Average of 8 scores (from 13 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus G501JW
A new republic. The thinner ROG is certainly flashier, but cut corners are inevitable. Asus calls it the quietest ultrathin gaming notebook on the market with one of the fastest solid-state drives available. What can go wrong?
Source: Tech Advisor
Asus has assembled a fast and lightweight gaming laptop using the Retina MacBook Pro template, with good results. The 4K-UHD screen is perhaps more about pose than performance but at full-HD resolution this machine takes Windows games in its stride at high detail.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: T Break
All that said, if you don’t mind tuning down the game settings and want to play on the move with a light laptop, then the ASUS G501 easily fits the bill. It’s impressively light for a 15-incher, and gives out silent and decent performance. I just wish that ASUS created a 13-inch version of this laptop with the same CPU, GPU and a lower-res screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: PC Mag
As gaming laptops go, the ROG G501J-DS71 is a big departure from Asus's usual high-octane gaming rigs, slimming down and becoming more portable. Unfortunately, it also sacrifices a lot of the gaming performance that has marked past systems in the Republic of Gamers line. While this is probably just a bump in the road as Asus gets a handle on the ins and outs of making an ultraportable gaming laptop, this is clearly a first-iteration product. I could see things improving significantly if Asus were to release a Full HD version, but for the time being, there are a lot of rough edges that Asus needs to polish.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
From a functional point of view the Chiclet keyboard is good to type on and the mouse works well enough however the layout of the keyboard is frustrating as the Power button sits where we expect to find the End key. Also, the left hand Windows key is too far inboard. These are minor points but when you are buying a premium laptop that carries a hefty price tag you are looking for perfection. Uninstall the bloatware and wait for an Nvidia driver that fixes Optimus and you’ll still be faced with a keyboard that isn’t quite right, which is frustrating.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 75%
Overall, Asus has put together a well-built gaming laptop, but the ROG G501 makes so many careless mistakes that I can't recommend it. For affordability's sake, you would be much better served with a Gigabyte P35K v3 as it provides far better performance, thanks to sticking with a Full HD display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Computer Shopper
Overall, the Republic of Gamers G501JW-DS71 would be easier to recommend if it were advertised as a high-end multimedia laptop, akin to the Dell XPS 15, rather than as a gaming laptop. Its GeForce GTX 960M graphics card doesn't have the horsepower of competing notebooks in its price range, or even the substantially more affordable MSI GE62 Apache.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Digital Trends
The Asus 501JW-DS71 is a prime example of why cutting-edge hardware isn’t enough to win in the laptop market. Its hard drive is particularly awesome, shattering past records and more than doubling the average speed of competitors. The display also pushes boundaries, hitting 4K resolution, something only a handful of other notebooks can claim.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: Laptop Media
The successful combination of thin body and high performance is next to impossible, but ASUS have done all there is to do to achieve that, and the results are nearly fantastic! As usual, we’ll start with the disadvantages – the thin body has resulted in a little instability in the keyboard panel, although it’s only noticeable if you apply excessive force. The bigger drawback is the PWM of the emitted light, which is an old problem, but ASUS haven’t solved it (at least in the Full HD version).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/15/2015
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; excellent display; ergonomic keyboard; slim and light. Negative: No RJ-45 interface, and optical drive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2015
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: Pretty powerful; good FHD display; good sound; good input devices. Negative: Poor cooling system; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/16/2015
Source: PC Store BU→EN
Positive: Ѕlіm аnd lіghtwеіght dеѕіgn; cоmfоrtаblе kеуbоаrd аnd tоuсhраd; grеаt display and ѕреаkеrs; perfect performance; efficient cooling system; lоng bаttеrу lіfе. Negative: Еаѕу ѕроttіng case; cоnfuѕіng аrrаngеmеnt оf thе fоur аrrоw kеуѕ; rеlаtіvеlу nоіѕу tоuсh раd buttоnѕ; noisy cooling system under load.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/30/2015
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; impressive size for gaming laptop; high performance; good cooling system; great sound for laptop; good display. Negative: Keyboard slightly sinking back.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/21/2015
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M: Upper mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GTX 900M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4720HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
69.13%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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