The amazing Asus FX503VD-EH73 Laptop

ASUS FX503VD-EH73 Review - 15.6” FHD - Intel Core i7-7700HQ - 8GB RAM - 4GB GTX 1050 - 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

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as of Aug 16 2018 18:30 GMT (Details)

ASUS FX503VD-EH73 Review

The Asus FX503VD-EH73 is a compact yet decently powerful laptop. It features a strong set of specs that bridge the gap between power and portability.  Beneath that beguiling metallic frame is an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, a GTX 1050 Nvidia graphics card and a 1 TB Hybrid drive, yet managing to stay below 5 pounds. Its subpar audio output may give some pause, but it truly is worth a look. Find out more – Asus FX503VD-EH73 Review.

Pros

  • Massive 1TB HDD plus a fast 128GB SSD
  • Excellent medium setting gaming performance
  • Excellent backlit keyboard
  • Rugged metallic & plastic build
  • Decently light weight

Cons

  • Humble base levels on speakers
  • No light indicator for Caps, Num or Scroll keys
  • Fan noise can get pretty loud when gaming

Verdict

The Asus FX503VD-EH73 is a wallet-friendly gaming laptop designed for cash-strapped gamers, with the comfort of but a few compromises. It is both portable and powerful, a perfect choice for gamers and high demand users on the go.

Specifications

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General

SpecializationGeneral Purpose, Gaming
ManufacturerAsus
Operating systemWindows 10 (64-bit)
Weight5.1 lb
Device colorBlack
Dimensions15.1 in x 10.3 in x 1 in

Processor

ProcessorIntel i7-7700HQ
Number of processor cores4 cores
Base Processor Speed2.8 GHz
Turbo Processor Speed3.8 GHz
Threads ? 8 threads

Ram

RAM Capacity8 Gb
RAM speed ? 2400 GHz
Number of slots2
Number of empty slots1
RAM Type ? DDR4 SDRAM
Maximum supported size32 Gb

Storage

Storage TypeHard Disk Drive, Solid State Drive
HDD Capacity1000 Gb
HDD Rotation Speed5400 RPM
SSD Capacity ? 128 Gb
InterfaceSerial ATA

Display

Display Size15.6 in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution1920 x 1080 - Full HD
Panel TypeTN
Monitor FeaturesAnti-glare, LED Backlit
Horizontal Viewing Angle178 deg
Vertical Refresh Rate120 Hz

Graphics

Type Dedicated Nvidia Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Type of VRAMGDDR5
VRAM4 Gb
Base Clock Speed1290 MHz
Maximum Clock Speed1392 MHz

Ports

USB 3.1 (type A) ports2
USB 2.0 ports1
HDMI ports1
Mini Displayport1
Other portsHeadphone / Microphone combo Jack, Card reader, Ethernet / LAN port
Card reader formatSD (Secure Digital Card), MultiMediaCard

Audio And Video

SoundBuilt-in speakers, Microphone
Other featuresASUS Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
Webcamyes

Other Features

Optical driveNo optical drive
PeripheralsTouchpad
SecurityKensington Lock

Networking

NetworkingBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Version4.1
Wi-Fi Version802.11ac

Battery

Battery Capacity64 WHr
Number of Cells4-cell
TechnologyLithium-ion

Pricing

Price of new product$887.99
Price of used product$809.06
Price of refurbished product$1199.77

DESIGN AND FEATURES

It goes without saying, the Asus FX503VD-WH73 is good looking. It comes in a black, impressive and attractive metallic come plastic chassis without weighing a ton. At only 5.1 pounds and 15.1 by 10.3 by 1 inches in dimension, we must admit that it’s pretty decent for portability.

It seems like Asus isn’t so fond of plastic builds. In numerous of our reviews, we’ve noted that majority of their laptops are either metallic or a blend of metal and plastic. They found out what users want and wasted no time in making it a reality in their builds without throwing the too much in an upward spiral.

Note the matte display and boldly lit EASD keys on the Asus FX503VD-EH73 gaming laptop

The Chrome Asus logo maintains its central position on the black-streaked aluminum lid. The metallic top panel goes a long way to give it a sort of premium look and feel. However, some slight flex is notable when you apply some intentional force on the center of the lid. Apart from the that, the body feels sufficiently strong to handle the hustles of travel.

We loved how easy it is to make a hard drive or RAM upgrades on the machine. At the bottom is a maintenance door that’s easy to open to reveal the computer’s internals.

On flipping open the lid, one is ushered into a moderately sized bezel surrounding a 15.6-Inch matte coated TN panel, with the Asus logo smack in the middle of the lower bezel. Centrally placed on the upper bezel are a webcam, noise cancellation array microphones, and camera light indicator.

Teamed up with the display is a slightly sunken chiclet keyboard with red ascent illuminated keys. The keys have a flat top and have decently deep travel to make your typing experience quite cordial. Spreadsheet aficionado will love the presence of the number pad while gamers will be overjoyed with the red ascent three level-adjustment keyboard backlight.

However, for working purposes, the red ascent isn’t as clearly legible in the dark as is the white backlight. But for gaming purposes, the red aurora thrills the senses in the darkness of a gaming binge. Also, notably brighter are the EASD buttons which appear more boldly lit than the rest of the keys thus standing out notably.

The keyboard deck is made of plastic and is subject to some slight but notable flex – though not extreme to affect typing precision. The dual speakers are located right above the keyboard deck and just above them are four laptop activity indicator lights. The four are power, charge, hard disk activity, and airplane mode. We wonder they failed to include lights for Caps, number pad or for the scroll lock. One can’t help feeling in the dark while working without these.

 

Display

TN panel displays are great for gaming because of their fast response time (but suffer average color reproduction). We suppose that might have been the reason why the Asus FX503VD-EH73’s makes went for this option, in addition of course to the price advantage TN panels have over IPS panels.

Color reproduction was as expected, measuring 59% on the SRGB scale and 44% on the Adobe scale. This is sufficient for productivity, gaming and media consumption – but far from adequate for photo editing purposes where color accuracy and variety is indispensable. The display is bright enough for outdoor use, even in the sun – and glare is kept at bay thanks to the matte finish on the display. Impressively, horizontal viewing angles are quite wide – at 178 degrees – similar to an IPS panel display. Vertical viewing angles are however not as impressive. However, that should not be a problem as long as the screen is positioned properly in-front of you and angled well when using it. Gaming is also pleasant thanks to the fast 120Hz refresh rate which eliminates screen tearing.

All in all, the Asus FX503VD-EH73 delivers a pleasant experience. From watching France vs Croatia FIFA game to playing League of legends at 1080p setting, you are bound to have an excellent time.

CONNECTIVITY

Tell you what, the Asus FX503VD-EH73’s port selection is great as far as functionality goes. It lacks some of the high-end port systems but has all that you would likely need in gaming and general use. Its left side features a power jack, an RJ45 port, an HDMI port, two SUB 3.1 ports and a microphone combo jack. The right features a USB 2.0 port and a Kensington lock slot. Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The Asus FX503VD-EH73 comes with a very decent selection of ports: From left to right – Power jack, RJ45 port, HDMI, two USB 3.1 ports, microphone combo jack.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

When it comes to performance, the Asus FX503VD-EH73 sets aside child play and get into serious business. It comes with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor with a base clock of 2.8GHz (3.8GHz turbo). Among its prized features are HyperThreading, Turbo Boost, and Virtualization. Teamed with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, an NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, a 128GB M.2 SATA solid-state drive and a 1TB hard drive, performance is nothing short of impressive within its limits. Our office work, Web browsing, and 1080p video viewing didn’t cause the system to break a sweat. Thanks to the NVMe solid-state drive and capable processor, boot up time and program loading time are significantly reduced to but a few seconds.

Further, with 8 GB of RAM, everything runs smooth – including games – and seldom do you find a scenario where you run out of RAM. However, that depends on your habits as a user, whether you prefer having lots of tabs open and an application or two running in the background. If that is you, you might just need more RAM to get you by. Good thing the Asus FX503VD-EH73 comes with an extra expansion slot for upgrades – with a maximum upgrade capacity of 32GB.

The Asus FX503VD-EH73 makes an excellent choice as an entry gaming laptop. Its NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics card with 4GB of VRAM is well equipped to render 60+ frames per second (FPS) on low-settings at 1080p resolution. High-end games like the Division play at 30+ FPS to about high graphical settings (1080p res). Other games such as Ghost Recon maintain a playable average of 30+ FPS on medium graphical settings (1080p res). For ultra graphical settings, a GTX 1060 Graphics card will be a better choice.

 

Heat and noise management

The Asus FX503VD-EH73 has very good heat management. Even when churning through demanding task, it stays warm to the touch. Its fan, however, remains on most of the time, even when under low load – though humming silently in the background, barely a distraction. When gaming, however, it gets quite loud – between 47 and 49 decibels. This will likely be a distraction in the absence of an external set of speakers or at least headphones.

Audio and Battery life

Speakers are quite loud with sufficient volume levels to fill a small room without introducing any static or heavy imbalances. However, base levels are undernourished.

The Asus FX503VD-EH73 comes with a 4-Cell 64WHr battery with a run time of between 2.5 to 3.5 hours at 60% brightness during gaming – which is quite decent in our opinion.  Not many gaming laptops go very far past this.

CONCLUSION

The Asus FX503VD-EH73 isn’t exactly a budget laptop as far as cost goes, but compared to gaming laptops in the same category such as the MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US or the Samsung Odyssey NP800G5H-XS1US, it is considerably cheaper. It pairs up an excellent design with top of the line components to make one of the best gaming laptops in its space. Our take, the Asus FX503VD-EH73 makes an excellent wallet-friendly choice for of a laptop for cash-strapped gamers without the discomfort of too many compromises.

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