January 20, 2019

ASUS ROG Strix GL502 Review

ASUS ROG Strix GL502

CPU Intel Core i7-6700HQ
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
DISPLAY 15,6 FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS G-Sync
STORAGE 256 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe), 1 TB HDD
RAM 16GB
WEIGHT 2.22 kg

Info

In the race for the slimmest gaming laptop, we've seen a sea of contenders from MSI GS60 Ghost Pro and Razer Blade. Promises to make a gaming laptop easier seem tempting, however, the excessive desire for portability makes some machines low-power, limiting their graphics capabilities.

ASUS ROG Strix GL502, on the other hand, strikes the perfect balance between portability and performance. In its rather thick case, this 15.6-inch laptop accommodates a GTX Nvidia 1070 with 8GB of video memory, which we used to see in 17-inch laptops like the Gigabyte P57X.

Pros: easy to play Full HD | Incredibly bright screen | Amazing speakers;

Cons: short battery life;

In addition to components and measurements, this gaming laptop demonstrates style from all sides, colorful screen and a set of necessary inputs.

Design

ASUS has slowly but persistently moved away from its traditional black and red color design, which you'll find on most gaming laptops of the past. Instead of red accents, the new GL502 uses orange accents on black. We can not say that this decision can argue with titanium and copper ASUS ROG GX700 and ROG 752, but this is the beginning.

On the other hand, we almost regret that ASUS has moved away from the red and black design, as the keyboard continues to use the red backlight.

In addition to the new colors, ASUS has thoroughly revised the overall profile of its machine, according to the rest of the ROG-series. While the ASUS ROG G501 closely copied the design of the MacBook Pro, the new GL502 offers its own attractive and aggressive design.

A matte screen in an aluminum case is a fairly common solution on gaming laptops, one of which is Strix. But the GL502 also has a beveled lid edge with the signature of Republic of Gamers.

The rest of the case is made of plastic, which may seem frustrating at first glance, but it feels as reliable as any other all-metal gaming laptop. Moreover, ASUS showcases the polished deck of the keyboard, like a notebook cover.

ASUS ROG Strix GL502 gaming laptop

And here again we see the brand load on the design, the signature Republic of Gamers takes prominent places on the top and bottom of the laptop, but you can't deny the presence of interesting design elements throughout the 15-inch laptop.

In addition to the visual part, the main part of the exterior of the Strix is made of plastic, which helps to keep the weight within 2.2 kg.in order to hold the perspective, the ASUS gaming laptop is more than 0.2 kg heavier than the Razer Blade and MSI GS60 Ghost Pro, but Strix offers inflated performance. There are heavier 15-inch laptops like Alienware 15 and Gigabyte P35X v5 (2.4 kg).

It's also far from being the thinnest gaming laptop, measuring 389.9 x 265.9 x 23.4 mm (W x D x H) it's substantially thicker than its predecessor on Maxwell chips but the extra dimensions make room for the most efficient cooling system.

Benchmark

Here's how ASUS ROG Strix GL502 did on the benchmarks:

3DMark: Cloud Gate: 23181; Sky Diver: 26396; Fire Strike: 12514;

Cinebench (CPU): 674 points; Graphics: 109.97 frames per second;

GeekBench: 3383 (Single-Core); 12559 (Multi-Core);

PCMark 8 (Home Test): 3928 points;

PCMark 8 (Battery): 2 hours and 13 minutes;

Battery life (video test): 2 hours and 52 minutes;

The Division (1080, Ultra): 72 FPS | (1080, Low): 142 FPS;

GTA V (1080, Ultra): 50 FPS | (1080p, Low): 126 FPS;

And here is how the model on the basis of Maxwell showed itself:

3DMark: Cloud Gate: 21081 / Sky Diver: 19403 | Fire Strike: 6515;

Cinebench (CPU): 679 points / Graphics: 105 frames per second;

GeekBench: 3623 (Single Core) | 13255 (Multi-Core);

PCMark 8 (Home Test): 3358 points;

PCMark 8 (Battery): 3 hours and 5 minutes;

Battery life (video test): 5 hours and 14 minutes;

The Division (1080, Ultra): 34 FPS | (1080, Low): 86 FPS;

GTA V (1080, Ultra): 29 FPS | (1080p, Low): 131 FPS;


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