The rest of the UL50Vg’s specifications are inevitably a bit dull in comparison but that’s certainly not to say they’re poor. Memory duties are handled by 4GB of DDR3 1,066MHz RAM, while a very generous 500GB hard drive takes care of storage. The impressive specification list is nicely polished off by Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11Draft-N) and Bluetooth V2.1 plus EDR, leaving you wanting for nothing.
Yet another nice surprise concerns the installed OS, as rather than the Home Premium version of Windows 7 you will find on most laptops, Asus provides Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. This means you get access to Windows XP Mode, encryption and enhanced network functionality.
Aside from being almost as reflective as a mirror, the UL50VG’s 15.6in, 1,366 x 768 screen is decent enough by laptop display standards. Viewing angles are acceptable and the greyscale tests revealed smooth gradations – with minimal compression between the levels – even at the light or dark ends of the scales (though this did vary depending on the viewing angle).
Furthermore there’s no sign of backlight bleed and banding is so minimal as to be unnoticeable. One caveat is that sharpness is somewhat less impressive than we’re used to, but you’ll only notice this if working with very small fonts (six points or less) or in other scenarios unlikely to trouble the average consumer. Overall then, it’s certainly good enough for daily use, whether work or play.
Integrated laptop speakers have seen dramatic improvements recently, with many now producing a degree of depth at audible volume levels. However, the UL50Vg’s Altec Lansing models are surprisingly disappointing considering the brand generally provides relatively impressive efforts. Mind you, they do get fairly loud, but distortion creeps in at higher volume levels and bass is weedy at best. Basically they’re usable for the occasional film, but if you have an external solution to hand you’re better off using that instead.