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Asus G501 offers 4K, new GeForce, PCIe SSD and even Thunderbolt in superthin case

Gordon Mah Ung | March 16, 2015
The laptop world we live in dictates that as weight drops and dimensions shrink, capability get squeezed out of the picture.

The heavy hitter in this category is going to be the Razer Blade. Besides being thinner at 17.9mm and a little smaller (it also has a 14-inch QHD+ panel too) the Blade's killer feature should be its GeForce GTX 970M part. Although I haven't seen that part either, I'm going to guess a 970M-class GPU is going to smoke the 960M in the G501.

The G501 does have an advantage over the Omen and Blade in battery capacity. Asus has jammed a massive 96-watt-hour battery into the chassis. Compare that to the 70-watt-hour in the Blade and the 58-watt-hour job in the Omen.

Finally there's price. With a quad core part, 16GB of RAM and 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, Asus says it's going to charge you $2,000. That's really not bad. The Blade with 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM will set you back $2,700. Ouch. The HP Omen comes much closer when spec'ed with 16GB and 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD: It'll push $2,100.

 

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