Welcome to this ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 review. If you are currently on the lookout for a legit gaming device, then this ASUS laptop would be a great option. Before we recommend this laptop to you, however, we believe it is necessary that we lay it all out in front of you and talk about the pros and cons.
With a price tag of under $1300, this gaming laptop does have a few tricks up its sleeves, just waiting for you to see. Despite it all, is this laptop good enough? Is it worth the price tag? Let’s not waste any more time – let’s dive right in and see exactly what is under its hood.
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Looking at the ASUS up close, it is apparent that the laptop was built primarily for portability first, and power next in line. This laptop focused on staying as thin as it possibly could, while still managing to offer a pretty good punch when it comes to playing your favorite games.
The laptop weighs a little under 5 pounds and is only 23.5mm thick. This is by far one of the lightest and thinnest gaming laptops out there. The case is a beautiful blend of brushed aluminum and sturdy plastics on the shell and inside the case. You’ll probably notice the red-accented keyboard as soon as you look at it. It even has customizable backlight LEDS and on the bottom right corner, you’ll see the ever so popular ROG logo.
On the WASD keys, ASUS placed red highlights so you will never forget where they are if you’re playing in the dark. The trackpad on the laptop is comfortable enough to use during daily browsing, smooth, and comfortable to the touch if you were to use it as a gaming mouse.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 Specs
The display of the ROG STRIX gives you the option for either a 15.6” 1920 x 1080 FHD display or a 3840 x 2160 UHD 4K display (you can get that by adding a couple hundred dollars to the cost). The bezels of the screen are a bit on the larger side, but the quality of the IPS display was decent, so this made up for it. When looking at Overwatch, which is a bright game, everything was vividly visible, but when looking at The Witcher III, which is a darker title, things got a bit more muddled.
Inside this laptop, you’re going to find a 6th Gen Intel Core i7 2.6GHz processor, 16GB DDR4 2133MHz SDRAM and a GTX 1060M with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM. During a benchmark test, in PCMark 8 Home, this laptop received a score of 3867 and a 3DMark 8 core of P10549.
When it comes to real-world applications, you should be able to run a wide array of recent games, such as Doom, Overwatch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Street Fighter V mainly running on High, Ultra settings, without any lag.
Pairing it with the 1080 display this laptop offers, your games will look even better. With the 15.6-inch LED backlit display, you will notice a rich color, sharp details, and deep contrast while playing games.
The battery life does pretty well when using it to browse the Internet, looking at Facebook and doing emails – you will get a little over 5 hours with general use. However, if you play a game, you’ll probably only get 2 hours out of it, so you may want to keep it plugged into the wall if you plan on playing more than a couple of hours.
As far as connectivity options run, you get the standard – three USB 3.0 slots, one HDMI 2.0 slot, mic/headphone in/out, a mini-DP out, an SD card reader, one Thunderbolt 3 and single RJ45-LAN jack.
You will have onboard ICEpower speakers, which are okay for watching movies and gaming. However, this may not be good enough for you, which is okay, because you can easily plug in something that will satisfy your needs.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 Review: Verdict
Stepping back and taking a good look at the ASUS ROG GL502, we find that it is a pretty good gaming laptop – it isn’t built for an unlimited performance like some of the other contenders, but if you’re looking for something that is portable, this will do more than just fine. This gaming laptop is capable of keeping up with the pace of other laptops that are twice as heavy and thick. With the slim profile, this laptop would be a great choice for those who are needing something they can open up while they’re in a café, without having to take up the entire table to play.