Review: ASUS GL552V Gaming Notebook
When you’re gaming on the go, having a solid gaming notebook with enough grunt to handle your games is a must. But performance alone isn’t enough these days – you need to have that umph and wow factor that can only come from something that not only fits the part, but looks the part too.
Enter the GL552V Gaming Notebook from ASUS, a notebook that seems to encompass both of these ideals in splendid fashion.
Let’s dive in and take a look at the specs of this unit. The GL552V features:
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ running at 2.60GHz per core
- 8.00GB of memory
- Intel HD Graphics 530 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M with 2GB of dedicated memory, utilizing their patented Optimus graphics switching technology
- It also includes a 256GB solid state drive
- 1TB storage drive
- 15.6″ Full HD display running at a native 1920×1080 pixel resolution
As far as connectivity goes, you’ve got your standard USB port types and the inclusion of USB 3.1 Type-C, and dual-band wireless connectivity via 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz wireless bands.
But how does it perform? For the purposes of testing, we installed Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Gold Edition (which we’re presently reviewing), World of Warcraft, and a handful of other titles. For pretty much every game we tested, we were able to achieve some consistently solid framerates of up to 60 frames per second on high to ultra settings. Unlike the ASUS ROG GL502 that we reviewed earlier this year, we didn’t experience any ghosting with the LCD display panel, which is makes for a much better viewing experience.
One thing that we need to point out is that while running a 1080p resolution desktop on a 15.6″ display makes everything look crisp and detailed, the other side of the coin is that text elements are hard to read, forcing users to increase text size via Windows. While this isn’t the worst thing in the world, it certainly does detract points here. Either you put up with teeny-tiny text that’s crisp but hard to read, or put up with fuzzy-around-the-edges text.
Maybe you’re just after some performance statistics, and how it compares to similarly equipped PCs? Well, we’ve got you covered. Below is a screengrab of our tests using 3DMark 11.
This unit scored X1864 on 3DMark 11, which when you look at the graph featured above, scores just below some of the top tier gaming laptops from three years ago.
More interestingly however, we compared this result to the last ASUS notebook unit that we reviewed, and the only real difference was that this unit (GL552V) includes a GTX960M whereas the previous unit (ROG GL502) features a GTX970M, and yet this unit still ranked higher on the 3D mark test.
If you’re interested in looking at the full test results, you can do so here.
Moving on from the performance side of things, the GL552V features the signature ASUS styled red and black backlit keyboard design, with an emphasis on the WASD keys. Atop of the keyboard is technological pattern etched into the plastic chassis of the unit just above the twin speaker outputs.
The GL552V also includes a full keyboard layout with number pad that is really nice to type on. If there’s one thing I can definitely compliment ASUS on, it’s how their keyboards feel when using them, as it felt very much the same way with the GL502.
Along with the keyboard goes the cursor trackpad. We found that the default sensitivity settings are a bit hit and miss with registering fingers for things like selecting items on the desktop or opening files. However, the trackpad features a clickable centre where you can push the trackpad in and it’ll act like the primary click of a mouse for those who like that tactile feedback. This is additional the the standard left and right buttons at the base of the trackpad area.
We’re impressed with the build quality of this unit. Structurally, it’s absolutely solid and feels great to carry around without that lingering feeling of fragility as though you’re going to drop it and break it. The chassis appears to be made of a thick plastic which feels like it could take quite a bit, but it does seem to visibly track fingerprints on it, meaning you’ll likely need to clean it often.
|In conclusion, the ASUS GL552V is your run-of-the-mill gaming notebook, but damn does it feel comfy to use. It handles most games well and high settings, although we think that the current hardware employed will feel dated as newer titles are released over the next few years that have more demanding requirements than what this able to put out. The GL552V goes for between $1200 and $2000 depending on where you shop from.||4 4 ( on 4 rating)|