I always love fiddling with new gadgets so I jumped at the opportunity to review the Asus ROG GL752VW.
One of the big misconceptions that has started to change in recent years is that laptops are no match for desktops machines when it comes to gaming. Sure, this might have been true 10, maybe even 5 years ago, but the continued demand for portability and the diminishing size of components coupled with increased speed, means laptops are increasingly becoming a viable option. Whether you’re a gamer or someone whose job demands a high performance machine (such as mine), people are increasingly turning to a portable solution for their needs.
It is somewhat heavy so you wouldn’t want to be carrying it for extended periods of time
Obviously without extended use, you’re never going to pick up on all the small things that make a laptop truly good or bad, but I was able to utilise this machine for approximately 10 days, which at least means I was able to get a fair sense of how I feel about it!
Visually it looks nice enough – black plastic casing, red detailing.
It runs Windows 10, much like my own laptop so I was familiar with the operating system at least. It opens programmes with barely a hesitation, even with multiple pieces of software running in the background and still runs smoothly, no doubt a result of the combination of a pretty impressive i7 processor and the 16GB of DDR4 DRAM!
The display is a large 17.3′ LED backlit 16:9 screen with a 1600×900 resolution. I can’t remember the last time I worked on a laptop bigger than a 15″, so this made an excellent impression! It’s crisp and clear with vivid colours and great contrast.
I would say the 1TB hard drive is relatively large, but we all know how quickly these fill up with media nowadays (I remember growing up thinking I would never fill up a 2GB HD! Hahahahaha!) 1TB is fairly standard now of course, so nothing particularly new there.
You’ll have a standard variety of ports, including 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port and even a USB 3.1 Type C. Microphone and headphone jack, HDMI, mini Display Port but no VGA. There’s also a built in card reader and of course a Gigabit Ethernet port, built in WiFi and Bluetooth.
The keyboard is soft and comfortable to use and the touchpad is pretty standard – responsive and pretty much what I expected.
This machine is somewhat heavy (3kgs with the battery!) so you wouldn’t want to be carrying it for extended periods of time as I have no doubt you’d end up with serious shoulder ache. That said, it does make it quite stable when resting on a surface so if you don’t have to be carrying it everywhere then this isn’t a deal breaker.
What is quite disappointing is the battery life which I found ran down after only a few hours of use. It might be a performance option for those who want to take their machine with them, but you’ll need to make sure you’re close to a power point most of the time. If battery life isn’t high on your list – I tend to keep mine plugged in when I’m working from home for example – then this might not be an issue for you.
First impressions then are on the whole favourable – good performance, beautifully big and bright screen, but poor battery life and relatively heavy.
But what are the on-paper specs of this machine? I’m going to just give a top line overview, but you can read the full list over here on the Asus site.
An Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6 GHz //
Mobile Intel HM170 Express Chipset //
DRAM DDR4 8G x 2 //
SATA 1TB 5400RPM 2.5′ HD //
17.3′ LED Backlit 200 nits HD 1600×900 16:9 //
NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M GDDR5 4GB //
Nice big anti-glare screen.
Doesn’t come with a huge amount of bloatware like many other machines.
APPARENTLY easy to upgrade although obviously this isn’t something I tested out!
Battery life suffers as a result of the power this machine draws. Stay close to a power outlet if possible.
On the heavy side.
RRP // R30k. Ok it’s technically R29999.00, but you know…
Get it where? // You’ll be able to but it online at Evetech
Verdict // If you don’t mind the fact that you’re probably not going to be doing a lot of on-the-go gaming due to the battery life, then it’s a good portable gaming solution in the sense you’ll be able to take a high-end machine with you anywhere. If you’re someone who uses editing and design software as well, then this will likely also be a good choice, particularly if you don’t want to go the Mac route.