|Screen Size||15.6 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920*1080 Pixels|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Nvidia GTX950M 2GB GDDR3|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||5 Hours|
ASUS K501UX 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7 Processor, NVIDIA GTX 950M, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Hard Drive, Windows 10 (64 bit)), Black/Silver Metal
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- Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz). Skylake
- 15.6 inches Matte FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. Windows 10 Operation System.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M gaming graphic card; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD Storage. Backlit keyboard.
- Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
- Feature 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI. Bluetooth 4.0.
- 1 year International Warranty with 1 year Accidental Damage Protection
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What’s In the Box
- ASUS K501 Notebook
- AC Adapter
- User E-manual
ASUS K501 Multimedia Laptop
The ASUS K501 boasts a clean and portable metallic design with the performance to match. Featuring the latest Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics which enables you to stream HD videos, run MS Office programs or even do some casual gaming without hiccup. On top of that, ASUS-exclusive cooling techniques take it to the next level, ensuring your laptop always stays nice and cool to deliver a smooth and quality computing experience.
- 15.6” Full HD anti-glare display
- Simple and classy brushed aluminum design
- Full-sized chiclet keyboard with backlights
- Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M discrete graphics
- 8GB memory with 256GB Solid State Storage
- Fast Internet connectivity with latest generation 802.11ac
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M GPU
With the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 graphics and Direct X 11, the K501 lets you create exceptional presentations for work, or enjoy high definition movies and games when it's time for you to kick back and relax.
NVIDIA Optimus Technology
Also featuring NVIDIA Optimus Technology that automatically tweaks the GPU for either turned up graphics power or battery-boosting efficiency depending on what you’re doing. It’s the best of both worlds where you get the graphics performance when you want it and battery life boost when you need it.
ASUS Splendid Technology
ASUS Splendid Technology enhances the display of ASUS notebook panels with 4 preset modes which easily brings colors to life, immersing you stunning visuals with rich, deep hues.
Simple and Classy: clean brushed aluminum design
Without all the bells and whistles, the K501 presents itself in a classy dark blue metallic cover with a hairline textured finish. At less than an inch thick, this full-featured notebook combines exceptional performance with high mobility. And when you're out and about, its well-rounded edges and sleek, minimalist lines set it apart from other mundane notebooks in the market.
Multitask wtih 6th gen Intel Core i7 processor
With the latest 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the K501 gives you the performance you need to tackle even the most challenging tasks easily.
Pitch-Perfect Audio: ASUS SonicMaster
A mixture of hardware, software, and tuning, ASUS SonicMaster was developed with the clear goal of giving you the best notebook PC audio. A professional codec ensures precise sound performance; an optimized amplifier gives you louder volumes, while larger speakers and resonance chambers deliver powerful audio output and deeper bass. Additional signal processing helps fine tune the hardware, filtering noise and improving audio clarity so you can enjoy unrivalled audio on your K501.
Smart Dual Fan Cooling System
The K501 features an upgraded cooling system with independent copper fans dedicated to cooling the CPU and GPU. This exceptional cooling system keeps temperatures low to prevent overheating and ensure system stability whether you're working on processor-intensive tasks or gaming.
To keep heating issues at bay, ASUS IceCool Technology features a unique internal layout that keeps palm rest surface temperatures consistently at a below body temperature lever. This enables you to stay comfortable for hours on end while using the laptop.
Intuitive Touchpad Navigation: Smart Gesture input
A Smart Gesture multitouch pad gives you unprecedented levels of accurate and intuitive fingertip input, so everything feels natural, whether you're surfing the web, or just navigating through a document on screen.
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|Computer Memory Size||8 GB||8 GB||16 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|CPU Model Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||AMD||Intel|
|CPU Speed||2.5 GHz||4 GHz||4.5 GHz||3.7 GHz||4.1 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920*1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches|
|Hard Disk Size||256 GB||1000 GB||1 TB||256 GB||512 GB|
|Item Dimensions||10.00 x 15.00 x 0.90 inches||14.20 x 9.60 x 0.70 inches||14.10 x 9.80 x 0.90 inches||14.20 x 10.30 x 1.00 inches||13.90 x 8.70 x 0.70 inches|
|Item Weight||4.40 lbs||3.70 lbs||4.70 lbs||4.85 lbs||3.70 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|RAM Type||DDR DRAM||GDDR5||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||Unknown|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11ac||802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a||Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth||802.11ac|
Designed to tackle your everyday computing needs, the ASUS K501 boasts a clean and portable metallic design with the performance to match. Featuring the latest Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics which enables you to stream HD videos, run MS Office programs or even do some casual gaming without hiccup. On top of that, ASUS-exclusive cooling techniques take it to the next level, ensuring your laptop always stays nice and cool to deliver a smooth and quality computing experience.
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Update 7/18/15: You may wish to apply a skin to the top cover as the midnight blue aluminum top is an finger oil magnet. The oils do come off with a mild alcohol based wipe. Just food for thought if that kind of thing bothers you.
Update 8/19/15: I reserved my copy of the free Windows 10 upgrade a little while ago and have now installed it as an upgrade over the 8.1 that the laptop originally came with. I experienced no problems with the upgrade and I really like Win10. If you are struggling with the lack of a desktop start button (win 8) or the limited functionality of the (win10) start button, then may I suggest that you download Stardock's software product called Start8/Start10 (just Google it to find the site). It will restore the desktop start button very similar to Win7 and before.
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-Pro's: Good specs. Decent battery life. Alright heat dissipation. Empty 2.5" bay.
-Con's: Eye bleeding TN screen from the pit of Cthulhu's deepest darkest torture chamber worth 20 dollars or less. I have old crt screens with better color reproduction. Piss poor viewing angles (expected for tn panels) and shameful brightness. Horrible/variable clicking pressure on the trackpad. Questionable build quality and quality assurance. Buggy motherboard firmware. Feels like a rushed product with minimal bug testing.
-Personal gripes: Not very compatible with linux bootable toolkits. Windows 10 boot manager (because windows is my only choice since linux is not well suited with the hardware.) Bizarre issue from the system clock reporting the wrong date & time randomly.
-Conclusion: I returned it for my cash back. Even if I replaced the screen with an IPS pannel, the system clock problem and locked down hardware raised red flags for the long term life of the laptop. If it wasn't for the uber-crap tn screen, flimsy trackpad, and system clock problem I would of given this computer a solid 4/5.
ASUS stick to your chromebooks, upper premium laptops, and desktop hardware. This product makes me question my other ASUS hardware.
To start, the general build quality is what I expect out of a premium piece of technology. It is very thin and light yet sturdy with the majority of the laptop being made out of aluminum with the only large piece of plastic being on the bottom of the base of it as well as the keys on the keyboard. The keyboard layout is full sized, with a 10-key section, but it is scrunched incredibly close to the regular keys. After a day of data entry, I did finally get used to it.
The screen on this laptop has gotten a bad reputation from the previous model of this laptop, but all of my uses has shown me that the screen is just fine. When at full brightness, everything is crisp and clear. Fonts in Microsoft Word are great as well as photos and graphics in Photoshop. When I unplug the power and the screen dims, it can start to get a little fuzzy to see fine details, but it is far from unusable. The hinge for the screen and lid is relatively stiff and will likely take two hands to open. Rest assured, however, that it will not fly open in your bag or flop about as you move around in your chair.
The speakers on this laptop had me confused for a little bit as they were incredibly quiet, even at full volume. However, once I started playing with some of the included sound software that ASUS includes it got a lot better. The speakers are still small laptop speakers and can sound a bit tinny with certain sounds, but they are defiantly usable in the case you don’t want to use headphones. It is strange that the speakers are located on the bottom of the laptop, and this may add to some of the issues about perceived volume and quality, but I ended up forgetting about it with things generally working how I intended them to.
The performance of this laptop is very superior, especially when considering its price. A brand new 6th generation Core i7 processor, a Nvidia GTX 950m, 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD make it very snappy in any task you throw at it. From the time the power button is pressed to being able to launch a program only about ten seconds have elapsed. Once it is started, Photoshop or any other Adobe program takes just under three seconds to launch with Office programs performing similarly.
Along the lines of hardware, I was curious about some of the brands of components inside of it. The SSD inside of this laptop is a Micron m600 (Micron is the parent company that produces Crucial hard drives and memory as well as Lexar brand flash memory cards). The memory is Hyundai and the onboard graphics is an Intel HD graphics 520.
Battery performance is some of the best I have seen for a full featured laptop. When utilizing the battery, having the screen at its lowest intensity, using the onboard graphics processor and just browsing the Internet or typing a document, it is incredibly efficient. The battery can last upwards of eight hours with those operating conditions. If the Internet is not needed, putting the laptop in airplane mode can extend this even further. It is worth noting that when the laptop is being used in its lowest power state it produces almost no heat, allowing it to stay on bare legs without a problem for extended periods of time. When under full load and using the discrete graphics card it does produce heat but so little that I have not heard the fans wind up to something that I would think is annoyingly noisy by far.
Although this is a fine piece of hardware that can see anyone through many years of service, it is worth noting some of the nuances about it that I have noticed after using it for a week.
While mentioned before, they keyboard is full sized but scrunched, I don’t know if it is missing some of my keystrokes or if I have just not fully acclimated to it yet. That issue aside, the stroke length of the keys is quite shallow, something that can be annoying at first but can become unnoticeable after some time using it. The backlighting feature is nice, nearly being expected by laptop users, but when it turns off or on, the fade up and down of the lighting can be abrupt or flickery, far from being an operation issue, just something I noticed. It is nice to note that there are three brightness settings for it as well.
The track pad is similar to that which is found on laptops currently for sale. It is a single surface with a button built into the bottom of it. The left and right buttons are included in the main pad, but recognized with a single short vertical line near the bottom. Generally speaking, the touch pad works as expected with few navigational issues. Clicking the button is fine and seems like it requires just the right amount of pressure so that it is not pressed accidentally while driving the cursor. While typing, it is not in the way and placed in such a way relative to the keyboard that I have never accidentally hit it on accident. Lastly, the manner in which the touch pad is connected to the chassis of the laptop has me puzzled. Although the chassis flexes very little when picked up by a corner, the bottom of the touch pad seems to protrude from the surface of the base slightly. It is nothing so drastic that it completely lifts off the laptop, but it creates a significant amount of space that a fingernail can fit under it. When the laptop is placed back of a flat surface or not being articulated, the touch pad is in its normal position.
The software that comes preloaded in this laptop is what is to be expected. There is a little bloatware from ASUS themselves as well as a few things from Microsoft that comes with Windows in addition to an introductory offer for some third party antivirus software. All of this was easily removed, and while it was still installed, did not seem to impact performance negatively. A couple of notes about a few things regarding the software image that ASUS put on this laptop: when installing the Adobe CC products, I kept getting install errors. After I did a little reading, I found that one or more of the preinstalled Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable packages were corrupt. It was a relatively quick process to fix this so it was not too annoying. The second thing is the OS was set to defragment the hard drive once per week. With a solid state drive, this is a definite no no as it will cause unneeded writes to the drive and will shorten the useful life time of the drive. Once purchasing this laptop, it is a must to correct this.
Lastly, and this is by no fault of ASUS, this laptop is being sold as having a dark blue lid color. When I opened the box of mine, it did not look blue at all, it was unmistakable gray. Honestly, it is not a deal breaker for me at all, it looks just as stylish and functions just the same. When inspecting the carton that it shipped in, ASUS even labeled the laptop as having a gray color, not blue.
All in all, for the price of this computer and what you get, it is a fantastic piece of equipment, capable of handling just about whatever you can toss at it. Notwithstanding the few oddities that accompany it, a user can expect to be very pleased with this computer and what it has to offer, especially when the price is taken into account.
Edited for spelling and grammar.
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There were some minor things that I noticed, and are brought up in the other reviews. The trackpad for this laptop is not very good. It works, and is responsive, but it doesn't feel as premium as the rest of the laptop. It feels out of place.
Also, the screen. I can see what other users are saying about the bad viewing angles, but it has never been a problem for me. I view my laptop at normal angles, and the 0.1% of cases that screen might not be ideal are not worth considering.
All in all, a great deal, a solid laptop, from a solid brand.
The screen has good viewing angles left and right. But my god the slightest movement of the screen up and down and all the colors shift
The Keyboard is good, nice back light ok for the price
The Aluminum screen attracts alot of finger prints so of that drives you crazy I would avoid. The inside of the laptop isn't as bad.
The plastic bottom makes the laptop feel cheap, but then again at the price and this specs, corners need to get cut.
the SSD (boots extremely fast)
As long as you don't have too many tabs the fans never turn on.
Handles light gaming no problem (LOL, SimCity 5, Civilization)
5 hours of battery life
The Price (especially if you get it on sale like me)
- Very powerful, light, slim and well-built.
- Battery lasts forever.
- Speakers can play very loudly if you want.
- Built-in mouse is awful.
- It comes with a very small disk space (only 256 gb of storage). You can, however, insert more space if you want, there's an empty slot. I purchased a kingston SSHD of 1 TB, so now storage isn't a problem anymore.
Le disque dur 256 Go SSD est vraiment bien.
Seul défaut est la fan qui est bruyante et semble partir souvent pour aucune raison apparente.
Corrigeable par contre.