ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T i7-6700HQ
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ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T I7-6700HQ Review
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB
- 15.6 inch, 16:9, 3840x2160 resolution
- 24GB DDR4 RAM
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz
The ASUS ZENBOOK Pro UX501VW is a mid - high end gaming laptop released in the UX501 series. ASUS' series of multi-functional powerful laptops designed to be powerful enough for gaming, while remaining thin and low-profile enough to carry around to different classes or work conferences. The only major difference between the UX501VW and the other ASUS Zenbook in the UX501 series is the inclusion of SkyLake architecture from Intel and support for USB Type-C technology. At 2.2kgs, the UX501VW is significantly heavier than ASUS Zenbook Infinity UX301LA, weighing in at just 1.4 kilos.
What is the screen resolution ?
The ASUS UX501VW has a standard 15.6 inch monitor, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and supports a whopping 3840x2160 HD resolution.
What is the battery life ?
Charging on the ASUS ZENBOOK Pro UX501VW takes approximately 1.5 ñ 2 full hours. With general use, including internet browsing and medium brightness settings, the 96 Watt Lithium-Polymer battery lasts approximately 7 hours. This is a step up from previous models in the UX501 series, such as the UX501JW.
What is the performance ?
For Gaming; The UX501VWís GTX 960M will struggle to play most new games at its highest resolution of 3840x2160, however will play most standard new games at 1080p on high settings, at playable high frame rates, while plugged in of course. The Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor has a theoretical maximum clock of 3.5GHz. However, due to the inclusion of SkyLake Intel architecture released in 2015, the focus is more leaning towards increasing power efficiency (per Watt) over mere raw processing power, and consequently the Core i7-6700HQ is not designed to hold the maximum clock of 3.5GHz for long periods of time.
What is the sound quality ?
Like most laptop speakers, the UX501VW speakers lack the bass for a truly balanced and genuine listening experience. However, the speakers don not emit distortion or noticeable crackling at high volume level sound output like many other competing laptops. External speakers or headphones are recommended for extended gaming or multimedia experience.
Conclusion: Should I buy it ?
The UX501VW brings with it the inclusion of new 2015 Intel SkyLake architecture, longer battery life, and USB Type-C over the predecessors in the UX501 series. However, the performance difference between the predecessors and the UX501VW are negligible at best. The ASUS ZENBOOK Pro UX501VW is a good graphical, and all-round performer for the US $1,500 price range, however, those looking for a p[performance laptop could still opt for older ASUS Zenbook UX501 series laptops, like the UX501JW; for a cheaper price, and very little performance difference. For users looking less for gaming and graphical performance at a lower cost; the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A is another option.