What is the Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD?

The ZenBook Pro is one of the more expensive ZenBook models out there, boasting premium specs to match that high asking price.

As well as a nippy Core i7 Kaby Lake chipset, you get dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics for blasting through some of the latest games. Combined with Asus’ finger-friendly keyboard and a realistic 15.6-inch display, this is a beefy laptop to match even quite demanding requirements.

So is this top-end ZenBook worth a punt, or should you look to other similarly priced laptops such as the Dell XPS 15, which boasts very similar specs?

Design and build

The ZenBook Pro’s marketing blurb may throw around such terms as ‘elegant’ and ‘sophisticated’, but my first impressions were very different. ‘Rugged’, ‘resilient’ and ‘beast’ are a bit more to the point.