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ASUS ROG G501VW-BSI7N25 Thin & Light Gaming Laptop 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2 GB 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit-“ONLY @ NEWEGG”

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  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2 GB
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz)
  • 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD
  • 15.6" Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display
  • Thin & Light Gaming Laptop 15.08" x 10.04" x 0.81" 4.54 lbs.
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Take your mobile gaming to the next level with the ASUS Republic of Gamers G501 notebook. Inside and out, this ultraportable is infused with ROG DNA – boasting an ultra-thin and light design, powerful Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics, Full HD 1920x1080 visuals, USB 3.0 Type C and Thunderbolt technology, and the upgraded Hyper Cool technology. ROG G501VW is geared for battle wherever you are.

Geared for Incredible Gaming Performance

Despite its compact size, an ultraportable gaming laptop doesn't mean compromised performance. ROG G501VW holds its own in the digital battlefield, delivering unstoppable gaming performance with the latest 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics card.

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Unrivalled Intel Quad-Core Performance
ROG G501VW is powered by the latest 6th-generation quad-core 3.5GHz (Turbo frequency) Intel Core i7 processor for breathtaking levels of performance to run the latest games at their maximum settings.

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NVIDIA GeForce Graphics to Power Your Games, and Your Creativity
ROG G501VW features performance-class NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics – giving you vividly-detailed visuals where gaming worlds come alive for an unrivalled gaming experience. The powerful graphics processor also drives hardcore content-creation, opening up a world of creative possibilities, even when you're on-the-go.

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Fast, Responsive Data Performance

ROG G501VW features support for PCI Express x4 solid-state disks (SSDs) and Intel Thunderbolt technology for faster data access and transfer speeds so you're not kept waiting by long game-loading times or large file transfers.

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Intel Thunderbolt technology
Onboard Intel Thunderbolt technology provides a single-cable data and graphics interface with speeds of up to 40Gbit/s – eight times the bandwidth of USB 3.0.

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PCI Express x4 solid state drive
ROG G501VW features support for PCI Express x4 SSDs for more than four times the responsiveness and data-transfer speeds of SATA III SSDs.

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Stunning and Immersive Full HD Visuals

ROG G501VW has a 15.6-inch, 1920x1080 Full HD IPS display to give you sharp, detailed visuals and vibrant colors for an immersive viewing experience. In-plane switching technology enables the LCD panel to showcase up to 16.77 million colors and 330cd/m² brightness, giving you outstanding color reproduction and saturation to make visuals come to life.

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Maximum Viewing Angles
G501's impressive in-plane switching (IPS) technology delivers wide 178-degree viewing angles for improved contrast and color consistency even when viewed from extreme positions – so surrounding friends and family can get in on the action as well.

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ASUS Splendid Technology
ROG G501VW features ASUS Splendid video technology to enhance color brightness, contrast and sharpness to produce deeper, richer colors. You'll enjoy stunning visuals with colors automatically optimized for games, videos or any other kind of content.

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4K/UHD Video Output with Intel Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port and HDMI

Go beyond the Full HD brilliance. there's 4K/UHD video output so you can enjoy your games on an even larger scale on an HDTV or external IPS 4K display. The latest onboard Intel Thunderbolt technology gives you single-cable data and signal transmission rates of up to 40Gbits/s – twice the bandwidth of USB 3.1. ROG G501VW gives you both Intel Thunderbolt Type-C and HDMI for increased compatibility and multitasking capabilities – letting you watch TV, surf the web and chat online with friends, event while playing games.

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Gaming That Sounds Just like the Real World

SonicMaster completely immerses you in high-quality in-game audio with MaxxAudio, a professional-grade processing tool. And with ROG Audio Wizard that provides preset audio modes tailored to suit different gaming genres, you have total mastery over how your games sound.

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Optimized Audio with ROG AudioWizard

ROG G501VW includes the brilliant ROG AudioWizard, an intuitive tool that picks the best audio settings with just a few clicks. Choose a preset for instant-play simplicity, or tweak the sliders to create a profile that's the perfect match for whatever you're doing – gaming, relaxing to music or enjoying a pumped-up action movie.

Ultraportable Design for Truly Mobile Gaming

ROG G501VW is specially designed for gamers like you. It boasts many innovative gaming features, and its premium aluminum chassis enables an ultra-thin, lightweight design that you'll love to carry wherever you go.

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Get in the Game, Wherever You Are
At just 20.6mm tall, ROG G501VW is one of the thinnest gaming laptops in its class; it's lightweight too, tipping the scales at just 2.06kg. Whether you're using G501 at an airport transit lounge, or in a coffee shop, you've just given new meaning to mobile gaming.

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Responsive Control and Input
ROG G501VW features a scissor-switch keys with 1.6mm of key travel to give you solid, responsive keystrokes. G501 has specially-marked WASD cursor keys and a full numeric pad, and all keys are backlit to emit a red glow for gaming in dark environments. G501 gives you complete control – a definite advantage in the gaming arena.

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Hyper Cool Technology Makes ROG G501VW the Coolest Gaming Notebook in Its Class

ROG G501VW features a silent and intelligent cooling system thanks to upgraded Hyper Cool technology. With dual independent fans and copper heat sinks for efficient thermal management, Hyper Cool ensures smooth and stable performance even at high loads. ROG G501VW is the coolest and quietest ultraportable gaming notebook on the market and ensures you stay cool in the heat of the battle.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
good for college students 4/27/2019 1:13:04 PM

Pros: Been using this daily for almost five years now, spilt beer all over the keyboard last night, laptop still running strong, gonna keep it for another five years.
(upgraded ram to 16gigs, and hdd to 1tb sdd in 2015)

Cons: screen hinges a little loose, but that's to be expected after five years, I'll just replace them. Might replace the battery while i'm in there it only lasts a couple hours on a full charge now.

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2/ 5
Great desktop, horrible laptop. 10/2/2017 8:20:16 AM

Pros: Its superpowerful, great to game with once you remove Asus's software

Cons: Had a blue screen error for the first year of owning it until I took off Asus software. The battery life is almost laughable. Three hours while browsing the web if youre lucky.

Overall Review: I wouldnt recommend this unless you wanna carry your charger around everywhere. I guarantee there are other laptops just as powerful with double the battery life.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,


Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am sorry to hear that you were having blue screen errors with your device. Try updating your bios to the latest version and installing the Asus battery health charging utility to monitor the battery life. Feel free to contact me directly should you have any further questions or concerns. My email is cl-tom@asus.com and our 24/7 support line is posted below. Have a great day!


Thank you for choosing ASUS
Best Regards,
Tom
Asus Customer Loyalty US Support
http://www.asus.com/us/support/CallUs
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
lol, looks like they removed my first review of this product 1/25/2017 9:12:27 PM

Pros: thin

Cons: not sure why newegg removed my original review of this product, very shady.
so what i had posted originally was that this machine crapped out on me so i took it to 3 experts and they all concluded it was a defect in the product.

Overall Review: of course newegg won't hold accountability, since their return policy protects them nicely

this is my second ASUS laptop to go bad, so i won't be purchasing ASUS laptops nor laptops in general from newegg.com
newegg, please stop deleting my reviews.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
3-month check in: Still a great purchase 10/1/2016 10:12:44 AM

Pros: • Powerful for a "thin" and "lightweight" laptop
• Fantastic deal when I bought ($899 delivered)
• Almost matches my gaming desktop in capabilities
• The look & feel. I was skeptical of the red & black theme but it grew on me.
• Very cool & quiet, even under extreme loads

I use this laptop for dual-purpose: Work + Play. Running the latest Adobe suite, development tools (Visual Studio, Android Studio) and it is no slouch - AFTER the SSD upgrade. I am able to run games on "High" and "Medium-high" depending on additional FX like bloom, motion blur, physics effects, and texture quality. I was initially skeptical of it's ability to handle games compared to my desktop but am now pleasantly surprised that it can keep up (4700k, OC'd, 32GB, dual video cards, etc.)

Cons: • 5400 RPM 1TB HDD. Really, ASUS, 5400 RPM? I bought a 250gb SSD (m.2 type) and only use the HDD for backups and file storage. Games + OS live on the SSD.
• The initial bloatware. I am waiting for a computer manufacturer to figure out that a PC does not need to come preloaded with a ton of software. Just give me the OS OOBE, your 2-3 apps, and Chrome + Firefox. DONE.
• Touch-pad. Yes, it's not ideal and can be finicky but probably not applicable because you'll use a mouse for games anyways.
• It feels 'flimsy' in the middle, has a bit of flex/give to it, but every "thin and light" laptop I have handled feels this way, still waiting on a manufacturer to address this.

None of these were deal-breakers and all but the last were easily addressed in my first 2 hours of ownership.

Overall Review: You need to install a m.2 type SSD with this. No questions just get include it in your budget. When you get this, download the latest driver packs from ASUS and their 2-3 apps for the keyboard, display, etc. Get the Win 10 media creation tool and just fresh install it. Your W10 key should be stored to your BIOS so no entry necessary. Performance increased substantially after this change.

After that you should be ready to go. Overall a stellar product and I would buy it again - although I hope I don't have to.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Once spec'd with an SSD, you see what this laptop really is. 8/2/2016 6:47:20 PM

Pros: Latest i7 skylake cpu w/ DDR4
Mid range gpu
IPS display
Keyboard feels nice (and backlit!)
Super lightweight for all it's capable of
Efficient cooling
Price (under 1k at the time others were selling for 1.2k)

Cons: First off (and like MANY others have stated):
The sorry excuse for a HDD that came in my "gaming" laptop.
It was ruining the whole experience! Here I was sitting on top of the latest tech and it was still as slow as 2012 tech.
Sure my FPS was way up, but when a desktop C2Q w/ a WD green 3TB HDD kept loading maps faster than this. It's a punch to the ego.

There is no excuse for how bad these speakers are.
There is no bass response and they don't get loud at all.

NO NIC?!
Why? LAN parties call for the hardline! While there was an included USB (3.0) to Ethernet adapter, an onboard would of been MUCH preferred. It seems the norm to throw a killer nic in the "gaming" laptops. I would of gladly settled for an Intel gigabit too.

The touchpad needs to be shifted over to the left to center up with typing.
I hate how this has a small 0 key on the numpad.

Has the same "whine" as other brands. Seems that this i7 is a common factor.
(It's not screaming loud, but when in a quiet room, is noticeable)

No FN lock
I use brightness & volume +/- WAY more than say help (f1) or refresh (f2), so I like my laptops to have FN lock function.

Overall Review: This GPU is not the 4GB model, but after tons of research the difference for most games is just not going to be there with the extra 2GB.
2GB is very acceptable for what this card is capable of @ 1080 for last gen games and 720 for brand new games.

For me this laptop is actually too light. It's the lightest I've owned so far.
This laptop could be LAN party beast if it was just slightly bigger. That would allow for a bigger battery, better speakers with added subwoofer, NIC and optical media drive.

Heads up for those with this model, you can buy an extended battery. If you replace your 2.5" drive with pcie drive the battery is longer and uses that freed up space.


All in all though, I really like this laptop. (Even after all that complaining?)
My tip me over the edge factor on this model was the TB3 port. I'm hoping to try an eGPU setup on this one day.
No clue if its currently or ever will be supported. If not, back off to the bios hacking scene.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Powerful laptop with some serious initial drawbacks 7/22/2016 1:40:10 PM

Pros: - Powerful CPU / GPU
- Lightweight, long battery life
- Looks cool

Cons: Boggles my mind that ASUS shipped these out with 5400RPM hard drives. 1:00+ total boot time, slow opening of programs, inadequate multitasking ability. Huge bottleneck to put on such a powerful configuration.

What's more, it's not a simple thing to access the expansion slots to fix this tortured machine (while voiding your warranty btw). You gotta get through 10 torx screws and 2 phillips hidden underneath the glued back footpads. I had to make a trip to Lowe's for the sole purpose of finding a T4 screwdriver.

If you do take the time, money, and risk to install an SSD and DDR4 RAM (which you absolutely have to if you're not 40+ years old), you'll realize this laptop's true potential. Wish I could put Win7 on here though, but ASUS doesn't offer drivers for it.

Overall Review: Summary: If you're NOT looking to dish out an extra ~$120+ and the risk/time to upgrade this machine, skip it. They really messed up the stock configuration.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello William,


Thank you for taking the time to share your positive comments on our product. I am sorry to hear that you were not completely satisfied with the configuration. Have you upgraded your hdd to ssd? We will take your review into consideration as we strive to improve our products to better suit our customers’ needs. Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions or concerns regarding your laptop or any ASUS product. My email is cl-tom@asus.com and our 24/7 support line is posted below. Have a great day!


Thank you for choosing ASUS
Best Regards,
Tom
Asus Customer Loyalty US Support
http://www.asus.com/us/support/CallUs
Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Product, Easy to Set up! 7/18/2016 9:23:56 AM

Pros: Excellent features, user friendly.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Highly recommend this product.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Low-key and very functional 7/17/2016 2:09:46 PM

Pros: Thin, light, cool, good screen. Very good performance.

Cons: Tenkey gets in the way of the arrow buttons, slow HD.

Overall Review: Runs everything it can be expected to, and it has an M.2 slot to compensate for the 5400 RPM HDD.

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