Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW-US71T Review

Asus UX501VW-US71T

The Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW-US71T is everything that a high-end laptop in 2016 should be. It has the very best mobile processor currently available from Intel, the Core i7 6700HQ running at 2.6 GHz and bursting to 3.5 GHz in turbo mode. It has the Nvidia GTX960M GPU powering a 4K 3840×2160 Touch IPS display for excellent 3D graphics, gaming and media consumption. These amazing specs are rounded off with a full 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a whopping 512 GB of solid-state storage. Top all of this off with a 1-year accidental damage warranty standard and you’ve got one of the best laptops that money can buy.


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15.6″ Touch IPS 4K Ultra High Definition Display

4K Ultra HD, check. IPS, check. Touchscreen, check. Need I say more? This is arguably one of the best looking and most feature-rich displays available on ANY laptop currently available. This display has over 8 million pixels, 4 times as many as a standard 1920×1080 FULL HD display. Not only does it come with a 4K monitor, it also comes with enough power to play games and videos in 4K Ultra-HD.

Intel Skylake Core i7 6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quad-core CPU

You literally cannot get a better mobile processor from Intel, or any other company for that matter. This is the very latest 6th-generation Core i7 quad-core processor from the Skylake family. It runs at 2.6 GHz to save power but bursts to 3.5 GHz when needed with turbo mode. To say that this system is fast would be an understatement. This processor, along with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a solid-state hard drive means you’ll never have to worry about poor performance. This system is absolutely blazing fast.

Nvidia GTX960M GPU

Like to play games? How about the latest 4K videos? When you buy this laptop you’ll be able to do all of that and more. Sure, there are a lot of laptops on the market with the new Core i7 processor, but a lot of them come with crappy video chips. What’s the point of having a ridiculously fast system if you can’t play your favorite games and UHD content? Everyone knows that Nvidia chips are the best *ducks to dodge random objects tossed in my direction*. Do yourself a favor and get a laptop with a great GPU and not just some crummy Intel HD graphics.

512GB PCIe based SSD

For years once of the biggest bottlenecks in computing has been storage. The mechanical hard drives that have been used for years are an extremely outdated technology. They break down easily and have abysmal transfer rates. This 512 GB solid-state drive isn’t just enormous, it also has transfer speeds up to 1400 MB/s. Apps will load MUCH faster than they would load from a mechanical drive and you don’t have to worry about that dreaded hard drive crash that plagues mechanical drives.

16GB DDR4 RAM

In a world where 4 GB of ram is still fairly standard, it’s rare that we see a laptop with 16 GB released. 4 GB is OK, 8 GB is pretty darn good, but 16 GB, well, 16 GB means you’ll never have to worry about running out of RAM again. Even if you did happen to fill an entire 16 GB of memory, your solid state drive would be fast enough to pick up the slack in virtual memory. DDR4 means you’ll have the very fastest RAM currently available and LOTS of it.

Thunderbolt III (via USB Type C)

Thunderbolt ports are probably the coolest new innovation in the PC industry this decade. A thunderbolt port combines PCI express, display port and power into one nice little package. The adapter looks like a mini display port and can be used to connect monitors, storage devices, sound devices and pretty much anything else you could possibly imagine. This is really the be-all, end-all interface that makes everything else obsolete. While you may only have a single port in this laptop, you can actually connect up to 6 devices to this one port by daisy-chaining devices or connecting them all to a thunderbolt hub. How freakin sweet is that?

1 Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type C Port and 3 USB 3.0 Ports

USB Type C, also known as USB 3.1, is the latest edition of the popular serial interface everyone has grown to know and love. Unlike USB 3.0, the new USB 3.1 has a Type-C connector that is physically different than the previous USB versions. Also unlike the previous USB versions, the new USB 3.1 standard has just one type of connector, the Type C connector. Gone are the days of mini adapters, type B plugs for printers and the like. USB 3.1 delivers up to 100 watts of power and has transfer speeds of up to 10 GB/sec. Having a USB 3.1 type C port means you will be future-proofed and have access to all the new devices and peripherals that become available in the coming years.

Of course, this laptop also has three USB 3.0 ports that are backwards compatible with any older USB devices you may have including memory sticks, hard drives, sound devices, webcams and whatever else you may have laying around. When it comes to compatibility, this laptop has it all.

HDMI

Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 might be great for hooking up new display devices, but what if you want to hook your laptop up to your TV? The HDMI port built-in to this laptop will allow you to connect your laptop to any TV or monitor with an HDMI port. HDMI allows both sound and video to be connected using a single cable that’s similar to a USB cable. Want to watch your favorite movies, TV shows and videos downloaded to your laptop on your big screen? No problem! Just hook up the HDMI port. Just remember to change the sound output device to HDMI in order to get sound on your TV.

Bluetooth 4.0

Bluetooth 4.0 is the latest Bluetooth standard with some significant upgrades. New Bluetooth 4.0 devices use much less power and have significantly better transfer rates. Bluetooth 4.0 is backwards compatible with previous Bluetooth versions, so don’t worry about being able to connect your older Bluetooth speakers or other devices.

SDXC reader

You’ve probably heard of SD cards. You’ve probably got a micro-SD card in your phone, camera or other device. The new SDXC (secure digital extended capacity) standard allows for up to 2 terabytes of data to be stored on a single card. Not only can you use this SDXC slot to read your standard SD cards, you can also use this slot to upgrade your internal storage by up to 2 TB without connecting a bulky external hard drive.

802.11ac Wi-Fi

802.11ac is the very latest WiFi standard for connecting to your home wireless network. I could go on and on about how great it is, but in reality, all you need to know is that it’s super fast and better than 802.11n. It’s also backwards compatible with previous wireless versions (such as Wireless N or Wireless G) so you’ll have no problem connecting to the free WiFi at your favorite coffee shop or restaurant.

All Aluminum Chassis

The difference between an aluminum chassis and a plastic one is night and day. This chassis doesn’t flex or strain under pressure like a plastic model would. It also won’t crack, although it’s definitely possible to dent it if you were to drop it from high enough. The aluminum chassis is super-luxurious and helps keep your laptop running cool.

1-year Accidental Damage Protection

The industry-leading warranty offered by Asus for this laptop is truly the icing on the cake. This laptop isn’t cheap and it sure would be sad to lose it if you were to accidentally drop it. Accidents happen no matter how careful you try to be with your devices. If you damage your laptop within the first year you can simply send it back to Asus for repair or replacement. Sound good?


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Features and Specifications

  • 15.6 Inch Touch IPS 4K Ultra HD display, 3840 by 2160 resolution
  • Powerful Intel Skylake Core i7 6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quadcore CPU (turbo to 3.5GHz). Nvidia GTX960M GPU
  • 512GB PCIe based SSD with transfer speeds of 1400MB/s and 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1x Thunderbolt III (via USB Type C), 1x Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI.Bluetooth 4.0, SDXC reader, 802.11ac WiFi
  • Windows 10 (64 bit) Signature Edition. 1 year International Warranty with 1 year Accidental Damage Protection.

Brand Name Asus
Series Zenbook
Item model number UX501VW-US71T
Item Weight 8.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 17.2 x 3.4 x 12.8 inches
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 3820*2160 pixels
Processor 2.6 GHz Core i7 Skylake
RAM 16 GB
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 3

Customer Reviews

Right now this laptop has nearly 100 reviews on Amazon from real customers. Out of those 100 reviews, nearly 75% of reviewers gave this model a 4 or 5-star rating. Take a look at the link below to see why people love this laptop so much.


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Conclusion

You would have a hard time finding a laptop with better specs than the Asus Zenbook Pro UX501VW-US71T. Everything about it is cutting edge. There isn’t a single feature or interface on this laptop that isn’t the latest and greatest. The display and processor would be enough to sell me on this laptop, not even considering all of the great peripheral interfaces. This is a high-end laptop from a company that is known for creating the finest devices possible. The 1-year damage warranty means you’ll never have to worry about your investment. I would have no hesitation in recommending this laptop to anyone, even if it’s a little out of your price range. A laptop like this will still be quite competent even 5 or 10 years from now.

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