ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD Gaming Laptop Review
Asus brings us the K501UW-AB78 for our reviewing pleasure. This laptop is a bit of a gaming sleeper in the aesthetics department. Much like a street racing car that has had no work done to the bodywork or paint job, it is only when the machine is called upon to perform its primary task that the competitors will have any clue as to what lurks beneath the hood of your vehicle, or in this case: laptop. Laptops like this bely the fact that they house within them some exceptional gaming parts, not normally seen in laptops but rather in a fully-fledged gaming PC.
And that is a good thing: as the CPU is an Intel Core i7-6500U that is based on the Intel Skylake architecture and will allow for some pretty fantastic gaming grunt on the computational processing end of things. The graphics card is based on NVidia’s GeForce 960M chip, which means that GPU performance, though not stellar, is still acceptable to a casual gamer that is looking for a laptop such as this for secondary gaming as well as for using for every day usage and at the office, this is due to the nature of the DirectX 11 limitations that the hardware is experiencing with newer titles.
There is a full sized, backlit keyboard that keeps the lines of communication open, and the trackpad is thoughtfully placed on the system’s palm-rest, slightly off centre and to the left. Acer offers applications to assist gamers with overclocking and managing their system settings, with some tweakable options also available in the BIOS for gamers to play around with. The graphics cards come equipped with NVidia’s Optimus technology, which automatically overclocks or under provisions graphical resources depending on the current tasks that the laptop is performing, freeing gamers up to play more than they have to spend time fine tuning their systems.
This is another good budget gaming laptop for consumers to consider, but its aging graphics card and processor might dissuade some users from giving it a try, considering the unit’s price and age. We can see more laptops like this becoming very popular among mobile gamers that need laptops to conduct their daily activities.