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My HP Envy laptop is in it’s 3rd year, which is “near time to consider replacement” zone given that Moore’s law has pushed it to a near technical dinosaur. Watching the “Black November” ads this one caught my attention. It’s one of the few I’ve found that has, for me a must have, a Ultra HD resolution, 15+ inch touch screen. Processor and Graphics processor are not the latest/greatest – about one cycle behind. Not a gaming machine, but I’m not a gamer. Battery & SSD could be bigger. Costco has it at $899. ASUS K501 model. Think the UX is unique to Costco as it doesn’t bring up any comps. I’m too cheap to buy Skylake but these Specs look decent. Comments; Cautions?


Processor & Memory:

  • Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz
  • 16GB DDR3L System Memory
  • Drives:
  • 256GB Solid State Drive

Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows 10


  • Wireless-AC WLAN + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated Webcam

Graphics & Video:

  • 15.6" 4K Ultra HD (3820 x 2160) Display
  • 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M Graphics


  • Backlit Keyboard

Ports & Slots:

  • 2x USB 3.0
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Combination Headphone / Microphone Jack
  • 1x SD Card Slot
  • 1x RJ-45
  • Power Supply:
  • 3-Cell (Up to 5-hour) Battery

Additional Information:

  • Dimensions: 15.0" x 10.0" x 0.9”
  • Approximate Weight: 4.4lbs
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From a spec check it looks pretty awesome. Not having owned or tested one, all I can say is ASUS makes some great hardware. I love my Windows Transformer from ASUS. I just bought a new Surface Pro 3 from a company going out of biz and liquidating ten of them. He's local and I get mine Friday. It's the i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM. but for $500.00 sealed and new. Why? Same reason you chose the ASUS. My ASUS T200 just has the 1200X 800 resolution or some such. It looks great until I use my SH's Venue with full HD, and then go turn on my 4k 2160 27" touch desktop display.


I agree, resolution matters!

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TheDuke: Did the Toshiba come with two drive slots, since it sounds like you have a 256GB SSD, 1 TB hard drive and DVD for your $799?


Hmm, that is a good deal. I need at least a 512GB SSD, 256 would be tight for me. (I have a 500 GB SSD in my current laptop and have about 100 GB free, since I do video editing and keep 3 years of photos on the machine.)

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Hey guys, click on this Black Friday Crucial SSD sale. The Crucial BX 100 is slightly faster than the MX100 according to what I read. I bought the dang 256 one for 76 bucks a few months ago. Click here to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-BX100-500GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B00RQA6M5Y/ref=sr_1_2/186-9070613-6357841?ie=UTF8&qid=1448604877&sr=8-2&keywords=crucial+bx+100

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More options have popped up. As of yesterday, Costco now has a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 - similar specs to the ASUS except it's spec'ed as a 1TB hybrid drive and the I-7 and Graphics processors are one notch higher. Price is $100 more at $999. Sale price through 1/3/16 or as long as supplies last. Only a few reviewers, but the niggles are touch screen and keyboard related, plus one was disappointed it didn't have an SSD. However, two reviewers said the hybrid drive was actually a 1TB HD and a 120 SSD combo instead of a traditional HD with onboard cache. If that's true it's a lot of plus's for $100. Only way to be sure of the SSD is to buy one though.


Tonight's Costco ad had a Toshiba Satellite S55T with specs like the ASUS, except a standard 1TB HD but also $100 more than the ASUS at $999. I did get a chance to try the keyboards of the Dell and Toshiba at Costco today. Toshiba keyboard had a much better feel, to me, but the Dell was workable. The Costco ad says the offer expires 11/30 so it is either a misprint or a bad ad.


At this point I'm going to procrastinate and see what additional reviews, or deals, show up. The ASUS expires 12/20; the Dell 1/3/16, and the Toshiba ???. If the Dell hybrid drive is actually a 120GB SSD - 1TB HD combo it looks like an awesome deal (to naturally be replaced by an even better deal just after I pull the trigger).

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Those systems all sound good. Everything's obsolete when it goes into production because the engineers are putting the finishing touches on the new models by then. You get to use a newer system longer by jumping in when you want to. Having to because we waited too long is too stressful. Enjoy!

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RV, ain't it great to waffle over over which I-7 UHD screen 1 TB drive 16 GB laptop to buy for less than a thou? Once paid $500 for a 160KB floppy drive and $100 to upgrade a 16KB memory card to a 32KB card to keep an open slot! My first "portable (30 #)" PC cost over $2,000 and had an 8088 4mhz processor, a black & white screen, and 2 floppys.


And Jack now thinks a Pro 4 is too expensive. Well I do too. Expectations sure have changed.

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Amen Wes,

I agree! Just a month ago I bought a couple of 256GB SSDs for $79.99 each and today saw that Newegg had a 480GB Adata SSD for $109.99!!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211985 I had to pay 1000 bucks in 1993 if I wanted to upgrade my AST notebook's RAM from 256MB to 512. I'm on my new surface typing away on the onscreen keyboard. I love this thing.


Today we were watching the new TV and my absolutely right.wife was sitting on the floor in front and I realized that the people on the screen were her size up to much bigger! Our thin new 4k is s big or close to the view screen on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise! This screen was science fiction just 15 years ago.


I also remember having a Sony 27" Trinitron monitor receiver that cost as much as this 65" tech marvel. At the time just as exciting to get.


I buy used or wholesale remember? If he got the deal I did he'd get this one too. This i5 model is no slouch.


But you're absotively right.

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