ASUS ROG G501 vs ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501: prices, specs and design – what are the differences?

We found ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501 in a Czech store two days ago. At first glance, it looks like an ROG G501 except for the highlights (the ROG series comes in a red-black color combo). Actually, they are almost the same as you can see below. At the moment we’ve found one ROG G501 model in a Bulgarian store and one ZenBook Pro UX501 in a Czech store. The differences between them are the multi-touch screen and the 512 GB SSD, which UX501 offers (we aren’t sure that ASUS won’t come up with HDD-based UX501 configurations, but at this point, we’ve found the model with PCI-e SSD only). This, of course, affects the price.

The price of ROG G501 is 1226 euro, while the ZenBook Pro UX501 costs 1824 euro. In other words, there is a difference of about 600 euro, which is too much. The 512 GB SSD is definitely a pro and the screen also has a multi-touch functionality, but that shouldn’t be a reason for such a high price. The 600 EUR difference makes UX501 more elegant and high-class looking, but a very expensive choice.

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ASUS ROG G501

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501

CPU Intel Core i7-4720HQ (4 cores, 2.60 – 3.60 Ghz, 6MB cache) Intel Core i7-4720HQ (4 cores, 2.60 – 3.60 Ghz, 6MB cache)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)
RAM up to 16GB DDR3, 1600Mhz up to 16GB DDR3, 1600Mhz
Storage 1TB SATA HDD (5400 rpm);
PCI-e x4 M.2
512GB PCI Express (PCIe) x4 SSD
Display 15.6-inch (39.62 cm.) – 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD), IPS matte (141 PPI) 15.6-inch (39.62 cm.) – 3840×2160 pixels (4К UHD), multi-touch IPS (282 PPI)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Features
  • 3x USB 3.0
  • HD web camera
  • Built-in array microphone
  • Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Thunderbolt
  • Card Reader (SD, MMC)
  • Backlit Chiclet Keyboard
  • 3x USB 3.0
  • HD web camera
  • Built-in array microphone
  • Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Thunderbolt
  • Card Reader (SD, MMC)
  • Backlit Chiclet Keyboard
Battery 60WHrs / 96WHrs ? / 96WHrs
Weight (with the battery) 2.27 kg (5.0 lbs) 2.27 kg (5.0 lbs)
Dimensions 383 x 255 x 20.6 – 21.3 mm 383 x 255 x 19.7 – 20.6 mm
Operating system Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Price

1226 euro

1824 euro

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User ROG
User ROG
7 years ago

Hi, Hristiyan,

You specify “Display Port 1.1A” for both models. Asus press-release for G501 is listing “1x Thunderbolt” ( http://www.asus.com/us/News/FRJ2IpgxRc656YCn ). Care to comment?

Thank you for the great web site, by the way!

Anon
Anon
7 years ago
Reply to  User ROG

Thunderbolt = Display Port. They’re the same thing, except that Thunderbolt has some other technology allowing you to also connect other devices than displays to it.

Hemgath
Hemgath
7 years ago

Any body knows if it’s possible to have 1 pci express + 1 SSD on this labtop ? THe question is: are they have dual storage placement…

mrswed
mrswed
7 years ago

hello, as i understood g501 only has hdmi 1.4, which means if i connect the laptop to my 4k(samsung ue65hu7500) i will only be avalible to play 4k videos in 30fps? But i read somewhere that the laptop need to support HDCP 2.2 for it to work with4k videos? how do i know if a laptop supports it?

Markus Schiefer
7 years ago

I really hope they have DP1.2 or TB2 support. Having a 4k display in the notebook and not being able to use [email protected] on an external monitor seems extremely stupid.

Nils Nilsson
Nils Nilsson
7 years ago
Reply to  Darek

Same link as in first comment

gamerx
7 years ago

in your spec list zenbook shows 4gb video card but i keep reading that its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB)

bash
bash
7 years ago

Does the UX501 have PWM, which causes flickering, like G501?

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