Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW-FJ044T
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Reviews for the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW-FJ044T
Source: PC World Archive.org version
After spending time with it, however, it becomes clear why it’s less expensive, particularly when compared to the Dell XPS 15 with the exact same specs. The Zenbook Pro’s performance is slightly weaker, and it has subpar speakers and little oddities like uneven keyboard backlighting and that slap-dash Thunderbolt sticker.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
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Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
Model: The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW is a machine to look out for. Encased in an all-aluminium chassis, it is a solidly built laptop with a polished look. On the lid, it features Asus's signature concentric ring finish with subtle, polished edges on the sides. Its weight of 5 pounds (2.27 kg) is heavier than the Dell XPS 15, yet lighter than Lenovo’s Ideapad Y700. Measuring at 15.1 x 10 x 0.8 inch (38.35 x 25.4 x 2.03 cm) also makes it chunkier and bulkier than the rest. The full-sized, backlit keyboard allows for fast and natural typing and is only beaten by the Macbook Pro’s keyboard. It is also decked with full-sized arrow keys albeit at the expense of half-sizing the right Shift key. Its wide 4 x 2.75-inch (10.16 x 6.99 cm) touchpad is both quick and responsive and is big enough for comfortable usage but isn’t too big to get into the keyboard’s way like in many laptops these days. Under its hood, it is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. There is a 512 GB SSD built in for impressive transfer rates. The transfer rate registered is faster compared to the XPS 15 although still inferior to Macbook Pro. Opening multiple windows and even running multiple heavy tasks is not an issue on this machine. Running on NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M dGPU with 2 GB of VRAM, users are assured with a richer visual experience in both gaming and video playback/editing. It will run most new games in around medium setting.
Display-wise, the 15.6” screen supports a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 10-point multi-touch technology. In terms of brightness, it ranks on par with Dell’s XPS 15. Early feedbacks received from users include its highly glossy screen , which can sometimes be distracting. However, it is surely still a really good display and is suitable for video editors and graphic designers. It is also equipped with a 1.2 MP front-facing camera but this wouldn’t be sufficient for facial recognition on Window’s Hello sign-in as it doesn’t actually support the necessary hardware. Sound quality is crisp and clear as it is integrated with stereo speakers from Bang & Olufsen. Networking is supported by both high speed ac grade WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The connectivity consists of three USB 3.0 ports (3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.1 Gen 2), a Thunderbolt port, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, a 2-in-1 card reader (SD/SDXC) as well as a brightness sensor. The Zenbook Pro comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home and bloatware has been kept at minimum by Asus. Battery life is equally impressive as it is capable of up to 8 hours of continuous web surfing WiFi, but it is beaten by the Macbook Pro’s capacity of 9 hours. Just as in the MacBook Pro, configuration option are limited. All things considered, the Zenbook Pro is a powerful laptop at an affordable price range for this category. If certain quibbles can be disregarded, users are in for a real value with the Zenbook Pro as it is nevertheless an upgrade with significant improvements on its specs.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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