ASUS ROG STRIX GL702VM REVIEW



Well if you are the serious gamer and demands a laptop that reflects the feature according to your choice here you got the choice. The Asus ROG strict GL702VM is not cheap but it is also not expensive than the latest MackBook Pro.

The laptop is featuring a latest Nvidia GTX 1060, which is significantly more powerful as compared to the previous generation of Nvidia GTX 980M, whose price is much high as the users need to spend £2000 or $2500 for getting the laptops for getting m one of those features.

PRICE


The Amazon is offering you Asus ROG Strix GL702VM for £1129 or $1411.25. The laptop consisting of high power variant of Intel’s Core i5CPU, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and astonishing 1TB hard drive. As you may have noticed or experienced that at the same price, the laptops with more RAM and faster CPU have been introduced, but buying one of them may be the mistake because powerful GPU is very important for the games.

Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is having the high-end version which includes the major up gradation of RAM to 16GB and CPU to an Intel Core i7, which cost you almost £1349 or $1686.25, £150 ($187.5) per upgrade. One year of collect and return warranty has been included with both variants.

DESIGN


The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is quite different from all other laptops of the company. The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is much slimmer and light weight than the Asus ROG G752VM. The laptops manage the heat and noise in a tricky way. The laptop is having a shallower keyboard but most of the users still find it easier to use as compared to others.

The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is having the 17.3-inch screen, which is found to be imposing if you are used to 13-inch model nowadays. It is not portable as the weight of the laptop is around 2.7kg, therefore, it is too heavy to carry it with you 24/7.And it is very large that it can be fit into any pack. However, within the rooms, users can carry with them as it is not like 4kg gaming laptops.

This does not indicate that the Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is uncomfortable with is gaming habit. The slimmer look attracts many of its customers to its outlets. But you may have noticed a lot of the decorations from the Asus’s Republic of Gamer series handbook.

Asus ROG Strix GL702VM design

The decorations include the logo and couple of decorative slashes light up red inside the lid light up red along with the backlight of Keyboard. Similarly, underneath and on the keyboard, red non-lit flashes has been introduced.

As like the standard high-end gaming laptops, the Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is having a metal lid and all other part is of plastic. Keyboard surroundings are having a brushed like finish but the main reason behind this design is moody red on black. Therefore, no one is going to expect it as a gaming ultrabook

Connectivity


Asus ROG Strix GL702VM connectivity

The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is not featuring an optical drive, but you may have found an optical drive in most of the company’s gaming laptops. However, connectivity is extensive, though.

The laptop has to include the absolute size of the sockets to get the meaningful coverage. On the left side of the laptop, a mini display port along with Thunderbolt, HDMI, USB-C an Ethernet ports, and a USB 3.0 has been placed. On the right side of the laptop, there is two additional USB 3.0 sockets and a full-size SD card slot.

Asus ROG Strix GL702VM connectivity

KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD


The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is having a well spaced but a traditional keyboard, without having the extra distance between the keys as seen on heavy duty gaming laptops such as the Asus G752 and Alienware 17. The key actions are of high quality and there is an excellent resistance to the keys but a little bit shallow.Most of the users have found it more comfortable while typing. And its anti-ghosting tech permits users to tap the keys as fast as they can without any missed presses.







Asus ROG Strix GL702VM keyboard


The laptop contains a red a backlight for matching all other bits of aptitude on the laptop. Well, if for any reason, you are having a poor lightening or you sitting in a place where you can’t be bale to use the lights then the WSAD keys are bright enough to be visible to the user.  You can expect that someone has asked the company to add the feature as most of the people like to use the laptop ar night.The laptop is having

The laptop is having a 17-inch frame, which provides enough space for the num pad but the company did not introduce the traditional macro keys, as used in most of the laptops.

The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM is having a traditional trackpad just like the keyboard but it is very small for this model because most of the gaming laptops are having huge trackpads but the company may assume that most of the gamers use a mouse rather than the trackpad, this may be the reason behind this.

The trackpad’s surface is smooth and contains integrated buttons means which do not produce noise and not difficult to click. The main defect in it is a driver issue, due to which the cursor continues to move around the screen at times. This may be due to the high sensitivity which involves the appearance of a second finger for a swipe.

SCREEN


The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM features a 17.3-inch display, the screen does not resemble with the pixel-packed as compared to some of the famous slim and lightweight laptops of the same price. However, this is still the best resolution for the laptop.

At QHD resolution, laptop’s graphics card can support some of the famous games but for the 4k gaming, you will have to get a more powerful laptop than this.

Asus ROG Strix GL702VM screen

The laptop’s screen is an IPS LCD display having a matt finish which applies the reflection into much more scattered and much less distracting splodges of light. The laptop is having a good display quality but not perfect if compared to the conventional laptop screen. For an instance, the maximum brightness is 320cd/m2 which is less than that of Asus G752.It is less searing but it is less likely to be used outside in a daylight. Therefore it is not bad and 320cd/m is much bright.

Contrast is slightly less than 1000:1, while the users like to see solid 812:1 in the high-end laptops. Similar to the other matt finish, when the intensity of the backlight is high, it is slight blue at the back of the screen.

Color performance is good but not in standard settings as it covers 85% of the sRGB color standard. The screen also broadcasts colors outside of sRGB color too. And, it broadcast 62.4% of the Adobe RGB and 71.9% of DCI P3. Therefore, color performance is bit good but in the case of standard settings, it is not good as it should be.

PERFORMANCE


The screen has the parts to fit in with its high-end emulator. These laptops are using the mixed hardware of entry level and high level.

The laptop features 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 128GB SSD along with 1 TB hard drive. It might be slow than the SSD, which you uses to store the most played game as the games stored in SSD will load more immediately.

The Asus ROG Strix GL702VM has core i5-6300 HQ CPU which can be upgraded, as preferred mostly in gaming PCs. It is having a quad core CPU, which makes it faster than the dual core i7 processors as you have noticed in other ultrabooks. After the upgrades, the CPU will be worth more powerful.

In Thief benchmark, the CPU manages to 66.4fps and 75.5fps at 1080p and 720p respectively.In Allien Isolation, the laptop manages 197fps and 135fps at 720p and at 1080p with max settings respectively. This is comparatively faster than that of GTX 1060 because we have witnessed the improvement in driver since it is launched.

As most of the gamers demands for 1080p gaming laptops and this is a fine option for them. As GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 laptops are very much expensive, and their power is useful only in the models having 1080p resolution.

Well, it is mush difficult to assume that how much the  GTX 1060 is better than the GT 960M introduced in the previous year. Because the new laptop cards are much closer to the desktop as Nvidia’s performance boosts up more than that of Pascal generation.Looking back at Thief test, the Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor is proficient and even more powerful than the CPU of MacBook Pro with

Looking back at Thief test, the Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor is proficient and even more powerful than the CPU of MacBook Pro with the touch panel. The users can be able to edit video in the laptops. The laptop scores 9393 in the Geekbench 4 and you can also expect that core i7 may score 12000 points. In PC Mark 8, the laptop gains 3633 points which should be considered as the great result for Intel Core i5 laptop. Most of the time, these laptops remain silent and produces a light inoffensive whoosh during the light gaming. However, it warms up the area above and underneath the keyboard.

However, when the users utilize the CPU at max level, the user will notice that after 10 mins the fan will spin faster and then produces the low pitch noticeable noise.

AUDIO


Let us talk about the speakers, there is more bass than the average and smooth mid range which indicates that it is better for games and movies than a low-end type thin laptop speaker.

Treble accuracy is inadequate, which makes the laptops sound more stifling and the deep little bit similar to the MackBook Pro. At times the users can expect for 10-20 percent extra volume, but many of the users use headphone or headset for the games.

BATTERY LIFE


The company has used HQ-series CPU instead of low-power U-series which indicates that these laptops are not having an astronomical battery life. But, if we compared with other gaming laptops, these laptops are having the good battery life than one. The laptop can last for 4 hours and 55 minutes if the users play a 720p video on loop at 120cd/m screen brightness.

Asus ROG Strix GL702VM battery

This is good for the laptops that are not used for the ultra portable use and it can be used for long meetings, train journeys or any other reason for which you want to use the laptop without plugging charger. Well, when the user is playing games they can expect that these laptops can only last for 1 hour and 30 minutes.



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OUR VERDICT


The only drawback in the laptop is that its trackpad is having some issues. The trackpad performs some strange things and the reason behind this may be the driver issues. Which is not such big problem ass it can be fixed easily but this is a great gaming laptop. According to the present standard, it is not much expensive but it is still capable of giving you desktop grading gaming power, a good display, solid build and a good battery life. Due to the introduction of Nvidia’s powerful graphics card, these laptops are the options which fulfill the gaming laptop feature according to the user choice. These laptops are much cheaper than the laptops utilizing the same GPU.

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