Asus ROG G501 (G501JW-DS71) Sleek 15.6″ Gaming Laptop


The Asus ROG G501 is a gaming laptop packing a 15.6-inch high-resolution screen, powerful Intel i7 quad-core processor, and a dedicated mid-range Nvidia video card in a svelte, lightweight chassis.

The G501 is currently available in the United States in only one configuration, the G501JW-DS71. The 4.6-pound aluminum-cladded rig with a 0.8″ thin profile has Ultra HD 3840-by-2160 display resolution and IPS technology, providing extremely sharp picture and wide viewing angles. The pixels are powered by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory. The GPU provides good performance in the latest hardware-hungry games at Full HD resolution. However, running them in laptop’s native 4K resolution at decent settings requires more graphics muscle. The main computing is done on the Intel Core i7-4720HQ, which is among the speediest laptop processors to date. The CPU is sufficient for processing of all the latest games and can be additionally used for computational intensive duties like professional multimedia creation. The laptop excels in the data storage and system memory departments, offering a decently-sized and fast 512GB solid state drive and 16GB of RAM.

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The device’s feature set is crippled only a bit, since DVD optical drive and wired Ethernet LAN jack are missing. All other important stuff is present. You have a backlit keyboard, spacious trackpad, stereo speakers, a webcam, 802.11AC and Bluetooth wireless connections, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI video out, a media card reader, combo mic/headphone audio jack, and additionally a Thunderbolt port for fast data transfers from and to compatible external devices.

The 96 WHr battery inside the G501JW-DS71 provides a battery life of up to five hours, according to the manufacturer’s estimations.

A nice addition to the package is a free 1-year accidental damage protection warranty, covering drops, liquid spills, and power surges.

Asus also offers basically the same laptop with touchscreen and silver design. It’s called the ZenBook Pro UX501.

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Brand

Asus

Screen Size

15.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

3840×2160

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor

Intel Core i7-4720HQ 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 2.6-3.6GHz 6MB Cache (~8,200 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5 Dedicated Video Card

RAM

16GB

Storage

512GB SSD

Optical Drive

None

Input

Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Pad, Multi-Touch Trackpad with Integrated Buttons

Speakers and Audio

Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

No

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

3 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes

Other Features

Thunderbolt Port

Battery

96 WHr, “up to 5 hours” battery life

Weight

4.5 pounds

Height

0.8″

Width

15.1″

Depth

10″

Windows Version

Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)

Warranty

1-Year

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