Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 4K Ultrabook – See Features, Specs, Price and Reviews

Published on June 18th, 2015 | by Peter Paul

The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 Ultrabook is a powerful machine designed to cater your multimedia needs. It features a powerful quad core processor paired with a discrete graphics card from NVIDIA GeForce and comes with an insanely fast storage drive. It also features a stunning Ultra HD touchscreen display with IPS panel and comes with the enough connectivity options (both wired and wireless) to cater your needs. Check out the rest of the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 features, specifications, price and where to buy below. There are also some Zenbook Pro UX501 review videos below for your reference.


Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 Review

Check out price and availability of the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-DS71T here

Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 Features

Let’s start with the physical aspect or outer look of the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 first. The Zenbook Pro UX501 is basically a 15.6-inch Ultrabook featuring an elegant aluminum body. The top lid features Asus’ spun-metal finish while underneath is plain aluminum brushed finished. It’s only 0.8-inch thin and weighs around 4.5 lbs including the 6 cell battery.

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Opening the Zenbook Pro UX501 will reveal the stunning Ultra HD 4K (3840×2160 resolution) touchscreen display featuring an IPS panel (178 degree wide viewing angle) and 282 ppi pixel density, giving you than vibrant, vivid and crisp images. The display features an ultra-wide color gamut of 100% sRGB, 72% NTSC and 74% Adobe RGB. This basically means that it can display more accurate and vivid colors compared to a typical LCD display.

It also features a standard keyboard layout with numerical keypad and provides sufficient key stroke travel. The keyboard is paired with a 16:9 glass-coated multi-touch touchpad. The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 has a built-in 2 speaker powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower paired with an array microphone. But don’t expect too much from its built-in speakers. A separate Bluetooth or dedicated speaker is far better than built-in ones.

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In terms of connectivity options, the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 has three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, a Thunderbolt 2 port, a headphone out and audio-in combo, AC adapter plug and an micro SD card slot. For wireless connectivity options, it features dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, providing speeds of up to 867Mb/s, and Bluetooth 4.0. Almost forgot, it also has a 1.2 megapixel front facing webcam.

Now let’s take a look what’s under the hood of the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501. It is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core Haswell processor clocked at 2.6GHz paired with 16GB of DDR3L SDRAM. Graphics is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, and storage is handled by a 512GB PCIE SSD which is really really fast. It is about 2 to 3 times faster than your SATA-based SSD, and really really way faster than your typical 5400RPM or 7200RPM hard disk drive. The PCIE SSD is capable of reaching up to 1400MB/s of read/write speed.

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It runs on Windows 8.1 (64-bit), but I’m not 100% sure if you can upgrade the OS to Windows 10 for free. Most users who are using Windows 8 and 8.1 now gets a full version Windows 10 free upgrade when it is released. It also comes with a 6-cell Lithium Polymer battery which is rated to last up to 6 hours of usage. But it really depends on your load and use. You will definitely get more hours if you are just browsing the internet, or typing some word document. But expect that you will only get an hour (or less) if you are gaming.

Lastly, I would like to emphasize that its discrete graphics card (the GTX 960M) is not designed and doesn’t have the enough power to drive games at 4K resolution. Even the desktop-class GTX 970 isn’t enough for 4K gaming. You will need at least a GTX 980 Ti or Titan X or the latest AMD Radeon R9 Fury to play games smoothly (high to ultra game settings) at 4K UHD resolution. If you plan on gaming with the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501, you will have to reduce your screen resolution to 1080p to play games at the decent frame rates.

Anyway, I’ve added some video reviews below of the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 and you should be able to see what I mean.

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Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 Specifications

Processor Intel Core i7 4720HQ Processor
Operating System Windows 8.1
Chipset Intel HM87 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, OnBoard Memory 8 GB / GB, 1x DIMM socket, DIMM Up to 16 GB
Display 15.6'' Auto IPS UHD (3840 x 2160)
Graphic NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
Storage PCIE x 4 512G
Card Reader 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MMC)
Camera 1.2 Mega Pixel web camera
HD Web Camera
Networking Dual-band 802.11ac
Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
Interface 1 x Headphone-out jack (Audio-in Combo)
3 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x HDMI
1 x Thunderbolt port (On selected models)
1X AC adapter plug
1 x micro SD card
Audio Built-in 2 Speaker(s) And Array Microphone
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
SonicMaster Premium
ICESound support
Battery 6Cells 96 Whrs Polymer Battery
Power Adapter Output : 19 V DC, 6.32 A, 120 W
Input : 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimensions 15.1 x 10.0 x 0.8 ~ inch (WxDxH)
383 x 255 x 21.3 ~ mm (WxDxH)
Weight 4.5 lbs (with 6 cell battery)
Security LoJack
TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
Certificates UL, TUV, CE Marking Compliance, FCC Compliance, BSMI, Australia C-TICK / NZ A-Tick Compliance, CCC, CB, Energy star, RoHS

Price and Where to Buy

The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-DS71T is now available to order. At the time this article was published, the UX501JW-DS71T comes with a retail price of $1,499.00. It comes with a carrying bag, a USB 2.0 to RJ-45 cable, a mini-DisplayPort to VGA cable, and you also get a 1 year limited warranty.

You can order one directly from B&H Photo Video here.

Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 Reviews

The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 overview video below is courtesy of Asus Campus Life:

The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 review below is courtesy of Dave2D. This is a full review of the said product, including how it performs when it comes to gaming. The Witcher III didn’t do well on 4K display, but it is playable at 1080p resolution.

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2 Responses to Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 4K Ultrabook – See Features, Specs, Price and Reviews

  1. Michael says:

    2 Questions,

    You mentioned a model with a smaller battery and an extra drive… what is that model called and how can I find it?

    Where is the microSD slot mentioned in Interfaces? or is it just the SD slot?

    Thanks for the helpful Review.

    • Peter Paul says:

      Hi Michael
      I didn’t mention a model with smaller battery. If you got that information from one of the videos above, better contact the video reviewer instead.
      The UX501 uses PCIE based SSD and there are (up to) four of them inside.

      That’s the official specs sheet from Asus’ site. It’s a 2-in-1 card reader for SD and MMC. Probably the micro SD they meant in the interface is that you need to use an adapter.
      Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting!

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