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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick review of the Asus Zenbook UX501VW, from a former Mac user., May 12, 2016
This review is from: ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop (Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 MS Signature image) (Personal Computers)
Here is a quick review of the Asus Zenbook UX501VW, from a former Mac user.

The Good: The computer over all is a powerful and snappy laptop with a beautiful display. After removing the bloatware and allowing for Windows, Asus software, and driver updates; boot times vastly improved over the out of the box operation speeds. The GTX 960M graphics card was able to keep up with both Dark Souls 3 and Quantum Break at 1080p Max settings really well, without dropping below 30 frames (while plugged in). Quantum break was also playable at 2556X1440 Resolution. The screen is to small to detect any difference between 2k and 4k Resolutions. The built in 4k monitor operates at 60hz; however, dropping it below 4k does not increase the monitors refresh rate (for those wondering). The keys feel great with a proper amount of travel and responsiveness ; however, my palm did tend to hit the track pad pretty often which I will delve into later. The battery life is surprisingly good for a rig... Read more
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343 of 352 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stellar laptop, but not ideal for gaming (but also wakes itself up?), June 18, 2016
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This review is from: ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop (Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 MS Signature image) (Personal Computers)
I bought this laptop hoping to get something future-proof. I want to keep it for five years, maybe more. After owning it less than a week (full disclosure), here are my thoughts so far:

Pros:
-4K screen: Not something I thought I would need, but after using it for a couple of days, it was almost painful to go back to my old 720p screen.
-Hardware specs: i7 processor, 500 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM: This is high-end stuff, and it shows in the performance of everyday tasks and heavy computations. Applications start up super fast, and run smoother than butter.
-Thunderbolt 3.0 port: Speaking of future-proof, from what I read this is going to be the port of the future. It's super fast, can provide tons of power, and is idiot-proof (you can plug it in either way). This is basically the PC response to Apple's lightning port, and it's pretty dang cool.
-Form factor: I've always loved aluminum-body laptops, and this one is thin and sturdy. The bezel around the screen is... Read more
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180 of 190 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fake pentile 4K display. Not real 4K. Do not buy and expect 4K., December 4, 2016
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This review is from: ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71 15.6-Inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop (Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR4, 512 GB NVMe SSD, GTX960M GPU, Thunderbolt III, Windows 10 MS Signature image) (Personal Computers)
As far as portable 15.6-inchers go, this one's not bad. However, you are being deceived.

This laptop advertises a screen resolution of 4K UHD 3840x2160, but that isn't a complete truth. It's using what's called the RG/BW Pentile matrix, a cheap trick to achieve the ability to advertise as 3840x2160, without actually achieving the full detail of the resolution itself. You can do a web search on this type of display to learn all you'd like, but without getting too technical here, it basically means even though the screen makes your computer render this resolution, you don't get to see all that detail on your screen, because it's missing half of its pixels.

Lots of reviews talk about how nice the display is. The reason for that is because many people buying new laptops today will have had old laptops with the old standard 1366x768 TN displays. This is a huge upgrade from those, but so are all the normal 1080p IPS displays you can get in other laptops half this... Read more
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