ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS Gaming Laptop Review

     
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A thin and light gaming notebook, who would have guessed. Manufacturers try to follow the modern trend to make everything smaller and more compact. ASUS, with their Republic of Gamers computer brand, has also jumped on this mobile bandwagon. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at one of their later gaming laptop models, the ROG Strix GL702VS. Enjoy!

Large Display, Still Lightweight? I Don’t Think So

The ASUS RoG laptop is advertised as ultra thin and light notebook, but is there anything to claim these back ups? It weighs 6.4 pounds with 1.2 inches thickness – that is not exactly very lightweight or thin. True, for a 17.3 inches laptop it’s rather compact, but don’t think for a second you would be getting ultrabook-like experience here.

Yes, the 17-inches screen plays a big part on the size. If you don’t care about the bulkiness, such a display is a dream for gamer as it’s large enough to (almost) simulate desktop experience. The resolution stands at an acceptable 1920×1080, while refresh rate of 120hz and G-Sync definitely make the screen fast enough even for very rapid first person shooter games. The color gamut is a decent 72% NTSC, which is often anyway of secondary importance for gamers. The screen has anti-glare coating and no touch support.

Big-Time Performance

Moving on to core components, the most interesting one for gamers is undoubtedly the graphics card. In this RoG GL702VS laptop, the graphics are commanded by a dedicated, should I say high-end, GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 memory. This is fully ready for 1080p gaming; in-game details can be kept at very high or ultra and frame rates will be through the roof even on more demanding games. It’s safe to say that any game, even Assassin’s Creed Syndicate or The Witcher 3 can be played on such settings here. Naturally, also support for Virtual Reality (Oculus Rift etc) is present.

With this laptop, you get to enjoy the performance Intel Core i7-7700HQ brings. It’s a 7th generation Intel processor from the beginning of 2017, running on a strong quad-core setup, 2.8GHz clock speed and 3.8GHz turbo boost. It’s still one of the fastest processors you can get for a notebook, and excellent choice if you want to run heavyweight software and multitasking on a computer.

Two storage drives are installed on this laptop. First, a 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive – “a blast from the blast” conventional HDD to take the bulk of your files. Second, a smaller yet nimble 128GB SATA3 SSD for faster performance. I believe Windows is smartly installed on the SSD part. Both drives can be replaced by opening up the notebook. There is 12 gigabytes of system memory (DDR4 2400MHz) installed, a decent amount for anyone – although be advised you can go as high as 32 gigabytes on this unit with its two memory slots.

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Enough Ports and Interfaces for Gamers?

Being a big laptop, you would expect the ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS have plenty of ports, right? Well, it does have good collection of ports. Starting with USB, there are four in total: three USB 3.0, one USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt). This gives you the possibility to hook up all your important peripherals in at once. In addition, there are two video outputs, HDMI and miniDisplayPort. They support 4K @ 60hz video output, and I imagine connecting two external monitors at the same time would work, too.

Getting access to Internet should be rather effortless: there is a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port at your disposal which is meant for cable. Of course, wireless option is included too, a 802.11ac WiFi adapter with 2×2 antenna and Bluetooth 4.1 support.

Optical drive is nonexistent, it’s very often these days you see a DVD drive left out of notebooks. A media card reader is available, supporting SD format and its faster/bigger-in-storage derivatives.

Battery Bottleneck, Common in Gaming Laptops

The battery on this laptop is rated at 76Whrs and 4 cells. That sounds a lot, but also remember that you are dealing with power-sucking components here. In essence, you would be looking at a 3-4 hours duration when running this laptop on battery for lighter tasks, like web surfing and Netflix. If you were to play games on battery power, you’ll end up with poor one or two hours. That is a common curse on gaming laptops, and there’s nothing you can do about it. To add insult to the injury, the battery on this rig seems to be a built-in one – so replacing it takes a lot of effort.

The keyboard is illuminated, although the color is fixed at red – you can not change the key colors individually like you could on some other notebooks.

Pros:
Seamless gaming performance - With the dedicated GeForce GTX 1070, you need not worry about lag in games. Be it a demanding game or not, you'll only get smooth frame rates on this rig. Most, if not all titles, will even allow you to play on ultra settings.

Lag gone forever - Also in other regards, the performance is spot on. Core i7 processor always comes handy for heavy software work; in addition the terabyte hard drive with a secondary solid-state drive helps a lot.

Large, quality screen - The 17-inches display adds to gaming performance. Furthermore, high refresh rate and G-Sync are things many gamers are fond of.

Cons:
Still not very portable - Did you think a 17.3 inches gaming laptop could be thin and light? Well, the advertisement says so, but this thing is anyway quite bigger than laptops you often see touted as "thin and light".

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS offers gaming performance with style. The most essential thing for players, the graphics, are well provided with the high-end GeForce GTX 1070 card – Full HD gaming no matter the settings (including multi-monitor setup) will work. Furthermore, Core i7 processor and dual storage drive are ideal for the snappy performance gamers are after. The big 17.3 inches display only helps providing great visual experience. There are not many cons I can think of; the new ROG Strix seems to be a sweet choice for gamers.

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