Asus ROG G501 Review: Gaming on the Go in a Slim Profile
The Asus G501 is a slender new gaming laptop from popular manufacturer Asus. The laptop marks a slimmed down addition to Asus’ Republic of Gamers series of gaming oriented laptops. For the 1,999$ retail price, you get a computer with a slim profile, coming in at a lithe 0.81 inches thick, great graphics in an NVIDIA GTX 960M, and a mind boggling 15 inch IPS 4K display. But is this computer the slender supercomputer Asus wants it to be? Find out in this Asus ROG G501 Review.
The G501 comes in a single configuration with an Intel Core i7-4720 HQ processor, ensuring that this laptop has adequate processing horsepower for anything you would want to throw at it. In the graphics arena, the G501 is no slouch either, packing a decent NVIDIA GTX 960M with 4 gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM. As far as storage, the G501 matches up well, coming standard with a 512 GB solid state drive, ensuring that the machine operates quickly, giving you less time spent waiting for games to load. The G501 also has more than enough RAM for anything you could throw at it, coming with 16 GB of DDR3 ram at 1600 mhz The machine also comes decently outfitted with ports and accessories, one HDMI out, one Thunderbolt 2.0 mini-DisplayPort, and 3 USB 3.0 ports.
The screen, what some may be interested in this Asus ROG G501 Review for, is beautiful. The screen has a resolution of 3860 x 2160, and it doesn’t disappoint. The screen gives great viewing angles and compares favorably with the Retina Display found on a Macbook Pro.
Performance and Conclusions
The gaming performance of this rig is admirable. Unfortunately, the big beautiful screen is a bit of a hinderance. Due to the sheer amount of pixels it has to push, the 960M needs you to lower the resolution if you want to get maximum graphical fidelity in modern games, expect to play at medium quality at 4K. Battery life is great, with 4-5 hours worth of heavy usage. To close out this Asus ROG G501 Review, I will list a few pros and cons.
Pros: Beautiful display, fast SSD, great battery life, lightweight, number pad on keyboard
Cons: Display limits gaming performance, high price, plastic components
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