You don’t need a MacBook Pro to get a pretty, powerful laptop with discrete graphics. Case in point: the $1,699 Asus ZenBook Pro, which has style that will draw eyes and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card for designing, editing and gaming. It will deliver the performance you need, though you’ll want to consider how badly you want loud speakers or a 4K display, because the ZenBook Pro is a quiet riot that comes only with a 1080p screen. But if raw power and good looks are what you need, the ZenBook Pro is a strong choice.
Many of Asus’ premium notebooks are a nice navy blue, but the ZenBook Pro casts a striking profile in black. I like the change, as the laptop straddles the line between premium and professional. The lid still features the typical ZenBook iconic concentric circles, but Asus’ logo, usually in gold or silver, is now clear and glows with the backlight from the display on the other side.
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