ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 and GL502VM-DB74 Gaming Laptops Review

ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 is a 15.6 inch VR Ready gaming laptop from ASUS. GL502VM-DB71 is one of the models in ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM laptops. Another model, GL502VM-DB74 is also similar to DB71 with same specifications but comes with an extra 256 SSD storage.

So, we are reviewing ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 and ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB74 gaming laptops in this review. Both are same with same specifications, design and everything.

Lets see the review of ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 and ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB74.



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Design:

These models look rough but are stylish too. Black color laptop casing with ROG logo on top of the laptop. This is the general laptop casing and design which we see in ASUS ROG budget-friendly gaming laptops. Basically, gaming laptops are heavy in weight and are more thicker than normal laptops. But things are changed. This laptop weighs around 4.8 pounds and is about 0.94 inch thin. So, these models are thin and weighs lesser than most of the normal laptops. These compact and thin models can be carried around easily.

Features a large trackpad and specially-designed chicklet gaming keyboard with red-backlit scissor switch keys. This type of keyboard is needed for gamers. Also to keep the laptop cool even in extreme usage, this laptop features Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system. This cooling system of heat pipes and dual fans, keeps the CPU and GPU cool every time.

Overall, compact laptops which looks stylish. Its easy to carry around and use regularly like a normal everyday laptop.

Display:

While playing games, the refresh rate of the monitor is very important like the GPU and CPU of the laptop. This 15.6 inch Full HD display laptop features a 60 Hz anti-glare panel using G-Sync technology and Wide View technology.

NVIDIA's G-Sync technology reduces lag, minimizes frame rate stutter and eliminates visual tearing which we commonly see while playing high-graphic games. And with Wide View Technology, you can see display clearly up to 178 degrees without any color shifts.

Overall, Full HD 60 Hz display is a good deal for a budget-friendly gaming laptop.

Performance:

A single laptop for all your gaming and for doing heavy computing and multi-tasking. These models are enough for using demanding applications without any problems. These models are powered by 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor (6M Cache). Its a quad core processor which can go up to 3.5 GHz using Turbo Boost technology.

This processor is commonly used in most of the gaming laptops at the time writing this post. Browse internet with many opened tabs, watch Full HD videos, do multi-tasking, run demanding applications like video editing softwares and do many more on these models. You are getting the best processor for the price.

To support this processor, 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM is added for these laptop models. 16 GB RAM is enough for the processor and the performance. You can also upgrade up to 32 GB of RAM.

Storage has to be high in gaming laptops. As we said earlier, these two models, ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 and ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB74 are same in everything except their storage. DB74 model comes with an extra 256 GB SSD. So, ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 storage is 1 TB @ 7200 RPM and ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB74 storage is 1 TB @ 7200 RPM + 256 GB SSD.

1 TB @ 7200 RPM is a good choice for a gaming laptop. They are faster and gives best support while playing games. If you want more storage, go for ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB74 model which costs around $1550 at the time of this review.



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The best part of a gaming laptop is its GPU. These models feature a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphic card with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM. This GPU is mostly found in high-end but budget-friendly gaming laptops of mid-2016. This GPU delivers better performance for playing games at higher resolutions.

GTX 1060 supports few of the NVIDIA technologies like VRWorks and Ansel technology. VRWorks technology lets you to play virtual reality games and Ansel technology lets you to take high quality 360 degree in-game pictures for viewing in VR Headset.

Overall, for the price of the laptop, getting a GTX 1060 GPU is great. And coming to its performance, this is the best high-end budget-friendly gaming laptop from ASUS. If you want more storage, go for DB74 model. If you want large display with same specifications, take a look at ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB74.

Webcam and Audio:

Webcam and audio are also important in a gaming laptop. If you live stream your gameplay, a high clarity webcam is very important. So, ASUS has integrated an HD webcam with a digital microphone. This microphone can filter out the ambient noises, so you will have best voice clarity even without headphones.

Two built-in stereo speakers output decent audio using ASUS SonicMaster Technology. With ROG Gaming Center, you can change the audio modes to best suit the situation like choose a different mode while watching a movie or while playing a video game.

Connectivity:

These models features general connectivity options found in ASUS ROG gaming laptops of this price range. At left side of the laptop, you will find power socket, one HDMI port, one RJ45 LAN port, one USB 3.0 port, one mini Display port and one USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 2) port which supports Thunderbolt.

On right side, you will find two USB 3.0 ports, Lock set, Headphone in/out jack and Multi-format SD card reader.

For wireless connectivity, these models feature an integrated 802.11 ac WiFi adapter and Bluetooth V4.1 adapter.

Overall, connectivity is good for a gaming laptop. With USB 3.0 ports and USB 3.1 Type C Thunderbolt port, you can have faster data transfers, connect to high resolution display's using HDMI port, have best wireless internet connectivity etc.

Battery:

For gaming laptops, battery life is always low. In general usage, these models can give up to 4 or 5 hours of battery life. Battery life totally depends on your usage and may decrease with time and usage.

Operating System:

These models run on Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit version.

Others:

With above specifications and features, you have to know about ASUS ROG Gaming Center. This gaming center tunes your laptop to give enough power suitable for the work you are doing or for the game you play. This change of performance modes saves battery life and reduce heating problems.

Pro:
  • Everything about these models are pros. Design, processor, GPU, RAM, connectivity, backlit-keyboard, price and everything.
  • USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 2) port with Thunderbolt is the a major pro for these models.
  • A single laptop for playing video games and running demanding applications.

Cons:
  • Audio output from the speakers is normal with low bass. Many users may not like that.
  • Battery life is low. For gaming laptops, battery life is always low and we can't complain about that.


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Specifications:

Technical Specification of ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 and GL502VM-DB74
Display 15.6 inch (16:9) LED backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) 60 Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC with G-Sync and WideView Technology
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor (6M Cache, can go up to 3.5 GHz)
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM
Storage 1 TB HDD @ 7200 RPM (GL502VM-DB71)
1 TB HDD @ 7200 RPM + 256 GB SSD (GL502VM-DB74)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM + Intel HD Graphics 530
Webcam HD Webcam with Integrated Microphone
Audio Two Stereo Speakers
Headphone Jack
ASUS SonicMaster Technology 
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 ac WiFi
Built-in Bluetooth V4.1
Interface One COMBO audio jack
Three USB 3.0 ports
One USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 2) Thunderbolt port
One RJ45 LAN Jack
One HDMI port
One Mini Display Port
One Multi-Format SD Card Reader
Battery 4-cell Li-Ion battery (Up to 5 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 10.5 x 15.4 x 0.9 inches
Weight Approx. 4.8 lbs

Conclusion:

Overall, for the price, these are the best value gaming laptops from ASUS. You can use these models as a gaming laptops or as a powerful everyday laptops. Play video games or do multi-tasking, these models will give you best performance for the price.

With same specifications and large (17.3 inch) display, ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB74 are available for almost same price of their 15.6 inch display alternative. If you want 17.3 inch display, take a look at GL702VM models too.


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