ASUS K501UW-AB78 -Glacier Grey- Product Review

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ASUS Gray Metal Notebook K501UW-AB78, 15.6″ FHD (19201080), Matte, Intel Dual-Core i7-6500U, Intel HD graphics 520, 8GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M, 2GB GDDR5, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 (64bit), 802.11AC, Bluetooth ...

$869.99 (as of August 7, 2016, 11:24 am)

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    Product Description

    The ASUS K501UW-AB78 is a focused midrange gaming portable PC that bulldozes the opposition in both execution and outline. It joins forward-looking innovation – including a committed representation card-with a premium configuration and the yield is a framework that is prepared for the workplace and some gaming in later in the day.

    THE GOOD: Solid gaming execution. 512GB SSD. 1080p presentation. Illuminated console.

    THE BAD: Relatively substantial to bear day by day.

    The ASUS K501UW-AB78 is a gaming tablet that superbly mixes general utilize and gaming. This is one of those frameworks that are sufficiently effective to give a smooth gaming encounters, however shuns the arbitrary lights and logos that generally yell “gamer”. It can be serenely utilized at the workplace the same way you’d utilize any capable desktop-substitution tablet to perform every day work and media undertakings when you’re not playing. It highlights a 6th era (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6500U processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming representation card. To that, it includes 8GB of memory, a 512 strong state-drive (SSD), a 15.6-creep Full HD show, an illuminated console and ergonomic components that will make your gaming knowledge more lovely. The way that it packs such a great amount of force for both gaming and general use into an alluring configuration, gives it the oomph to hop to the highest point of the pack, and is in this way our most recent Editors’ Choice for passage level gaming portable PCs.

    The ASUS K501UW-AB78 is genuinely minimal for a 15-incher, however it compares well with my 15″ MacBook Pro, while keeping up the same durable, smooth development of a premium tablet. At 0.8 by 15.6 by 10 inches (HWD) and 4.4 pounds, the framework is path more slender than the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK’s 0.98 by 15 by 10.4 inches (HWD) and 5.88 pounds. Out of the container, I wasn’t certain on the off chance that it’s a gaming portable workstation as it drops glaring logos and garish lights we as a rule see on gaming tablets. Rather, it goes for a saved dark metallic development simply like its other gaming kin the ASUS K501UX; that additionally didn’t embrace ASUS’ signature aluminum looks on the ZenBook Series.

    The outline isn’t’s some tea, however in the event that you’re in the business sector for a gaudy explanation, the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK and ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 have the looks and execution to coordinate. Notwithstanding, in case you’re after a portable workstation that can be utilized as a part of the workplace/school and utilized for gaming as a part of the night, the ASUS K501UW is a sure thing.

    The 15.6-inch show has a 1,920-by-1,080 determination, and a full-measure illuminated console. The 1080p determination is presently fundamentally a base for gaming frameworks, and matches that of the ASUS K501UX and Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK gaming portable workstations. Despite the fact that, we’re presently seeing more costly gaming portable workstations with 3K or higher presentations, however for a section level gaming tablet, this determination functions admirably and is satisfactory contrasted with a higher-determination screen. The touchpad feels extremely smooth and tough. The speakers give conventional sound quality, which is an or more for ASUS frameworks even at greatest volume. For cooling, you have a double fan framework which benefits an occupation in coordinating hot air from the inner modules for the CPU and GPU out through the back vents.


    Equipped in the ASUS K501UW-AB78 is a 6th era Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz) processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming representation card. Consolidated with 8GB of memory, this framework is appropriate for most work/school assignments and gaming needs. The Skylake processors midpoints 4340 focuses on CPU Mark, which is superb for an arrangement of its gauge. Since it’s a double center processor, the machine can practically convey on anything tossed its direction, and on the off chance that you have a few bottlenecks, it won’t be the processor without a doubt. Amid our tests, the framework remained shockingly cool and calm even twilight of utilization. The framework could finish media ventures in record time and I was even ready to alter some HD recordings and process a few spreadsheets simultaneously without the machine stammering. This is entirely something the workplace client or understudy who now and again enjoys MS Office ventures, however later bounced into gaming.

    On the gaming front, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB isn’t the best in its class, however it isn’t the most exceedingly bad either for a section gaming portable workstation. The Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK gaming tablet utilize the same realistic card yet with 4GB DDR5; and we’ve seen framework with strong GPUs as of late. Case in point, the MSI GE72 Apache Pro-001 games the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (with 3GB GDDR5 video memory) while the 17-inch ASUS ROG G751JY-WH71(WX) highlights the similarly strong NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M representation card. Both of these are mid-range gaming rigs, however for a passage level gaming portable workstation, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M is still adequate.

    The framework could create playable edge rates of 50 casings for every second (FPS) on prevalent recreations like GTA-V at the default 1920-by-1080 determination. Different amusements, for example, urban communities and Skylines, however on heavyweight titles the sight to behold started to stammer, in this manner we needed to tone down the settings to Medium-quality (1,366 by 768 determination).

    The gaming execution is additionally dull when contrasted and contenders that gloat the all the more capable Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GPU like the Alienware AW15R2-6161SLV, which offers outline rates of almost twice what the ASUS K501UW delivered. Consolidate this with the disparity between the GTX 960M card that is a stage behind the GTX 970M/980M, and the ASUS K501UW isn’t the best option for a no-nonsense gamer, yet at the same time sufficient for a maturing gamer.

    Different Features

    Inside, the capacity is both rapid and open, on account of a 512GB strong state drive (SSD) which is superior to the slower hard drives. There appear to be some upgradability on both the memory and capacity, despite the fact that it doesn’t appear to utilize the present day m2 opening. This is twofold the 256GB SSD in both the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK and ASUS K501UX. In the event that the space seems constrained, you have a simple answer for get more stockpiling by putting your documents in different online cloud administrations. The 15.6″ screen accompanies every one of the extravagant accessories: IPS show (better than shabby TN boards regarding hues and survey points) and 1920×1080 determination. Touch is not upheld, but rather to game purposes such a presentation ought to be fair in any event for the time being.

    51yB0wAwk0L._SL1200_ Connectivity comes in method for two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a HDMI-out port for interfacing with an outside screen or HDTV and a SD card peruser. The DVD/CD drive is missing, however that is not astounding as most makers are racking it maybe on the wake of working frameworks being downloadable straightforwardly. On the off chance that you truly require one, perhaps for your more seasoned recreations and projects, then you better off with alternatives, for example, the LG Electronics 8X Ultra-Slim outer DVD drive. To the Internet you have a RJ-45 port or you can settle on the 802.11 A/C WiFi and additionally Bluetooth 4.0, while visiting without end with gaming mates on the VGA camera, though at low quality

    Battery life as a rule isn’t a solid point for most gaming tablets, and it’s especially valid for this situation. In our tests, the ASUS K501UW-AB78 oversaw 5 hours 17 minutes, which is worthy for a gaming tablet. Put one next to the other with its rivals, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro kept running more than 3 hours 31 minutes, and the champ was the Alienware AW15R2-6161SLV, which at long last surrendered after 5:29. Yes, the expansive 15.6-inch screen utilized a considerable measure of vitality, however the framework likewise has a great deal of space for battery packs. Keep the force connector helpful.


    The ASUS K501UW-AB78 offers magnificent quality for anybody in the business sector for good gaming and profitability execution, at a sensible cost. In profitability, it scores near more-costly framework while in the meantime scoring great in the gaming front. It doesn’t look quite a bit of a gaming portable PC, yet in the event that you require one with the shrieks of gaming tablet, then the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK is an easy win. All things considered, the ASUS K501UW sports a smooth and alluring skeleton, a full HD show, not too bad port alternatives and an illuminated console. Both the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK (audited here) and ASUS K501UX (evaluated here), are gaming portable PCs in the same class and are solid contenders worth a long look as you shop around. Still, the ASUS K501UW-AB78 offers an immaculate blend of structure and execution, and for its procures our Editors’ Choice grant for section level gaming tablets.


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