ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE Gaming Notebook Review

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January 21, 2017
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The more features and oomph you want the more willing to pay you need to be. This is the cardinal rule of laptop shopping. The aforementioned things are emphasized in gaming notebooks which have all the bells and whistles and performance you could ever ask for. One newer, interesting addition to the gaming laptop scene is ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE, a 15.6-inches rig with GeForce GTX 1050Ti. Expectations are high given the specs and price, but what will a closer examination reveal us…?

Is the notebook good for gaming?

ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE carries a good gaming card, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti equipped with 4GB memory. Of course it is not the best of the best, but I don’t think many players would find this Ti version of GTX 1050 disappointing. It can hold proper frame rates, take a look at these few examples:

– GTA 5, +50 frames
– The Witcher 3, +30 frames
– Doom, +60 frames

Settings were mostly at high, some ultra. Resolution was of course 1080p.

One minor quibble can be the missing VR support. Virtual Reality works on GTX 1060 up but unfortunately not here!

Is the performance good for software use?

To answer the above question, easily! The processor is one of the fastest units there currently exists, the Intel Core i7-7700HQ. The Intel uses a quad-core setup and up to 3.8GHz clock frequency with turbo – indeed the base speed is somewhat lower 2.8GHz. As noted, not many other processors can beat its score of ~9000 points in CPU Mark. If you want to make sure your programs (no matter how much they hog resources) run smoothly, this i7 should be your choice number one.

The storage setup of ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE is just perfect. If you’re after a huge data storage you’ll find 1TB 5400RPM hard drive inside. It will eat myriads of data before filling up. On the other hand, if you want the best performance, store your files on the 256GB M.2 SATA part. It will serve the files or programs or games in the blink of an eye!

There is nothing to complain about the memory. After all, 16 gigabytes is installed which is more than sufficient for anyone I can think of. However feel free to add more if you really want to, one free slot is waiting for you. The maximum is 32GB, and the memory type is the newer DDR4.

What ports does the laptop have?

ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE has a set of useful ports sprinkled on its sides. There you will find four USB connectors. One of them is USB 2.0, the slower standard, while two are the faster USB 3.0. Yet, there is also a single USB 3.1 Type-C port. It’s a sort of All-in-One port because it works with so many interfaces and technologies, including HDMI and DisplayPort. You just need the right kind of cable to be able to benefit from this multi-use USB Type-C!

That being said, the laptop also sports a single HDMI output, spitting 4K resolution to a monitor connected to it. Thus, don’t be afraid of connecting larger televisions to this rig, they should be handled fine.

Nothing is coming in your way of connecting this thing to Internet. You can choose the Gigabit RJ-45 port, or then the WiFi adapter. The wireless adapter is very fast and also has long range thanks to the dual-band, 2×2 ac standard. Bluetooth is supported, too.

To install programs and games the “old-fashioned” way from discs, you can use the notebook’s built-in DVD burner. It also accepts SD and MMC cards through its memory card reader. Those offer a handy way of transferring data using a physically small medium.

Are there other noteworthy things in this Asus?

Surely the 15.6″ display of ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE is great. The user reports talk about high image quality which is believable given the price and things such as matte finish, 1080p support and IPS-like panel. Thanks to the last feature the screen can be viewed from sides no problem, 178 degree angles. The top panel hosts a webcam which can be used for YouTube filming.

The laptop’s 4-cell 48Whr battery unit is nothing to be proud of. You see, the components inside demand power and will draw the battery empty rather fast. A realistic estimate is 1.5-2 hours if you’re gaming. Double that if just browsing the web. To add insult to injury, the battery is of non-replaceable type.

This model comes with an illuminated keyboard.

Verdict

ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE is a newcomer to the Republic of Gamers family and it doesn’t seem to be a useless addition at all. The Asus does its main job, which is to keep players happy, well: you can throw all kinds of games at this rig without worries of low frame rates – especially if you need not maximum settings on every single one of them. Other components are in check too since there is a new 7th Gen Core i7 powering the system and SSD serving your files fast. The only blunder, which is common in all gaming systems, is poor battery life. If you don’t care about that there are no real drawbacks. So choose this ASUS ROG as your new laptop, that is my advice!


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