Everyone’s so much hyped up about the Republic of Gamers nowadays. Everyone’s talking about its unbelievable power, its stunning display and of course its gaming capabilities. Today we are going to review one of the ROGs with some quite heavy hardware. Let’s see if it was worthy of its name.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 8 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
- Memory – 12 GB DDR4, extendable upto 32 GB
- Screen – 17.3-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD + 128 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – Asus ROG Strix comes with a super-powerful GTX 1070 which, in association with an Intel i7 processor and 12 gigs of RAM, makes games with even the fiercest and most stern graphics run buttery smooth. The powerful GPU makes games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Doom run in the ultra settings at 1080p graphics at a staggering 95 fps and Witcher 3 consistently at more than 55 fps. Some of the slightly older games like BioShock Infinite ran at a jaw-dropping speed of more than 120 fps. Although a point worthy to be mentioned, ROG Strix does fall behind in some of the synthetic graphics tests in comparison with the competitors like Eurocom Tornado F5 and MSI GT72VR 7RE-433.
- Screen – With the average brightness being over 300 nits, the screen is pretty decently bright. The highest contrast ratio is a stunning 1507:1 which is pretty easily one of the greatest in its class making the dark part of the games and movies even more realistic. The delta E value lies around 4 and covers more than 90% of the sRGB colour space making it pretty vivid and colour accurate. Although, slight backlight bleeding can be seen through the side of the bezels. The display supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology which reduces the screen tearing.
- Portability – In spite of being a hardcore gaming laptop, it’s not overly heavy. It weighs around 6.4 lbs (or 2.9 kg). So, as you can see it’s quite easily carriable in your backpack. It’s only as thick as 30.4 mm which, again, may not be one of the chart-toppers but surely is pretty slick in its class (whereas Acer Predator 17 is 40 mm thick and ASUS ROG G752VS reaches a crushing 50 mm).
- Battery – The gaming laptops were never known for their battery life. ROG Strix GL702VS is no different. Under normal situation, it lasts as long as 3 to 4 hours whereas, under heavy usage, it doesn’t even last one and a half hour. You better get a hold of the charger chord before getting into a gaming session.
- Cooling – Now, this model does include two fans; one of them attending the CPU and the other the GPU. But the cooling system does seem a bit ineffective to handle both an i7 and a GTX 1070 at the same time. After some time of normal usage, the average temperature was recorded around 32°C. But after some gaming, the average temperature rose up to 36°C with the highest being 48°C right above the CPU which is quite high. A trade-off between a robust cooling system and portability, I guess.
- Sound – The speakers are well positioned and the maximum volume is high enough to fill a medium-sized room. But all the goodies end right there. The sound quality can be pretty coarse. And also, the absence of a Subwoofer does take its toll.
Asus ROG Strix GL702VS-AH73 is equipped with some quite powerful hardware. It does live up to its name. It isn’t one of your average Joes though- it’s designed solely to tackle the most gruesome tasks you’d ever face. So, no matter if you’re a hardcore gamer or a video editor, it would come handy the same.