|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.8 GHz None|
|Hard Drive||1000 GB Hybrid Drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||geforce gtx|
|Wireless Type||802.11 A/C, 802.11A|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
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ASUS FX502VM-AS73 15.6-inch Full HD Gaming Laptop, 7th-Gen Core i7, GTX 1060 3GB 16GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD with Windows 10
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- 15.6 Inch Full HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed
- Fully loaded with Latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz (Turbo up to 3.8GHz)
- Powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB discrete graphics
- Cooled by Intelligent Dual Fan System to cool the CPU and GPU independently
- Fast 128GB SSD combined with Large 1TB 5400RPM HDD and 16GB DDR4 RAM
- Extensive connectivity with HDMI/mini Display/USB 3.0, 802.11a/c WiFi dual band, SD Card Reader,
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Enjoy up to 3x better performance for GeForce GTX 10 Series when comparing to GTX 9 Series.
The latest hardware gives you efficient and powerful performance for heavy gaming or productive multitasking such as live streaming and video editing.
With a profile measuring just 0.94 inches and weighing only 4.9 pounds, FX502 has an ultra-portable design that fits snugly in a messenger bag or backpack. Whether you're waiting for your flight, kicking back at a café, or at a LAN tournament, you can game just about anywhere.
Extensive Connectivity and Dual Band WiFi
FX502 is equipped with all the ports you need, including 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x HDMI, 1x mini Display Port, and 3x USB 3.0. This lets you easily connect all your gaming peripherals and an external monitor!
No laptop is complete without an outstanding WiFi solution. FX502 utilizes dual band 802.11ac WiFi. It employs 2 antennas that support 2 data streams with the 802.11ac band delivering speeds up to 867Mbps. That’s up to 6x faster than 1x1 BGN WiFi and up to 2x faster than 1x1 AC WiFi!
This ensures proper range and stability for reduced ping and improved connection quality for your online games.
Intelligent Thermal Design
The Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system uses heat pipes and a dual fan system to cool the CPU and GPU independently. This design maximizes cooling efficiency to give FX502 the stability required for intense gaming marathons.
ASUS FX502 has a specially-designed chiclet gaming keyboard with red-backlit scissor-switch keys that offer you 1.6mm of travel distance for tactile keystrokes. It also features highlighted WASD keys so you know where your hands need to be.
Filter Out All the Ambient Noise
The array microphones are designed to filter out ambient noise, which means that even if you're at a LAN party or some other loud environment, your voice is still clearly heard.
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|RAM Size||16 GB||16 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|Processor Speed||2.8 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.5 GHz||2.8 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920*1080 pixels||—|
|Screen Size||15.6 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||15.6 in|
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|Item Dimensions||15.4 x 10.5 x 0.9 in||10.45 x 15.31 x 1.14 in||10 x 15.6 x 0.8 in||10.5 x 15.4 x 1.9 in|
|Item Weight||4.9 lbs||5.51 lbs||4.4 lbs||4.9 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10 (64bit)||Windows 10 x64-bit|
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ASUS FX502VM-AS73 15.6-inch Full-HD Gaming Laptop, 7th-Gen Core i7, GTX 1060 3GB 16GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD with Windows 10. 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack; 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert; 1x HDMI; 1x mini Display Port; 3x USB 3.0.
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There's not a lot of detailed information on this laptop so here's what I know:
* There is a USB C connector but it is not Thunderbolt so it can't be used for video (I was really hoping for this to work for a dual monitor setup.)
* There is 8GB of DDR4 laptop memory included. There are two memory slots and they support 16GB per slot for a total of 32GB. See my photo where I removed the 8GB chip and added two 16GB DDR4 chips for 32GB RAM. Make sure to buy DDR 4 laptop memory like Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 2133 MT/s (PC4-17000) SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT16G4SFD8213 for a total of 24GB RAM or Crucial 32GB Kit (16GBx2) DDR4 2133 MT/s (PC4-17000) SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT2K16G4SFD8213 for a total of 32GB RAM.
* There is a M.2 (2880) SATA SSD slot but it DOES NOT support NVMe. I tried a Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW) and the card fits but there is an error: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
* There is also a SATA III HDD bay where you can fit a 2.5" SATA III HDD. I took apart a 2TB external HDD I had an installed it into this drive bay. Note: 4 screws are included for mounting the HDD but there are no brackets so you have to get them separately.
*There are two graphics display adapters: Intel HD Graphics 530 (strangely the default) and the NVIDIA GTX 960M. You need to change the default display adapter to the NVIDIA GTX 960M. See the instructions below.
* There are 3 standard-sized USB ports (two are USB 3.0), a USB C (non thunderbolt) port, a HDMI output, speaker/headphone jack, RJ45 network outlet and a cable lock receptacle.
* There is a built-in camera, Blue Tooth, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers and a touch pad which can be disabled from the keyboard when using a mouse.
This computer is shipped with a 512GB SATA SSD in the M.2 slot. You can remove it and replace it with a SATA (not NVMe) SSD up to 2TB but you have to remove the existing 512GB SATA SSD first. There is also what I believe to be an SATA connector an enough space to mount a SATA SSD. I'm not using this connector yet but I have a 1TB SATA SSD I'm going to try next.
Keep in mind that I took a brand new computer and added 32GB of RAM and attempted to add a 1TB NVMe SSD which almost doubled the price of this computer. I ended up returning the Samsung 960 EVO because it didn't work. I now know there are different connectors for SATA and NVMe drives where the NVMe drive has more pins but is the same physical size.
I ordered and cancelled a MacBook "Pro" specifically because it was limited to 16GB of memory. While it was being built, I decided I wasn't going to settle for 16GB and that I couldn't justify spending several thousand dollars for a computer that didn't meet my needs. In the real world, professional computers for web development (like I use mine for) have a minimum of 24GB RAM so there's nothing professional about the MacBook Pro. The ASUS ZX53VW with the 4GB NVIDIA GTX 960M, 32GB RAM and a 2TB SSD is truly a professional setup and has ample RAM, storage and a fast display adapter.
This computer is not thin for numerous reasons. There is a lot of space inside to add a SATA SSD, and SATA M.2 card and there's a Blue Ray DVD player taking up space that most new laptops simply don't have anymore. The drawbacks are the lack of dual monitor support offered by a Thunderbolt 3 connector, an i5 CPU as opposed to an i7 CPU and the lack of Thunderbolt and NVMe support. (ASUS has other laptops that support Thunderbolt 3 but this one doesn't.)
I tested this "gaming" computer using Microsoft's Flight Simulator X Steam Edition and at full HD (1,920x1,080), it was pumping out 32 FPS. Using an external 4K HD monitor, flight simulator couldn't handle the increased resolution and was only capable of generating a few frames per second. I am using a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick as my controller and it works great. As for speed doing real world computing, I installed Hyper-V and three VMs using Server 2012 R2: A DNS server, a SQL server and a SharePoint 2016 Server. With all three VMs running, I still have excellent response times because I dedicated 4GB of RAM per VM. The VMs boot and run very fast and I can definitely use them for my job as a web developer.
The case is plastic and isn't as nice as some other laptops but it is metal-lined. The keyboard has a nice feel and is backlit with red LEDs. The angle I sit at makes the LEDs under the keys visible and they're a bit distracting because you can't see the letters as well as you would sitting above the keyboard.
The full HD screen looks great and the colors seem accurate.
Don't let the word "Gaming" in the title confuse you. It just means that this computer has a really good video card compared to other laptops. This is a perfect computer for the price and ASUS chose wisely when they designed this future-ready laptop.
Addendum: Changing the default display adapter to the NVIDIA GTX 960M
I ran UserBenchmark.exe (a free program) to test the performance. When it completed, I was shocked to find that my graphics were 3.3% and that it was using the Intel 530 HD Graphics and not the powerful NVIDIA GTX 960M. Personally, I don't rely on ASUS installed display drivers and always download them directly from the NVIDIA website.
After installing the drivers and related software, open the NVIDIA Control Panel from the system tray by clicking the ^ next to the battery icon near the time in the lower-right of the display and then right-clicking on the NVIDIA icon selecting NVIDIA Control Panel.
In the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on Manage 3D Settings on the left pane and then make sure the Global Settings tab is selected on the right pane. In the drop down list under Preferred Graphics Processor, select High-Performance NVIDIA Processor and press Apply.
In the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on Select PhysX Configuration in the left pane and in the drop down list under Select a PhysX Processor, choose GeForce GTX 960M and press Apply.
That's it and if you run the UserBenchmark.exe program again, you'll see that it is now using the right display adapter and is running over 10X as fast as before.
Note: The screenshot I included shows Windows 10 Pro as the current OS. The ZX53VW comes with Windows 10 Home and I changed the Product Key to the Pro version. If you do this, make sure to run Disk Cleanup to remove the 21GB windows.old folder left behind from prior installation of Windows 10 Home because there's no other way to delete it.
QUICK FEATURE SUMMARY: The ASUS ZX53VW has an Intel i5-6300HQ quad-core processor, and NVidia GTX 960M w/4GB dedicated RAM, 8GB of RAM, and a 512Mb SSD, DVD (yes!), 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB C port (smartphone), and SD card reader
CUT TO THE CHASE: If you want the power of an Xbox One or PS4, next-gen console, in a laptop, this is the most inexpensive solution—it is the cheapest laptop that outperforms gaming consoles. This computer is blazingly fast. It played Dark Souls 3 (again a graphics intensive game) at max settings 1080p/30-35fps, and at low settings 1080p/50-60fps. That's BETTER performance than that you get on an Xbox One or PS4.
Negatives? I don't see a pop-out for the battery so you might have to pop screws to replace.
Yes, buy this. Especially if you can get it for <$700 like I did during Black Friday!
Only complaint would be that the chassis is hard plastic, thus gives the laptop a semi-cheap feel to it, but it's only a minor gripe since the specs are so damn good for the price. Really is a great balance of price and performance. Also, this is my first computer with an SSD and it's amazing how fast everything loads. The computer restarts/boots in about 8 seconds, applications open instantly. Very pleased with this laptop and would highly recommend to anyone that wants the relative power of a gaming desktop, with the portability of a laptop, at a price that's affordable.
512 GB m.2 Sata drive
8GB DDR4 RAM
The screen that comes with it is a LG IPS display (great viewing angles)
Nvidia GTX 960M with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
Backlit Keyboard is solid and nice to type on
Solid construction all around
Good venting, blows hot air under load but the keyboard does not get hot
Will play most newer games on HIGH settings.
Battery life is sub par on this model but if you are plugged in most of the time, does it really matter?
****EDIT*** As I have done some more extensive testing on this laptop, the battery life is downgraded to Fair at best.
If you will be constantly plugged into a wall outlet then this laptop is fine, but do not ask much of the battery life. It's a shame that such a well built model is packed with such a small capacity battery. I will be returning mine as the battery life is poor (and may even suspect a bad battery at this point)
Check out my video for more details.
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