ASUS FX502VM-AS73 Full HD Gaming Laptop Review

     
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The competition among gaming laptop manufacturers is huge: as notebooks intended for gaming are unfortunately expensive, also the profit manufacturers make off these rigs is higher than on cheaper models. ASUS tries to impress gamers with its new model, the FX502VM-AS73, which offers Full HD gaming experience, a Core i7 level performance and SSD to make things run a bit faster. Below are my thoughts whether this makes a good friend for gamers or not.

GTX 1060 Is a Modern Gamer’s Choice, So Is Full HD Display

The computer is equipped with the GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 3GB GDDR5 memory. In the GTX 1000 series, this card is behind the 1070 and 1080 models, but the performance the mid-range GTX 1060 offers is still decent, very decent. Even the notebook version of this chip is ready for Full HD gaming all the way, with The Witcher 3 giving ~50FPS and GTA 5 around 80 frames per seconds. In my books, these frame rates are all you need; 99% of gamers don’t need anything fancier than the GTX 1060. What is more, it’s a fully ready for VR. Just for the future, remember the graphics card here can not be upgraded.

With this laptop, you will be looking at a 15.6-inches screen with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. It’s a good thing to pair such a screen with GTX 1060 as the card will have no problems keeping up happy FPS on Full HD resolution. More about the display specs, it has the standard 60hz refresh rate and 72% NTSC color gamut which is the perfect coverage for gaming. It seems to be an IPS-style display so expect viewing angles to be wide. The screen has a matte finish and no touch support.

Full of Components for Demanding Users

Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor is excellent news for power users; pretty much to anybody who does not want to combat with lag and slow. Also found in other top-level gaming laptops, this processor has every feature well thought of: a quad-core configuration for better multitasking, a high clock frequency of 2.8GHz and magnificent turbo boost at 3.8GHz. In a word, the processor is all about performance and easily suitable for all kinds of software. The only downside is the power consumption (45W) – it negatively affects on the battery life of this notebook!

Two storage drives offer their space and performance for this laptop: a 1TB 5400RPM SATA hard drive that takes plenty of files before filling up, and a 128GB solid-state drive which brings the much-needed performance to a level appropriate in 2017 (and later). As the operating system is pre-loaded on the SSD you can expect the system to work fast; and you can also put a number of your favorite games to the solid-state drive to make them load quicker.

There’s 16GB (DDR4 2133MHz) RAM installed in the system. The notebook uses partly on-board memory; half is soldered while another half, 8GB stick, is installed in a socket. You can replace that stick with a bigger one, the maximum memory would be 24 gigabytes.

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Basic Set of Connections; Should Suffice for Gaming

ASUS FX502VM-AS73 includes two video outputs, a HDMI and miniDisplayPort. As the GTX 1060 graphics card has a multi-monitor support, you could utilize both ports and have two external displays connected to this. Another question is, how well will the graphics card handle extra screens for gaming. At least with one external display there shouldn’t be a problem.

The USB setup is quite simple, three USB 3.0 ports are available and nothing more. That is usually all you need; however keep in mind that USB-C, the port touted as the future of connections, is nowhere to be found on this model.

It has a dual-band wireless card for fast (and long range!) cable-free networking. That being said, a Gigabit RJ-45 port is also available and accessible, so you can use cable if you want the extra robustness.

You might have noticed the laptop does not have “ODD”, meaning optical drive. To get discs working on this rig you will need an external DVD burner. What might be helpful too is the media card reader, accepting SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC cards.

A Few Miscellaneous Things That Might Be Important

The battery is not intended for the user to remove. That being said, you can do it, but it takes some skill. If you are unsure and want to replace the battery, let ASUS technician do it. As for the actual battery life, it is the same than in all gaming laptops: an hour or so while under gameplay, and around three hours for web surfing and productive work.

Windows 10 Home 64-bit is the operating system and it resides on the solid-state drive.

The laptop has an illuminated keyboard, but the key colors can not be changed (remains red all the time, although brightness can be adjusted).

Pros:
A beast for gaming - Even though the GTX 1060 card is not the fastest in the market, dozens of users thanked this laptop for its superior performance for Full HD gaming - without lag, with smooth operations.

Laptop for the long term - All in all, the components inside are so fast and new technology that the notebook will be good for a few years, easily.

Cons:
Could get hot - There are reports the notebook might get hot when gaming. If you are worried about the longevity of the system, you can get a cooling pad for it.

Mousepad - The left and right buttons at the bottom of the mousepad are not separated, it is one big button. This might cause inconvenience for some people.

ASUS FX502VM-AS73 has gathered a lot of attention lately, and it’s easy to see why. The price point is tolerable, yet the performance this rig brings to the table is solid. In essence, the GTX 1060 is a Full HD ready gaming card which happily keeps frame rates decent, and the i7 processor with solid-state drive is responsible for fast operations of programs and the system itself. Keeping in mind some minor things, such as the possible heat buildup and missing optical drive, this ASUS should put a wide smile on a gamer’s face.

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