ASUS Zenbook UX501JW – Review

Features:

  • Quad Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz (Turbo 3.5 GHz)
  • GeForce GTX960M GPU with 2 GB RAM.
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • 512 SSD
  • 15.6-Inch 4k Ultra-HD IPS Display.
  • Windows 8.1.
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Performance in Games

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Features

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Quality & Design

  • Total 89%

Slim and light but powerful. ASUS Zen Book UX501 is a gaming laptop with a 4Ktouchscreen under 1500$. The laptop supports an Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.6GHz), NVidia GTX960M 2G GDDR5,16 GB DDR3,512 GB Solid-State Drive and 15.6-inch 4K UHD (38402160) Screen.

PERFORMANCE IN GAMES


CPU

It has Intel i7-4720HQ Processor clocked 2.6GHz with Turbo up to 3.6GHz, a powerful processor which is a standard in majority of the gaming laptops in the present day.

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5 RAM is the graphics processor provided on the laptop .A good processor not as capable as NVidia 970 but does render good frame rates at high settings.

RAM

The laptop is provided 16GB DDR3 RAM which is very good for playing most of the games.

The combination of the CPU, GPU and the RAM will provide you enough power to run and play any present day games. Also 512 GB Solid-State Drive has been provided for the laptop which makes the laptop pretty fast.

  • Performance in Games 82%

FEATURES


Screen

It is one of the main features of this laptop. The laptop supports a 15.6 inch UHD touchscreen IPS display. The display is very colourful, vibrant and one of the best displays in the market. As it is an IPS panel the viewing angles are quite good. The display is good for Photoshop as a lot of detail can be visible on the display. But when it comes to gaming it doesn’t make much of difference as many games are not optimised to 4K.

Connection and Ports

The amount of ports on the laptop is kept a minimal. On the left of the laptop you get the charging port, a mini display port, HDMI port and the USB 3.0 port. Audio and microphone jack, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a SD card slot.

Audio

ZenBook Pro features SonicMaster Premium, incorporating ICE power, Bang & Olufsen technology. The audio sounds good but it is always better to have an extra subwoofer.

Storage

The laptop has a 512 GB solid state drive. Hence you can expect very high data transfer speeds.

Keyboard

Just like the lid the area around the keyboard and the track pad have brushed aluminum finish. However there is a color difference in the top and lower metal providing good contrast. The keyboard has good travel and is nice to type with.

Battery Life Time

there is 96 watt hour 6 cell battery inside this device.it provides around 6 hour battery life while doing the work.

  • Features & Use Comfort 95%

QUALITY & DESIGN


The laptop has an aluminium chasse and plastic internals. The lid has a swirl aluminium finish with asus inscribed on it. It has very nice appearance; the laptop is metal externally with a colour contrast between the lid and the bottom half which is a very nice touch by asus. The laptop has a very sturdy built and as it is all metal gives it a very premium feeling.

Noise:

the noise of the laptop is very minimal; it is almost silent on the regular use. But on extensive gaming we are able to here considerable amount of noise.

Temperature:

the laptop does get a little hot on extensive usage but not to an unmanageable extent. The throttle of the CPU and GPU is not a problem on this laptop.

Weight:

The laptop has the dimensions of 10 x 15.10 x 0.80 inches and weighs 5 pounds which is quite light for a gaming laptop.

  • Quality & Design 97%
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MY THOUGHTS


Overall a good bargain when considered the specs it offers. Not the best device in the market but if you are looking for sleek yet powerful gaming laptop under 1500$ this is a product worth considering.

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Pros:

  • 4k IPS display
  • An interesting and modern look
  • Good processor
  • Large SSD disc
  • Weight
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Cons:

  • A little weaker GPU
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