ASUS K501UW-AB78 15.6-inch Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7, GTX 960M, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD) Glacier Grey
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ASUS Gray Metal Notebook K501UW-AB78, 15.6" FHD (19201080), Matte, Intel Dual-Core i7-6500U, Intel HD graphics 520, 8GB DDR4, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M, 2GB GDDR5, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 (64bit), 802.11AC, Bluetooth 4.0
- Amazon Sales Rank: #222 in Personal Computers
- Brand: Asus
- Model: K501UW-AB78
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .80" h x 10.00" w x 15.60" l, 4.40 pounds
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2.5 GHz
- Memory: 8GB DDR SDRAM
- Hard Disk: 512GB
- Graphics: Integrated
- Processors: 2
- Battery type: Lithium Ion
- Display size: 15.6
- Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz). Skylake
- 15.6 inches Matte FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. Windows 10 Operating System.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming graphic card; 8GB RAM; 512GB SSD Storage.
- Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
- 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x HDMI, 1x Card Reader
Most helpful customer reviews
393 of 404 people found the following review helpful.
Awesome Laptop - easy upgrade to dual channel
I've had this laptop for over a month now. Agreed with most of other reviewers. Light weight 4.4 lbs, backlit keyboard, aluminum finish on top cover, I7 CPU, 8GB of DDR4, 512 GB SSD. Screen is not IPS but matted and 1080P.
I already upgraded the bios twice. Just follow the steps in eManual. You can find the eManual under Start, All Apps, ASUS, eManual. If you are not comfortable with bios upgrade, don't do it. As you may turn your laptop into a brick.
Battery life is good. I got on average 5 hours of watching Hulu or Netflix. Surfing the web maybe 6 hours. Based on some battery experts' discussions, they suggest not to completely drain or fully charge lithium battery. They said do it between 40% - 80% will prolong the life of lithium battery. I've been trying to do this. Hope the practice will make the battery lasts for years.
I confirm that this laptop came with 1 stick of 8GB DDR4 by running CPU-Z (a free software you can download to monitor and show PC hardware components). As shown in the Before Upgrade picture below, it is a single 8 GB DDR4 and the motherboard is running Single Channel with 15-15-15.
Since I will be doing video editing with this laptop, I started researching if it is possible to get another brand of 8 GB DDR4 stick to make it 16GB and Dual Channel. The answer was as long as the DDR4 stick has the same specs even if it is different brand, the motherboard should run as dual channel. Some discussions from Tomshardware say for some memory intensive programs, Dual Channel can have up to 20% increase in performance.
Found this crucial DDR4 8 GB stick on Amazon:
Received the ram yesterday. Installation was easy. Remove the 10 bottom screws. Put them on the desk in the same layout ( a rectangle ) as you remove them since the screws are in 3 different sizes. Use finger nail to gently ply open a little from back of the cover. Then open the rest with an old credit card. Gently open the silver metal box. Insert the ram. Put the cover and screws back.
Once boot up, the laptop will recognize the new ram automatically. No need to do anything. CPU-Z now shows the motherboard is running Dual Channel with 16GB of ram as shown below in the After Upgrade picture.
294 of 331 people found the following review helpful.
Fellow buyer, not a freebee vine guy....
By Wyrless Freequincy
Alright just a brief summary first and I'll get to the pros and cons. I've used this laptop a few days, and I've got to say, I've probably never liked a laptop more than ever. It's light, fast with regards to opening programs and boot time, its got a nice big ssd, room for upgrades like a 2.5in hard drive and 1 SO-DIMM 2133mhz 8gb stick of ram to make this a 16gb ram laptop, but I felt the keyboard was a bit wierd because of the key texture, the size of the numpad numbers (i use a pin for my windows log in and just used to the regular sized keys) and the cooling could be better gaming wise. The reason the cooling configuration could be better because when you're gaming the gpu and cpu are throttled. This is fixed with either a homemade standoff with the laptop or a laptop fan stand. And other than that, the touchpad, bluetooth, wifi and everything else was pretty good.
So here it is, the Pros:
Its light, you can have it on your lap and it wont heat up (major bonus points because I would love to have a non heavy laptop that you can game on the desk, but also use on your lap for less intensive stuff, its upgrade-able and the touchpad, it feels good and pressure you need to click is just right. Oh and the back panel is easy to remove, and its held on by clips after the screws so be gentle when removing the back panel.
Throttling due to low rise of the laptop through its rubber studs, the screen is not an IPS or higher quality, the ram is soldered, and the solid state drive has a capacity of only 476gb instead of being near 512..... and the back panel has so many screws....
Also soon i'll be posting some framerate tests for some modern games and some classic favorites (skyrim, fallout 3, etc) on my channel, aswell as a review: Just look for Wyrless Freequincy
Edit: Its confirmed that this laptop does indeed have ddr4 ram.
Just in case link doesnt work: /watch?v=a4gWz7M2590
215 of 244 people found the following review helpful.
Ignore The Bad Screen Haters - Beast Mode Machine for the $$$$
By Tornado Chaser
I have had this computer for about 2 weeks now. I LOVE it. I will first admit that I am Asus bias. Purchased my first Asus laptop in 2010 and have been happy with them ever since. I will also say before I purchased this laptop I did shop around and look at other brands, mostly Lenovo and Samsung. Once again, I went with Asus.
This computer gives you so much bang for your hard earned dollar. I was looking at the new Asus Zen Book Pro (which is also a really nice machine) but I didn't need the 4k screen and the Skylake 6700 processor is sweet but the 6500 is just fine and snappy. I could not get over the price of this laptop with the specs.Now onto the meat and potatoes.
I read all of the reviews on this laptop before I purchased it and the one thing that kept coming up was the screen quality. It made me a bit hesitant to purchase since I wanted to use this computer for video and photo editing, web design, business and storm chasing. The matte screen for my needs was a plus since most computer screens are now glossy, I prefer the non glare matte finish. When I have my computers mounted to my RAM vehicle laptop mount the glare from the outside is insane, this prevents that, but most of you reading this won't be doing that! The screen quality is just fine! I really enjoy it! Some of my programs had fuzzy text and that is not due to the monitor but mainly to DPI settings. If you have that problem just make a desktop shortcut, right click, properties, go to compatibility, then select Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.. Problem solved. If you use Chrome for your browser some text will appear really small and the format to the screen will appear smaller than usual. Go into your advanced settings in chrome and select font size medium and page zoom 125%. Everything will be easy to read and not out of place. The viewing angle on the screen is not like an IPS but perfectly acceptable. Do not let the other reviews about the monitor keep you from buying this laptop. I promise it is fine!
This computer is blazing fast. There is very little bloatware. I literally had it out of the box did a little optimizing and ready to go in under 15 minutes. Boot ups and shutdowns are very fast. Start up and shutdown in under 8 seconds.*** Be sure to check for the latest window 10 updates*** I use Sony vegas pro to edit video. Rendered a 3 minute long HD video in highest setting in about 10 minutes. This would normally take 45 minutes to an hour on my last machine, which is comparing apples to oranges. The SSD isn't quite 512GB like others have stated but still offers plenty of storage. Purchase a couple WD Ultra backup drives to keep your storage open if you are a file hoarder, or purchase another SSD to place into the laptop. If you are new to SSD I will tell you this. The laptop I was using before this was getting slow and run down. I placed a Samsung EVO 250GB SSD in my old laptop that replaced the existing HDD and it is better than the day I bought it. It went from booting in 3 to 5 minutes to under 20 seconds. SSD is very fast!
It's a multitasking beast. I hook up an external monitor to it and run split screen to have separate work areas and it just keeps going without a hiccup.
I am not a gamer by any means so I have not pushed it to it's max from that perspective but it has never gotten warm. Stays cool to the touch. Fan does kick on every now and then but you can only hear it in a totally quiet room.
Nobody has mentioned this but I found it to be quite impressive. If you like to listen to music or watch movies the included Smart Audio program is wicked awesome. Offers custom EQ for sliders for very fine tuning of your music. Match it up with good speakers or headphones and you will be blown away by the sound quality.
The only complaint I have with this laptop is the trackpad. It more has to do with me not being used to it than anything. I sometimes make commands or do things I didn't mean to do.
Screen Quality/ graphics ( Better than what other reviewers have mentioned)
802.11 ac ( faster wifi speeds, 40mbps faster than my previous machine on same network )
Trackpad ( Again, probably me!)
If you are looking for a machine that will impress you everytime you use it and don't want to spend $1,500 bucks then look no further. It was just released in July so there is not a whole lot on the internet about this model if you search for it. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
*** I don't do reviews typically but this laptop is too good not to do one, I am not paid or hired to write reviews nor did I receive any discounts***