Asus has finally brought its Macbook Pro competitor, the Zenbook Pro 15 to India in two configurations that are bound to impress power users
Asus had debuted the Zenbook Pro 15 and Zenbook Pro 14 at Computex earlier this year and of the two, the company has finally launched the Zenbook Pro 15 in India. The Zenbook Pro 15 is supposed to be a laptop designed particularly for the creative professional with the most demanding of needs, going head to head with the MacBook Pro (15”).
For India, Asus has launched two variants, one with the eight generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor and the other with the beefier Core i9-8950H. Both the variants have a 15.6-inch UHD display which is factory calibrated to have a deltaE value of less than 2 and 100 percent AdobeRGB coverage. This essentially means the displays are calibrated for the maximum colour accuracy right out of the box, a critical need for anyone working with photos or colour correction in film. Both the variants come with 16GB of RAM, 1TB of solid-state storage (Gen-3, using 4 PCIe lanes). The graphics duties on both the models are handled by a Nvidia GTX 1050Ti, offering 4GB of graphics memory. However, there are two very interesting things about the Zenbook Pro 15. First is the two Thunderbolt ports which allow you to connect up to two additional 4K external monitors, with a third being plugged into a full-size HDMI port. The second interesting feature is what Asus calls the ScreenPad.
The ScreenPad is essentially the touchpad, which Asus has converted into a second screen. The texture and accuracy are all like that of a traditional touchpad, but it can be switched to function as a secondary display or just have contextual shortcuts for various apps. For example, while working in MS Word, the various menu and formatting options can be made to appear on the ScreenPad, making them easier to access with a single touch, instead of having to move the mouse around.
The Asus Zenbook Pro 15 will retail for Rs 1,79,990 for the Core i7 variant (UX580GE-E2014T), while the Core i9 variant (UX580GE-E2032T) which we have reviewed, will cost you Rs 2,09,990. The Zenbook Pro 15 will go on sale starting today.
You can read our review of the laptop here.