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Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX550 updated with Core i7-8750H CPU option

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX550 updated with Core i7-8750H CPU option
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX550 updated with Core i7-8750H CPU option
Visually, the UX580 is nothing more than a UX550 with a secondary trackpad display. Users not interested in the dual-screen capabilities of the UX580 can now get the UX550 with an Intel 8th gen Core i7 processor for $1800 USD.

After revealing the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 and its dual-screen features at Computex 2018, many were left wondering if it would spell the end of the more down-to-Earth UX550 series. The UX550 launched last year with Core i7-7700HQ and GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti options, but the series has been in the back-burner while Asus focused its marketing efforts on the more novel UX580 instead.

Now that the UX580 has been available for over a month, the manufacturer is finally ready to start shipping an updated version of the UX550. The press release below details the new UX550GE with a Core i7-8750H CPU whereas last year's model carried quad-core Kaby Lake options only. Everything else about the notebook remains unchanged including the 15.6-inch 4K UHD touchscreen, GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and narrow-bezel NanoEdge design. Thus, this is simply an internal CPU update to bring the UX550 more in line with competitors like the Dell XPS 15 9570 and MacBook Pro 15 2018 in terms of raw CPU horsepower.

We recommend checking out our existing reviews on the UX550VE and UX550VD for more information on the series. Between our last two UX550 test units, however, we experienced some fan rattling and electronic noise that we hope the new UX550GE will address.

The ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GE will begin shipping on August 17th for $1800 USD.

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550GE-XB71T

CPU Intel® Core™ i7-8750H, 2.2GHz (9MB Cache, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz)
Display 15.6” NanoEdge LED-backlit 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) capacitive multitouch with 100% Adobe RGB, color difference Delta-E <2 and 178°wide-view technology
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5
Main Memory 16GB DDR4 2400MHz
Storage 512GB PCIe® NVMe SSD
Connectivity 2x2 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera VGA webcam
Interface 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™, with Thunderbolt™ 3 support
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x audio combo jack
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x microSD card reader
1 x DC jack
1 x Fingerprint Reader
Audio High-quality stereo speakers (with smart amplifier)
Harman Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster Premium audio system
Battery 71Wh lithium-polymer
AC adapter Output: 19V, 150W
Input: 100V-240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz universal
Dimensions 14.37 x 9.88 x 0.74 in
365 x 251 x 18.9mm
Weight 4.2 lb
1.89 kg



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Allen Ngo, 2018-08-12 (Update: 2018-08-12)