The ASUS FX503 is the latest gaming laptop from a Taiwan-based gaming-based product line. The FX503 is a portable solution for budget gamers.
This gaming laptop may not have the Republic of Gamers brand that Asus typically uses in its gaming products. They are not the first vendors trying to grow a new branch of their gaming business. Dell has been strengthening its Alienware series with Inspiron notebooks for some time. However, it raises questions and puts Asus in a strange position that feels like it is almost in competition with itself.
The FX503 is well equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 10 series graphics card and 120Hz display. Simply put, the hardware credentials are unquestionable here. This thing is a slim, low, neon light, shiny metal, sci-fi death machine.
As mentioned above, the ASUS FX503 may not be a sub-brand of the ASUS ROG game. Strange, though, there is not much difference here in terms of aesthetics. As we said before, this (another) is in many ways a brilliant metal-science-fiction death machine with neon light. At a glance, the biggest thing between this and something like the ROG Strix is the price. The FX503 is a little cheaper.
That being said, it is hardly a cheap piece of hardware. Although Asus has chosen plastic over metal here, the FX503 has a nice texture on the inside and outside of the notebook. In practice, it’s certainly comparable to what they do with their flagship Zenbook products – though the build quality lacks the same superior touch.
There seems to be a bit of work on the FX503 keyboard as well. It has scissor switch keys with a distance of 1.8 mm, N key rotation and – of course – stylish red backlight. As a result, using the FX503 keyboard is enjoyable. The gaming experience is very tangible, and while a dedicated mechanical keyboard can never really be replaced, the FX503 is a great alternative.
Then there is the main event: the 120 Hz display. While the FX503 isn’t quite the first laptop to offer such a display, 120Hz is still scarce in gaming notebook space – and is included here. However, the fact that the screen is only full HD weakens the rest of the device a bit. Leaving the refresh rate aside, the FX503 sometimes becomes frustratingly normal. Rival gaming laptops have been using 4K and HDR for the past twelve months, and its absence is felt here.
The FX503 has a good selection of ports. On the left side of the laptop, you can find Ethernet and HDMI ports, a mini DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports, a audio port and a charging port. Swipe right to find another USB 3.0 port with SD card reader. The back has two valves to dissipate heat.
Keyboard and touchpad
The ASUS FX503 keyboard is great and easily makes gamers happy. The keys move well and the touch feedback is impressive. In addition, the keys have a backlight that enhances the experience in dark conditions.
Finally, Asus has distinguished the WASD keys well by providing the right position and backlight. In general, the keyboard offers a better and more accurate sense of keystroke.
The touchpad on the laptop is in a good position and relatively large. You will not notice any problems while navigating or playing with the touchpad. Well, gestures on the touch screen make things more efficient and effective.
With Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor (seventh generation in both cases), 8 GB DDR4 RAM which can be expanded up to 32 GB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 2 or 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD with 1 terabyte of space SATA storage, you will not see any performance problems.
Well, the ASUS FX503 can easily handle serious multitasking, heavy browsing and long gaming sessions. The laptop works fast and efficient no matter what you throw at it.
This laptop comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home, which allows the device to connect and play. Well, all of this is supported by a 64-watt-hour four-cell battery.
Audio and webcam
The sound quality of the front speakers is clear and offers an immersive experience while playing games or watching movies. The speakers use ICEpower technology, which helps to improvise the overall sound experience.
Well, you also get a set of built-in front-facing microphones that ensure clear, clear sound. The webcam is convenient and will be safe to use for Skype calls.
- Good looking
- Easy to access the storage and RAM for upgrades
- Good enough performance
- No USB-C Thunderbolt port
- Not used to the keyboard layout
- Comes with 4GB RAM out of the box
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|Standing screen display size||15.6 Inches|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Processor||2.5 GHz core_i5|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4|
|Memory Speed||2666 MHz|
|Hard Drive||1000 GB 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|Card Description||GTX 1060 3GB, Dedicated|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||3 GB|
|Item model number||FX503|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Item Weight||5.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||15.1 x 10.3 x 1 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||15.1 x 10.3 x 1 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Flash Memory Size||128|
|Power Source||Battery Powered|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
The ASUS FX503 is a great laptop for the price. Although it focuses on the game, it can easily be used for any kind of creative and productive work such as video / photo editing and more. Well, if you want to take it seriously for some hard core games, it’s better to invest some more money and buy a higher type.