Page 1: Reviewed: ASUS ROG G752VT
ASUS has made headlines lately with its water-cooled, super powerful ROG GX700 notebook. Despite its excessive price point, one can’t deny that users are ready to buy. If you don’t need something quite as excessive, though, the ROG G752VT we’ve got on hand today might be for you.
Even if you’re willing to spend a large amount of money on your hobby to purchase something like the GX700 with its full GeForce GTX 980 and external water cooling, everyone has a limit as price to performance is always one of the most important focuses. With that in mind, gamers looking at notebooks that sit between the $1,500 to $2,500 mark may find exactly what they’re looking for in the G752VT. Sitting under the hood we’ve got a current Skylake CPU paired with a GeForce GTX graphics solution from NVIDIA along with a fast SSD and additional 2.5” mechanical drive for added storage.
Last September we saw ASUS launch a revised G752 series at IFA 2015 starting from around the $1,350 mark. At this price point you’re seeing a Skylake based i7 6700HQ, 16GB of RAM, GTX 965M and 1TB HDD. The 17.3” display offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 while other features include DVD burner, card reader, webcam, high-quality sound system and a chic gamer housing.
Those wanting more power alongside G-Sync to remove stuttering and tearing will have to dive a little deeper into their pockets. Here, the ASUS ROG G752VT carries a faster GTX 970M or GTX 980M, can be equipped with an Intel Core i7 6820HK and UHD 4K panel. Further upgrade options include an additional SSD and more RAM. However, this brings with it a decent price increase as we move into the $3,000+ range.
Our test configuration is going to set you back around the $1,700 mark and brings with it an Intel Core i7 6700HQ and GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB of video memory. Rounding out the core features are a 1TB hard drive paired with a much faster 256 GB SSD making use of the NVMe protocol. As for G-Sync, that’s unfortunately lacking on our particular model.
Chic but large housing
While the screen lid is covered with brushed aluminum, the bottom is made entirely of plastic and color-matched to look like the top. They keyboard also sits on a bed of plastic which is very slippery. On the sides, however, ASUS has again opted for the brushed aluminum helping add some color. Directly on the screen lid is the ROG logo which lights up orange during operation alongside the two lateral streaks. Between the hinges at the rear end of the notebook the words “Republic of Gamers” can be found. Finally, one of the more gimmicky features is a small plastic window that gives a view into the interior.
Overall, however, the ASUS ROG G752VT carries a depth of 333 mm and isn’t the most compact devices. Other units in the 17” class like the MSI GTX72 and Alienware 17 are much more compact. However, in return we do see impressive build quality. The chassis at all points are very stable and the screen sits securely in position. Only the display lid offers a bit of flex.
Coming in at around 4.1 kg, it’s also not a lightweight device. Those wanting to use as a desktop replacement, though, and intend to move it rarely will no doubt not be bothered.
The keyboard is extremely convincing with WASD highlights for gamers. Thanks to the large 17.3” format of the notebook, we see a full size numpad on the right side. The keys come in at 16 x 16 mm and offer a very good pressure point. Commendable is the fact that ASUS uses the standard layout and hasn’t chosen to adjust the layout like MSI are notorious for. Thanks to three-stage adjustable backlighting, gaming or working in darker environments is never an issue. The 119 x 68 mm touchpad has been moved to the left slightly and offers very good sliding properties and generally works very accurately.
Gamers looking for macro keys will find five across the top that can be configured using their own software. In addition, changes to the screen or image output are also possible via a dedicated button. Sitting below the touchpad we’ve got six small LEDs that inform users of the current operating status which includes hard drive activity and battery charge status. Whether or not airplane mode is on can also be seen, in which all transmission functions are switched off completely.
Visually and technically the ASUS ROG G752VT has a lot in common with its water-cooled flagship. Although the connections for the external water cooling have been removed, the vents on the back remain to help pull cool air into the system helping keep the CPU and graphics card temperature down.
The connections for the ROG G752VT are distributed to the left and right side to help keep clutter down. Thicker cables like networking, power and HDMI are pushed towards the rear of the device.
Most of the ports are mounted on the right side. At the very back we’ve got our power connector that is used in conjunction with the external 180w power supply. Moving forward we’ve got Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 connectors. Also seen is a single USB 3.1 Type-C connector with Thunderbolt 3 support before three audio connectors rounding everything off.
Many connections and a Blu-ray drive
On the opposite side there are a further two USB ports and Kensington lock for theft protection. Also seen is an SD card reader and ROM drive which supports not just DVDs and CDs, but also Blu-ray on our particular sample.
Rich bass is offered by a separate subwoofer installed on the underside with two stereo speakers mounted directly on the rear fins. Overall, the sound output is very precise and somewhat more powerful than other notebooks in this price and performance class.