There’s a lot of gaming computers available and they have at least one thing in common: they’re expensive. So is ASUS ROG G752VL-DH71, costing many times more than your average home laptop. But the positive side is, you should be able to play all the games with decent FPS and high settings. But is it really so? Let’s find out…
There’s a very strong processor in this ASUS. It’s the newest 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core unit with 2.6GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo. You’ll find it beats most other notebook processors with its over 8000 CPU Mark points which is indeed a great score for a laptop. All games and software (even heavier ones) will work here, as far as the processor is concerned.
It’s also probable you find the RAM sufficient in ASUS ROG G752VL-DH71, 16GB DDR4 type memory is installed on two 8GB sticks. There are still two free slots, and the most memory this computer takes is a whopping 64GB – achievable with four 16GB DDR4 modules.
The screen looks like a quality display, it’s big enough (17.3″) for gamers and boasts 1080p resolution. The screen type is matte and panel IPS – In-Plane Switching – which is often preferred by professionals due to superior colors and viewing angles. G-Sync is supported as well, touch is not.
And of course, the gaming performance is great here, after all it’s a notebook geared towards players. The graphics are handled by GeForce GTX965M which has 2GB of its own GDDR5 memory. You’ll able to crank out ~40FPS with ultra settings and 1920×1080 resolution on games like GTA 5, but the most heavyweight Witcher 3 might only give around 30FPS on high and 1080p. In my opinion, for most laptop gamers this is perfectly fine. Just keep in mind the GPU can’t be upgraded here.
USB ports are plenty, there are four regular USB 3.0s at your disposal and also USB 3.1 Type C with support for various technologies like Thunderbolt. The dedicated video output is HDMI.
Storage option can’t be praised in ASUS ROG G752VL-DH71, it’s just a 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive. Fortunately, there is one M.2 slot inside so you can install a faster solid-state drive no problem.
An optical drive (DVD burner, no BluRays) is included so you can install programs and games from discs, however you might not need it if you download them all off Internet. Slot for SD/MMC cards is also available.
Networking options are decent, there’s a 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth adapter and Gigabit RJ-45 port waiting to connect you to Internet.
The keyboard is backlit, but it seems you can’t change the color from red.
The 1.2MP front-facing webcam has good enough quality for serious video chats or filming videos for YouTube.
I’m afraid the 6-cell 66Whrs battery isn’t going to last long with these heavy components, 1-2 hours is your best bet while gaming. Around four hours should be achievable under WiFi browsing with ASUS ROG G752VL-DH71. It also looks like the battery isn’t user replaceable type; if you really want to change it you have to remove the whole bottom.
The unit weighs 8.8 pounds, not much for a gaming laptop but still too much so you could call this a portable unit.
ASUS ROG G752VL-DH71 is an appropriate (but expensive) gaming laptop that shouldn’t disappoint even if you’re a demanding player. The frame rates will stay decent regardless of what settings you use, however you won’t reach the sweet +60FPS on the heaviest games if you use maxed out settings. In addition to the graphics card, other components are solid and can run all kinds of programs and applications. Ports are plenty, and the USB 3.1 (Type C) port might come handy in the near future. If this thing fits in your budget and you want to game hard, you shouldn’t go wrong with picking this ASUS.