ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD Gaming Laptop Review

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January 18, 2017
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There are a lot of gaming laptops to choose from and they all share the same characteristic: they’re nerdy looking, like straight out of a spaceship. But ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD tries to be something else with its sophisticated design. Yet the good sides of this ASUS don’t stop in eye-pleasing looks – it also comes with a decent set of components, such as the newest Core i7 processor and GeForce graphics. At a glance the notebook seems to offer everything a gamer needs. But what if we examine the computer more, do we notice something that is off…?

Suitable for gaming?

Inside ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD you will find GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5) graphics card. It’s a member of Nvidia’s latest 1000-series, although the weakest member of that family. So it’s a budget card, keeping that mind mind we can assume smooth frame rates for Full HD resolution and (high)ish settings on any games. Some examples include:

– GTA 5, Full HD and high, ~70FPS
– The Witcher 3, Full HD and medium, ~50FPS
– Battlefield 4, Full HD and medium, +100FPS

So yes, any game can be played on this laptop. But you won’t be able to use very high settings and Full HD on every one of them. Also remember the system is not VR ready, it starts from the GTX 1060 model and up.

General performance

The processor is in check, very much. It is the latest bitcruncher called Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a 7th generation quad-core unit offering 2.8GHz clock speed and 3.8Ghz turbo boost. To be honest, with its ~9000 CPU Mark score the i7-7700HQ beats almost any other processor in market today. Hence there’s nothing it couldn’t do for gamers. Likewise, demanding software such as Photoshop or heavy multitasking is a non-issue.

The one terabyte hard drive, running on 7200RPM spindle speed, is something you often see in gaming notebooks. Its advantages include the huge storage. You’re unlikely to run out of space no matter the amount of games you plan to install. But know this, with SSD you could make the system run faster. Fortunately, the manufacturer has included one M.2 slot in the computer, so you are good to install solid-state drive if you wish.

There is a single 16GB DDR4 memory stick installed in ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD. I think this amount of RAM suffices for anybody, no matter what you use this notebook for. But if you want to upgrade that surely is possible. A free slot is available on the mainboard, hence the most RAM the system takes is 32 gigabytes!

Does it have good connectivity and ports?

There are several good ports you can utilize in this notebook. Included are one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 for your devices, but you can can also find USB Type-C port here. With the correct adapter (bought separately, cheap) you can connect most everything to the Type-C port – including HDMI device.

Speaking about video outputs there is one dedicated HDMI port available. It supports 4K resolution for the external display, so you can use it with new HDTVs or old PC displays no problem.

Connecting and staying connected to networks should be effortless with ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD. Included is a robust 2*2 802.11ac WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.1 support which you can use if you don’t Internet via cable. But wired networking works too, after all the notebook boasts a fast Gigabit RJ-45 port on the side.

Not every modern laptop comes with DVD burner but this one does. Thus, you can still install games from discs without the help of an external drive. You may also utilize the laptop’s media card reader which work with SD and MMC type cards.

Miscellaneous yet important features and benefits

I’ve seen early user reports saying the screen of ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD is beautiful, offering sharp image quality. Indeed, you can expect a lot from Full HD IPS-like matte screen. It doesn’t respond to touch but that is usually not an issue for gamers. There is a webcam installed on top of it.

This laptop gets its power from 4-cell 48Whrs battery. Do not expect wonders from that. The unit will last a maximum of four hours under gameplay and less than half of that when gaming. Also, it’s an internal battery.

As you can probably guess, the keyboard is illuminated on this model.

Final thoughts

It makes great sense for a laptop gamer to get ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD. If you can accept less than maxed out settings at Full HD on the heaviest of games, there are no pitfalls I can think of. The overall graphics performance is solid, so is processor, RAM and all of that stuff. The large 17-inches panel is excellent for gaming and, say, photo editing. Of course you don’t want to carry this laptop around too much because it’s rather bulky and heavy (6 and half pounds) compared to regular laptops. But as a portable gaming station it is hard to beat this ASUS!


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2 thoughts on “ASUS ROG Strix GL753VD Gaming Laptop Review

  1. Ryan

    Got one of these a week ago today! Great all arounder. Day 2 I set out to buy an SSD because the HDD is a noticeable bottle neck even for basic computing. 480gb ADATA m.2 SSD for $150 CAD (make sure you have a screw) and this thing leapt into a new realm. Get an SSD. 9.5/10. Wish it was VR ready. Solid solid build.

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