View Full Version : Is G501JW-DS71 recommended?

07-04-2015, 05:03 PM
I've been looking for a laptop that can be used as my daily mobile machine in college as long as playing games. Then I think this G501JW suits me well with it's specs (but 4K screen). Meanwhile, I'm really interested with the huge battery, also I will not be demanding this laptop to play games at ultra setting.
So I've seen a lot of issue mainly such as screen flickering, keyboard flex, 4K scaling. Are these issues applied only for the 'lemons' or they do happen in every unit? Then if they do, are those issues can still be fixed by ourselves? Thank you

07-14-2015, 06:22 AM
Having studied this board for a day it seems the 4K version has some hardware faults in a lot of units.
Also G501 doesn't seem have the power to run 4K games at a good FPS.
The Full HD version (G501JW-CN030H?) is a better choice I think.

07-16-2015, 01:07 AM
I'm not crazy about the GeForce GTX 960M, nor am I enamored with the current state of 4K support (and there's little point in going 4K when coupled with a GTX 960M), but with the price of the G501JW-DS71 reduced to ≈ 1,700 USD, and with some resellers including a combination of promotional freebies, such as the ROG Shuttle backpack (https://www.asus.com/Computer-Bags/ASUS_ROG_SHUTTLE_BACKPACK/), GX850 mouse (https://www.asus.com/Keyboards-Mice/GX850/), and Cerberus headset (https://www.asus.com/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/CERBERUS/), it wouldn't be a terrible buy (in this regard, for the most part I am in agreement with the following assessment: https://youtu.be/eJ7YXhGouFI?t=6m11s) IF it weren't for the quality issues repeatedly mentioned in several threads in this forum.

In an ideal world, there would be a Broadwell (maybe i7-5700HQ?) or Skylake refresh of the G501JW, which had an FHD IPS matte display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, and which retained the PCIe SSD (https://youtu.be/oWlCgr1wD9E?t=31s) and the 6-cell, 96 Wh battery of the DS71. I would hope such a model would be competitively priced, and it would be even better if the ROG branding could be toned down a bit (the red ornamentation is a little on the gaudy side).

G501JW 4K review: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-G501JW-Notebook-Review.141745.0.html
G501JW FHD review: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-G501JW-FHD-Notebook-Review.145339.0.html

If you have a desktop computer capable of gaming, perhaps consider getting a humdrum laptop (ex. a Lenovo ThinkPad T or X model, Dell XPS, Apple MacBook, etc) for university that wouldn't be out of place in class or the library. If you are going the mobile-only route, I think you would be taking your chances with a G501JW-DS71. You might love it, or you might find it to be plagued by the same issues mentioned by others. It's really a shame. The DS71 could have been a great all-around laptop (and for some people who haven't experienced any issues, it might indeed be).