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Asus ROG Strix GL753VD Review (17.3″ IPS screen, RGB keyboard)

Rating: 6.5.

Most PC enthusiasts will be familiar with the Asus ROG name. ROG stands for Republic of Gamers, Asus’ premium brand aimed at the gaming crowd. And indeed, at first glance Asus’ ROG Strix GL753VD laptop has all the elements to do this renowned brand proud: a snazzy black-and-red design, RGB-backlit keyboard, Full HD IPS display, SSD for performance plus HDD for storage, and even the latest connectivity with USB 3.1 Type C. So far so good.

However, as any serious tech buff will be able to tell you, the single most important element in a gaming machine is its graphics card. And of course this goes double for laptops where – barring rather rare modular solutions such as Nvidia’s MXM socket or non-portable external additions like the Razer Core – the GPU is not upgradeable.

Unfortunately, though the ROG Strix GL753VD has the tagline “gaming without limits”, its relatively low-end Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics chip makes it likely that those limits will crop up rather sooner than the average gamer might like, especially in demanding titles. So can the rest of the package and its overall price still convince?

Asus ROG Strix GL753VD Specs

  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 7300HQ, 2.5-3.5GHz, 6MB cache, 45W TDP, socket 1440
  • Memory: 4-12GB DDR4 (12GB in our configuration)
  • Storage (main): M2 128GB SSD
    Storage (secondary): 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • Graphics card (integrated): Intel HD 630
    Graphics card (dedicated): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (GP107), 4GB GDDR5
  • Display (size, resolution, Hz, Type): 17.3″ (16:9), FHD (1920×1080), 60Hz, LG IPS
  • Keyboard type, design: membrane, chiclet, RGB backlit
  • Connectivity (wireless)
    Wi-Fi 802.11 AC
    Bluetooth V4.1
  • Connectivity (physical)
    Audio: 1 x Microphone-in jack, 1 x Headphone-out jack
    Data: 1 x USB 3.1 TYPE C port(s), 3 x USB 3.0 port(s), 2 x USB 2.0 port(s)
    Network: 1 x RJ45 LAN
    Video: 1x HDMI, 1 x mini DP
  • Optical drive: Yes, DVD (Lite-on DS-8A8SH)
  • Webcam: Yes, HD
  • Dimensions: 415 x 273 x 30 mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 3kg (with battery)
  • Battery: integrated 48Wh
  • Warranty: 24 months (EU)

Price: £949 inc. VAT at time of review

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