Asus R516UX 15 inch FHD Gaming Laptop
Asus R516UX is a brand new upper mid-range laptop with a reasonable performance and decent features including a mid-range dedicated NVIDIA GTX 950M video card for gaming and multimedia, 15.6 inch Full HD display, backlit keyboard, fast 802.11ac wireless, up to 5 hours battery life and a good value sixth generation Intel i7 processor at a very reasonable price. So it comes with the ultra low voltage dual core Skylake Intel September 2015 release i7-6500U (4MB L3 cache) processor at 2.5GHz up to 3.1GHz speed with turbo boost and hyperthreading, 8GB DDR3L SDRAM (2 x 4GB) at 1600MHz, 1TB SATA HDD at 5400rpm and 64-bit Windows 10 operating system. You can upgrade the already large 8GB memory to 16GB if you are an advanced user that will need super multitasking. Matte finish 15.6 inch non-touch LED-backlit FHD screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution offers superior image and with Asus Splendid Technology you have deeper, richer and more vibrant colours. Graphics card is the middle of the road GTX 950M with 2GB dedicated memory that performs slightly less than the most advanced integrated Intel Iris Pro 6200 and about 15% less than GTX 960M. So you can certainly play the games of 2016 but you will need to reduce the settings and resolutions a little- all right if you’ll be OK with less than max settings- some demanding games at FHD and 30-40fps and some at HD and acceptable frame rates. Webcam on top bezel is quite all right for your Skype chats, taking good quality photos or gaming with people as it is a high definition VGS camera with built-in microphone.
Silver Asus R516UX has a simplistic hairline brushed design without the not so necessary trim, looks and feels stylish, elegant and premium, weighs 4.4 pounds and measures 15 x 10 x 0.9 inches. It doesn’t come with an Optical DVD Drive but a decent range of connectivity ports including 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI output for you to connect a large monitor or HDTV, Media Card Reader that supports SD/SDHC/SDXC formats, 1 x 1/8″ Headphone/Microphone combo, advanced 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and the Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45 connector. Thermal Design Power is 15 watts and the 48WHrs 3-cell lithium ion prismatic battery promises up to 5 hours of battery life but we’re not so sure of that so you should expect around 4 hours for things like net surfing and video streaming. It has a full size chiclet style backlit / illuminated keyboard for you to type or game comfortably in dim light or dark and a large touchpad with Smart Gesture technology without left and right click buttons. Sound quality is pretty good with the Asus Sonic Master and two built-in speakers. We are not impressed by the storage speed of 5400rpm and lack of SSD but 1TB capacity is pretty good for all your photos, videos, pdf or any files without needing external storage and you can certainly replace it with an SSD. We highly recommend this computer for those that want to perform heavy and demanding non-gaming stuff including multimedia thanks to the 6th gen Intel i7 CPU with a benchmark score of 4324 and 8GB RAM but gamers will need to decrease the settings when playing the tough games of 2015 and 2016. Asus is one of the best quality computer brands with very nice looking, solid and good performance machines and warranty is one year for parts and labour.