The Asus Q501LA-BBI5T03 15.6-inch 1080p laptop with touchscreen capability is cheaper and more modestly equipped than the $1,000 Q550LF-BBI7T07, but still a great notebook retailing for $750.
Instead of the 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4500U processor and the Nvidia GeForce GT 745M discrete video card, the Q501LA-BBI5T03 packs the slightly slower 4th Gen “Haswell” Intel Core i5-4200U and relies on the Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics. RAM and hard drive capacities are also lower – 6GB and 750GB, down from 8GB and 1TB.
Nevertheless, the included i5 with its advanced technologies such as TurboBoost and HyperThreading can juggle daily home and office computing tasks with ease, as well as more complex ones like high resolution video and photo editing.
But internal specifications are not the only difference. The Q501LA-BBI5T03 has a much sleeker appearance with a profile measuring 0.9″ and dark gray aluminum chassis with shape similar to the MacBoook Pro. It also lighter, weighing 5.1 pounds, down form 6 lbs on the Q550LF. Both notebooks have 2-cell batteries, but we have no info on battery life.
On the downside, the Q501LA doesn’t have a built-in optical drive.
A good thing is that both laptops have full HD 1080p resolution, which is a characteristic of premium laptops and provides plenty of real estate on the screen for Windows 8, apps, and movies.
Another one compelling feature is backlight beneath the light-gray keyboard keys.
Other ordinary notebook features found on the Asus Q501LA-BBI5T03, which can be found exclusively at Best Buy, are listed in the specs list below.
On the end, we want to mention some alternatives. Besides all other touch-enabled models, one more worth mentioning is the Toshiba P55t-A5202 because of its similarity with the Q501LA. It has the same screen resolution, CPU, and HDD capacity, but additionally provides a built-in DVD burner and Intel Wireless Display technology, all for $780.
Asus Q501LA-BBI5T03 Specifications
- Display: 15.6″ diagonal, multi-touch full HD (1080p)
- Processor: 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U “Haswell” dual-core at 1.6GHz-2.6GHz, 3MB L3 cache
- Graphics: Intel HD 4400 integrated
- Memory: 6GB DDR3 1,600MHz, expandable to 8GB
- Storage: 750GB hard drive at 5,400rpm
- Optical drive: None
- Webcam: Yes, HD
- Audio: Stereo speakers
- Network: 802.11n Wi-Fi, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth
- Input: Backlit chiclet keyboard with number-pad, single-piece multi-gesture touchpad
- Ports and Slots: 3 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x HDMI, media card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC)
- Battery: Lithium-polymer, unknown capacity
- Dimensions: 0.9″ height x 15.1″ width x 10″ depth
- Weight: 5.1 pounds
- OS: Windows 8 OS
- Warranty: 1-year