output to which you can directly connect an external monitor, for gaming or for whatever use you please.

It does not have a DVD burner which is, in my opinion, an understandable decision this day. However, micro SD card reader is present for your memory card connecting efforts. It could be a full-sized SD card slot, people often like it more, but this time you’ll only get the microSD indeed.

This laptop trusts on 802.11ac Wireless adapter for networking. Given the ac standard’s high range and strong signal, it is indeed a good choice for wireless and Bluetooth 4.1. The laptop does not have a built-in RJ-45 adapter, you must get USB dongle if you want that.

Runs For All Day

The battery inside ZenBook UX550VE-DB71T is a beast; a 73Whrs 8-cell Lithium-ion battery. The manufacturer’s claims of 14 hours running time almost sound believable; although several user reports confirm the laptop will run for around 8 hours under light use, possibly with dimmed screen. That is a good amount for a 15-incher, but does not reach the all-time greatest battery lives of the best (and smaller) ultrabooks. As far as I know, the battery is integrated on the unit, so replacing it would be a hassle.

The keyboard has a silver-color backlight, and it does not have a numpad on the right hand side.

Pros:
Unprecedented performance - A high-end Core i7 processor is running this laptop, also PCIe solid-state drive is tremendously helping. You bet this ZenBook runs anything software-related, even virtual machines and so are easily within its reach.

Works for gamers - Thanks to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card there's a lot this ASUS can do for gamers, too. In essence, 1080p gaming is a piece of cake for this notebook as frame rates will be high and you don't have to skimp on in-game settings, either.

Lasts long - While you won't quite get the advertised 14 hours out of this beast, the battery still runs for a good 10 hours under web surfing use.

Cons:
It is pricey - I can hardly think of any ultrabooks that are more expensive than the ASUS. You'll spend a lot of money on this; on the other hand it will also give you the ride of your life.

ASUS ZenBook UX550VE-DB71T has got everything down: it is very snappy – not only in general performance but in gaming as well, has a high-quality screen and long battery life. With the aluminum body it also looks the neatest, so definitely suitable for businesses and people who care about their image. Available ports are plenty for such a compact laptop. If you have the financial means and desire for almost perfect ultrabook package, don’t hesitate to get this new ZenBook.

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