A price of $950 is more than the average laptop shopper wants to pay, but the Asus Q500A-BHI7T05 which costs that much delivers more than the average notebook does. The 15.6-incher supports multi-touch input and has the full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, both considered premium features. Under the hood, the Q500A-BHI7T05 is also a premium machine. Its built upon the quad-core 3rd Generation Intel i7-3632QM processor and includes more than sufficient 8GB of RAM memory and a generous 750GB hard drive. Unfortunately for gamers, the notebook doesn’t have a dedicated video card for 3D games like first person shooters or racing titles. It sports the Intel HD 4000 integrated GPU, which is a solution oriented toward 2D graphics.
However, the CPU is pretty much potent, registering 7,259 PassMark points. With that score, it beats the 3rd Gen i5-3210M by a wide margin, not to mention AMD’s mobile-class processors. The chip is clearly among the best choices if you do video editing or professional photo editing or you convert lots of video and audio files from one format to another, for instance.
On the exterior side, the Asus is a stylish and sleek, with a chassis that appears to be made of brushed aluminum and with thickness of 1.3 inches at the thickest point. Other good stuff worth mentioning are its white chiclet keyboard with backlight, for effortless typing in dim environments, and Intel Wi-Di technology for wireless media streaming to external displays.
Overall, the Q500A-BHI7T05 is a true powerhouse with luxurious looks and convenience of touchscreen input, enabling you to run programs, do your work, and even create digital art with your fingers.
Asus Q500A-BHI7T05 Specifications
- Display: 15.6″ LED-backlit HD widescreen multitouch display (1920 x 1080 resolution)
- Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3632QM, 6MB L3 cache, 2.2GHz CPU speed, 3.2GHz max Turbo Frequency
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics
- Memory: 8GB DDR3 system memory
- Storage: 750GB HDD (5400 rpm)
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: 1.0MP webcam
- Audio: stereo speakers
- Network: Wireless-N, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, no Bluetooth
- Input: Backlit Keyboard with wide 16:9 touchpad
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, digital media card reader
- Battery: 6-cell battery
- Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.9 x 10 inches
- Weight: 5.7 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year