ASUS K501LX-EB71 Review

June 23, 2015
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ASUS K501LX-EB71 is a brand new release but it has already gained some popularity. Perhaps just because of right marketing or due to a very trusted brand, people are asking questions about this notebook around the Internet. Well, I’ve gathered answers to the most important questions here. Hopefully this review helps you in deciding whether this laptop is worth it or not!

Does it have enough performance?

ASUS K501LX-EB71 is equipped with the latest Core i7-5500U processor. Being a low-voltage model, it features a dual core design with 2.4GHz clock speed and 3.0GHz turbo frequency. It is around 10 percent faster than the previous i7-4500U and ~15% faster than i5-5200U from 2015. It is a decent processor to say the least, the i7-5500U is able to tackle heavy-duty software and many games without issues.

The notebook has 8GB (DDR3L 1600MHz) RAM by default. The distribution is 4GB on-board memory and 4GB SO-DIMM. To reach 12GB, the system maximum memory, you can remove the 4GB stick and put 8GB in place.

ASUS K501LX-EB71 comes with a sweet 256GB solid-state drive. The interface is 2.5″ SATA, there’s no M2 slot as far as I know. Anyway, because the drive is an SSD there’s no need for the HDD->SSD swap that many people like to do. The current drive will make the system boot up in less than 10 seconds, software and games will load quickly as well.

Is the display great?

ASUS K501LX-EB71 has a non-touch 15.6″ display supporting 1920×1080 resolution. The panel type seems to be Twisted Nematics. Some people said it’s beautiful, some called it terrible. It’s a matter of preference that you don’t really know before seeing it yourself.

Can I play latest games on it?

This is a decent machine for gaming. It has a dedicated GeForce GTX 950M (GDDR3 2GB) unit for that job. The card is much better than integrated chips – although the GTX950M can hardly be called a true gaming engine. You can play any game with it, but few heavyweight ones will struggle with maxed out settings and Full HD. As an example, GTA 5 would give ~30FPS on high details and 1920×1080. Far Cry 4 would be the same, The Witcher 3 around 20 frames per second.

How is the connectivity?

ASUS K501LX-EB71 features four USB ports – one more than usually, 15-inch laptops often have just three. Two of the ports are USB 2.0 while the other two are USB 3.0, marked with a blue connector. HDMI output is available too, so plugging this laptop to a desktop monitor or HD television is possible.

The notebook is very thin, there is no space for an optical drive inside. Alas, you must get an external drive if you’re planning to read or write discs.

Networking interfaces include a solid 802.11 A/C WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. There is also a dedicated RJ-45 (LAN) port, so feel free to use cable as well.

The laptop features an SD card reader that supports cards from cameras, music players and such. A webcam (just VGA resolution) is available for some Skype video chats.

Anything else to keep in mind?

ASUS K501LX-EB71 is one of the lightest 15.6″ notebooks in the market. It weighs mere 4.4 pounds, most often these things are 5 pounds. The unit includes a 3-cell 48Wh battery which should last a good 4 hours on light-duty use.

The keyboard looks like pleasant to type with. It also features backlit keys and a dedicated numpad on the right.

The laptop shell is made of aluminum.


ASUS K501LX-EB71 can be considered as a high-end laptop. It’s more expensive than an average starter laptop, but you’re getting some pretty nice things in return: a Full HD display, dedicated graphics card, i7 processor and a 256GB solid-state drive. This kind of a setup allows you to use most software and play the majority of games without problems. I can’t think of many disadvantages, perhaps the lack of DVD drive will be inconvenient for some, but the flipside is very thin design (0.9 inches). All in all, this notebook seems to offer darn good features and performance for what it costs.

6 thoughts on “ASUS K501LX-EB71 Review

  1. Bhs011

    How does it fare on Ubuntu 14.04,,,, does it get all the drivers?

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      I don’t see any reason why a default Ubuntu installation wouldn’t work here. The K501LX doesn’t have any strange components and the support of Linux distributions is excellent these days – very different from 10-15 years ago when you had no guarantee your computer would work with something else than Windows. Even the graphics card should work no problems, nVIDIA released Linux drivers supporting the GTX950M.

      1. bhs011

        I am worried about drivers for wifi 802.11a/c in specific, have heard the ac drivers have some issues. Just wanted to clarify on that.
        Thanks for the reply

        1. Tech For Pennies Post author

          The WiFi card here is either Realtek, Intel or Qualcomm Atheros – as far as I know it’s impossible to tell which one without seeing the laptop because the WiFi manufacturer differs from unit to unit. A good thing though, all those cards seem to be supported by Ubuntu for many years.

  2. Bob

    Just bought this computer. Love it thus far besides spending an hour disabling all the spy crap on windows 10. 1 thing I can’t seem to figure out is where the heck the memory is. I’d like to max it out at 12 but I can’t find it anywhere if anyone could help me out that would be awesome. I don’t want to tear the thing apart down to the motherboard just looking for the ram. Thanks


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