ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 Gaming Notebook Review

July 15, 2016
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Let me tell you one thing you need to know about a gaming laptop: they can be very expensive. They require special components to make your games run nice and smooth, hence the elevated price. ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 is such a notebook with top-notch components – whether it’s able to run your games or not will be answered below!

So, how is the laptop for gaming?

The graphics engine inside ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 is excellent pick for gaming. It’s the dedicated GeForce GTX970M which includes 3GB video RAM. You can toss new and/or heavyweight games at it and enjoy great frame rates. Examples include:

– GTA 5, high and 1080p, +60FPS
– Fallout 4, high and 1080p, +50FPS
– The Witcher 3, high and 1080p, +40FPS

Very decent yes, you could probably get away with ultra settings on many games as well.

How about general performance?

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 has one of the popular heavyweight processors, the soldered Intel Core i7-6700HQ. Being a four-core, 2.6GHz (3.5GHz turbo) unit, it gets around 8000 points in the popular benchmark called CPU Mark. As it is, you can also use the system for non-gaming, demanding work such as video editing. The 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB) memory will also help with that, and you should be able to upgrade to 32GB.

To be honest, the storage drive doesn’t earn the notebook any extra points. It’s the old school 1 terabyte 7200RPM hard drive which can’t be compared to solid-state drives performance-wise. But there’s nothing to worry, you’ll find an empty M.2 slot inside which you can use to install a solid-state drive!

Which ports and connections it includes?

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 comes with four USB ports in total. Of those, three are USB 3.0 and one is the newer USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 which supports multiple standards. You’re also welcome to hook up an external display through the laptop’s HDMI and miniDP ports.

The notebook doesn’t come with a DVD burner, hence you can’t use discs unless you buy an external optical drive. Card reader is included and it supports at least microSD format.

Wondering about networking? It’s all good, a Gigabit RJ-45 port and 802.11 AC WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card are included.

Other interesting features and benefits

The big 15.6″ Full HD matte display is what you will look at. The panel type is IPS. Unfortunately, G-Sync is not supported here. I’ve heard user reports speaking about good image quality.

Battery life is not the strong point of this laptop. You’ll get less than 2 hours under gameplay on the 4-cell battery unit, and an hour or two more if not gaming.

As far as I know, the body is made of aluminum.


You can expect ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VT-DS71 do everything a player requires: to run those games on high settings, without lagging. It also looks neat with orange LED cover and backlit keys. The Full HD resolution can be utilized all the time thanks to the strong graphics card. Just remove bloatware to make the system 100% fast and there’s nothing wrong with the ASUS – thus it’s a recommended choice for serious gamers!

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