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ASUS X501A-HPD121H notebook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 213 reviews of ASUS X501A-HPD121H notebook. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the design and screen are generally positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive views about the connectivity and sound, and there are some mixed opinions about the touchpad and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the ASUS X501A-HPD121H notebook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for ASUS X501A-HPD121H notebook

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of ASUS X501A-HPD121H notebook from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Opinions about the screen and portability are overall positive. The usability and price also get good feedback. Comments about the size and durability are mixed. There are some less positive comments about the reliability.

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80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Review Asus Q500A-BHI7T05 Notebook

 

Quality on a budget. The entry-level category is filled with nume

Very good build quality and brushed aluminum construction for the price; Great CPU performance with no throttling; Keyboard backlight on a budget notebook; Bright glossy screen for indoor use; Large responsive touchpad; Easily accessible HDD, RAM, and...

Fingerprint magnet with hard to clean surfaces; Very difficult to use under sunlight; Ports may be too close up front; sd reader difficult to access; Poor speaker quality; Slightly on the heavy side; Inaccurate pre-calibrated colors; Arrow keys and...

Great design and chassis, very fast CPU performance and even a backlit keyboard on a budget notebook.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: John C. (newegg.com)

Pretty good bang for the buck. But it's too bad the keyboard has problems.

 

I'm pretty much going to copy another review here (with a few minor changes): Pros: Good Price/Performance ratio. Cons: Motherboard and Keyboard issues in the first year and then Keyboard stopped working in year 2. Daughter used it her first year in...

i7 processor With replace the hard disk with an SSD it's REALLY FAST.

Get the extended warranty. You're probably going to need it. Keyboard fails. But there are workarounds.

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Justin W. (newegg.com)

Not recommended

 

Not wanting to replace the keyboard (because of the high price of ASUS replacement parts) I decided to use several USB and Bluetooth keyboard / mouse. Unfortunately the drivers are very picky and this is a poor solution. Wish I had never bought this...

-Good Display

N key slowly stopped working. Followed by the B key. Followed by the left shift. Followed by the entire bottom left row of the keyboard completely not working. ASUS claims this is not a known issue, but there are lots of complaints on this. It is not...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (newegg.com)

I Will Never Buy From Asus Again!

 

I purchased this laptop in late 2012. Before 2013 I already had to have the laptop sent in for "hardware issues" despite caring for it properly. When it came back to me, the track pad was already malfunctioning and some keys didn't register when being...

Literally nothing.

Literally everything.

Mar, 2016

Consumer review by: Michael O. (newegg.com)

Serious Design Flaw

 

I recommend staying away from this computer. Asus has some good products, but this is not one of them. This hinge design flaw should be something caught in quality control. Hopefully they learn from their mistakes, but in the meantime, I'm down my only...

1. The computer is fast and easily upgrade-able ; 2. The computer looks sleek ; 3. The keyboard and mouse are solid (in my opinion) ; 4. Was in great condition for a B-grade refurbished model ; 5. Beautiful display, best part of this computer

1. Is a bit of a fingerprint magnet ; 2. Plastic tabs on bottom are easily broken during disassembly ; 3. Speakers are so-so ; Here I launch into why I gave it one star. Thomas W. is absolutely correct; the design for the hinge is unsound. If I had to...

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: Pia P. (newegg.com)

Great Laptop

 

SImply put this laptop has been great for me. But it also looks like a lot of people here have gotten bad models and I'm one of the minority who's PC is working. It's also weird that all these people get the same response of "it's an isolated incident"...

Great GPU (has handled BF4 at medium settings with 40fps) Good battery life Aluminum casing USB 3.0 1 TB HDD Really nice feel of being well built

Heavy Blocky charger Tendency to restart rather than just wake up from sleep

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Good quality sound but...

 

This is a great laptop, if you're prepared to buy a new one in another eight months. I love Asus computers but this one in particular has been more trouble than it's worth.

Great graphics card ; Great performance on all kinds of programs and games ; This is a great laptop for just about anything(At least for a short while.)

So far the average motherboard life seems to be 6-8 months ; I bought this laptop new January 2014 and it was great. Schoolwork, games, media. I could do it all. But then in November the motherboard fried and I had to send it back to the manufacturer...

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: Tim D. (newegg.com)

Eats Motherboards

 

This is a great laptop, if you're prepared to buy a new one in another eight months. I love Asus computers but this one in particular has been more trouble than it's worth.

Great graphics card Great performance on all kinds of programs and games This is a great laptop for just about anything(At least for a short while.)

So far the average motherboard life seems to be 6-8 months. I bought this laptop new January 2014 and it was great. Schoolwork, games, media. I could do it all. But then in November the motherboard fried and I had to send it back to the manufacturer...

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Eats Motherboards

 

This is a great laptop, if you're prepared to buy a new one in another eight months. I love Asus computers but this one in particular has been more trouble than it's worth.

Great graphics card ; Great performance on all kinds of programs and games ; This is a great laptop for just about anything(At least for a short while.)

So far the average motherboard life seems to be 6-8 months ; I bought this laptop new January 2014 and it was great. Schoolwork, games, media. I could do it all. But then in November the motherboard fried and I had to send it back to the manufacturer...

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Solid

 

Je ne regrette rien

Great when switch to Win7 ; Great to use with ASUS Gesture command, like the mac ; good for everything basic ; great of on the go programming or movie watching

Darn touchpad is really darn sensitive ; battery gets weak after 9 months of sporadicc on/off charge use

Jun, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Sonic Master / SonicMaster / SonicMaster Lite
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Speakers manufacturer:Altec Lansing

Battery

Battery Capacity:37 / 47
Battery capacity (Watt hours):37 / 47
Battery life (max):4.6
Battery performance:2600 / 4400
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display surface:Gloss
Full HD: No
HD type:Full HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / No / Y

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.42
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 350 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / No

Other Features

Audio system:Sonic Master / SonicMaster / SonicMaster Lite
Intel visual technologies: No

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Power cord included: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in:No / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.42
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:65

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM70 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16 / 18 / 24
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / No / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM70 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 2x4, 4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:B815 / B980 / I3-3217U / i7-4500U
Processor boost frequency:3
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Pentium / Intel® Celeron®
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.8 / 2.4
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor model:B815 / B980 / I3-3217U / i7-4500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor B800 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1168 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0 / L1 / Q0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 85

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):No / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:63919 / 65697 / 69669 / 75460
Processor code:SR0HZ / SR0J1 / SR0N9 / SR16Z
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
UART:Y

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes

Software

Bundled software:eManual, USB Charger +, SKYPE
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 9.96
Height:1.1 / 1.2
Height (front):1.03 / 1.04
Height (rear):1.26 / 1.27
Weight:4.56 / 4.63 / 5.4 / 6
Width:14.9 / 15 / 15.1