• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
  • Processor: Intel i7-7700HQ
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Dimensions: 384 x 262 x 24 mm
  • Weight: 2.5 kg
  • Pros:
  • Some modularity
  • Design
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 10: 4,153 points
  • 3DMark Time Spy: 1,916 points
  • 3DMark Firestrike Ultra: 1,268 points

Gaming In Disguise

First up, the design of the laptop. It comes with an angular brushed metal design that feels good to the touch, all the while looking premium. It does look like a laptop with that made-for-professionals look to it, but hidden underneath are some great specs for gaming. With it, you can be a professional by day and a gamer by night. Another good thing about its design is that it does very well in hiding fingerprints, so it won’t highlight smudges on the laptop. It comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD display, illuminated keys, healthy amount of USB ports and a card reader.

At the heart of this laptop, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card gives it more than enough power for you to run the latest games without hitting a snag. In order to see how it fares, we tested it with our regular test game in – Battlefield 1 and Witcher 3. Using FRAPS, it was able to run on a stable 60fps with minor drops only when loading graphics heavy sceneries. The fan does get louder when gaming, but is unquestionably quiet during regular use. With plenty of ports available on the laptop, you can plug in a mouse, external keyboard, LAN cable and external drive. However, you do have to use an external mouse if you are planning on gaming, because the trackpad will not work if you have multiple keys pressed together.

ASUS allows you to customise some components on this laptop and all you need to do is to remove a screw located at the back of the laptop, pop out the cover and voila. You can replace the storage drives or upgrade them easily without having the need to be extremely tech savvy or breaking the warranty.

With Anti-Glare display, it allows you to watch your movies, shows, videos and browse the internet without having the sun reflecting all its rage-inducing rays onto your eyes, so you can use it almost anywhere. The keyboard is tactile, and the battery life is enough for you to keep going throughout your daily use.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, the FX503V is a great laptop that can be used to game and work on, and is designed to look premium, without looking too gaudy.

(previously published in issue January 2018)

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