ASUS FX503VM EH73 Review – A Budget Minded Mid-End Gaming Laptop

I have reviewed the ASUS FX502VM few months back and I think it as a great budget gaming machine available at that time considering its low price point. The system is affordable, but promises you with lot power as return. Few months have passed and now ASUS strangely puts a better version with few changes in few sectors. The hardware component is not getting any upgrade, but here they focus on the design and want to make it more appealing and more stylish. Now, with ASUS FX503VM EH73 the design is much better with the lining and their new approach. It now looks similar to its older brother, the GL503. The only difference is located on the material that now uses of plastic rather than metal.

ASUS has started selling this machine for under 1000 dollars which is the original price of its lower version. It might not worth to take if you already have the older version, but totally a worth choice for a new comers who want to take of high level on gaming, but in affordable price. It’s worth for us to take look inside and how capable it is on taking all of stuff. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

New Premium Appealing

The FX503VM entire chassis is designed from plastic that finishing with faux metal finishing. Thankfully, this finishing is able to cover its plastic material and slightly gives it a nice impression. One thing that I really hate here is the fingerprint. The smooth lid cover is a fingerprint magnet, but could be cleaned easily with any cloth. Moving into the interior, you are going to see similar design continue into the inside. The sunken keyboard deck and brushed finishing deck are somehow feeling balance without being too blown away. It looks simple, but yet charming to see in many hours. I hope ASUS can do similar case here with their cheaper laptops.

Plastic material sometimes feel bad in term of build quality, luckily the plastic shell here for some reasons is pliable. I found some flex when pressing the deck area with my both hands, but that is not happened during typing. As for the connectivity itself everything is similar here with any new additional ports. There are total of three USB 3.0 ports, single HDMI, audio jack, and Ethernet ports available on its left and right sides. The USB type-C is missing here, so blow away your expectation to play of VR games because it’s impossible to do here without that port.

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Solid Keyboard in Cost for the Poor Display

ASUS FX503VM EH73 2 One of the most important features to talk about here is the keyboard. The keys have wide travel distant with 1.8 mm and feel responsive and tactile. Pressing the button might feel little spongy here on each pressure, but not bad enough to run your entire experience here. It manages to deliver a perfect experience on taking care of your entire productivity. The backlit support is not absent here and has three different brightness levels that configured through Fn key. The keyboard is not that comfortable with MSI GS63VR, but considered as great for the price point.

As for the display, there is not much thing to expect here. The 15 inch 1920 x 1080p resolution panel is uninspiring and lack of details. It produces only 56 percent of SRGB color which is pretty average and it’s even worst with 235 nits low brightness. The fact that the screen is lower than its competitors like Omen 15 and Legion Y520 is true here. I do not really know what ASUS is doing here as they are always well known with their fantastic display on Zenbook. The quality they put here should allow you to enjoy multimedia and gaming purposes, but not in amazing way.

ASUS FX503VM EH73Main Specs
CPU Intel New Gen I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

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Gaming Performance

By seeing how it scores for 7650 points on 3DMark 11, I am finally sure the performance would be enjoyable here. Testing it by running some games finally show its true result. The Witcher 3 itself is playable at ultra-setting with few adjustment on the option up to 37 FPS. This is an old game, but considered as one of the best in term of graphic. I also try to run of PUBG here and I mostly get of solid 60 FPS at high setting all the time. The gaming aspect is really becoming its biggest selling point here. I think this laptop is capable enough to run all of upcoming games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Anthem that would be released at the end of this year. The performance is not becoming a big problem here.

Gaming experience is pretty solid here, what about its temperature and battery life? Well, both of them are okay although the battery life is quite short here. For the temperature, the processor always able to reach of 3.2 to 3.6 GHz clocks even during heavy usage. The default clock itself is 2.8 GHz and ASUS is doing a well job on making it so well ventilated. It gets hot sometimes, but mostly only reaches maximum 73 degree Celsius. For the battery life, you can expect of 4 hours to 5 hours of usage on gaming depending on your usages. The lack of Optimus Technology is the reason why the battery feels so short here.

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Final Thought

The ASUS FX503VM selling some missing aspects from its competitors like excellent gaming performance, good keyboard, and striking design. In order to get these things right, they have to cut some adjustments on the display that looks poor and the touchpad that feels cheaply made. That is happened because they focus on design and performance here. The decision is always on yours, so feel free take any judgment and consideration about it. Make sure to check our other reviews and feel free to leave some comments below.

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