Inside ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535) – disassembly and upgrade options
Despite its 15-inch form factor, you will be slightly disappointed with the available upgrade options.
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15
- AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 50W)
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside of this laptop, you need to undo 11 Torx-head screws. Then, remove the two back rubber feet, and undo the two Phillips-head screws hiding beneath them. After that, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool and lift it away from the chassis.
Inside, we see a huge 96Wh battery pack. It managed to last us for the whopping 17 hours of Web browsing, or 16 hours of video playback. If you need to remove it, you will be happy to hear that the process is extremely easy. First, unplug the battery connector. Then, undo the two Phillips-head screws holding it to the chassis, and take it away.
3. Memory and storage
Here, the memory is soldered to the motherboard. You get either 16 or 32GB of LPDDR4x memory, working at 4267 MHz. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot.
4. Cooling system
As for the cooling, you get two heat pipes, shared between the CPU and the GPU. They connect to two side-mounted heat sinks, where two fans blow the heat away. There is a third additional heat pipe, managing the thermals of the VRMs.
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535) in-depth review
ASUS has a very wide range of ZenBook laptops on offer. Some of them are strictly for business purposes - like the ZenBook 14 UX425, while others are absolute beasts - the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) for example. And there is the third option - low-key content creator devices, which bring a lot of power to the table, but stay efficient, while their design doesn't scream in your face. One such notebook is the ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535). Obviously, the main event is part of the naming scheme and is the OLED display. You can pick from a Full HD, or a 4K panel, both of which come with ful[...]
- Strong metal build
- Good input devices
- 100% sRGB and DCI-P3 coverage
- HDR True Black 600 support
- Amazing battery life
- Decent performance
- IR face recognition
- HDMI 2.0b + SD card
- USB Type-C port is data transfer only
- Soldered memory