As we progress in time towards more efficient and powerful components, more power can be crammed into smaller platforms without the need for extreme cooling solutions. While this has opened the door for the likes of devices such as the Intel NUC, the improvements translate fantastically into the laptop market.
Asus’ involvement in the gaming laptop market is longstanding and well known with models such as the G53 and G74. The sheer power behind these laptops led to a very large footprint and the need for elaborate and extensive cooling solutions. Will the advancements of computing today allow Asus to negate the need for back-breaking monstrosities to deliver the power gamers need? Read on to see how the GL752V stacks up!
Asus stays true to ROG theme with a bright red and black box, sure to catch your eyes from the store shelves. However not much is displayed to you until you take a look at the specifications stickers on the back of the box. A good thing to note is that the GL752V does have a year of accidental damage warranty.
Opening the box up reveals a snug laptop and its behemoth charger, as well as the typical Asus warranty card, user guide, and safety precautions. What I haven’t seen with their other devices are the Velcro cable tie and microfiber cleaning cloth. The charger already has two Velcro ties on it, so I assume this would be for things like a mouse and headset that you would be hauling around with you with a laptop such as this.
I always like to include a charger picture to gauge how much power the device might draw and to give future readers a model number for those who tend to lose things. This charger is model A15-120P1A, drawing 6.32 amps at 19 volts. Obviously that is only the peak draw and you should expect far less draw when you’re just surfing. Nonetheless you have about 120 watts to feed into your laptop to ensure you have all you need when you’re fragging at full power.
The Asus GL752V comes in either a brushed gray plastic or a more premium two-toned gray-metal chassis. In the case of this review we have the single toned plastic. With that said the finish looks fantastic overall and doesn’t feel cheap. As you can see though, it is kind of a fingerprint magnet.
A full sized keyboard, massive track pad, and a lot of open space greet you upon lifting the lid. With a 17.3” FHD screen, Asus had plenty of space to pull all the stops. The trackpad tracks nicely and responds to clicks accurately and without fuss. Due to the proximity of where your hand rests for WASD placement you will definitely need to disable it while gaming. (You’re not thinking of using that trackpad for gaming I hope!)
The keyboard is well thought out, leaving the necessary space between keys to ensure you’re not hitting more than you intend. Asus notes that the low profile keys only have 1.8mm of travel and I completely believe it. The keys feel very responsive during gaming and took well to repeated taps without missed registers. The bright red painted WASD cluster, ridge on the W key, and ROG themed red key backlighting all lead to being able to keep your hands positioned where they should be since you lack the depth found from a desktop’s keyboard.
Moving to the bottom we find two fantastic things. First and foremost, an easily removable panel grants you access to most things you can easily replace, including an M2 port for sweet SSD additions. Secondly, the port for Asus’ “ROG Sonic Bass” is smacked dead centre near the rear to act as a subwoofer. The GL752V’s audio is great for a laptop and can pump out more than enough volume without turning into a distorted mess. The sound is fairly well composed and the Sonic Bass helps to avoid some of the “tin can” sound you’ve come to expect from most laptops.
Connectivity is plentiful and varied in the best of ways. The right side consists of the two 3.5mm jack for audio output and input, two USB 2.0 ports, the DVD-RW drive, and Kensington lock slot. The left consists of the charging port, heatsink exhaust, Mini Displayport, full-sized HDMI, Ethernet, USB 3.0, and a fancy USB 3.1 Type C port. The rear is complete barren and the front consists of only the SD card slot and notification lights for the likes of power and HDD activity.
OS and Gaming Performance
The GL752V comes with Windows 10 Home edition preloaded alongside a bundle of Asus applications and a random collection of useful and not-so-useful stuff. It’s definitely not bad compared to a lot of Asus devices of the past. This all takes up 36GB of the C: drive, which I must add is a partition only totalling 371GB. The other 558GB of usable space ends up being your D: drive, named DATA. On a gaming laptop with a single HDD this decision seems odd as the C: drive is just going to balloon with games and then run out of space.
Of course the GL752V is marketed as a gaming laptop and must be put through the wringer! Coming in with an Intel Core i7 6700HQ, 16GB of DDR4, and an NVIDIA GTX960M this laptop has potential right out of the gate. The number one specs downfall for gaming is the 7200RPM HDD found in this specific model. After being on nothing but SSDs for my own computers for some time now, the old school rotational drive makes loading times feel abysmal. Quick travelling and going in and out of buildings in Fallout 4 was just dreadful. I very highly suggest if you do wish to purchase the GL752V that you go with a model that comes with an SSD. The other option, thanks to the easily removable back panels, is to install your own choice of SSD into the M2 slot. This may be even more preferable as Asus only offers up to 256GB out of box.
Gaming testing was performed on GeForce driver version 365.19 at the laptop’s native resolution of 1920×1080. For Fallout 4 I disabled the 60FPS cap by changing the “iPresentInterval” setting to 0 in the “Fallout4Prefs.ini” file. The quality settings were set using the “Low” preset within the game’s launcher. Counter Strike: Global Offensive was set to maximum graphics, with vsync and FPS cap turned off.
Overall the GL752V performs very well for less GPU bound games thanks to the i7 6700HQ. For something more graphically intensive, such as Fallout 4, the GTX960M starts to chug a bit. In this case pure FPS numbers don’t tell the whole story as I noticed was that vsync was an absolute must to have a decent experience. The tearing that this panel exhibits is nothing short of terrible.
Asus has a few generations of pure gaming laptop power behind them, allowing a lot of refinement from past experiences. The GL752V packs a much smaller footprint than the G53 of generations past while keeping the heat under control. The upgradeability and ease of access is fantastic compared to the glue sealed boxes that are so prevalent now. The i7 6700HQ paired with 16GB of RAM is fantastic for gaming and everyday computing. The GTX960M does pack some power, but not enough for me to consider this a capable desktop gaming PC alternative. My biggest qualm is the archaic option of only a single rotational HDD which ends up slowing down the whole experience. In the end I can see this laptop being a proper gaming solution while mobile so long as you spend the extra on a model with an SSD or purchase a M2.0 SSD and use that as your main drive and the stock 1TB as your data drive.
With all this we will be awarding the GL752V our Real Deal Award as it comes in at a great price $899-1299 and offers simple upgrades as well as great performance for most portable gamers.