Asus takes on the MacBook Pro with its new high end laptop – The Verge

While just about every laptop manufacturer has gone after Apple’s MacBook Air, Asus’ latest is aiming for the MacBook Pro. The ZenBook Pro UX501 is Asus’ newest high-powered laptop, featuring an aluminum chassis coming in at just 0.81-inches thick. While it comes in slightly thicker than the MacBook Pro a 0.71-inches, Asus has tried to hit every other benchmark that Apple’s powerhouse laptop is known for. The ZenBook Pro comes with a 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor, a 512GB PCIe SSD, 16GB of RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card.

It’s also equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS 4K display, and a Thunderbolt 2.0 port for all of your data-intensive peripherals. According to Asus, the Windows 8.1 laptop will last you around 6 hours on a full charge, and will retail for $1799. The Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 is available today in the US.