Asus Zenbook NX500 / NX500JK review

88 Comments

  1. Max

    November 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hello, so I got it from Yesterday.
    And can tell to you quick overview about it.

    About throttling, I didn’t found the problems with decreasing frequency. BUT , I tested only one game, because I don’t have enough time to test it.

    3DMark 11 : P4551 score
    CineBench R15 : GPU – 84.64 fps , CPU – 496 cb

    I forgot to turn off Battery Boost and Vertical Sync for 4K in League of Legends but FPS is impressive.

    4K – 60 fps (Fixed because of BB and VS)
    Full HD > 150 fps

    Played with Highest settings.
    On the weekends I’ll publish detailed information to you about all stuff.

    There’s only one minus – Windows doesn’t scale properly items and windows of programs on 4K resolution. BUT , if to set 150% scale instead of 200%, then it would be ok for you. If you’ve problem with eyes (I mean you’re wearing glasses) , then I’ll suggest you to think deeper – do you need to get it or no.

    Ah , yes , you forgot to mention in review about “Auto Correction of Display Brightness” – there’s a sensor , which choose for you optimal brightness , based on where you’re working with him. You can toggle it , sometimes it works perfect , sometimes and I’m configuring brightness manually.
    Backlight became lighter and now it doesn’t mix with keys. As I saw , your pre-production model has only 1/3 of all light , which support this notebook.

    In short overall – I’m happy with this.
    Mike – I’ll keep with you information on the weekends (probably via Email).

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Max. Thanks for your input. The Auto Brightness sensor is standard with most mid-range and premium laptops, that’s why I haven’t mentioned it in the post. And to be frank, I disable it, I like to set my brightness manually.

      It’s nice that there’s no throttling, but if you can play some more demanding games, I’d love to hear your thoughts, here or on email, wherever you prefer. Scaling to 200% should look sharper than scaling to 150% only, from my experience. What exactly isn’t scaling properly? Everything or only some third party apps?

  2. BZ

    November 15, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve read somewhere that the keys of the keyboard are made of metal.
    Is this true? Do the keys feel cold when just started up?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      if I still remember correctly, thye were made from plastic

  3. Kristian

    November 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Any news on availability? I cannot find it in stock anywhere in Europe?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Some readers reported they already got their units in Europe, check out the comments above.

  4. danwat1234

    October 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Heat issues? There aren’t any unless it throttles with full CPU and GPU utilization. Though user comfort is something to think about.

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