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Can you help me pick the best work/gaming laptop of these 2?


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#1 yorocco7

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 05:58 PM

I’m in the market for a new Laptop in the $700-$779 range. I think I have narrowed my search down to these 2 ASUS (gaming) laptops. As in everything in life a hard decision needs to be made. They have great features which makes picking the best difficult.  I’m going to be using it as a primary work PC & I do a bit of traveling as well. I need something that can handle video editing software like Corel Video studio, Adobe Premier, MS Office Suite, Quick Books, Basic web design etc.. Plus I’d like something that can play the latest games a well.  My Brother has the more pimped-out ROG & loves it. I like it too but I wouldn’t mind something thinner & lighter. I was leaning toward the thinner lighter ASUS K501UX with the SSD but the ROG might have better Specs which is important to me.

Issue to cover:

-Is the ROG Quad Core i7 4th Gen CPU better or not that the K501UX i7 6th Gen?

-How big a deal is the Quad Core vs Dual ?ore? (My Bro thought all i7 were Quad core)

-I really like the SSD in the K501UX because I want a really fast boot time. To add the 256 SSD to the ROG would be over $110.  The ROG 1TB HDD is not that big a deal as I have not filled up my 250GB 2009 Acer yet.

-How much better in reality is the Nvidia 960 vs 950?

-The ROG might not have a USB 2.00 port. I have an ext HHD that is USB is that going to be an issue?

***Which One would be your Winner?!

 

(I have full Specs Listed below with Links)

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ASUS ROG -GL551JW-WH71(WX) - $759.00 - No Tax – Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232848

 

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ASUS K501UX-AH71 - $749 + $45 Tax – AMZ

http://www.amazon.com/K501UX-15-inch-Gaming-Processor-Windows/dp/B0146DD02G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=laptop2009-20&linkId=701bfbf8bb4538c2d2b30d80d25cafd5

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Edited by yorocco7, 14 December 2015 - 06:44 PM.

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#2 yorocco7

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:41 PM

Ooops didn't realize my Specs lists got messed up. I have them below.

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ASUS ROG -GL551JW-WH71(WX)

 

Intel i7 4720HQ 4th Gen

Quad Core- Haswell

2.6 GHz - Turbo 3.6 GHz

Win 10

8 GB DDR3L- RAM

2 - Ram Slots

16 - Max Ram

NVIDIA GTX960M - 2 GB GDDR5  - Graphics card

1TB HDD (5400 RPM) - No SSD

15.6 - Screen

1920 x 1080 - Screen Res

No - Touchscrfeen

5hrs - Batt life

6.00 lbs - Weight

15.00" x 10.00" x 0.60"-1.30" - Measurements

Y - BT 4.0

3 - USB 3

0 - USB 2

Y - Illum. Keyboard

Y - HDMI

Y - Optical Drive

SonicMaster - Audio

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ASUS  K501UX-AH71

 

Intel Core i7-6500U 6Gen

Dual Core- Skylake

2.50Ghz - Turbo 3.1 Ghz

Win 10

8 GB DDR3L 1600 - RAM

2 - RAM Slots

16 - MAX RAM

Nvidia GTX950M 2GB GDDR3 - Graphics

256 GB SSD - No HDD

15.6 - Screen

1920 x 1080 - Screen Res.

No - Touchscreen

5hrs - Batt Life

4.41 lbs -Weight

15 x 10 x 0.9" Measurements

Y - BT 4.0

2 - USB 3

2 - USB 2

Y - Illumin. Keyboard

Y - HDMI

N - Optical Drive

SonicMaster

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Edited by yorocco7, 14 December 2015 - 10:17 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:56 PM

I like this one....ASUS ROG -GL551JW-WH71(WX) 


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:55 PM

I would choose the ASUS ROG with quad-core processor. Video editing can use up as much processing power you give to it, so no doubt that the 4720HQ will be much faster. It also have a better graphics card, which can help you a lot in gaming.

 

If you like to have a SSD for fast boot time, you can always upgrade to it later, and clone the OS from HDD to SSD or reinstall it.


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 10:22 PM

Does it matter if the ASUS  K501UX-AH71 actually has a i7 6500U not i7 6200U like I originally posted? I have since edited the Specs to show the correct info. A friend said because the K501UX has a "14 nm die" chip it comes close to making up for being dual & not Quad Core. Does that make a difference in your decision on which to pick?


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 10:31 PM

The i7 4720HQ is still better than i7 6500U because it is quad-core, which help in video editing or photo editing. GTX 960M is better than GTX 950M, as a result you will get better framerate when gaming.


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Posted 15 December 2015 - 04:52 AM

-Is the ROG Quad Core i7 4th Gen CPU better or not that the K501UX i7 6th Gen?
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4720HQ-vs-Intel-6500U

Pretty close but I would go with the 4720 purely because you are editting.
 

-How big a deal is the Quad Core vs Dual ?ore? (My Bro thought all i7 were Quad core)

Not much.  Most things won't use the extra cores, however as you are picture/video editting it will.

 

-I really like the SSD in the K501UX because I want a really fast boot time. To add the 256 SSD to the ROG would be over $110.  The ROG 1TB HDD is not that big a deal as I have not filled up my 250GB 2009 Acer yet.

SSDs are amazing.  I would honestly say the $110 is worth it, or go for a samsung pro, purely so you can run everything quicker.

 

-How much better in reality is the Nvidia 960 vs 950?

It depends what games you want to play, and how much you really like good graphics.  If you are just playing LoL, Counter Strike and such you'll have no problems.  If you are going to want to play skyrim on highest graphics, with either one you're going to run into problems.  If you want to play on low-medium graphics, either card should be fine.  The 960 will give you a little bit of an edge to play on medium on some games, but it really depends what you want to do.

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-960M-vs-GeForce-GTX-950M

 

 

-The ROG might not have a USB 2.00 port. I have an ext HHD that is USB is that going to be an issue?

It shouldn't.  Technically.  Some things can screw up though.  If it's from WD or Seagate you should be fine. 

 

***Which One would be your Winner?!

Personally I'd go with neither.  I prefer a really slim laptop (eg. surface pro) and a desktop.  It honestly depends on what you're doing with it.  You'll be trading a little bit lighter and thinner for a little bit slower.  The thing is, neither have enough battery life so it's only good if you have power.  If you don't mind the extra weight go ROG, however it really is personal opinion and how much you're going to move with it.



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for the feed back. I've learned a lot about what to look for in a work/gaming laptop. I keep seeing this DELL laptop keep showing up as the top gaming laptop under $800. I got burned by DELL way back in 2002 with an old Inspiron so I'd be nervous to trust them again. Having said that at least 4 site I've found list it as the #1 gaming laptop 2015 under $800. What do you guys think, how does it compare to the ROG?

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 05:20 AM

Dell Inspiron has a i5 processor, which is slower than i7 but it is good in video editing also because it's quad core. It has a 256GB SSD, speed up Windows boot and application load time. For the GPU, both have the same unless Dell has 4GB but ROG has 2GB, it is not going to affect games performance a lot.

 

If you want to have a SSD now, Dell Inspiron is a good choice. If you want to get as much performance as you can in video editing, then choose the ASUS ROG, you can upgrade to a SSD later if you want.


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