ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 15.6-inch

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The ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 is a bestselling 15.6-inch gaming laptop that shares the same chassis as some of ASUS’s high-end ROG gaming range. With a 6th generation Intel i5 Quad-Core processor and a mid-range NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics card the ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 will run most modern titles on medium settings while still offering high frame rates. Users have criticised its TN display for its color quality and viewing angles, but an external monitor can be attached via HDMI or USB Type-C. While its 1TB mechanical hard drive offers ample storage space, its slower speed affects the overall performance. But thankfully ASUS have added a 128GB M.2 SSD to speed up boot times and loading times for games and apps.


ASUS have released a handful of powerful gaming laptops for the budget conscious gamer who is after a machine that offers great value for money. The design and chassis of the ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 are similar to the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71, but some users have commented on its inferior build quality compared to its big brother.

The ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 boasts a Skylake Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor that offers good single core performance, but the lack of Hyper-Threading will be noticeable with more processor intensive tasks. Its Skylake processor is backed by 8GB of DDR4 RAM which can be easily upgraded to 16GB or 32GB, thanks to an easily accessible maintenance panel.

While most of its competitors offer the NVIDIA GTX 950M graphics card, the ASUS features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M which scores higher on the benchmark tests and offers better frame rates for newer titles. Ample storage space is provided by a 1TB 5400rpm mechanical hard drive and a 128GB M.2 SSD offers lighting fast speeds for gaming and apps.

The Full-HD display offers a maximum resolution of 1920×1080, but the colors and viewing angles are very average and disappointing compared to some of its competitors who offer IPS displays. But users can connect an external monitor via HDMI or USB Type-C for a superior gaming experience. The battery performance is average for a gaming laptop and users can expect around 2 and a half hours off of a single charge while under load.


Pros

  • GTX 960M
  • USB Type-C
  • M.2 SSD

Cons

  • TN display quality
  • Average build quality
  • 5400rpm HDD

Bottom Line

Overall the ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 is a good gaming laptop that offers decent performance for its price tag.


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Full Specifications

Processor Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M [View Benchmarks]
Graphics TypeDiscrete
Graphics Memory 2GB Dedicated
RAM 8GB DDR4
Operating System Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Home
Weight5.66 lbs
Battery Life5 hours
Hard Drive 11000 HDD 5400
Hard Drive 2128 SSD
Display Size15.6 inch
Display TypeTN
Display Resolution1920 x 1080
Display TechnologyTN
Connectivity2x USB 3.0 | USB 2.0 | USB Type-C | HDMI | Ethernet | WiFi | Bluetooth 4.0
AudioStereo speakers
WebcamVGA
Additional FeaturesBacklit keyboard, SD card reader
Dimension (LxWxH)15.08 x 10.5 x 1.37
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One reply on “ASUS FZ50VW-NS51 15.6-inch”

not sure how i feel about the i5 @ 2.3GHz, i am on an i7 @2.3 and while the processing speed is good there are a few kinks every now and then so i cant imagine working with the i5 @2.3. Would feel like a downgrade in terms of processing power. But i am liking the fact that it has a 128GB SSD seperate from the HDD which should be able to upgrade and to be able to get 32GB RAM on a 15.6 inch @5.6 pounds seems like a blast to me.

overall i might bet my $$$$ on this one….. but the 15 @2.3 really killin me here.

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