Quick Read Review
Asus are back with their latest ROG 17.3-inch premium gaming laptop, the G752VY. This beast of a gaming machine packs a massive punch. With the latest Intel Skylake Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M GPU it delivers beautiful and stable graphics. The anti-dust cooling system does a great job of keeping the temperature down, and the keyboard is responsive as well as good looking. It fails as a truly portable machine, but it delivers as a gaming machine. Read the full review to find out more.
Build and Design
ROG computers are designed to stand out from the crowd, and the G752VY is no different. The brushed aluminium chassis is a strong black and grey, with two LED stripes that glow a sinister yellow when you boot up the machine. The hinge is in a hue ASUS call “Plasma Copper,” which adds a distinct highlight to the machine as a whole.
Aside from the colour, was stands out immediately is that the laptop is huge. With a 17.3” screen there isn’t a great deal that can be done to shave off dimensions, so it takes up a great deal of space. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it is always good to see what is going on after all. However, this makes using the laptop as a portable device can pose quite a challenge.
It is also very heavy. I had it on my lap for just a few minutes before it began to be very uncomfortable. This is a laptop definitely designed to remain on your desk, only to be moved now and again.
Despite being a laptop, the G752VY is not short of ports and imputs. There are four USB 3.0 ports and one Type C 3.1, so there is no need to pick and choose what you have plugged in to your computer. These ports allow data transfer of up to 40Gbps, meaning up to two 4k monitors can be supported. This was not tested because I do not have two 4k monitors sitting around though.
Other ports include a microphone in jack and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, pretty much standard stuff. There is of course an RJ45 LAN jack, a VGA port and an HDMI port, giving plenty of video output options without the need for an adaptor. All in all very well laid out.
Screen and Speakers
The screen, a beautiful 17.3” is LED backlit and compatible with NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology. It is also anti glare, and even in the full sun it is possible to make out what is going on on-screen. The only potential downside is that whilst the screen is full HD, it is not 4K. Since this is only a minor detraction it isn’t really something to worry about.
The stereo speakers with dual 2mm 2W drivers and 9.5cc work well. The sound is clear even at high volumes, with the addition of a 31mm 3W subwoofer making audio very good on the go. Of course in a public setting you hopefully have a set of headphones, but while at home you can have all the benefit of crisp sound without annoying your neighbours. Otherwise, the G752VY comes with 5.1 surround sound support, which works a real charm.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Asus make sure that their ROG computers are designed to deliver the very best in gaming computing. To this extent they have worked hard on the built in keyboard. It is custom designed and huge, with a red LED backlight finish, which looks very impressive. Whilst not as satisfying as a fully mechanical keyboard, it nonetheless gives a good haptic feedback when using it for extended periods of time. Asus promise a 30KRO, and from testing it delivers on that promise.
The trackpad on the other hand is a bit of a mixed bag. It is huge and relatively comfortable, but not the most responsive. You really need to use a mouse with this keyboard, and for serious gaming this is not necessarily a concern. However, even the simplest tasks such as opening a menu can be a frustrating experience. It might have been better to move the keyboard further down the body and move the trackpad to the side.
The benchmark used for performance testing is the Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0. The test was run on extreme graphical settings:
FPS: 46.2 (min 8.0, max 225.6)
The GTX 980M works well under serious stress, managing a nearly constant 40FPS with only slight dips in performance. Outside of the benchmark however, the G752VY chugs ever so slightly when there are several applications running at the same time, but only for a couple of seconds. It is designed for high level gaming, and it does deliver on that promise.
Battery life is a respectable three hours with normal use, but with high intensity games this life drops dramatically, so always keep within easy reach of a power outlet.
ASUS packs their ROG computers with a slew of proprietary software, including the ROG gaming centre, which has set performance profiles to help the computer run at peak performance for certain games. I found that this was really necessary because the G752VY can handle pretty much anything thrown at it, but those who like to fine-tune and overclock their machines would find these tools useful.
The ROG G752VY is a powerful laptop which delivers on its killer looks with a killer performance. Only a few niggles prevent it from being truly fantastic, but considering the relatively low price considering the component parts, the G752VY is a worthy part of the ROG lineup. Remember however that even though it is a laptop, it is not a truly on-the-road portable machine.