This ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71 review will give you all the information you need about this gaming laptop. If you are looking for a decent gaming device, then you can definitely consider this new laptop. However, before we come to a conclusion, let’s take some time discussing what this is and what this isn’t
With a price tag that is under $1500, this new gaming notebook does have a variety of tricks nesting under its belt. But are they good enough to get your approval? Let’s not waste any more time and find out.
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The chassis of this laptop is identical to the GL502VT and right now, we don’t see any form of unintended caps or manufacturing defects. On the keyboard, the WASD keys are highlighted in bright cone orange, which may not go well with some users, but we personally like this. Despite it all, the quality of the chassis is excellent and stronger than most laptops.
Thanks to the wide view panel, you will be able to see the display up to 160°. This means you probably won’t be able to notice a color difference, even when you are viewing it from odd positions. The same cannot be said about some of the other laptops currently on the market – even the slightest screen shift will make it hard to see the screen.
The cooling in this ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71 laptop is pretty good. With proper cooling, you can have longer gaming sessions, without having to worry about the laptop overheating. While the screen size is a nice 15.6 inches, the laptop itself only weighs 6.2 pounds.
The display we have in the ASUS ROG Strix GL502VY-DS71 is a 15.6 inch one with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Comparing this one with the GL502VT, they look similar and both have amazing clarity and minimal graininess. The color coverage nests at around 55 percent and 84 percent of sRGB and AdobeRGB. This laptop offers deeper colors than most 15-inch gaming notebooks.
The processor that is responsible for powering this gaming laptop is a Intel Core i7-6700HQ and this one is the more common Skylake CPU option when it comes to gaming notebooks. The performance is pretty good.
The ROG Strix GL502 is fitted with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. This way, you will benefit from the improved capacity, speed, and lower power consumption.
PCMark 8 ranks the system in the same ballpark as a lot of its competitors, and depending on the individual test, it is sometimes higher. During testing, there was no hardware and software issues.
It has a GTX 980M in it, making it fully capable of playing the latest video games on high settings at 1080p60. However, in the following years, the 4 GB VRAM will become more of a bottleneck, especially if you have the settings on higher resolutions and are using an external monitor.
The Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system in this laptop uses heat pipes along with a dual fan system in order to cool the CPU and GPU. This design gives the laptop the stability it needs for intense gaming marathons.
This laptop has USB Type-C connectivity as well as mini DisplayPort. With the reversible USB Type-C port, you will have hyper-fast 10Gbps data transfer speeds. This means you should be able to transfer a 2GB movie file within a couple of seconds.
If you like, you can hook up the ROG Strix GL502 to a larger display through the mini DisplayPort, giving you an even more immersive gaming experience.
The tactical keyboard is a real eye catcher. With red-backlit switch keys offering you 1.6 millimeter of travel distance for keystrokes, your gaming got even easier.
This laptop includes a SATA III M.2 SSD and a secondary HDD (1 TB SanDisk and secondary storage of 2 TB).
As for the battery life, it can last up to 6 hours, which is really good when it comes to a gaming laptop, because most of them will only last up to 3 hours.
ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS71 Review: Verdict
If you’re looking for a good gaming laptop that is capable of handling the latest games, such as Ark: Survival Evolved, Black Ops, etc, and you have a budget that goes around $1,500, this laptop would be a viable option.