Asus UX501VW is very well crafted. The sleek and stylish all-metal exterior has at least a whiff of Apple about it, which is no bad thing when it comes to laptop design. The width and depth are mainly dictated by its 15.6in screen; it’s very slim at 21.3mm and it’s also the lightest laptop in this class on test, weighing in at under 2.3kg.
A consequence of the size is a very large area for supporting your wrists when typing, and it’s comfortable to rest against the slightly textured metal. Meanwhile, the large touchpad is a single body model with a glass-coating and touch-sensitive buttons, which all works fine, although the key action on the backlit keyboard feels a little spongy.