ASUS is one of the founders of the selection of solutions aimed at gamers, into a separate line. Their brand Republic of Gamers – ROG – has appeared already for a long time and gradually became associated with uncompromising products of the highest level, which have the corresponding price tag. In this regard, the niche of more accessible gaming solutions turned out to be free and it was taken by the younger brand Strix. But time passed and this division seemed too boring for the company’s marketers and different products began to come out, combining both lines at once.
If you are not confused yet, then we bring to your attention the gaming laptop ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE. By the way, if you are confused, you can still read further.
And we will begin the inspection, as usual, with the packaging. The laptop is located inside a roomy and very reliable box – here, like all ASUS products, everything is fine, you can not worry about the safety during transportation. As you can see, in accordance with the latest trends, the emphasis is on the game brand Strix, the inconspicuous ASUS logo is modestly placed in the bottom corner.
Inside, we do not expect anything particularly outstanding. ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE itself is further hidden in a cloth bag, and only the power supply is supplied from the kit. But we must take into account that we have a test sample.
The outer side of the lid is made of black brushed aluminum. There are also several orange inserts in the form of oblique lines and the eye – the ROG logo. In the switched-on state these inserts are highlighted, but it is necessary to give due – absolutely unobtrusively, the user will not illuminate the entire room in front of him. By the way, the surface well collects fingerprints very well, which then is difficult to remove.
The reverse side of the laptop is entirely plastic. In addition to the factory sticker with markings, there is the ROG logo and four rubberized legs that will not let the laptop slide on the table. By the way, it is not clear why nowhere is the symbolism of Strix. Mass dimensions, in general, please. With a size of 383x255x30 mm, the review hero has a mass of only 2.5 kg, which clearly will be a plus for users who rely on permanent mobility. True, a small weight has the expected downside – high temperatures are possible, but more on that later.
In the closed state, when you press the lid, no bends are seen, in fact, as backlashes and gaps between the halves of the device.
Turning the cover of ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE is controlled by a pair of loops of classical design. The course of the opening is very pleasant and clear, and I have not received a single criticism from my side for the whole time of testing.
Now, perhaps, we will turn to the consideration of interfaces on the edges of a laptop. The charging socket is located to the left of the screen. Closer to the user are: Gigabit LAN port RJ-45, HDMI video output, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.0 Type-C and a 4-pin mini-jack (3.5 mm), in which you can conveniently connect the game headset .
The right side of the laptop got another USB 3.0 port, a Kensington Lock connector and a Blu-Ray drive. The need to install the latter in laptops every year causes more and more doubts. After all, having actually occupied this volume with an enlarged battery, the manufacturer would not only increase the weight of the product, but the price could remain the same. It’s unlikely that many gamers will use optical discs, but the additional autonomy would definitely not hurt.
On the front face is a receiver for memory cards, above which are indicators of system activity, as well as some modes of operation.
The touchpad is placed classically with a slight shift to the left of the center of the notebook. The only thing worth noting is that the keys form a single whole with the touchpad, which means that the useful area is slightly larger.
On the top edge of ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE cover is a standard HD webcam.
The laptop keyboard is really good, as for the device of the average price range. The key stroke is clear and slightly increased in comparison with standard keyboards, which allows you to more accurately understand your actions in games. In this case, typing is still convenient. ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE keyboard has a diode RGB-backlight, but unfortunately, in our sample it was inactive, which in serial copies certainly will not be. In this regard, to assess its brightness and the operation of the modes was not possible. The WASD button block has translucent faces, which in theory should enhance their illumination.
As you can see, the size of the laptop allowed to accommodate a block with numbers. The game orientation of the laptop implies the presence of a long Shift button, as well as full-sized arrows. Function keys are traditionally combined with brightness, volume control, keyboard illumination and other. The ROG button located above NumLock allows you to run a special utility, the useful functionality of which, unfortunately, while reduces to the ability to control the backlight and enable maximum fan speed.
ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE laptop has a 15.6-inch display based on the Pentile IPS matrix LG LP156UD1-SPB1 with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. In this case, the resolution in games and applications is limited to Full HD. Thus, high clarity and smoothness of the font and interface elements are achieved while working, but at the same time an acceptable fps in games remains. Matrix is matte, which ensures the absence of brightly expressed glare on the screen. On the other hand, there may be a crystalline effect, although in our specimen it was not clearly pronounced.
Brightness adjustment is performed in a fairly wide range from 18 to 308 cd / m2. The screen of the laptop is characterized by high contrast.
Installed in the ROG Strix matrix from LG Electronics has a good factory settings, and additional calibration can lead them to even better results. According to the measurements made with the X-Rite i1Display Pro calibrator, the color coverage according to the sRGB standard was 88.5%, and Adobe RGB – 64.8%, there is a shift of the color triangle towards the green and blue hues. The color temperature corresponds to reference values in the range of 10% brightness and up to 60%, the largest deviations are 400K at the minimum and maximum brightness levels of the screen. Gamma curves are close enough to the reference, which again speaks in favor of our subject.
DeltaE deviation measurements using Argyll showed 3.06 units at the average and 6.78 at the peak. Manual calibration will allow to normalize these deviations. Measurement of the white point within the limits of the norm.
Someone will rejoice, but someone will be surprised by the fact that the game product still installed IPS, and not TN matrix. Personally, I’m just glad, because it means that the eye can enjoy good colors even at large viewing angles. In this case, the manufacturer claims 170 degrees, although, as we can see below, the image does not fade almost even with a strong deviation, parasitic shades are not observed.
There is no separate access to the battery compartment, the entire back cover of the laptop is integral and completely removed. Disassembly is very simple – 10 visible screws and one hidden under a rubber lining in the center.Everything is reliable enough and does not require excessive effort, it’s easy to maintain a laptop. Inside, we meet a fairly standard layout. Two heat sinks, combined by two heat pipes, divert heat from the processor and video card to one common radiator, blown out by a “turbine”. Now it seems that there might be more slits on the lid. WiFi module, SSD, hard disk and RAM are easily accessible for replacement in case of an upgrade.
As a system drive is used 512 GB SSD Toshiba THNSN5512GPU7 made in the form factor M.2 2280 with the connection to the PCIe bus NVMe. The second drive is a hard drive of Seagate Mobile HDD ST2000LM007 with a capacity of 2 TB.
ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE laptop has as many as 32 GB of DDR4 memory, which is collected by two Hynix HMA82GS6AFR8N-UH modules operating at 2400 MHz.
The system is based on a bunch of the central processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ and a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.
The Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor belongs to the Kaby Lake generation, it has four cores (with Hyper-Threading support), 6 MB second-level cache and is executed on a 14-nm process technology, due to which its TDP is 45W. The base frequency of the processor is 2.8 GHz with the possibility of overclocking in an automatic Turbo mode up to 3.8 GHz.
We see that the installation of a not-so-powerful graphics card has undermined the results in PCMark 8, although it would seem that with this processor they could be higher.
In the processor test we see that the laptop gets an excellent result. Well, not very high fps for the GeForce GTX 1050 TI graphics card is quite expected.
The memory slots of the DDR 4 standard operate at a frequency of 2,400 MHz with timings 17-17-17-39-T2. The reading speed according to the test was 31617 MB / s, the records – 35578 MB / s, the copying – 32323 MB / s.
As you can see, the use of the PCIe NVMe drive, and not SATA, allows the Toshiba SSN THNSN5512GPU7 to show good speed characteristics. This is certainly not the fastest of mobile solutions, among those that visited our laboratory, but the difference at such speeds in real use is very, very difficult to feel.
Benchmark PCMark 8 gives the expected high result.
In 3DMark, the laptop gains about 15% less than a similar desktop system because of the understated frequencies of the video card. If you ensure proper cooling by overclocking, you can easily play this backlog.
The cooling system was tested in a room with a stable air temperature of 24 ° C. Both the peak values of the internal components of the device and the heating level of its housing were measured. The required load was provided by the AIDA64 utility.
The laptop warms up quite tolerably. The main heating occurs in the zones of the hottest elements and the cooling radiator, in the region of which the peak temperature was 42.8 ° C.
But the testimony of the stress test was disappointing. The Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor constantly overheats and starts to throttle, reaching as much as 50% of the reduction in frequency. We suspect that the problem is not so much in the design of the cooling system, but in a concrete sample, which already managed to visit many hands and had traces of inaccurate interference. Indeed, the generation of processors Kaby Lake does not differ very hot temper even without “scalping”, and GeForce GTX 1050 TI is difficult to call a hot video card. And, of course, it’s worth noting that this level of stress, which is rendered by the Aida64 stress test, can not be repeated in real working and gaming applications.
Testing the battery life of the laptop was held according to the updated methodology. We used the utility Battery Eater Pro v2.70 and three built-in benchmarks: maximum system load, read mode, idle mode. During the passage of all tests, the Wi-Fi module was activated. The brightness of the screen was fixed at 120 cd / m².
ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE has an acceptable time for its class of battery life in the maximum load mode, but I would like to have a little more time in scripts with reading and simple browsing of the Internet.
ASUS ROG Strix GL553VE laptop is another step towards users who want to be able to plunge into their favorite game projects even while on the road. This will contribute to both a relatively small weight, and a significant proportion of aluminum in the materials from which the body is made. A bit incomprehensible is the choice of the video card manufacturer of this class, because the GeForce GTX 1060 would look much more to the place next to the top Core i7-7700HQ, thirty-two gigabytes of RAM, and a capacious and fast NVMe-drive. Noise from the cooling system of the laptop is high in simple and usual surfing, but at maximum load such devices are usually used with headsets. But the screen will please the owner with bright and saturated colors in the absence of any obvious deviations.