Asus Model: Q501LA-BBI5T03

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  1. ironmike86

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    Anyone know anything about Asus 15.6" TouchScreen Laptop 6GB Memory 750GB Hard Drive Q501LA-BBI5T03 - Best Buy ?
    I went to Bestbuy to look at the Sony Vaio Fit. For my needs it specs right. But I noticed it sucked on the web. I was messing with Asus Ultrabook 13.3" TouchScreen Laptop 4GB Memory 128GB Solid State Drive UX31A-BHI5T11 - Best Buy. It was fast and look kick as. But the ssd drive may not be enough? I read the Sony Fit has web connect problems also? But when i saw the other Asus it seems like a better buy bt can't find any info?? Worth the try? Or wait? Need one in a month. Also just going to be home use so doesn't need to be ultra but do want it small.Unless theres other options hi res under $900? Tia
     
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    I noticed this unit as well. Looks like an extremely good unit. If someone posted some battery life numbers and I can get around 6 hours with standard use I'd probably pick one up.
     
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    I recently bought one and despite pining to get an N550JV I decided that the 501 suits me perfectly. It's very thin and fairly light. Two things really stand out about it for me so far:

    First is the IPS fullHD screen. This is actually what attracted me to it initally. Having it now for a couple of weeks I would NEVER get anything other than IPS. The viewing angles are incredible and it's very bright and clear.

    Second is battery life. This weekend I got on a Netflix kick (getting spooled-up for Breaking Bad's finale start this weekend) and watched all 8 5th season episodes in two sittings of four hours each. Unplugged, at about full volumn (audio is not very loud as the speakers are on the bottom edges) and half screen brightness, it used about 45% of a full charge through each evening sitting. While battery life is very subjective, I am extremely pleased as my last laptop MIGHT last 2 hours unplugged. I use it all the time now and only plug it in to recharge overnight.

    Couple of things I don't like, which are probably nit-picks are: no dedicated volumn buttons, and, worst of all, the power button is the extreme upper right keyboard key. I had to diable it as I kept pushing it inavertently and shutting it down. Asus should have provided an option or made it a long keypress to ensure a deliberate shutdown is commanded. The lack of a CD drive is paid for in the unit's slim profile. I bought an external drive and don't miss having one built-in as much as I thought I would. Finally, the black anodized, brushed aluminum, finish on the cover is a fingerprint/smudge magnet so if you're anal in that regard you find that irritating. It's definitly not a gaming machine either so if that's your goal look elsewhere.

    Very nice laptop for general web surfing and productivity tasks with great battery life. Seems like a very good value for $750.
     
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    The Acer's screen isn't fullHD and isn't an IPS panel, the i7-4500U is actually a dual-core processor whose performance isn't that much better than the Q501's i5, and it is more expensive and the build-quality feels cheaper than the Q501.
     
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    2 hours o_O? Is that a mistype? Haha.

    Wow, that is pretty insane. If the battery life is truly that great while streaming video this might be the laptop for me. All I will be doing is some very basic CAD work for my upper division college classes, and I don't really play games. Think I might pick this up when I am back in the United States.

    I don't know why this laptop isn't getting any love. Seriously it seems like the perfect package.
     
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    By the way could you maybe post a video of the laptop on YouTube? Even if it is like a minute long that would be great!

    Oh, and is the HDD bay easily accessible? I'm going to toss a Crucial M4 in there the first day I get it.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. The screen is what caught my eye, Its for my wife anyways.I have a gaming machine. For the $$ it looks pretty good. How the response time?? I think as long as she can navigate the internet find I will same $$ by not putting in a ssd. My lap tops were always 1920x1080. Was kinda hard to like anything less.
     
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    Comes up from a cold boot in in 30-40 seconds. From sleep in 5-10 seconds. Unless you have the metabolism of a hummingbird, it's plenty fast enough for anything other than gaming. For me it's all about how nice the screen is and the battery life. Both of which are exceptional for my needs and uses.

    Update: Decided to actually measure the boot time to the log in screen. Cold boot, 16 seconds, sleep 3 seconds. These times are from power button push or lid opening. That's pretty damn speedy. Of course my last laptop was a Pentium-powered Compaq CQ62 so these times may just be normal to anyone used to a better machine.
     
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