ASUS - ROG GU501GM 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 1TB Hybrid Drive + 128GB SSD - Brushed Black
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15.6" Full HD display
The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H mobile processor
Powerful 6-core, twelve-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming
Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics
Backed by 6GB dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
Weighs 5.51 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin
Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
HDMI output expands your viewing options
Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives
This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.
Next-generation wireless connectivity
Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N.
Built-in HD webcam with microphone
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
Basic software package included
30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
Headphone/microphone combo jack.
Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
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- 4-cell battery
- ASUS ROG GU501GM 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 1TB Hybrid Drive + 128GB SSD
- Power adapter
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Solid Build with Performance to SparePosted .
Make no mistake, this is a gaming laptop. It’s big, heavy (5lb 8oz), has middling battery life, and compared to ultrabooks it’s thick. It has some garrish flares that might scare off the more conservative laptop buyer, and comes with a folder full of stickers with text like “Join the Republic”. But beyond all the gaming hubbub, this is a solid machine and solid value. Overall Build: The build overall is solid. The lid is nice asymmetrically brushed aluminum finish that while attracting fingerprints, does give a nice appearance. It’s broken up by Asus’s republic of gamers logo, which appears reflective until the screen is on, at which point it glows red. The top body is made from aluminum, which keeps it from flexing. Because the casing is aluminum it feels quite premium. The materials however, do make the laptop quite heavy, weighting in at 5.5lbs. Even in a 15.6” laptop, this weight is significant. The keyboard is quite nice. The keys have a decent amount of travel, but are quite quiet without feeling squishy. This translates into a very comfortable keyboard to both type and game on. I was able to easily hit 82 WPM without any adjustment period (high 80s is my best case scenario). Most keys are solid black all the way around with transparent letters for the backlight. The WASD keys are set-off from the rest with translucent sides. The W key as a little nib so as to allow you to easily orient yourself to the WASD quad. The space bar is slightly larger on the left side, as to allow more comfort for long FPS session (it did not interfere with day to day typing). The CTRL key on the left side is the leftmost bottom row key. The top row provides various extra functions, such as media control, fan control, screen brightness, etc. There are 4 dedicated keys above the left side of the keyboard that also control volume and launch the ROG gaming center. The power button is a key located above the number pad. It’s nice that the power button is placed as to avoid the laptop from accidentally turning on while in a bag. The keyboard area is slightly sunken in to avoid the keys touching the screen. There are 4 zones of LED backlighting, which can provide a rainbow effect. I set mine to solid color, but there are also 6 other effects, ranging from breathing to music strobing. The software even allows you to sync with other Aura compatible components to keep you color coordinated. The power connector is located on the left side (right handers rejoice!) along with an HDMI, 3 USB 3.1 ports and a headphone jack. The right side is much simpler with only a USB 3.1 and USB-C port (Gen 2). The edges of the aluminum unibody are chamfered and finished in a bronze color. The adds just a touch of color while avoiding any sharp edges that would otherwise dig into your wrists. Essentially the entire back third of the chassis is dedicated to cooling. Fans are adjustable in the ROG software. There are 3 fan profiles out of the box, quiet, standard, and overboost. Standard is a ok balance, but if you’re just browsing or other intermittent load you may as well just switch it to silent. Standard keeps the fans running at a decent speed keeping everything cool. Any profile ramps up in any mode if the CPU and GPU are too stressed. These profiles can affect performance on and off battery. Specifically I found the CPU would stay around its base frequency 2.2GHz on battery with all threads loaded unless you set the power profile to “Best Performance”. Plugged in the CPU would boost up to 3.8-4.2 GHz. Depending on your sensitivity to noise, you may want to default to the ‘silent’ setting and either use the hotkey or software to crank the fans up if gaming. Performance: The highlight of the GU501GM is the new 8th generation Coffee Lake CPU - the i7-8750H. It brings with it 6 cores, 12 threads of processing power that turbos up to 4.2GHz. On battery the default profiles will keep its turbos down, but plugged in this powerhouse CPU can tear through just about anything you throw at it. It eats my work laptop’s (a Surface Book 2 15”) lunch, besting it’s i7-8650u by nearly 50% in many benchmarks. Now the target TDP of 45w is a far cry from the 15w TDP of the ‘u’ series, so the performance difference is somewhat expected, but keep in mind,even compared to the i7-7700hq and i7-6700hq, this is a significant increase in performance. The GPU is the venerable Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB. While aging, it still represents the upper mid-range market for gaming laptops, and is on par with a desktop GTX 970 and performs quite close to its desktop brethren. I say aging, because the first GTX 1060 laptops came out late 2016, but with Nvidia Volta still off in the horizon, it’s the only option that blends a sleek chassis and great performance. And make no doubt, it does perform great. With the included 1080p screen, a workable framework will almost always be achievable even with most of the goodies turned up. The GTX 1060 pared with a 1080p screen will have many years of use in it. It should be said that the fan profiles can really affect performance here. Comparing the silent and overboost profiles, it’s clear that overboost allows the GPU much more headroom. A 3DMark run of Fire Strike yielded 8713 on stanard and a whopping 10353 on overboost. It’s very encouraging to see the cooling solution perform so well, allowing it to break 10k in Fire Strike. Display: So this is a Best Buy exclusive model, and one of the places that is cut compared to the GM501 model (found at other retailers) is the screen. This model is a AHVA IPS screen at 120Hz (panel is: AUO45ED). It’s only 72% NTSC color gamut, and it’s brightness is limited. It also lacks G-Sync capabilities and 144Hz that the GM501 models have. Now, this is still an upgrade from many a mid-range laptop, which only include 60Hz panels. Overall the screen does 120Hz quite well. If you’re into e-sports shooters, this will be a killer feature. Response time is seems adequate and I noticed no ghosting. One thing you may notice is that by default, the Intel GPU will switch refresh rates on battery down to 60Hz. This appears to be another battery optimization. Sound: In a word, the sound is nice. It’s not amazing, but it’s one of the more solid thin gaming laptop I’ve heard. Bass drops off quickly at a distance, but if you’re sitting close, the sound is pretty well balanced. It’s excellent for gaming session, but a bit more limited if you’re listening to music. The speakers are downward facing on each side and this arrangement works pretty well due to how the bottom is angled. Battery: The GU501 includes a 55 Wh battery. While nothing to sneeze at, it won’t keep the 45w CPU and 80w GPU fed for long. That said, due to the various battery optimizations, out of the box it can pull at least 3-4 hours of web browsing, perhaps more if you turned the screen brightness down. Given the laptop’s performance focus I believe this is a tradeoff the target market can live with. Gaming on battery can work, but I saw faster than 1% a minute drop - even w/ 30FPS/downclocked OOTB settings. Storage: The GU501 model only includes a 128GB SATA M.2 SSD. The model included was a Kingston RBUSNS8154p3128, and while only being SATA, it performed admirably. I’m not sure how, but the drive was able to sequentially read at 1400+ MB/s (limit should be around 550MB/s). Write speeds were definitely in line with SATA at around 400MB/s. The biggest limiting factor here is the size. At only 128GB, it’s probably best left as the OS drive. Also included is a 1TB Seagate Barracuda hybrid drive. The hybrid drive has 8GB of NAND to serve as cache, but performance is as you’d expect from a spinning drive. This setup is certainly workable, but with NAND prices finally falling, I’d probably consider an upgrade. Which leads me to… Upgrability: The GU501 has 13 Torx T-5 screws on the back plastic cover. Once the screws are removed, the back cover can be gently pried (I used a small flat head screwdriver) up around the plastic hinge. Once the initial ‘pop’ of the plastic clip by the hinge occurs, the backing comes off with almost no effort. Underneath the cover you’ll find access to all major replaceable components: WiFi card, RAM, SATA drive, M.2 2280 slot, and even easy access to CPU/GPU if the time comes for a repaste. It was encouraging to see warranty void stickers on certain components (like the CPU cooler), but nothing impeding you from upgrading RAM/Storage. In fact, the GU501GM has 1 RAM slot populated, and another open, ready to receive another 16GB stick to become a 32GB monster. The M.2 slot should accept PCIe NVMe, just like it’s GM501 brother. All in all, this makes this laptop quite future proof in my opinion. Conclusion: If you’re looking for a solid gaming laptop under $1500, then look no further. You get a great combination of performance, build quality, and customizability. What faults I can find, are rectifiable through later upgrades to storage.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good price, good performance, SOLIDPosted .
DISCLAIMER: I have internet DL/UL speeds of 25/5 though AT&T U-Verse. This ASUS gaming laptop is what I have been looking for... Fortnite Battle Royale, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Rocket League are the games being played the most. This laptop comes in a box in a fancy box. Pretty sweet packing job. Package includes the PC, power adapter brick/cord, stickers, key chain, and pamphlets. Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead. PROS: ----------- * Great-looking laptop. Keys light up and change color from left to right. * Solid feel, well-built construction. Keyboard is solid with little/no flexing. * PC is built for speed which I do like. * I have played all 3 games listed above, and I honestly don't have any issues with latency and graphics. I DO have to wear over-the-ear headphones to drown out the fan noise (see below - CONS), but the graphics and movement of the screen graphics is what it's all about. The specs claim a 120Hz refresh rate and it seems up to par. * Rocket League is probably the most graphics-intensive game I play, and most of the movement was seamless/smooth. * Connectivity was a cinch to wi-fi. I was able to hook up to 5MHz channel with ease. Installation of updates and programs was quick. * Boot-up time was incredibly fast. * Plenty of 3.0 USB ports (4). No one wants to have to hook up a USB hub. All inputs are on left side except 1 USB & 1 Thunderbolt port which gives more room for mouse. * Built-in speakers actually sound better than even high-end laptops. The sound really surprised me in a good way. * PC comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM and upgradeable to 32GB. This will be a viable option to take advantage of in the near future. Also comes with the latest in 8th-gen intel i7 processors - the 8750H - which really flies. * BT devices (headphones, keyboard, mouse) all connect seamlessly and work great. Absolutely no latency with the Logitech input devices I used... and Sony BT headphones. * Quick accessibility to dedicated volume buttons (usually embedded in a Fn button). The MUTE function is in the Fn button area though. CONS: ----------- * With the smallest of tasks, it seems like it's working hard due to the fans always coming on. The simple task of downloading updates cause the fans to run in excess. * FAN AGAIN... Perhaps this is the goal of the PC - to try and ALWAYS keep the inside cool because the fan really hardly ever stops when playing online. It's not going to blow up, but it feels like it. On the bright side, the PC doesn't get overheated where your palms sit... so that's a positive. * Because of the fan, you will want to wear noise-cancelling headphones. Even desktop speakers (at times) can get overshadowed by the constant fan noise. * Battery life will shrink quickly due to excessive fan use. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ----------- * Keys are a bit small on the right side (numeric keypad, arrow keys)... however, if you use a full-size BT keyboard/mouse, you'll be ok. * I have not tried anything VR-related, but it does state it is VR-Ready. Unable to vouch for VR performance. * I used Skype at the last minute so I could test out the camera, and it worked fine. Very little-to-no latency with the other party. Video was crisp. Picture on their end (they said) was very clear. * To keep the PC minimal, an optical drive is not built-in to the unit. With all of the downloadable games today & USB/SD-cards taking over, optical drives will become more scarce. * Screen is 1920x1080.... so NOT 4K. However, at this size, 4K isn't needed, and speed is improved with staying at 1080. ASUS made a good choice here to avoid latency issues. * The PC is already pretty fast and includes a 1TB "Hybrid" SSHD (8GB of "SSD" built-in). I'm not really seeing much difference in performance due to this feature but perhaps over time, it will help. CONCLUSION: ===================== This is one of the new low-end gaming laptops that ASUS is offering this year. The more expensive versions offer up a better GPU (GeForce GTX 1070) and 256SSD. That may be a good upgrade, but unless then fan usage changes, you may want to stick with this model as movement and online play is quite good. I would like to know why the fans are used as much as they are though. They are quite loud, and perhaps that's by design in order to keep things as cool as possible. However, for gaming, it's also good to be able to play with headphones on and not annoy people around you with fan noise. This is a good PC with great performance. ASUS is on the right path here as they continue making high-quality PCs... It would be nice to see what can be done about keeping the unit cool without so much fan usage.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Gaming UnderdogPosted .
Here’s my 1 month use summary of owning the machine. DAY TO DAY: I've been pretty amazed at the performance of this laptop since I got it a month ago. The 6-core CPU breezes through all my tasks and my work, although there are some hiccups (little lags) along the way. It's not as bad as you might expect but it's still annoying if you're working and it just does that hiccup. Sometimes it recovers, sometimes not. With a hefty weight of 5.5 lbs, this isn't your regular thin and light. Given the weight, it is still portable enough to be carried around in a backpack. It's not uncomfortably heavy and bulky, but you'll need the power adapter in the pack as well because the battery isn't really the laptop's strength. I the laptop and the power brick in a Sprayground back pack, with the 12.9 inch Ipad pro and a couple of portable hard drives and a 2016 Roccat Kova. FANS AND NOISE Fan Overboost found in the ROG Gaming Center gives you 3 different fan speeds, Silent, Balanced and Overboost. Overboost I think isn't helpful because it's too loud and it probably adds heat to the system because the fan is spinning at a higher rate. Balanced is something that I use often when playing, and Silent is my default when just working, and doing casual things. Balanced and Overboost sound like airplanes getting ready for take off. Balanced isn't that loud, but Overboost... It's loud enough but can still be drowned out by using headphones. Also, the fans are always on, even in Silent mode. HEAT Sadly, this laptop does not have the rising bottom flap that its more expensive siblings have. The bottom panel has grills for air to come in and out, and some rubber feet to elevate the machine. The heat? Meh. It's a gaming laptop for crying out loud! Which the fans will do if you set it to Overboost! I mean, loud fans, and heat are staple identities of gaming laptops. With Gore developing cooling solutions for Dell, and the rise of the vapor chambers, I'm sure gaming laptop heat problems will be a thing of the past, but for now, we can always undervolt. re-paste, or use cooling pads. WORK My recent workload consists of doing animation in Flash and Spine and some drawing work in Photoshop. The performance of the laptop while working has been top notch ever since I got this as the replacement of the q535ud. The 1080p screen resolution means that I don't need to adjust UI scaling for Photoshop and Spine. I plug in my Huion GT-156D, which is also 1080p, when I want to draw. Setting up was just plug, install the driver and play. I wanted to use my Intuos tablet paired with this laptop but Windows Ink would not cooperate with Wacom drivers, so I had to give up. Palm rejection needs a little work as well. I find myself turning off the touch pad every once in a while if I want to rest my palms while typing. Of course, this is when I have a mouse plugged in. PLAY I am pleased to say that most of the games that I play runs well. I play Destiny 2 and Diablo 3 most of the time. Destiny 2 makes the laptop a little bit warm. I got about 75-90 frames average and the max temp that I saw through HWInfo was 90degrees C while Diablo 3 reached at about 85. It could be just a spike, because if it held at 90, the laptop would've throttled. This is all with the balanced fan setting. I played PUBG for 30 minutes (2 games of approx 15 min each, no wins) and it never choked on me. Overwatch reached 80 degrees on high settings but the framerate held above 100. Everything was buttery smooth thanks in part to the 120hz display. This laptop can basically handle most games at medium to high setting on 1080p. BATTERY LIFE The GU501GM only has a 55-Whr battery. This is its weakest link. Even the higher end GM501 has the same battery. I don't know what ASUS was thinking when they decided to pick this one. Longest that I can get is 3.5-4 hrs half brightness, keyboard backlight off, screen at 60hz. So you have to bring the 180W power adapter. The only thing going for this device is Nvidia Optimus. It is a mixed bag for some but for me I like saving battery life when I'm unplugged. So when you unplug the device, the screen turns off of a bit, then turns back on again, switching to the Intel UHD 630, and then restarting the display at 60hz. People with the GM501 with the AAS do not have this feature and have to do it though the ROG Gaming Center, which will require a restart. KEYBOARD Keyboard is great. I'm not really particular about the depth and the actuation force since I am a heavy typer. It's definitely not as light as my Logitech G810, but it works. I'm just also used to a more central layout instead of a left-leaning one because of the numpad. I found myself missing the backspace and pressing the numlock key and sometimes I press the enter key instead of the shift. I also occasionally miss the arrow keys and hit the num0 key. This keyboard has a back light as well you can adjust it through the ASUS ROG Aura Core. It has 4 lighting zones and you can choose any color from the RGB spectrum. DISPLAY The display is a Full HD, 120hz IPS Panel. It is in the average color accuracy but the brightness is good enough. The only thing that I see with regards to the display that could potentially be a downside are the bezels. I mean, the competition as super thin bezels but this one doesn't. I mean, I don't really care. For the past month that I've been using this laptop, it really has not bothered me at all. Colors are ok. Great in games and in normal use, but for work it is sometimes washed out. I do animation and drawing, and sometimes I have to rely on the hexcodes to get the right color. There is little to no light bleed and the 120hz screen is a charm. Possibly the best feature of this display. The 120hz only turns on when the machine is plugged though. Otherwise, Optimus will kick in and reduce the display frequency to 60hz. It is an automatic feature and this specific feature isn't available on the higher tier models. There's also an HD webcam on the top bezel and I'm pretty sure it's the same as every laptops' webcam. STORAGE Another low point of this version of the Zephyrus is the storage. I am glad they didn't cut corners anywhere else. This spec only has 128GB M.2 SSD and a 1 TB 5400rpm spinner. It isn't that bad, but some laptops at least have a 256GB for their primary but the downside is that they're probably thicker, screen is probably not 120hz and it also probably has a lesser quality build. The quality of the SSD isn't that bad. It loads Windows fast and does copying and pasting well. I recommend upgrading when you have the budget. CHASSIS The build quality of this laptop is solid. I love how it feels and how you know that it's 5.5lb isn't just the internals. This Zephyrus is missing the bottom flap (AAS) but the design is identical to the rest of it's family. Black with copper(bronze) accents, brushed aluminum lid, and hard plastic on the main body. There's no gamer red except for the ROG logo on the lid, and the power LED on the keyboard panel. The lid has a cutout on the bottom middle so that when you close it, you'll still see the status LEDs situated on the top middle of the keyboard. There are 13 screws that hold the bottom panel and the internals in place. Removing these will grant you access to the M.2 SSD, the HDD, RAM and the Wi-Fi card. The chassis comes with 4 USB 3.1 Type-A ports and a USB Type-C with Thunderbolt, HDMI 2.0. They've also changed the keyboard layout to a standard one with the Numpad on the right instead of a dynamic touch pad, and placed the touch pad on the default position. Overall, I can say that I am pleased with the design and build quality for the price. TOUCH PAD The touch pad is a little small compared to other laptops out there. Reason is that they gave enough space above the keyboard for cooling. Touch pad is too smooth and sometimes too sensitive as well. And since it's not centered but a little bit to the left, I often 0find myself hitting the right-click area of the touchpad instead of the left. Otherwise it's a great touch pad. It uses Windows Precision and works as intended. SPEAKERS They are louder than I expected. The full blast of these speakers will fully drown out the Overboost of the fan. Well, not really, but it's really loud. It isn't perfect sounding but they're great for what they are. It also sounds like it has a subwoofer. Just a side note though, depending on what music you're listening too, or movie you're watching, raising the volume above 60% can cause the keyboard area to vibrate and the sounds would we distorted. Ideal volume is 30-50%. CONCLUSION Amazing. I never thought I'd buy an ASUS ROG laptop and will love it. They've come a long way from designing a gamerish looking beast of a machine to something sleek without sacrificing the performance. Granted that the specs of this gaming underdog isn't over the top, and is limited by not having the AAS, this laptop will still blow you away. Maybe not too far. Battery life is also something to consider. With only 4-4.5 hrs of usable power, it could be the biggest drawback, or maybe a deal-breaker for some. The heat and fan noise is also to consider but why will you buy a gaming laptop if you're not going to use it's power? Priced at $1499 in the US, I can say that this machine is well worth it. I just wonder if there is a similar priced and spec'd model for the market outside of the US since this one is particularly a US Best Buy exclusive. TL;DR PROS Good overall performance Toned down gamer look Great keyboard Nice Power brick Sleek design Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Worth-it Price Nvidia Optimus CONS Could potentially be loud No Ethernet port Battery life/Small Battery Small SSD Slow HDD No AAS Nvidia Optimus NITPICKS Touch Pad Heat Management Display Bezels Display ROG LOGOI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome Gaming LaptopPosted .
The first thing you notice is the impressive build quality. The casing is made of brushed black aluminum that allows it to be light yet also strong. The laptop felt sturdy with no flex. The screen is bright, vibrant and has a matte finish so you won’t be bothered by glare. The keyboard is responsive and has a good feel. I’m a software programmer and the layout of the keyboard seems good for both programming and for games. One problem I’ve encountered with the layout is that I keep hitting the F12 key instead of the Delete key. According to the utility CPU-Z, it comes with 16 GBytes of Hyundai DDR4-2666 in a single channel configuration. The utility CrystalDiskInfo indicates that the main OS drive is a 128 GB Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ SSD and communicates using the NVM Express 1.2 interface with a PCIe 3.0 x2 transfer mode. According to the specs, it’s supposed to be using the slower M.2 SATA mode so this is an unexpected and nice surprise if true. Results from CrystalMark indicate a read speed of 1499.9 MB/s for the Seq Q32T1 test which seem to confirm it is indeed using the faster M.2 MVM Express 1.2 protocol since the M.2 SATA protocol’s maximum is about 550 MB/s. There is also a 1 TB Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD that helps offset the relatively small size of the main drive. This drive can be used to store most programs, games, and data. This is my first gaming laptop and it is actually more powerful than my desktop computer. I was surprised by how light and thin it was. Some reviewers have mentioned that they felt it was a bit on the heavy side, but my previous laptops were bulkier and about the same weight but much less powerful. So, for me, this is actually a pretty light laptop considering the beastly hardware inside that can play all my games better than my current desktop. The first thing I did was to install some of my games like Witcher 3 and Mass Effect Andromeda. In Witcher 3, the framerate was locked at 60 fps and Mass Effect had framerates that ranged from 150 to 80 fps. Very impressive. The built-in speakers was loud and very good from such a thin laptop. During gameplay, I could hear the fans rev up fairly loud but it wasn’t too distracting for me. When performing non-gaming activities such as web browsing, the laptop was very quiet with the occasional light whisper of turning on and off of the fans. It supports the newest wireless-AC standard which was able to maintain a strong 780.0 to 866.7 Mbps connection to my Linksys Velop WiFi Mesh router. Transferring files wirelessly from my NAS showed a solid transfer rate from 35 to 40 MB/seconds. Bluetooth comes standard and I was able to use my HP Touch Bluetooth mouse with no problems. This is really a great laptop. It’s more powerful than many desktops so it offers first rate portable gaming and can be used as a main desktop replacement. The only criticism I have is the relatively small 128 GB SSD for the main OS drive. The inclusion of a secondary 1TB 5400 spinning HD helps elevate this but some programs like Visual Studio will take up a lot of space on the C: drive even if you instruct it to be installed on the D: drive. For this use case, the 128 GB SSD is a little too small. Luckily, another reviewer has shown that it is possible to upgrade the internals of the laptop with a larger SSD and adding more memory (pictures show that there is another slot for adding memory). This upgrade might be too intimidating for a lot of users (you need a Torx screwdriver and you need to carefully pop the lid) and this includes me for the initial time. This laptop is just so beautiful that I probably won’t try upgrading memory or the SSD until I’ve had it for awhile for fear of damaging it while trying to remove the lid. But it’s nice to know that it will be possible to upgrade memory and replace the SSD with something larger if the need arises.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Sleek Gamer PC without a lot of bulk.Posted .
If you're in the market for a solid entry level gamer PC that isn't too heavy and bulky, this unit is an excellent choice. It isn't the most powerful gaming laptop out there, but it does an excellent job rendering games at this price point. A major benefit is its size. At 0.7 inches tall with the lid closed, this laptop is easily portable. And many gaming laptops can weigh as much as 10 pounds; this unit is about half that. Also, this particular laptop exudes quality. The top and chassis is made from solid aluminum. And the gold trim and glowing red Republic of Gamers emblem on the lid adds to the sleekness of this laptop. Power-wise, this unit scored very well for an entry level gamer PC. The system didn't have any problem running Star Wars Battlefront in Ultra mode. It's not the most demanding first-person shooter, but it held its ground quite well. To really test the system, I ran a video game benchmark program called Superposition by Unigine 2. It renders real gameplay visuals and produces various measures such as frames per second, as well as a composite score. Overall, this system did very well. It was able to maintain a respectable 44 frames per second under the High setting, and a solid 62 frames per second under the Medium setting (see included image). The graphics on the 15-inch matte screen looked superb. ASUS includes a system customization software called ROG Gaming Center (see included image). Here you can customize most features on the laptop for gaming purposes, including fan speed preferences, visual preferences, sound settings, LED color backlit keyboard settings, among others. This software is easily accessible by pressing the dedicated button above the F4 key. As far as physical connections are concerned, it comes with all the standard ports most 15-inch laptops have, including a USB-C port. The next part of my review is a summary of my interactions with ASUS tech support when I encountered a problem with my laptop. The first system I received was having significant issues booting-up. I called ASUS tech support and they had me try a few different steps to troubleshoot the system. Within that same phone call, they determined the system was bad and they would fix it. I had the standard warranty, so I had to ship the unit (free of cost) to them. I was able to follow the progress of their testing and results using a link they provided. They tested and determined the issue within 2 weeks, but unfortunately, because the system was so new, they had to wait another week to get replacement parts. I finally got a fully functional system back after 4 weeks. The upside was that ASUS's customer service and tech support made the whole process easy and seamless; the downside was that it took about a month with the basic warranty to get my system back. It probably would have been sooner if they didn't have to wait for replacement parts. Also, if you decide to purchase any other kind of additional warranty, the replacement process would probably be a lot sooner. Overall, this laptop is a solid gaming system. I really like its size, it's made from quality materials, and ASUS's customer service was responsive and helpful.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Almost Perfect Mid-Level Gaming LaptopPosted .
This Asus GU501 ROG Laptop is the one you want. It's got everything a gamer needs, and then some. It strikes a nice balance between elegance and gaming oriented, where style is concerned. It's got enough power to push through for the next couple of years. It's thin, and doesn't weigh much.The only overall drawbacks here are battery life, no G-SYNC tech, and big bezel. Like I said, almost perfect, but still five stars. For starters, this laptop is honestly a looker. Featuring only one big chrome logo (that lights up red) on top of a brushed aluminum case, it looks good. Like, really good. The full laptop is aluminum, save for the bottom of the case (for cooling reasons), and features a nice gold accent trip along the outer shell. The keyboard features four zone lighting areas, and all are RGB, meaning colors can be changed or turned off. It houses a full sized keyboard, that feel pretty good for the most part. Actuation is good, and typing was better than on my wife's chiclet MacBook Pro 2015. The only real non-looker areas here are the screen's bezel. On the sizes, it's about 3/4 inch thick, while on top measures in around a full inch. I understand why it's there (just due to the full size keyboard), but still could be distracting for some. The screen itself is a solid, 120hz IPS anti-glare, which I really like. It loses some of the shine that glossy screens provide with color content, but overall is better for strictly gaming. I found the screen to be goo Moving on, let's talk internals, because this is a gaming laptop. Featuring Intel's 8th gen hex (6) Core i7 processor, this thing is a beast. That's all that needs to be mentioned there. The RAM is adequate at 16 GB, but can easily be upgraded within the second DIMM slot. The SSD and 1TB HDD were sufficient enough, although my sleep boot times were a little wonky-every time I would open my laptop, the booting would take longer than expected to happen. Of course, the backbone of this system is the full-size NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060 6GB. It handles games great, and can play pretty much any games at 1080p 60FPS+. Realistically, this can do it all, and you won't have issues with games. Older games like BF4 can easily do 100+FPS. and that's perfect performance here. You know what you're getting with a 1080p screen and a GTX 1060. All this said, the only things that really drag the system down are the overall battery life, fan speed and noise, and the lack of G-SYNC tech in the screen. The battery life, for me after 6 days of use, hovered around 3 hours, not gaming, unplugged. When gaming, I could hit around 1hr50min unplugged. This isn't terrible, but man it can be a drag. The power brick is bigger, and weighs about 1 lb itself, making it hard to cut the cord, so to speak. When under any heavy loads (or even just random times) the fans really crank the speed and noise up. This isn't an issue for me, especially when using headphones, but it could be for some. Knowing that going in is essential. Lastly, no G-SYNC (as the higher end models of this computer have) is a minus, but not a killer downgrade. There are far more expensive machines that don't have the same tech, so no biggie. All in all, I was truly impressed with this laptop. Asus did a very nice job of bringing sophistication and sharp, gaming roots into one computer. Everything works like it should, wrapped up in a lighter (5.5 lbs) and thinner (.78in thick) package than a 15.6" system could do. This has my approval, and is almost on par with my desktop at home now. Would definitely recommend.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great gaming pc.Posted .
I recieved this gaming laptop jn return for my honest reciew. Also, Ive been to get my hands on a good gaming laptop for awhile now. This 15.6 Asus Rog doesnt dissapoint! The built in 1060 gpu handles games perfectly. I play mostly racing/sports games, Forza, NBA 2018. The i7 also handles anything you throw at it with ease. My only complaints are the battery life and cooler noise. But a gaming pc with a gtx 1060 and i7 uses alot of battery as well as creating alot of heat. Both are to be expected and not a con. The built in ac wifi is blazing fast whether playing online games, or simply surfing the net. I love the rgb keyboard, wish it were mechanical, but being its a entry level I guess it cant have it all. I also like the red lit rog logo on the cover. Theres a thin 8 inch bar at the top of the cover, that looks like itd light up but doesnt, would be a cool touch. The 1080p led screen looks crystal clear, not 4k but its very clear. Youtube videos look great. I would of liked to see a gigabit ethernet port, but not a big deal. The included 16 gb of memory along with a Kingston 128 m.2 ssd, and a qtb barracuda sshd is a very nice addition. The 128gb m.2 is plenty big enough for win 10, paired with the seagate 1tb sshd for data and games. I do notice the sshd noise when vloume is down loading games and applications. For the money I would definitely say this rog gaming laptop is a beast of a buy. Would of liked to see the added raised underneath cooling option on this model as well. But its only on it two bigger brothers. All in all. This is a well thought out and put together gaming machine for those not want to spend $2k or more on a high end gaming laptop. Also the Auro Sync, for Asus compatible mice and headsets is a nice feature. Boot and load times are very fast on both the m.2 and sshd drives. I about jumped the 1st time I turned this machine on and the Rog logo appeared on the screen with a booming sound intro as well. The speakers are pretty nice for a thin laptop, especially bass. I can definitely see myself enjoying this nes laptop for years to come.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Super Performance LaptopPosted .
I had a lot of anticipation while I was waiting for my new Asus GU501GM gaming laptop but I was not disappointed when I opened the package and was welcomed with another box inside another box. My Asus was well protected and after handling it I know why. It feels great and you can instantly see the quality. It looks beautiful with some weight to it and I’ll point out some reasons in my opinions later. So what did I get in the package? I got the Asus laptop, AC power cord & Block, very simple instructions, Republic Gaming decal stickers for promo, and a cool key chain. Getting started: It is instructed to charge the Asus for at least 3 hours before the first use. I recommend keeping yourself occupied by deciding on which game you want to play first. Like I mentioned earlier I think this laptop is beautiful with a black brushed nickel finish and you can see the craftsmanship detail all around. Initially I thought it was heavy but it really is not bad at about 5 lbs. The longer I used it the more I got used to it. To me it feels like a premium device and I feel quality in the weight so that’s reassuring to me that it is built to last. True pc gamers will truly appreciate the power that this Asus laptop is packed with. The New Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card can handle just about any game. Now that VR gaming is picking up I read that this gaming laptop is capable and VR ready. This laptop can handle any speed because of this advance Nvidia graphics card. You can also work on this laptop because it has windows 10 and runs the 8th generation intel core i7. It has plenty of system memory for multitasking so you can work hard and play hard. You get all this on the 15.6 inch HD LED screen. For those who do video chat this Asus laptop have a built in webcam. I’m not into that but it’s great to know that I have it handy just incase. The Asus has 4 usb ports, headphone jack and a hdmi which you can use to mirror your gaming in a bigger screen. So some big extras in this Asus laptop for me are: Massive 1 TB hard disk drive and 128 GB solid state drive. GTX 1060 graphics card which is top of the line for gaming. Cooling technology that is unmatched because there are cooling holes all over. GPU mode button lets you activate full gaming power or the power saving mode to let you do basic things like surf the web and doing office work. The screen gives you HD visuals at a high refresh rate. To conclude my review: I’m loving this Asus laptop more every time I use it. The color changing keyboard makes it fun to use but the performance will make this my go to for just about anything I’m doing.I would recommend this to a friend
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Power up from the machine turned off. Hit F2 until you are in the bios screen. Hit F7 Hit Advanced Click on Animation Post Logo Configuration Disable the Animation Post Logo Audio
Answered by Raven
Q: QuestionHi, I would like to know how the cooling system works under stress, compared to its two brothers which have the raised underneath called AAS. Is there any noticeable deviation of thermal performance among these models?
Asked by WikiIsNotKiwi.
- A:Answer It depends on what you play. With Rocket League on 120 FPS and max settings, I was getting mid-70s temperatures. That was with undervolting. Otherwise, I'd get mid-80s and even a bit higher. Check out the Intel XTU tool for undervolting, and read some guides on how to do it. It's perfectly harmless. It lowered my temperatures as much as 15 degrees in some games. Usually, I'd get maybe 10 degrees savings, though. I think it helps that this model has only a GTX 1060. It doesn't run as hot as the 1070 or 1080. The full Zephyrus M does not have a Max-Q 1070, so it will run hotter. Also, this model does not come stock with an NVMe SDD. It is M.2 SATA. NVMe runs significantly hotter due to its high speeds. It's actually a good thing ASUS only provided an M.2 SATA, as an NVMe really needs a dedicated fan to not overheat things. I know that people with last year's full Zephyrus model were reporting battery bulging and meltdowns due to the NVMe SSD being right next to the battery. In this model, it is the HDD that is next to the battery, and the M.2 SATA SSD has some space away from the battery. That is a very, very good thing. If you choose to replace your M.2 SATA SSD for more storage, I highly recommend you stick with M.2 SATA instead of going NVMe. Unless you do video editing, you aren't going to notice much of a performance gain anyway. You will, however, keep your laptop cooler with the M.2 SATA. And, you might just prevent a battery bulge/meltdown.
Answered by attercop
Q: Questionhas anyone else had issues with the microphone? im in a skype call and the other side cant hear me at all, she can only hear static and gurgles. ive toyed around with a few of the settings of both computer and skype but im not sure where else to go
Asked by CRB.
- A:Answer Yes i have had issues with the mic. this is what i did to fix it. First i typed "set up a microphone" into the start and than did that. That fixed the mic for about a day, before it started acting up again. This was a permanent fix for me- go to device manager, open "sound, video and game controllers" right click the realtek HD audio drivers>update drivers>browse my computer for drivers> let me pick from available> and than choose the generic windows High definition drivers (the one other than the realtek drivers). install those and restart and your mic should be workign
Answered by bronnyj1
Q: Questioni intended to buy a dell g7 laptop (Dell - Inspiron 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD - Licorice Black) for $ 1,199.00, which has almost the same specs as this one. Which one would you recommend?
Asked by slitz.
- A:Answer The dell only has a 60hz screen, this one has a 120hz screen. The asus is also wayyy slimmer and the metal finish around the entire case looks so much better.
Answered by Matthew233
Q: QuestionMine did not come with the "VR ready" sticker . Also, when i tried steam VR permance test. it only shows the intel integrated card. i have updated the 1060 driver, prompted nvidia control to use 1060 graphics. Does this really not support VR? im new to VR
Asked by Lebistus.
- A:Answer Make sure your laptop is plugged in while trying all these tests. The laptop will not have enough power to power the nvidia card if not plugged in. Mine as well does not have the VR ready sticker but it can indeed do VR I assure you.
Answered by Shenz
Q: QuestionI am torn between this one and the MSI gs63 available for $1600. Would love to hear a few opinions as to which one to get. I looked on the asus website and cant find the exact model since its only at best buy, where would I get driver updates for it?
Asked by Mikey.
- A:Answer I returned 3 msi 63. All 3 were due to graphics. Green screen on videos and framerates below 30 fps. Even after calling tech support and even geek squad couldnt figure it out. But 100% happy with the ROG
Answered by JimmyP
Q: QuestionIs the OS on the SSD or the HDD? I'd like to swap out the HDD for a 1TB SSD if possible without reinstalling the OSS.
Asked by steph.
- A:Answer The OS is installed on the SSD.
Answered by ASUS Answers
Q: QuestionHi, I am confused between this & MSI GS63. I heard MSI's Color accuracy and color gamut score is quiet good. How does this laptop fair when it comes to those scores? I am a motion graphics guy, so which one should I go for? Any suggestions?
Asked by Confused.
- A:Answer Hi tested the both machines at the store. I ended up with Asus. The build quality: Asus, Screen: Asus, Weight: MS63, Keyboard: MS63, Design: Asus
Answered by Goody