The latest entry in the growing field of audio gear has arrived in the form of the Asus H501W, a compact and affordable gaming computer.
The Asus H502W is an improved version of the H501 that features better audio and features a 4K display that can be connected via HDMI and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
It is priced at AU$799 and the H502 can be pre-ordered for $699.
Both devices are compatible with Apple’s new Thunderbolt 3 technology and will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The latest generation of the HDMI port, known as DisplayPort 1.4, can be used with the H500 and H501 to drive the displays.
These devices can also be used to power up external monitors, such as a Dell XPS 13, if you prefer to do so.
The H501 is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-4210U processor, 2GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
The Asus H500 has 4GB of DDR4 RAM and the display supports Full HD resolution.
There is a microSD slot to store a micro SD card.
The HDMI port supports up to 6K resolutions.
The motherboard of the two models is identical, although there are some differences with the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200.
The H501 features a single USB Type-C port and a dedicated HDMI port.
The display supports up 1,920 x 1,080, and the sound quality is excellent.
The other differences are with the speaker.
The 1.6MP, 10-watt H501 speakers support the 2.0mm jack, while the H510 has a 2.8MP, 20-watts speaker.
Both models feature a USB Type C connector for charging and a micro HDMI connector for connecting external monitors.
The audio is great, especially in the HD and Full HD resolutions.
The speakers are excellent.
The sound is crisp, but there is no bass or treble.
The screen is also very bright, but the colours are not quite as vibrant.
The speakers do have a slight hump in the middle of the display, but it can be smoothed out with a small amount of pressure.
The headphones fit well, and sound quality can be good.
The video card on both models supports NVIDIA’s Maxwell and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards.
There are 2GB or 4GB VRAM options, depending on the model.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 has 4K support and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 1060 Ti is a 4k model with up to 12 teraflops of performance.