ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS Review (The Ultimate Gaming Laptop)
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The Asus GL702VS is the ultimate package for gamers who are hunting for the endgame device to satisfy their graphic hunger. Equipped with high-end components that deliver the best experience a gamer can wish for, this notebook comes with a thin and light chassis. The ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS-AH73 is here to bedazzle its potential users with max raw power and high-tech performance that one can only dream of. If you wish to have the gaming laptop that delivers a punch with its Intel iCore 7 processor and  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics, this beauty will definitely suit your every need.

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS Review

Design and Build

This design is included in the Strix line of Asus’s gaming notebooks that is comprised of a relatively thin build and light chassis. It seems smaller than the standard 17-inches (you might even mistake it for a 15”!) but this belle never fails to deliver the endgame experience for modern game users. It is very much in line with the ROG Strix series of laptops that comes with a sturdy-enough keyboard, designed for avid gamers and ardent gaming performances.

The device measures 16.2 X 10.9 X 1.2 inches and weighs just over 6.4 lbs. Compared to its predecessor model the Asus ROG Strix GL73VD-DS71 ( weighing over 6.6 lbs), the  GL702VS-AH73 can be easily used for daily travel on a local commute (both of these devices are built with the latest Pascal graphics cards). The aluminum lid is built with a Xotic PC skin that complements the device beautifully. The rest of the chassis is made of plastic but has been designed to give a metallic finish with the help of faux metal brushing. An interesting fact is that the false metal finish doesn’t register oily fingerprints or dirty smudges- a great thing for your chassis display. The entire design concept is on par with other themes of models in the ROG gaming laptop series. 

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Keyboard and Display

Designed for gaming enthusiasts, the keyboard is chiclet-style, equipped with scissor-switch keys that are well laid and hence, can be used very comfortably. The key travel reads at 1.6 mm along with a red backlit feature that provides swift service, in response to concise focal point pressure . it is ideal for typing in a silent environment because it has been designed to have minimum clutter and noise.

The keyboard deck is a matte black finish which mixes soberly with the red backlit, chiclet keys. The touchpad measures 105 mm X 75 mm which comes with a (false) glass finish sends point-on responses to the devices. However, the pad is not that good a quality and gamers may turn to using a mouse.

The display features include a 17.3” Full HD,  with a 1920 X 1080 pixel resolution. As the display is bigger, greater color depth &  accuracy is obtained. Most gaming notebooks come with a TN panel. But the GL702VS-AH73 has an IPS panel, giving you the most vibrant visuals than most other gaming devices. The downside of the IPS panel is that response time is delayed- a big turn-off for gamers.


You are in luck. Because to counter this problem, the makers have built a G-Sync technology powered by Nvidia that syncs the monitor’s Refresh period with the graphics interface unit. This gives you the best graphics display with reduced screen tear and the gameplay becomes a really slick one.

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Connectivity

The connectivity features have been specially crafted keeping in mind the needs of online multiplayer options. An integrated Ethernet port, and a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.1 takes care of the internet connectivity details. These are very handy while using a multiplier setup and online streaming but if you fall short of service through these, you can also use the LAN port.

We also have a USB Type-C port (with Thunderbolt) for going in with high-speed external storage devices. Besides the USB 3.1 port, there is also the presence of 3 USB 3.0 ports. These ports can be conveniently used for VR headsets to have a virtual reality display (supported by the GTX 1070 graphics card). Feel like connecting your laptop to an external display?  You can either use the Thunderbolt port or the added Display Port and HDMI port (present on the left-hand side).

Performance

The ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS-AH73 is among the best-configured devices manufactured by ASUS in its Strix series models. This equipment is powered by an Intel iCore i7-7700HQ processor, 12 GB system memory, 8 GB of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card and a hybrid/combined storage facility of 128 GB SSD & 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD. The SSD plays a vital role for gamers in that it gives a boost to transfer speed and booting time. Moreover, the CPU and GPU are already adding to the enhanced performance promised.

The in-built Kaby Lake chip is gradually becoming standard issue owing to its baseline features which include- hyperthreading, a 6 MB and a 45W TDP. The chip has a base clock reading of 2.8 GHz but can clock up to 3.8 GHz on a single core. The processor is capable of reaching its max boost irrespective of a power source. The CPU can suitably hold on its own with any heavy-duty task that is assigned to it, especially those that require multiple CPU threads.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, gaming notebooks take a hike. The Asus ROG Strix GL702VS-AH73 comes from the same line of models that last for an average time period on the max juice. The 76 watt-hours battery lasts for 3 hours with a single charge. Keep gaming and the period shrinks to 1 hour 26 minutes (approx).  To avoid running out of power, it would be advisable to carry an adapter & a power cord along with you.

Pros
  • Superior 1080p gaming display
  • Ultra-thin & light-weight construction
  • Strong build quality
  • Chiclet-type, red-backlit keyboard
Cons
  • Middling trackpad
  • Average speakers
  • Short battery life

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