January 20, 2019

Asus ROG G703GI Review

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CPU Core i7-i9
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
DISPLAY 17,3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144 Hz
STORAGE 3 x 512GB SSD (M.2, RAID 0), 2TB HDD
RAM 64GB
WEIGHT 4.72 kg

Info

ASUS ROG G 703 G I is one of the most powerful gaming laptops we've ever tested in a review, but it also makes it one of the most expensive. If you can overcome the high price and reduced battery life, you get a portable slot machine that will easily figure out all the latest games. With the new ROG G703GI ASUS continues to upgrade the hardware, making the laptop even more formidable gaming machine.

However, while the expansion of features allows the laptop to play the latest games better than ever before, the hardware upgrade exacerbates the problems that the previous generation laptop suffered, especially in the price and battery compartment.

ASUS ROG G703GI: DESIGN

The design of the ASUS ROG G703GI is largely identical to the ROG G70, so expect a bright performance of "metal armor", a large and bulky laptop, this is not a thin machine based on the MaxQ, as ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501.

Measured 425 x 319 x 51mm at 4.7 kg, the ASUS ROG G703GI is a laptop that definitely falls into the "desktop replacement" category, which means it's not too mobile than the PC itself, though a bit thinner and lighter than the original G703.

The large 17.3-inch screen helps the size and weight of this beast grow, but it's a price many are willing to pay for exciting games on the big screen.

Brushed aluminum case looks reliable and promises ASUS ROG G703GI excellent appearance, which tells you that its owner is very serious about gaming. As with the G703, there is a ROG logo on the back that glows when the laptop is in use, as well as a backlit keyboard that can be customized to a specific range of colors.

Talking about the keyboard, it's gorgeous, with sensitive keys that boast a deep stroke (up to 2.5 mm), and when pressed, you get a satisfying "click" like mechanical keyboards. The G703 keyboard was one of the best we've seen on gaming laptops, so we're happy to see it included in the successor's bundle.

The touchpad of the laptop is slightly shifted to the left relative to the body ROG G703GI, but the position seems natural in operation, it is fast and responsive. Of course, for games you will need a separate gaming mouse.

At the top of the keyboard you will find a set of unique function keys that adjust the volume, mute the sound completely or turn on the microphone. Also there is a button "Aura" that involves software ROG Aura for adjusting backlight RGB. Next to it is a button with the Xbox logo, which opens the Game Bar panel in Windows 10, allowing you to easily set up streaming.

Also there is a button with the logo of the camera, which runs popular software XSplit Gamecaster for streaming gameplay, and there is a button with the ROG logo, which opens the Asus software Gaming Center for service and overclocking. If you regularly use any of these services or features, the buttons will be a great addition, but if you don't, they will be useless. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to configure buttons to do other tasks or run certain software, it's a pity at least they don't take up too much space, which is important if you're not going to use them.

The build quality is excellent, so if you try to carry the ASUS ROG G703GI with you, you won't have to worry too much about its damage, which is important if you remember the price of the laptop. The bulky size also leaves room for a range of ports including USB Thunderbolt 3, three USB 3.1 ports, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, SD card and Ethernet port. It's a huge choice of connections for a laptop, and the Ethernet port is an important component for network gaming (of course, if you want to connect to a wireless network, there's always a reliable 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connection).

There are also two power ports for connecting two (large) power supplies, which eventually often become inconvenient. You need to connect both devices to the ASUS ROG G703GI to charge the laptop, which means you'll have to carry them with you and look everywhere for two free sockets, instead of one. This solution is necessary from taking into account the power consumption of the laptop, but it is annoying.

ASUS ROG G703GI: TESTS

Here's how ASUS Rog G703GI showed itself on the tests of our review:

3DMark sky diver: 35889 / fire strike: 15335 / spy time: 4730;

Cinebench processor: 1070 / graphics: 148.67 FPS;

Number Of Points In Geekbench 4: 5942 (Single-Core) | 21471 (Multi-Core);

PCMark 8 (Home): 3337 points;

PCMark 8 (battery): 1 hour 29 minutes;

Battery life (video test): 1 hour 53 minutes;

Middle-earth: Shadows of war: 179 f / s (1080p, low) | 101 FPS (1080p, ultra);

Total war: Warhammer second: 146.9 fps (1080p, low) | 68.3 / s (1080p, ultra);


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