Asus ROG GL552VW DH71 Review, Specs & Price

Asus ROG series of the gaming laptops is built for extreme gaming performance and productivity. One from the same series is Asus ROG GL552VW DH71, packed with a powerful i7 processor and Geforce GTX 1060 (older models has GTX 960) it delivers ultimate 1080p gaming experience. In this article, we’re going to put Asus ROG GL552VW DH71 Review, Specs & Price.

asus rog gl552vw dh71 review

Pros:

  • Laptop Screen is brilliant looking 1080p IPS panel which comes with Anti-Glare coating (avoids reflections).
  • ROG red-backlit keyboard is quite tactile and feels good to type on.
  • Stays cool during a heavy gaming session, comes with a different cooling mechanism.
  • Easy to upgrade, comes with a cut out at back which gives access to HDD, SSD & RAM slots.
  • I/O ports are well placed and all possible ports are included. USB 3.1 Type C port is also included.
  • Next-generation DDR4 RAM.




Cons:

  • Not so portable as it weights 2.57 kgs due to metallic and bulky bodies.
  • Weak screen frame on the plastic model, try getting the metallic one.
  • Track-pad is not aligned properly in every model, looks broken but it isn’t.
  • The battery does not last long even on normal browsing and video playback.
  • Loaded with lots of Bloat-wares, formatting suggested for full performance.
  • Webcam sucks.

Asus ROG GL552VW Price:

ASUS ROG GL552VW DH71 REVIEW

 

This laptop comes with several configurations, but talking about the base model, it is priced around $1000 around the world, the exact price depends on retailer. In India, it is priced a bit expensive around Rs 85,000.

 

 

Asus ROG GL552VW DH71 Review:

asus rog gl552vw dh71 review

  • Intel Core i7 6700HQ with Nvidia Geforce GTX 960M is a great duo for playing any game on medium to high settings. Asus has done a great job by configuring it on their motherboard with a different cooling mechanism which surprisingly does not heat up a lot. Well, it heats up to a certain temperature (around 80dec Celcius depending on room temp) like other laptops too but remains constant after that which is great. My long Assassin’s Creed Unity sessions of 5-6 hrs are usually totally lag-free and no problems with the RAM.
  • GL552VW is equipped with DDR4 RAM which runs at whooping 2133 Mhz which is unique in laptops at this price point. DDR4 is the latest standards and only a few companies have adopted it.
  • The display, it’s amazing, I usually review the laptops in this price category only and believe me this is the best one I’ve seen so far. Although the frame is loose which can be blamed for the bad hinge engineering by Asus. The display stands fine, the only problem is while it is closed, it lifts a bit automatically when held upside down. The screen is also covered with Anti Glare coating which denies any reflection, textual content looks clear in the sunshine too.
  • The body of this machine is bulky fat but it is made of top-notch material which certainly gives nice and smooth feel all around. The plastic version and Metallic version differ only from the lid material except inside and the bottom is the same. Metallic version is more premium looking and sturdy than the plastic one.
  • The keyboard is tactile and nice to type on or game on. It has that mechanical keyboard feel and sound which is good. But some people might dislike typing on it for longer sessions as it is a bit different from other casual laptop keyboards. The trackpad is not aligned properly, which means it is in a slanted position which makes it look broken but I have contacted the retailer and saw another laptop and it’s the same on all of them, another bad engineering example by Asus.
  • Hard-drive which is 1TB run on 7200RPM is faster than the normal once and is enough for a normal user but you can always install an SSD in the extra slot. The SSD may help video editors for rendering, gamers for fewer load times and many other memory-related tasks.
  • The battery is not that good, it is only 48 Wh which does not last long as you expect from this much bulky laptop. Although it charges fast and the battery bar is removable which is kinda old school. Talking about old school stuff, Asus ROG GL552VW DH71 review unit also had an optical drive reader.
  • The webcam sucks, it takes shabby images and videos are always horrible. It is a bit decent in lots of light but dies in low light. The microphone is good and records audible sound from normal distances.

Asus ROG GL552VW Specs:

This laptop comes with several configurations, some models even come with pre-installed SSD, but we have only stated the two common ones in the specification.

CPU 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7 6700 HQ CPU
             Operating System   Windows 10 Home
RAM 8GB/16GB
Hard Drive Size 1 TB
Hard Drive Speed 7,200rpm
Hard Drive Type HDD
SSD Slot M2.0  empty slot
Display Size 15.6
Native Resolution 1920×1080
Optical Drive DVD+/-RW DL
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M / 1060M
Video Memory 2GB/4GB
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Model Integrated 802.11ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Touchpad Size 4.1 x 2.75-inches
Ports RJ-45 Ethernet
1x USB 2.0 + 2x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 3.1
Headphone Jack + Mic Jack
HDMI
Card Slots SD memory reader
Warranty/Support one-year
Size 15.1 x 10.1 x 1.3 inches
Weight 5.6 pounds

Conclusion:

This is a pretty solid laptop with few cons and some bad engineering defects, if you are a casual – hardcore gamer and want little portability with your setup then this laptop is a good choice. It’s not too expensive and has some pretty dope features which make it a great deal. This laptop is a great choice for college boys living in hostels who can have fun at night playing games and can carry this machine to the classroom for studies, plus showoff :p.

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