Asus has unveiled their latest gaming laptop, the Asus ROG GL753. This machine is packed with features that will make any gamer happy, including a powerful processor, great graphics, and an impressive amount of storage. Plus, the design is sure to turn heads. Whether you’re a serious gamer or just need a powerful laptop for work, the Asus ROG GL753 is sure to please.
Asus ROG GL753
- Reasonably priced
- Top-notch gaming performance
- Plenty of storage
- Appealing, relatively portable design
- Some people may not like the physical design.
- Ports aren’t well-marked
Asus has taken the fantastic design for its ROG machines and reduced it to make them more affordable. It’s a plastic beast that looks tackier than it is sleek. The Strix lid is made from black plastic with a faux aluminum pattern. While the premium machines have glowing logo lights, the Strix lid has orange neon paint. It looks like a race car bed.
The lid is lifted to reveal the 10.80p, 17.3-inch display, as well as an island-style keyboard with a number pad. The plastic chassis is a little neon orange, with the ROG logo at the bottom right-hand corner and a stripe around its touchpad. The palm rest has a few orange accents under the front-facing speakers.
The Strix weighs 6.4 pounds, 16.3 x 10.7x 1.3 inches, and is lightweight for a 17-inch gaming notebook. The Alienware 17 R3 weighs in at 8.3 pounds and 16.9×11.5×1.3 inches. The 14-inch MSI GS63VR6RF Stealth Pro, which weighs 4.2 pounds, is smaller at 14.9 x 9 x 0.7 inches.
Ports are located on the sides to allow for connections to external displays or to attach peripherals. An Ethernet jack, HDMI, and Mini Display Port outputs are on the left. There are also two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 3.1 Type C port. A Blu-ray player, another USB 3.0 port, and a USB 2.0 port are on the right. There’s also a lock slot. Just beneath the palm rest is an SD card reader.
Although the Strix’s matte, 17.3-inch 1080p display is sharp and vivid, it’s not as bright as its competitors. The latest trailer for Power Rangers was shown to me, and I was able to see every cube of Bryan Cranston’s character Zordon. Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa costume, which was deep and emerald in color, stood out against the street as she fought with the Rangers. The screen’s 178-degree viewing angle allowed me to see the trailer from far away.
The neon signs atop Gotham City’s stores were brightly lit by red and purple. I could also see the raindrops falling on Batman’s cape when I played Batman: Arkham Knight. Although the viewing angles were great, it was challenging to see Batman in the dark if I wasn’t looking directly at the screen. Screen tearing was not an issue, even though the screen does not support Nvidia G-Sync.
Although the Strix screen reproduces an impressive 124 percent of sRGB’s color gamut, it is still below the desktop-replacement standard (128%) and well below Alienware 17 (174%), but it’s still better than the Stealth Pro (1111%)
The Strix’s color accuracy is poor, with a Delta-E score of 2.2. This is worse than the average (1.5), Stealth Pro (2), and Alienware (0.8).
The Strix’s average brightness was 285 nits. This is less than the 295-nit standard. It was also dimmer than Alienware (319) but brighter than Stealth Pro (242). Despite the score, the screen was bright enough to use casually and for gaming.
The Strix GL753 speakers are pretty powerful. The Strix GL753’s speakers are pretty powerful. I was blown away by the sounds of Tegan and Sara’s song “Closer” when I listened to it. The preloaded Dolby-powered ICEpower AudioWizard enabled me to switch to the Action preset. This emphasized percussion, cymbals, and vocals. However, most people will be OK with the default multimedia setting if looking at YouTube videos.
I was able to see the speakers’ power when Batman: Arkham Knight fired missiles at drones. My enemies also spoke through walkie-talkies. However, the background music was tranquil. I switched to action mode and found a better soundscape.
4. Keyboard and touchpad
The Strix keyboard is extremely comfortable to type on. The keyboard’s deep essential travel of 2.1 millimeters and the 60 grams of required actuator made it very comfortable. I have never been able to get my fingers around the keys. The typing test at 10fastfingers.com showed me that I could type at a speedy 115 words per minute, faster than my average of 107 words per minute. I have one complaint: the keys should pop up more quickly. This would make it easier to use for gaming and quick-twitch reactions.
This laptop is the first to feature an RGB-backlit keyboard. All of the keys came out of the box in red. However, the ROG Aura Core software allowed me to cycle between different hues and split the keyboard into four zones, giving each one its color. Although I would like to change the color of every key, it is nice to see other colors on a ROG. You can’t expect the software to allow you to set custom macros.
The 4.1×2.8-inch touchpad can be a little finicky, so get a gaming mouse. The cursor is very accurate, and I was able to perform gestures such as swiping three fingers upward to view all my open programs. However, I had to be precise about where I clicked. It was tough to right-click using the trackpad’s bottom because it wouldn’t accept input from me in other places.
5. Gaming, Graphics, and VR
The Strix can play very intense games thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 Ti GPU with 4GB VRAM. However, this entry-level GPU may have trouble running extreme titles at their highest settings.
The Strix was able to run Batman: Arkham Knight at 1080p with high settings between 40 and 55 frames per second. I used the Batmobile as a trading vehicle to exchange missiles with unmanned tanks in Gotham City. The frame rate decreased slightly when I drove very fast. The game ran smoother after I changed all settings to the default. It remained between 47 and 60 frames per second.
Our regular benchmarks showed that the GPU struggled to perform well. The Strix achieved just 28 frames per second on Metro: Last Light (high setting, 1080p), less than our 30-fps playability threshold. Stealth Pro (GTX1060M) and Alienware (980M) achieved better results with a respective 45 and 37 fps.
Hitman (1080p), Ultra settings with DirectX 12 saw the Strix hit another 28 fps. This is far below the Stealth Pro’s 48 FPS and the average of 88 fps.
The Strix achieved 28.9 fps on the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark, set at medium settings. This is just below the average.
It won’t work if you connect Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to the Strix. Although the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 Ti offer better performance than Nvidia’s older generation GPUs, they are not VR-ready. The laptop scored 2.4 on the Steam VR benchmark. This renders immersive titles impossible to play. Stealth Pro scored 7.4 on the same test.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics630 is used when the laptop isn’t gaming.
The Strix’s 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU (it is one of the first gaming notebooks to have a Kaby Lake processor), 16GB RAM, and 256GB SSD, as well as a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive, makes it ideal for multitasking. I switched between Grand Theft Auto V at very high settings and Chrome with 25 tabs open without any lag.
The Strix scored 13,693 on Geekbench 3’s comprehensive performance test. This was lower than the desktop-replacement score (17,478) or the Alienware (Intel Core i7-6800HK, 13,906) but higher than the Stealth Pro, Core i7-6700HQ (13,454).
The Strix took 23 seconds to copy 4.97GB of mixed-media files. This translates into a speed of 221.3 megabytes per sec. This is significantly slower than the average 560.8 MBps category, the Stealth Pro (5565.5 MBps), and the Alienware (509 MPS).
Using our OpenOffice spreadsheet macro, Asus’ notebook paired 20,000 addresses and names in just 19 seconds. This is faster than the average (3.34) and also faster than Alienware (3.38)
7. Battery Life
ROG Strix lasts longer than many desktop replacements on a single charge. The Laptop Mag Battery Test required continuous web browsing via Wi-Fi for the ROG Strix to last 5 hours and 25 mins. This is 1 hour more than the average (4.23) and much better than the Stealth Pro (2.54). The longest Alienware time at 6:07 was probably due to its last-gen graphics cards.
Get an external webcam if you plan to stream from this computer. The result of a selfie I took in our lab with the 720p webcam was dark and blurry. My brown shirt looked more black than it was, my hair was blurry, and the walls appeared grainy.
The Strix performed well in our testing. After streaming 15 minutes of HD video from YouTube, we found that the bottom of our laptop reached 88 degrees Fahrenheit. The keyboard earned 83 degrees, and the touchpad reached 81 degrees. All of these temperatures are well below our 95-degree comfort threshold.
For 15 minutes, I played Batman: Arkham Knight. The keyboard’s center reached 91 degrees, while the touchpad reached 88.1 degrees. The notebook’s bottom was 105 degrees.
10. Software and warranty
Asus preloaded software includes gaming-specific apps and a few other valuable utilities. The ROG Gaming Center is the most prominent. This dashboard shows all performance factors, including temperature and CPU memory. It also offers options to increase fan speeds or disable the Windows Key. GameFirst IV is another central gaming app that makes it easy to see which apps are using the most internet bandwidth and ensures a smooth experience.
Asus’ Splendid utility allows you to control the color temperature, which is great for late-night gaming. XSplit Gamecaster can also be used for streaming.
There’s also a lot of bloatware in the package, such as Netflix, Minecraft, and Drawboard PDF.
We reviewed the Asus ROG Strix GL753 at $1,299, which has a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7770HQ CPU, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB VRAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, and a 1TB, 5,400 rpm hard drive.
You can have a version with the Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU for $1,099 instead of the 1050T. This version leaves you with the SSD alone and only the hard-disk drive.
Although it isn’t exactly fashionable, the ROG StrixGL753 beats many Pascal-bearing laptops. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. You can still enjoy a fully-featured 1080p gaming machine if you aren’t bothered by design. The Strix GL753’s price tag is likely to exceed your budget. However, you won’t be able to get more power for a few hundred dollars more. This is one of the most affordable entry points to the Pascal line. It also has plenty of storage and connectivity. Despite this, I prefer the sleeker design and better build quality of the VR-ready Editors Choice HP Omen 17. Depending on your requirements, you can also configure one for a fraction of the Strix’s cost. Read also some laptop that uses intel core i7.