Asus ROG Strix GL502VS Gaming Laptop Review- Big, Bold, Amazingly Fast
• Incredible Gaming Performance
• Above average cooling capabilities
• Excellent application performance
• Exceptionally loud audio output
• Good color calibration level
• Decent keyboard performance
• Average weight considering a gaming machine
• Regular and modern connectivity options
• Below average camera
• Unsatisfactory battery life
• Noisy while gaming
Influx of gaming laptops in Indian markets has increased more than ever before. For the last couple of years, all major PC manufacturers are introducing their best technology to Indian consumers, not only the products are crammed with unsurpassed technology, the time of arrival has also trimmed down to a couple of weeks now or mostly the same day. The only reason behind all this is the rapid demand from the Indian market. If we talk about gaming, then I believe in 2-3 years down the line we’ll have our own gaming shows, gaming competitions and cash prize based live gaming challenges with huge amounts of monetary prices involved, happening in here only.
Asus understands the market really well, and all those sitting behind the table recognize how to tap it at the right time. We’re not talking about the PC industry only; the company is also focusing at the smartphone arena. There are only a couple names that come to your mind when you think of gaming laptops, but the industry will grow soon.
But, is the Indian audience prepared for a gaming revolution? Undoubtedly, YES. So far we didn’t had the correct tech infrastructure available, however the situations are way ahead of what we addressed 5 years back. We love all these products and expect Asus and other brands to persistently work in harmony, so that a mix bag of both cost effectiveness and latest innovation could satiate the appetite of Indian gamers.
Coming back to Asus ROG Strix 502VS. What is Asus ROG Strix 502VS? What is it all about? And what all it packs for gaming?
Well, Asus ROG Strix 502VS is a gaming laptop from Asus. The device comes under “Republic of Gamers” series that only targets the top-end gaming audience. It’s not a regular laptop that you use in workplace or at home for writing word documents and filing excel sheets. It’s a gaming beast.
The ROG Strix 502VS packs an almost correct mix of both specs and design that’ll give you an adrenaline boost at the same time offering portability. Let’s get into an in-depth talk about the ROG Strix 502VS.
Asus ROG Strix 502VS features a tough material design with polished rear surface. The laptop measures 390 x 266 x 30.1 (15.4 x 10.5 x 1.2 inches) (WxDxH) in dimensions and weighs about 2.34 kilograms. We had a greater mass figure in mind while unpacking the machine, but Asus stunned us as the machine is as heavy as any conventional laptop. And considering it to be a gaming stallion, it’s a tough competitive. After all the unpacking was done, we checked the number of available cables and other materials packed with the laptop. Apart from some documentation there was a battery charger and a tie strap that’s all.
The laptop is a combination of black and red color, most of the elements are made of black while the remaining have a red lighting. All of this gives an adrenaline rush, just by looking at the device. And even if you’re not a gamer, you would love the machine just by the way it looks before even powering it on.
All the keys on the keypad are LED backlit with separate red color LED lighting it. Red light around the edges gives an energy vibe and you can control the brightness level of these lights. Touchpad also has a red border, although it’s not backlit, the size of the touchpad is good enough for running applications only. I would recommend using a gaming mouse.
Position of speaker is a spot on for best sound output. The speakers are placed at the front side of the laptop along its width. Power jack is placed on the left side next to the bunch of connection options. Connectivity options on the ROG Strix 502VS includes WiFi 802.11 A/C, Bluetooth, 3xUSB 3.0 ports, 1xUSB 3.1 port, 1xHDMI mini display port, power jack and memory card reader port.
Hinge in the display panel are an important component in any laptop. If the hinge are too supple then the panel would trembles easily, and with slight shove they’ll bother in the overall viewing experience. If too rigid, it will not release the panel easily. It has to be a combination of both rigidity and suppleness, so that the panel would let go easily and could stay stiff even when you’re travelling. The hinge on ROG Strix 502VS are a little rigid while releasing the panel, and are apt once the flap is completely opened. I would rate hinge fitting 8/10.
Bezels around the display are broader than what we generally witness in most laptops. They do look boring after a couple of days of use. Asus should have made the bezels thinner, even if it’s not a usual laptop, I feel like, adding a thin bezel would have improved the overall appearance, or made it look elegant. Although it’s one’s own preference, it’s only a mere suggestion to the company. A rating of 7/10 is good for bezels.
Lastly, all the ports are placed at a decent space leaving enough room for others to get sufficient breathing space.
Now let’s look at the specifications before jumping into the gaming performance.
- Processor – Intel Core i7 6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz with upto 3.5GHz turbo boost
- Chipset – Intel HM170
- Display – 6″ (16:9) LED backlit FHD (1920×1080) 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC and G-Sync
- Graphic – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB VRAM
- HDD – 1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD
- SDD – 256GB SATA S3
- RAM – 32GB DDR4 2133mhz
- Ports – 3xUSB 3.0 ports, 1xUSB 3.1 port, 1xHDMI mini display port, power jack and memory card reader port
Now that you’ve read the significant technical specifications of the ROG Strix 502VS, you are pretty much aware of everything that this machine packs. And you also have an idea about what all is packed inside the die cast magnesium body. Let’s talk how well it performs in high-end gaming alongside looking at the benchmark scores.
The testing of laptop was being done on following three types of games:
- Story mode games
- Racing games
- Quick color frame shifting games
The first game that I installed on the Asus ROG Strix 502VS was Battlefield 1. Since that’s the only game which I can play limitless times, the game is filled with high contrast images, it’s also good for testing the laptop on slow games for long run marathon sessions. The display on the laptop features a Full HD resolution. Pictures have good amount of details in them and even around the edges pictures are sharp. Black levels are great, however sometimes it feels like the colors are a little dull. In a story game like battlefield 1, frame rate was as good as a PC. I enjoyed the game painstakingly without having problems in frame shift.
Talking about the performance of ROG Strix 502VS in Battlefield 1, the game ran pretty smooth. I finished the game without facing any kind of lags or shutter delays. Player movement was swift and keystroke response was quick. Heating was very average, and only the top part of the laptop felt a little warmer while playing Battlefield 1.
Call of Duty: Black ops III also ran smoothly, player moment was swift and sharp. I tuned the brightness levels a little and noticed that the black levels are pretty dark all the time. Colors again were not very punchy but that didn’t annoy me any time during the gameplay. Frame rate was precise and keystroke response was also good.
Mafia 3 is another game which I can play as many times as possible. Overall response during the gameplay was first-class. Colors were good and the pictures looked sharp. What was surprising is that during the whole gameplay I didn’t encounter any overheating issues. Not only that, the fan also ran silently most of the time. So, that means if you’re a story mode gamer and love this genre of gaming, Asus ROG Strix will not disappoint you any time during the gameplay. You can easily play the game without noticing any sorts of shutter delays or lags.
If you really want to test this machine then play racing games on it. Asus heat management system is wonderful. After playing racing games for more than 4 days we didn’t encounter any dreadful conditions in the overall performance. Machine was running swift and even after 10 days of testing it took nearly 10 seconds to boot up. It does starts heating during high-end racing games playback, however the cooling system handles it really well. There’s only the noise that disturbs a couple of times if you haven’t plugged in the earphones. There’s no lag in the performance, even when one game was minimised, the other had no consequence over it. Colors were great and keystroke response was brilliant.
The WASD keys have a rubberised texture which gives a better grip compared to the other keys. Even after knocking the keys really hard for quick gear shift, the keys didn’t lose their grip. There was no quirky noise coming from the springs which is very impressive. Lastly, the frame shift and keystroke response was excellent.
Ryse- Son of Rome has fast shifting graphics and is both story and war based. During the playback colors turned out to be better than before. There was again no issue with the performance even after 7 days of testing, the machine was working fantastic. Keystroke response was great and the frame shift was good as well.
Deus Ex Mankind divided is also one of the best games you can try on Asus ROG Strix, everything feels like a movie while playing the game. Even in ultra settings it ran pretty smooth without any noticeable lags and the colors were decent as well.
I would rate 9/10 to the Asus ROG 502 VS in the gaming as all the games ran buttery smooth without delivering any sorts of performance issues. The fan noise is something that could bother you a couple of times but that’s nothing you should worry about. There was no heating problem with the machine and even after marathon gaming sessions it performed extraordinarily well.
Speaker outout on the ROG 502VS is fairly loud and I only used it at 80% most of the times. Using headphones and a gaming mouse is the best way to get an immersive experience. Lastly, it’s a VR ready laptop which means its ready for future, and all the upcoming virtual reality games would play on it.
Well, even if Asus claims a big number in battery life, we were not very impressed by it. In our hardcore gaming tests it hardly lasted more than an hour which is disappointing and we had to keep it connected to a power connection most of the times. Well the problem could be unit specific as it’s a review unit; however we expect it to be more than at least 2 hours in hardcore gaming sessions and close to 4 hours in continuous movie playback.
All those who want a portable gaming beast with best set of specifications crammed in a rugged design, ASUS ROG Strix 502VS is the machine you’re looking for. Although everything is packed neatly inside the laptop, there are a couple of factors to take into consideration before making the final choice. The machine is undoubtedly a beast, it has the best package of specifications any top class gaming laptop wish to offer, the hyper cool duo system is one of the best of all times, but it’s noisy during gameplay, battery life may disappoint you and the design isn’t very creative. So, if the mentioned points don’t bother you too much and it’s the performance that ultimately matter to you the most, go for Asus ROG Strix 502VS.