ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and GL702VM-DB74 Gaming Laptops Review

We have seen the review of ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 and GL502VM-DB74. Now, in this article, you are going to see the review of 17.3 inch display variants, ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and GL702VM-DB74. These 17 inch models have same specifications of 15 inch models.

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB74 are 17.3 inch display models with same specifications but differ in storage capacity. GL702VM-DB74 model comes with an extra 256 GB SSD storage with 1 TB HDD.

Lets see the review of ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB74.

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Design:

This is a thin and lightweight laptop but design of the laptop casing is different from GL502VM-DB71 and GL502VM-DB74 models. Black color laptop casing with neatly placed ROG logo on the surface of the laptop, well spaced tactile keyboard keys and large trackpad.

Its slim and lightweight design, lets you to carry anywhere. Keyboard has to be different for gamers as they tap on specific keys constantly. So, ASUS added a tactile and anti-ghosting keyboard for these models. This keyboard also lets you to play even in no light conditions, thanks to its red backlit keys.

A problem which gaming laptops alway face is 'Heating'. In GL502VM-DB71 and GL502VM-DB74 models we have seen Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system for cooling CPU and GPU. That same technology for cooling CPU and GPU is used in these 17.3 inch models but with an extra cooing fan. This cooling system features heat pipes around CPU and GPU with three cooling fans and neatly designed laptop for better air flow  So, you can take the laptop performance to its extreme conditions without worrying about the heat.

Overall, you are getting a compact, thin and lightweight ultimate gaming laptop without compromising the features required for gamers.

Display:

Want bigger screen for playing videos games? These two models comes with 17.3 inch LED backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC with G-Sync and WideView Technology. For the price, 17.3 inch Full HD display is accepted. With that bigger Full HD display, you can enjoy few of the display technologies from NVDIA GPU, like G-Sync Technology.

With G-Sync technology, there will be no tearing of the display while playing games. This technology also reduces stutter and eliminates lag for better gameplay. With WideView Technology, you will have better viewing angles up to 178 degrees without color distortions.

Overall, display is enough for watching Full HD videos and playing high-graphic games at high resolutions.

Performance:

Performance is similar to 15.6 inch display ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 and GL502VM-DB74 models. These 17.3 inch models, ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and GL702VM-DB74 are powered by 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor which can reach up to 3.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology. This is a High-end processor used in high-end and powerful laptops or gaming laptops. i7-6700HQ is enough for running demanding applications or for playing modern and advanced games. You can use this laptop for general usage, heavy computing, heavy gaming and running demanding applications ;ike editing videos etc.

A single laptop for all your computing and gaming. To support this processor, ASUS added 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM. DDR4-2133 is the highest RAM standard to get in a laptop and 16 GB of it is a specification we shouldn't ignore. 16 GB RAM is enough for most of the gaming and heavy computing, but if you want more RAM, you can upgrade up to 32 GB.

As we said earlier, both models, GL702VM-DB71 and GL702VM-DB74 have same specifications but only differ in storage capacity. GL702VM-DB71 model, which is priced around $1350 at the time of writing this review comes with 1 TB @ 7200 RPM HDD storage. Whereas GL702VM-DB74 model, which is priced around $1550 at the time of writing this review comes with 1 TB @ 7200 RPM HDD + 256 GB SSD.

Storage for both the models is accepted for their respective prices and must be enough for most of the gamers. 7200 RPM HDD is better and SSD is even better for gaming. So, there are no complaints about storage. If you want more storage, go for GL702VM-DB74 model or use an external HDD.

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One of the main specification for any gaming laptop is its GPU. If you have best CPU and lacks a decent GPU, that gaming laptop may not perform well. These models feature NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM.

GTX 1060 is the best graphic card used in high-end gaming laptops from mid 2016. This GPU delivers best gaming performance in Full HD resolution and this is the perfect combination for CPU. This GPU also lets you to play and enjoy VR games. These are VR Ready models which can be optimized for Virtual Reality games and applications.

As these laptops feature all high-end and high performing specs, they will output more power even for less computing. That may degrade the battery life. So, to limit the performance of these models amazing CPU and GPU, you have to use change performance modes of the laptop in ASUS ROG Gaming Center.

This gaming center is a way to control your laptop. Change the modes based on your usage. You have different modes for audio and video too.

Overall, this is a big powerful gaming laptop for hard-core gamers under budget. These specifications are enough for a gamer, for a programmer or for doing multi-tasking or for using demanding applications. You will be a satisfied customer with these models.

Webcam and Audio:

Features an HD webcam with an integrated microphone. HD webcam for these models is accepted as most of the budget-friendly laptops feature a 720p webcam. Microphone can filter out the noises and disturbances.

Two built-in speakers output clear audio with bass, all thanks to ICEpower.

Overall, these models webcam and audio are good.

Connectivity:

Good connectivity options are required for a gamer as well as for normal user. At left side of the laptop, you will find one RJ45 LAN jack, one mini Display port, one HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, headphone in/out jack and one USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 2) port with Intel Thunderbolt 3. At right side of the laptop, you will find lock set, two USB 3.0 ports and Multi-format SD card reader.

For wireless connectivity, this laptop features an integrated 802.11 ac WiFi adapter and Bluetooth V4.1.

Overall, connectivity is good. Have faster data transfers via USB 3.0 ports and USB 3.1 port, connect to other displays, read SD card and have faster and better internet connectivity.

Battery:

Battery for gaming laptops will always be low. You can expect around 3 to 4 hours of battery life even in normal usage.

Operating System:

These models run on Windows 10 operating system.

Pros:
  • Everything about these models is a pro for that price.
  • Performance is enough for an hard-core gamers who want a laptop under budget.
Cons:
  • Low battery life.
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Specifications:

Technical Specification of ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71 and GL702VM-DB74
Display 17.3 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 (GL702VM-DB71)
1 TB HDD @ 7200 RPM + 256 GB SSD (GL702VM-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 4 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 10.8 x 16.5 x 0.9 inches
Weight Approx. 6 lbs

Conclusion:

If you want a large display gaming laptops under $1600, take a look at ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB74 or if your laptop budget is under $1400, take a look at ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM-DB71.


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