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Asus K501UX Review

ASUS K501UX ReviewThe ASUS K501UX is a stylish and powerful gaming laptop with pretty good performance with its powerful Intel Skylake Core i7 2.5GHz (turbo up to 3.1GHz) dual core processor. Weighing under 4.5 pounds and under an inch in thickness, your experience with this beast from the ASUS stable is going to be butter-smooth whatever you use it for. It’s also priced reasonably compared to competing laptops from other companies in the same category of tech specs and price range, which means it’s good value for your money.

Let’s get digging a little deeper, shall we?

Pros

  • Category-leading powerful performance for the money
  • Great battery life
  • Well-designed and responsive backlit keyboard and trackpad
  • Sleek styling and simple yet classy looks

Cons

  • 256GB SSD only, no HDD in-built
  • No IPS display panel, so don’t expect wide viewing angles
  • Dual-core processor, not quad-core

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Competition

In this price range, the ASUS K501UX is rivaled by the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, which features a Core i5 2.5GHz processor. It’s also quite a powerful machine, but it’s a tad heavier at around 5.7 pounds in comparison to ASUS’s 4.4 pounds sleek gaming beast.

Specifications

Key Specs of the ASUS K501UX 15.6 Inch FHD Gaming Laptop:

  • CPU: 6th Generation Intel Skylake Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz (Turbo boost up to 3.1GHz) dual-core processor
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GDDR3 VRAM (Dedicated Graphics Card) with DirectX 11 support
  • Display: 15.6″ Full HD Matte Display with 1920x1080p resolution
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Weight: 4.4 Pounds
  • Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive

Our Score

Below you will find how we rated the ASUS K501UX laptop.

Design9
Features8
Performance8
Battery Life9

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Hands on Review

Next we will discuss the laptop in detail.

Design & Features

The ASUS K501UX is a [sexy looking] sturdily-built beast that’s less than an inch thick. Available in two colors, Dark Metallic Blue and Metallic Glacier Grey, the K501UX gaming laptop is designed to appear simple yet classy. While the Aluminium casing of the lid sports a hairline texture design, the underside of the laptop is made of what looks like durable plastic. Above that is a responsive backlit keyboard and a pretty good trackpad. Be warned though, you’ll need to keep a wipe cloth handy as the aluminum lid is quite a fingerprint magnet, if that bothers you.

Ports & Connectivity

The ASUS K501UX features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI port. On the connectivity front, Wi-Fi runs on 802.11ac ultra-fast band, and there’s Bluetooth 4.0 as well. As is becoming common with laptops, there’s no DVD/CD drive, but if you need one, you can always plug an external drive.

Display & Audio

The screen here is a very good 15.6” Full HD anti-glare matte display with 1920x1080p resolution. However, the display is powered by a TN panel as opposed to an IPS display panel, which means the color spectrum visibility and wide viewing angles get compromised slightly. ASUS has thrown in the SonicMaster package for great audio output, which has enhancements for noise filtering and improved audio clarity.

Performance

The 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.5GHz (with turbo boost of up to 3.1GHz) coupled with 8 gigs of RAM, 2 Gigs of dedicated high-end graphics RAM and a 256GB SSD on the ASUS K501UX delivers what it promises – stable performance come what may. You can throw pretty much anything at it and this machine handles it with ease. The dual cooling fan system definitely helps, and this gaming laptop rarely feels hot. As a general tip, don’t risk your thighs though. You’ll be able to play most new games at 60fps on medium settings, or 30-60fps at high settings.

Battery Life

On average use, you can expect about 5 hours of battery life while on the go, which is on the higher end for a laptop. And that’s a well thought out feature by ASUS given that most people would be carrying it out of their homes as it sports classy looks and is a light-weighing laptop.

Pricing

The ASUS K501UX is competitively priced in the

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Conclusion

The ASUS K501UX is clearly focused on dishing out superb performance with its powerful processor and dedicated graphics card. So, whether you intend to play games on it or work or just even use it for entertainment, it delivers a good bang for your buck. ASUS is also adding on 1-year accidental damage protection program, which may cost around $100 from another competing brand. There’s also an empty slot to add in a 2.5” HDD or another SSD, if you want more storage space.

The processor would have been far more powerful if it was a quad-core version. For this price point, ASUS appears to have balanced out the specs fairly well. Also, the display lacks wide viewing angles since it doesn’t feature the IPS display panel. There’s a costlier 4K super-high resolution display version, the ASUS K501UX-WH74 if that’s something you fancy.

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Is this laptop right for you?

If you are on a budget but want a laptop that means business both outside and inside, the ASUS K501UX is a very good option as an entry-level gaming laptop. A lot of photography enthusiasts have also rated this high if you spend a lot of time playing around with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, or similar tools. Plus, it’s a light-weighing sleek-looking powerhouse, so you can flaunt it off without actually having to, wherever you take it.

If you want something far more powerful in terms of specs though, you may want to check out its rival, the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK.

You can find out more about the ASUS K501 series of laptops right here.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.

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