Few months back, I have reviewed the ASUS Zenbook UX550 and at that time the laptop is only powered by Intel I7 7700HQ which considered as quite less powerful now considering the 8th gen line up is coming to dominate the market in 2018. Recently, ASUS provides a more powerful version of it and now equipped with more powerful processor inside. The I7 8750H is a fully powerful 45 watts CPU with very high clock rate. It should take more of your intensive job better although you are not going to see any big difference in gaming. As for CPU companion, we still have of 1050 graphic card inside and should provide any gaming experience you are looking for.
The rest of features like design and display are remaining similar to its predecessor. You can still expect to see of slim and portable design from Zenbook and a perfect 4K resolution display for any sort of job you want here. I actually expect to see some improvement in design, but ASUS I won’t see it coming at all this year. Well, let’s take a look inside and see how it works for us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
The entire chassis of UX550GE is built from aluminum and I am so happy to not seeing of plastic chassis at all here. Like typical of Zenbook, you soon find the iconic concentric design put on the top of its lid cover. The surface itself is covered in matte black finishing and resists to fingerprint incredibly. I have checked every corner its chassis and not finding any bad portion from the manufacturing process and even the edges feel smooth and comfortable to hold. Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the overall design although I expect to have something better and unique like their new UX331UA where they put of new design in the hinge system.
ASUS provides of two different color options to pick included the black and the Royal blue one. I heard the blue one is able to cover the fingerprint mark much better, but unfortunately I cannot find this model available for now. Moving into its build quality, I guess you have nothing to worry as the chassis feels strong and durable enough even for any sort of heavy usages. The hinge system is firm, the lid cover is stable, and the keyboard area is resisted to pressure strong enough. It has some of qualities in term of design here.back to menu ↑
Multimedia and Workable Features
The 15 inch display looks incredibly bright and crisp as soon as I put of my favorite movies here. The manufacture adds of 15 inch panel with 4K or UHD resolution inside. The screen has 83 % to screen of ratio and you will easily notice the bezel surrounded the panel is very thin. Well, it’s thin enough for allowing you to see the content clearly although I find like Razer Blade from 2018 would have thinner bezel than this case. In term of quality, the 4K panel produces of 90 % SRGB color and having of 313 nits of brightness. The quality I see here is worth for the price.
I have some complaints toward its keyboard and the problem is still persisted here. For some reasons, the keyboard still feels pretty shallow with only 1.5 mm travel distant. As the result, I often press the wrong button when trying to reach some of keys I want. It takes time to get used especially when you just move from a laptop with bigger dimension. The keys resistant and feedback are just okay, but we need some improvement in the keyboard here. Not a big problem for me, but worth mentioning here.
|ASUS Zenbook UX550GE 15 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I7-8750H Coffee Lake 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch UHD (4K)|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||512GB PCIe SSD|
Performance and Gaming
The Intel I7 8750H is coming from Coffee Lake Generation considered as one of the most powerful mobile CPU that Intel has right now. The 6 cores CPU are operated in clock between 2.2 to 4.1 GHz clock. The CPU is sustainable to reach of 4.0 GHz clock, but only during some cases with an appropriate temperature management. Unfortunately, the most common clock you will see is only around 3.3 to 3.6 GHz as the result of its thermal throttling. There is just no way for this powerful processor operated in such a thin laptop with improper thermal management. The same case is even happened in Dell XPS 15 although the result is slightly better there.
With the powerful processor and graphic card, the gaming runs just fine in some games I already test here. CS Go and Overwatch will run okay at high setting considering the game takes less demanding requirement. The real test is more demanding games like Final Fantasy 15. For this case, the game is only playable at low and medium setting as the GPU started to show its ages in this game. Still, I find the result as pretty satisfying even a powerful PC would have some problems playing this game.
The Zenbook UX550GE is a worthy upgrade to see if only you need some improvement in CPU performance. The rest of features like display and GPU are the same as last year and I never recommend you to buy it again when you already have the previous model. Any new users might able to pick of between this laptop and Dell XPS 15 if they want a portable system with high performance hardware. Both of them feature of similar specs in the same price range. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaves your comment below for further assistance regarding the article.