Best 4K Ultra HD Laptops – ASUS ZenBook and HP Spectre

ASUS ZenBook and HP Spectre are top 4K UltraHD laptops

If 4K Ultra High Definition is a must have for your next laptop, here is our review and recommendations for the best two on the market right now. What distinguishes these laptops is the 3840 x 2160 touchscreens, providing the 4K Ultra HD experience. Accompanying the visuals are high-end audio speakers and software for deep bass with crystal clear vocals, even at high volumes.

Our picks have 15.6 inch screens, high performance processors and power saving solid state drives (SSD) for up to 6 hours of battery life per charge. These are also relatively lightweight for their features, weighing in at under 5 pounds. At this screen size, you get a comfortable keyboard and multi-touch navigation pad.

From our reviews, we found there is about a 30% to 50% premium (about $300 to $600) for laptops with 4K Ultra HD compared with Full HD screens – this is 3840 x 2160 versus 1920 x 1080. If you decide that 4K isn’t what you need, or doesn’t fit in your budget, check out our review for Top 2 Lightweight, High Performance Laptops, each around $1,000 .

For a 4K UHD laptop, our top choice pick is the ASUS ZenBook Pro. It also one of the lightest Windows laptops available, at just over 2 pounds, and thinnest at 0.63 inches. The large 512 GB SSD drive provides plenty of space for videos, music, files and programs. With the Nvidia graphics processor, this laptop easily handles the demands of displaying 4K and can also keep up with any video editing software or gaming requirements.

ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW ($1,446)
Description: ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 Home
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: 6th Intel Skylake Core i7­-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quad­core CPU (turbo to 3.5GHz)
Memory : 512GB  SSD (Solid State Drive) + 16GB DDR4 RAM
Screen: 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD touch screen (3840 x 2160 resolution), LED-backlit IPS technology (In-plane switching)
Keyboard: Backlit Keyboard
Graphics: Nvidia GTX960M 2G GDDR5
Configurations: 2-in-1 Convertible, 360 Degree Rotation Design, Flip from laptop to tablet
Communications: 802.11 Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: Dual-array digital microphone and Bang & Olufsen audio
Webcam: Built-in HD webcam
Media Reader: Built-in media card reader, supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats
Ports: 1x Thunderbolt III (via USB Type­C), 1x Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type­C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDM, 1x Microphone-in/headphone-out combo jack
Battery: 1-cell lithium-ion Battery, Battery life up to 6 hours
Weight: 2.06 lbs
Dimensions: 14.8 x 9.75 x 0.63 in
Color: Silver
ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW ($1,446)

Our second choice 4K UHD pick is from HP. The HP comes in at a slightly lower price point, mostly due to the smaller 256 GB SSD and built-in Intel graphics processor.

2017 HP Spectre 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD Touchscreen High Performance Laptop ($1,300)
Description: 2017 HP Spectre 2-in-1 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD 3840×2160 Touchscreen High Performance Laptop, Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, WiFi-AC, Bluetooth, HDMI, HD Webcam, Windows 10
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz
Memory : 256GB  SSD (Solid State Drive) + 16GB LPDDR3 RAM
Screen: 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD touch screen (3840 x 2160 resolution), LED-backlit IPS technology (In-plane switching)
Keyboard: Backlit Keyboard
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Configurations: 2-in-1 Convertible, 360 Degree Rotation Design, Flip from laptop to tablet
Communications: 802.11 Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: Dual-array digital microphone and Bang & Olufsen audio
Webcam: Built-in HP TrueVision HD webcam
Media Reader: Built-in media card reader, supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats
Ports: 3x USB 3.0; 1x USB Type C; 1x HDMI; 1x Microphone-in/headphone-out combo jack
Battery: 3-cell lithium-ion Battery, Battery life up to 6 hours
Weight: 4.02 lbs
Dimensions: 14.8 x 9.75 x 0.63 in
Color: Silver Grey
2017 HP Spectre 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD Touchscreen High Performance Laptop ($1,300)

If you like the HP, and have an extra $350 to spare, the HP Spectre x360 at $1,650 is the next model up and has even more impressive features. The x360 has double the SSD capacity (from 256 GB to 512 GB), the newest 7th Gen. Intel Core i7-7500U (3.5 GHz) and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR5) graphics processor. The extra cost was what bumped the x360 from the list, but is worth looking into if you have the budget.

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