Laptop PC is now considered to be a common and massive use with the wide range of computing needs to be covered, from home basic needs, office tasks, and entertainment purposes. One of common need is gaming. Most recent games is requiring a computer with a really good performance. No wonder, several computer brands is competing each other to produce a product that is reliable for gaming. One of those products is ASUS K501UX which is ASUS latest entry-level gaming laptop and it has a sleek design.
This ASUS K501UX is powered by 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processors which is in Turbo boost it is up to 3.1 GHz. The processor is combined with the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage that is faster than traditional hard drives. The Graphics Processing Unit is powered by NVidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB DDR3 graphics card and the 15.6 inch matte FHD display. This ASUS laptop is a fair competitor for Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK in terms of entry level gaming laptop.
The sleek design that is constantly maintained by ASUS with its dark blue brushed aluminum cover makes this laptop has an impressive looks and feel of premium laptops. It is a thin and light laptop that measures 0.9 by 15.0 by 10.0 inches dimension and weighed 4.4 pounds. This is a plus for you if you prefer portability.
The Processing Unit
This ASUS K501UX is powered by a Skylake (6th generation) 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U processor, while the Turbo boost is up to 3.1 GHz. This processor gives you the performance to tackle a heavy task and gaming, along with the 8GB RAM, and Nvidia GTX950M graphics card with 2GB DDR3 RAMfor the graphics card. Intel Core i7-6500U, a dual core processor that is expected to give you a stable performance. ASUS K501UX has CPU Mark points of ~4300 points (While most laptops has 3000 points average). It is somewhat a remarkable points for notebook. This combination of components allows you to run latest image processing application like CorelDraw, Photoshop, etc. with a guarantee that this laptop and its system is able to handle it. This laptop has decent performance of Skylake Intel Core i7 processor, separated graphics card, and awesome design and portability.
This ASUS K501UX allows you to make a nice presentation, enjoy HD videos and movies, and play games smoothly. Thanks to the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M GPU and Direct X 11. The graphics card allows you to tweak it for improving quality or having battery efficiency by the features of NVIDIA Optimus Technology. It allows you to choose the best options between graphics performance and battery life. In addition, this ASUS laptop employs ASUS Splendid Technology that optimizes display of its panels with four preset modes for your preferred display.
On the ASUS K501UX graphics are handled by GeForce GTX950M using 2GB dedicated GDDR3 memory, which is again inferior to the NV GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 memory we’ve seen in the NV GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5. Still, you are able to play most titles at high settings (1080p) with a promise of up to 30 frames per second (fps). We tested the unit with Grand Theft Auto 5 and received 30fps, which is way below what we got on the less-RAM-taxing Counter Strike, whereby we hit the +60FPS mark. Thankfully, the non-touch 15.6-inch matte TN-finish display supports Full HD (1920 by 1080) resolution, making it ideal for professional image and video editors. Still on display, the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK has all the bells and whistles you’d expect, graced by a 15.6 inch IPS display (superior to TN panels in terms of colors and viewing angles) which will make most budding gamers happy.
Storage and Other Features
A 256GB SSD is mounted inside this laptop. It is certainly no as large as 1 TB HDD storage, but it is faster than HDD. You also have an empty sata drive to fit an extra SSD for storage. The 8GB of RAM is divided into two parts. The first is 4GB modules appearing to be on-board memory, and the second is a replaceable memory stick that allows you to replace it by an 8GB stick to get a total of 12GB RAM. The inputs, a full size Chiclet keyboard is backlit, which makes you easier to type in the dark or dim environment, and an intuitive touchpad that supports multiple gestures. Other good thing is the smart-dual fan cooling system, ASUS Ice Cool technology, and good audio output all of its feature is protected by one-year warranty of accidental damage protection.
Two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and an HDMI-out port are provided to support the laptop’s connectivity. What is missing from this laptop is the DVD/CD drive. However, it is not quite a big drawback since most laptop manufacturers are omitting it. The wake of operating system and other applications being downloadable directly to the device can be the reason. Therefore, an external DVD/CD ROM can be your option if you need to install applications or games through disks. One recommendation is LG Electronics 8X Ultra-Slim external DVD drive.
RJ-45 port is provided to support the wired internet connection along with the 802.11 A/C Wi-Fi for wireless internet connection. A Bluetooth 4.0 is also provided. The VGA webcam, although it has low quality, is provided in this ASUS K501UX. For the power supply, a 3-cell 48Whrs rechargeable battery is supporting the laptop’s power. This battery is expected to last up to five hours.
This ASUS K501UX which is thin and light is not the only best feature of this laptop. For this entry-level gaming laptop, premium-looking design is backed by a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor, an 8GB memory, a fast 256 SSD storage and a separated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card with 2GB RAM. For those performance specification and Windows 10 pre-installed it is considered to have a nice price. This ASUS K501UX is worth to be considered as your choice to fulfill your computing needs.