ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74 Gaming Laptop Review

June 17, 2016
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ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74 is a new gaming laptop, promising smooth FPS all the way, no matter what game you throw at it. That, of course, sounds like a player’s dream – but aren’t all gaming notebooks advertised like that? So, before we believe what ad copies say, let’s take a closer look at this item by ourselves…

Is it a good gaming unit?

Considering what graphics engine the ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74 has, I can say it’s good for gaming. The engine in question is GeForce GTX980M, a state-of-the-art mobile graphics card with a whopping 8GB GDDR5 memory. You won’t see FPS drop, even on heavier games with plenty of eye candy on. For example, if you fire up GTA 5 or Fallout 4 on maxed out settings and Full HD, frame rates are going to be above 50.

Other components, are they fast too?

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74 doesn’t lack processing power: the processor is Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core beast from the 6th generation giving you 2.6GHz clock frequency with up to 3.5GHz turbo. It’s truly one of the fastest laptop chips with CPU Mark (a trusted benchmark) score of ~8000. Memory section is great as well, two 8GB DDR4 modules are installed, totaling at 16GB RAM. There will be no problems with any kind of software I can think of.

For some, the unfortunate thing with notebooks is the storage solution, but in this ASUS it’s not an issue. There are two drives installed: an old-school 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and a 256GB solid-state drive attached to M.2 SATA 3 slot. You’ll get best of the both worlds: plenty of storage and fast transfer rates.

Are ports and connections plenty?

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74 comes with a host of useful ports. Starting with USB, there are three USB 3.0 connectors and one USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 2) – the latter can be used with many standards (using adapters), like HDMI or DisplayPort. That said, there are still dedicated video outputs for HDMI and miniDP on this laptop.

The networking side consists of Gigabit RJ-45 port and 802.11ac WiFi card. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, too.

Even though it’s a fancy laptop, there is no optical drive. To access discs, you must use an external DVD drive (not a big deal if you ask me). SD card reader is however present, allowing you to transfer data quickly.

Other important things

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74 has a high-quality 15.6-inches Full HD display, with IPS being the panel type. Viewing angles are up to 160 degrees. The screen features anti-glare coating but no touch support. As somebody said, it’s also good for non-gaming use, such as photo editing due to accurate colors and sharp image. A 1.2MP webcam is embedded in the top bezel.

Battery life is rarely a strong point with gaming laptops, however on this unit (4-cell battery) it’s reported to be around 5 hours on lightweight use. That’s much more than usually, most other gaming notebooks have ~3 hours operating time before the battery needs a recharge.

The keyboard is illuminated.

Final thoughts

ASUS ROG STRIX GL502VY-DS74 is far from a cheap laptop, but you’ll understand the price when you consider what it includes. The GeForce GTX980M graphics card is a top-of-the-line choice and it will plow through old and new games like nobody’s business. The CPU is fast, RAM plenty (and new DDR4 type) and storage features both SSD and hard drive. Even battery life is quite good, around 5 hours when web surfing, so the laptop is a real killer. If you got the dough and want only the best, going for this ASUS would make great sense.

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