Asus' ROG G501 is an all-aluminum mobile beauty

Maybe it ages me to admit it, but I tend to think of gaming laptops as thick, heavy slabs that nobody except the most devoted would ever want to remove from their desks. It's a surprise to me, then, when a product like Asus' ROG G501 comes along. This all-aluminum, 15.6" notebook is ultra-slim, at eight-tenths of an inch (or 20.6 mm) thick, yet it packs one of Nvidia's latest mobile graphics chips, a GTX 960M with 4GB of RAM.

The GTX 960M may be a mere warming-over of the Maxwell-based 860M, but when it's wrapped up in a shell this sleek, I'm inclined to forgive the naming games. Asus pairs the GPU with what sounds like an equally drool-worthy display: a matte IPS panel with a 4K resolution. A Core i7-4720HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD round out the formidable spec sheet. The entire package weighs in at a reasonable 4.5 pounds, or two new MacBooks and change.

Packing that much power and that many pixels into such a slim body doesn't come cheap. The G501 will list for $1,999 when it begins shipping in April. That's MacBook Pro money, to be certain, but the G501 looks like it belongs in that league.

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