ASUS FX503VM Review

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Undoubtedly ASUS is one of the major old laptop brands in the world. ASUS’ gaming laptop has been most consumers’ first choice with its excellent appearance design and good performance. But the ASUS gaming laptops all have one common drawback – poor screen quality. However, the new-generation ASUS FX503VM features a screen with good quality. The laptop not only has excellent appearance design but also brings good performance. Today, we will test the ASUS FX503VM from different aspects.

Specification

Screen 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS screen 120Hz
Processor Intel i5-7300HQ quad-core four-thread (up to 2.5GHz)
Video GTX 1060 6GB + Intel UHD Graphics 630
Memory 16GB DDR4 2400 MHz
Storage 128GB SSD+1TB HDD
Connectivity 802.11ac
Ports HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-A (Gen 1) x 3, SD card slot, RJ45, DC jack, earphone/micro-phone two-in-one
Battery 64 Wh
OS Windows 10
Weight 2.59kg/ 3.23kg (with AC adapter)
Extras 720p HD Camera

Appearance

ASUS FX503VM
The ASUS FX503VM has brief but unique appearance design. The laptop uses wire drawing process on the body to bring better texture feeling.
back cover
There are lots of vents on the back cover of the laptop to bring enough air for the cooling fan. We can also notice that there is an area on the back cover of ASUS FX503VM which can be easily taken out. Such design is to make it more convenient for the user to upgrade hardware.

IPS Screen

Screen
The screen that the ASUS FX503VM features is its biggest highlight. The laptop adopts IPS screen which has excellent performance in color display and high refresh rate up to 120Hz. For e-sports players, this screen can greatly improve their game experience. Besides, the laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full HD screen with the resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels.
sRGB color gamut
NTSC color gamut
After using the Datacolor Spyder 5 Elite to test the screen, we find that its NTSC color gamut covers 71% and sRGB color gamut covers 97%. The result is the same with what ASUS official party has announced. At present, the screen that the ASUS FX503VM comes with reaches the top level.

Excellent Keyboard Experience

keyboard
The keyboard of the ASUS FX503VM brings excellent user experience. The keyboard has 1.8mm long key travel key, and it gives a quick response, which makes it more comfortable to type. We can see that ASUS has widened the space key, which can significantly improve the game experience.
power button
The laptop’s power button adopts red diamond design. It also comes with small keyboard area.
keyboard
The ASUS FX503VM’s keyboard boosts of a red backlight with adjustable four levels of brightness, which can highlight e-sports theme and make it easier to use in the darkness.

Rich Ports

ports on the left
The ASUS FX503VM’s port design can satisfy the requirement in daily use. The left side of the laptop provides an SD card slot and a USB 3.1 (Gen 1) port.

The ports on the right side include the power interface, a network port, HDMI port, two USD 3.1 (Gen 1) ports and an earphone/micro-phone two-in-one port.

Hardware Test

The ASUS FX503VM is power by Intel’s Core i5-7300HQ processor with GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. The laptop comes with 16GB of RAM and 128GB SSD coupled with 1TB HDD. Next, we will test the laptop’s performance.

CPU Performance

processor socre
The i5-7300HQ processor that the ASUS FX503VM is powered by adopts quad-core four-thread design. The processor’s main frequency reaches 2.5GHz, and its TDP is 45W. The i5-7300HQ processor’s multi-core score is 513cb, and its single-core score is 146cb on CineBench R15. The i5-7300HQ processor has normal performance.

Graphics Card Performance

GTX 1060 graphics card score
The GTX 1060 graphics card that the ASUS FX503VM comes with is currently most popular graphics card for the game. The GTX 1060 graphics card has got 5,457 scores in the Fire Strike Extreme mode of 3D mark. The GTX 1060 graphics card has normal performance.

SSD Performance

SSD speed
The ASUS FX503VM comes with a Toshiba 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD. We use AS SSD to test the SSD’s speed. The result shows that the SSD’ sequential read speed reaches 1789.92MB/s and its sequential write speed reaches 604.74MB/s. The SSD that the FX503VM comes with has good performance.

Heat Dissipation Performance

heat dissipation performance
We use AIDA 64 to test the heat dissipation performance of the processor and FurMark to test the heat dissipation performance of graphics card. After testing the laptop for 30 minutes, we find that the ASUS FX503VM as a whole has good performance on temperature control. As far as temperature control is concerned, the processor has normal performance while the graphics card has quite good performance.

Game Experience

screen performance
The screen with a high refresh rate that the ASUS FX503VM comes with brings user better experience in e-sports game. We play the popular game- CS: GO to test the game experience that the screen brings. The screen shows the much fluent game image.
screen performance
After using Fraps to record frame in 100s in the game and adjust the screen to high-resolution images, we can see that its maximum frame reaches 249FPS and average frame reaches 1580FPS. The screen that the ASUS FX503VM features surpass screen refresh rate standard.

Upgrade Options

back cover
There is an area on the back of the ASUS FX503VM which can be easily removed. Such design enables the user to easily change or upgrade memory, M.2 SSD and 2.5-inch HDD. The 2.5-inch HDD is fixed on the back cover.
laptop without back cover
It is easy to remove the laptop’s back cover. The screw has five different types. After removing the back cover, we find that the ASUS FX503VM has three heat pipes, which can bring better heat dissipation than its predecessor does. The laptop has a 16GB memory chip.The user can change the wireless network cable on one’s own.

Summary

ASUS FX503VM
Generally speaking, the ASUS FX503VM has excellent performance. The laptop features top-level high refresh screen. Three heat pipes can bring better heat dissipation effect. Besides, the laptop is just priced at  $1,290. Undoubtedly it has excellent cost performance. The ASUS FX503VM is a good choice for the user who prefers to play games which require high refresh screen.

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