Asus’ UltraHD Notebook Runs for Six Hours

Asus’ new ultrabook, the Zenbook Pro UX501, features a 15.6″ UltraHD display and high-end specifications.

Aimed at demanding users – primarily gamers – the UX501 features a slim (20.6mm) aluminium chassis and will last for ‘more than’ six hours on battery (a 96Wh lithium-ion unit).

Pixel density on the display, which uses an IPS panel, is 282 ppi. The screen has 178° viewing angles and colour gamuts of 72% NTSC, 74% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB. Colour temperature is factory calibrated. Additionally, the notebook is supplied with three display modes: Vivid (for films), Eye Care (for reduced blue light) and Normal (for daily use). A manual mode is also included, where users can adjust settings as desired.

Internally, the UX501 runs Windows 8.1 on a quad-core Core i7 processor, with 16GB of RAM. Nvidia’s GTX 960M graphics card is featured, with up to 4GB of VRAM. An SSD using a PCIe x4 interface provides up to 512GB of storage, with read/write speeds of up to 1,400MB per second.

In terms of connectivity, Asus has built dual-band 802.11ac WiFi into the Zenbook. The unit also features an optional Thunderbolt port and USB 3.0 (x3) inputs.

Asus had not responded to our request for launch information before we went to print.