It’s time for another “affordable” gaming laptop, a certain ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art components like Core i7 processor, dedicated graphics card and a neat Full HD screen. Impressing, yes, but similar things are found in many gaming notebooks. Is there something that makes this laptop stand out from the crowd, and moreover would it really make sense to get it?
It looks like ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 has one of the best processors currently available. Named Intel Core i7-6700HQ, the chip features 2.6GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo. Core amount is of course four, and average CPU Mark over 8000. That is certainly a great score, and should allow you to multitask the heck out of this computer (and run demanding applications) without system bogging and lagging.
Memory is the latest DDR4 type, totaling at 16GB. Two memory sockets reside on the mainboard, both occupied by 8GB sticks. Since there are single 16GB DDR4 sticks available (as opposed to maximum 8GB DDR3 modules), I would imagine this laptop supports a maximum 32GB RAM – even though Q&A on Amazon’s product page states otherwise.
The hard drive is a no-frills 1TB 7200RPM unit. The laptop doesn’t have additional storage drive bay, although there seems to be one M.2 slot in this model. So replacing the current drive or adding one to the M.2 slot is the way to go for extra storage.
How is the display?
Not much is known about the screen here. It’s a 17.3″ IPS display with Full HD resolution, critical users and professionals should be good to go with it. Considering the notebook features a strong graphics card, using the system with Full HD all the time should be possible. Touch is not supported, not a surprise for such a gaming machine.
What games does it run?
ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 works with any game, thanks to dedicated GeForce GTX960M (2GB GDDR5) gaming card. Now, some might say it’s not a high-end gaming card which I can agree on – but still sufficient for keeping medium-high settings and 1080p with any game as of late 2015. For example, using high and 1920×1080 with Witcher 3 would give ~30FPS and GTA 5 closer to 60 frames per second.
Ports and connections
ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 has five USB ports to choose from, two are USB 2.0 and three USB 3.0. The only video output is HDMI. A Gigabit RJ-45 LAN jack is there for plugging in a cable for Internet, but of course a quality 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card is also available for wireless.
The laptop includes a DVD burner in case some of your games need to be installed from discs. SD(HC/XC) and MMC card slot is also there for slipping in a memory card full of photos etc.
You can talk to your gaming friends in HD thanks to the built-in 1.2MP webcam.
Anything else to keep in mind?
As always with gaming laptops, you won’t find this ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 a good traveling companion. Consider it weighs 6.6 pounds and operating time isn’t going to exceed 2-3 hours under web surfing I’m afraid. In addition, you wont surpass 1.5-2 hours if you’re gaming. The 48Whrs 4-cell battery here isn’t so beefy, that’s the reason.
Keyboard has red-backlit keys and the pre-loaded operating system is Windows 10.
ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 is a notebook that does its primary job, keeping up smooth frame rates on high settings, fine: the GeForce GTX960M isn’t exactly wonderful, but reaching the excellent 60FPS will happen with many games – especially if you can skimp on settings a bit in case you’re playing an extremely demanding game. Other features, such as backlit keyboard and large 17.3″ Full HD screen complement the strong(ish) graphics performance. Not an overpriced item by any means, if you think what I just described is good for you, there’s a good reason to get this ASUS!