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Reviewed: ASUS ROG GL752VW

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asus rog gl752 test teaserWhile we still anxiously wait for our first water-cooled gaming notebook to arrive from ASUS. We got a chance to check out its younger sister model the ASUS ROG G752VT the other day. If you’re looking for something a little more compact, a little lighter and a slightly cheaper price point, though, the ROG GL752VW we’ve got on hand today from ASUS could be for you. The Intel Core i7 6700HQ based notebook comes paired with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M and is priced at around $1,250.

If you liked what you saw from ASUS the other day via the ROG G752VT notebook but thought that it was maybe a little too expensive and offered more power then you needed, what we have on hand today might be perfect for you. Priced from $1,000 to around $1,500, users can choose between an Intel Core i5 6300HQ or Core i7 6700HQ which is paired exclusively with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. Outside of the key components, memory can be upgraded to 32GB while options like optical drive, hard drives and SSDs can all be changed. The 17.3” display carries with it a resolution of 1920 x 1080 but lacks any kind of extras like G-Sync.

Our sample today carries a cost of around $1250 and brings with it the higher end Intel Core i7-6700HQ and GeForce GTX 960M. Along with that we’ve got 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB 2.5” HDD and additional 128GB M.2 SSD.

Noble barebone without any major defects

All of this sits inside a 415 x 273.8 x 40.3 mm chassis that comes in at around 2.9 kg. While the device base is made of plastic, the Taiwanese company has chosen to make the screen lid out of aluminum. Overall, however, the design is kept very simple. On the lid we’ve got just the ASUS and ROG logo – unlike its big brother, no illumination is offered.

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Via the maintenance cover on the base you can gain quick access to your RAM, HDD and SSD. However, not replaceable is the battery.

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As with the larger sister model, the ASUS ROG G752VT, a solid audio experience is offered. Between the keyboard and screen we’ve got two stereo speakers while a subwoofer is offered in the base. While the audio isn’t quite as accurate as the larger ROG G752VT, it is a good deal more sonorous than other devices.

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The chicklet keyboard makes a good impression with its sufficiently large 16 x 16 mm keys offering an excellent pressure point. Due to the larger 17.3” display, regular users of the numpad will be glad to know ASUS has offered it, albeit, with slightly smaller keys. Being a gaming laptop means we’ve got a focus on the WASD keys alongside backlighting that can be adjusted in three levels.

Good touchpad, many terminals

Even better than the keyboard, though, is the touchpad with very precise movement. However, tt’s really a pity that we don’t see a dedicated right and left mouse button. Modern terminals are offered which see Gigabit networking, audio jacks, USB 3.0, USB Type-C alongside HDMI and DisplayPort.

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As with the ASUS ROG G752VT, the terminals are housed on both sides with the back being empty and only the card reader being offered on the front.

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The position of the connections is a bit unfortunate. Those who rely on a wired network connection will find the corresponding port on the left side quite close to the front of the device. Moving it to the rear would’ve made for a much more convenient location. Otherwise the rest of the connections included are Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.0 along with a USB 3.1 Type-C connector that supports Thunderbolt are located around it.

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On the opposite side there are two more USB ports and a pair of 3.5mm audio jacks. The DVD burner and usual Kensington lock are also seen here. Due to the slimmer dimensions ASUS has opted to save room via a smaller battery. Despite the higher-end Skylake CPU and discrete graphics solution, only a 48 Wh battery is offered. Rounding off the features is dual-band wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0 and the already mentioned audio setup.