15.6″ ASUS K501UX-AH71 Gaming Laptop via Amazon
Black and silver metal ASUS K501UX-AH71 is a 15.6 inch low cost gaming laptop with a matte Full HD display, backlit keyboard, decent variety of connectivity ports including the very fast 802.11ac WiFi, sixth generation Skylake Intel i7-6500U processor between 2.5GHz to 3.1GHz speeds generous memory for great multitasking and 256GB SSD storage and Windows 10 64 bit operating system. It has the 15.6 inch matte FHD anti-glare non-touch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 2GB GDDR3 video memory and and Direct X 11, for streaming HD videos smoothly, creating multimedia presentations, decent gaming performance. Asus K501UX has a beautiful and classy metallic brushed aluminium design (which is also prone to fingerprints), weighs only 4.4 pounds and has the measurements of 10 x 15 x 0.90 inches.Chiclet keyboard is comfy, backlit and full-sized with 10-key numpad and a functional touchpad. For connectivity, it features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 802.11ac wireless for faster internet, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port, a combo Audio out/Mic in and an ordinary VGA webcam (not the best). And you have the Asus SonicMaster for sound with all right speakers but not very loud as you’re already getting a lot for your money.
It is designed for advanced performance in both your daily basic and complex tasks as well as gaming and multimedia editing and although it is a powerful laptop, it will stay cool with the smart dual ASUS-exclusive cooling technology and ASUS IceCool even after hours of gaming. NVIDIA Optimus will help you adjust to graphics power when you need for multimedia and gaming and energy efficiency as the battery can last up to 8 hours with the screen at low light when you’re dealing with lighter tasks and Asus Splendid with 4 preset modes for great rich visuals. Having a 256GB storage capacity Solid State Drive is great, everything will load and system will boot up so quickly but if you need more space, but external HDD drives are not expensive at all and you can comfortably add a 500GB or 1TB storage if you will be saving a lot of files. The i7-6500U CPU has a Passmark benchmark score of 4284 so it is a high end CPU but not as powerful as some of the Haswell i7’s because the focus is a bit more on power efficiency and the GTX 950M with a benchmark score of 1404 performs better than the Intel Iris Pro 5200 but is slower than the Intel Iris Pro 6200 so you can comfortably play most games of 2014/2015 in high FHD resolution and good frame rates but you will need to lower the settings with very demanding games. When you think about it, for all the features and specs you’re getting, sleek and beautiful design of solid and slim metal finish, solid build quality and Asus brand, lightweight and ease of operation, the price is quite cheap. And it is offered with a one year Asus International Warranty that includes Accidental Damage Protection as well.
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