ASUS ROG STRIX GL703V GAMING LAPTOP
Asus ROG Strix GL703V is the perfect gaming laptop in 1080p. It comes with a GeForce GTX 1060, which is adjudged has one of the best options for 1080 resolution for gaming laptops. With 16GB, 256GB SDD, you can be sure that the performance of this laptop is dazzling. 1TB of storage is enough to take care of your files for years to come.
Asus ROG Strix GL703V is a superb laptop for gaming. This does not mean it can not perform other basic computer tasks. The lid is made of aluminum; while the rest of the body is made in black plastic. On the surroundings of the keyboard is a soft-touch finish made with carbon fiber. The keyboard is as cool as the laptop itself. The keyboard feels good when used for gaming. The screen comes in huge 17.3-inch. When the laptop is compared in terms of thinness, it beats its predecessors and contemporaries hands down. The thickness is 24mm, while it weighs less than 3kg.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V has connectors like USB 3.0 ports, which are four in number, and one USB-C port. Connector for video is well taken care of with HDMI available to put your gaming on a big screen display. For internet connection, there is an RJ45, which you can plug into the Ethernet port and you are connected. There is also an SD slot for your memory card.
Display and Screen
Asus ROG Strix GL730V display is of one its selling points. Apart from being a 17.3-inch screen with 227 pixel per inch (ppi), it has 1920×1080 pixels IPS LCD technology with a perfect finish in matt. The color display is so bright and crystal clear. The screen can be said to be “Retina” when viewed from a distance. The sharpness of the pictures is very brilliant. Measuring the peak brightness stood at 385 cd/m2 and 370cd/m2 across the surface. The display goes beyond the RGB standard for screen display. The display standard fits perfectly with that of the movie industry standard. Playing games and watching movies come with pleasant experience. At 700:1 color contrast, the laptop is best suited for gaming. At this setting, the laptop is extremely bright and vibrant.
Asus ROG Strix GL703V comes with high contrast. With 1238:1 contrast, its picture quality is unparallel. This beats other IPS LCD laptops completely. It is also in 120Hz panel; not 60 Hz.
Keyboard & Trackpad
A closer look at the keyboard clearly gives it away as a keyboard for gamers. The keyboard buttons are crafted into the pad instead of the usual way of having the button sit below the pad. With a GeForce graphics card, gamers can enjoy themselves all the way. The keyboard has a backlit in rainbow colors. The keyboard has keys that are of the WebSphere Studio Application Development (WSAD) version. The keys have transparent lights. It has different LED zones too to beautify the keyboard. You can choose different colors for the keyboard. The keyboard is extra soft and very comfortable. The trackpad is also okay and very responsive. The trackpad is made of plastic.
Asus ROG Strix GL703V comes with a 7th generation CPU made by Intel. It is a Core i7 – 7700HQ with high level of performance. The quad-core processor has four cores, 2.8GHz, with 3.8GHz turbo. It comes with Windows 10 Operating System and 256GB. Speed and reliability is not in doubt. The read speed is 562MB per second and its write speed is 264MB per second. The laptop runs on top performance with this top-notch configuration. The big deal is with the graphics card. It is fitted with a 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. This is perfect for any 1080p gaming.
Asus ROG Strix GL703Vstrikes a balance between cost and performance. You can open as many tabs and apps you want because the laptop is lavished with 16GB DDR4 2800MHz RAM.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V laptop is strong enough to withstand pressure even when games are played for three hours without stopping. The fan does a good job by blowing out heat thereby cooling the laptop all the time. Using headphones when playing games is advised so that the fan noise does not distract you. The speakers did not disappoint at all. The stereo speakers have good sound and nice bass.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V battery is very decent with 64Wh cell. The laptop can last up to 3 hours on continuous gaming. It lasts more when performing other tasks like typing documents or watching movies. An extra battery is advised if you want to use the PC for more than three hours. It is mostly a home laptop; so it can be in the mains if you want to use it for more three hours without purchasing an extra battery.
- CPU – 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ
- Graphics – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
- RAM – 16GB
- Display – 17.3 inches
- Storage – 256GB, 1TB
- Ports – 1 USB, 4 USB 3.0, HDMI, headset jack, LAN
- Connectivity – 802.11ac, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Webcam – HD Webcam
- Weight – 6 kilos (2.7kg)
- Dimension – 16.5 x 11.0 inches
- Battery – 64 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bits
- Networking – Realtek RTL 8168/811
- Sound – Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
- Mainboard – Intel HM175
CPU– Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ
Asus ROG Strix GL730V comes with Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ processor. Over the years with gaming laptops, the Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ has been the most consistent processor for gaming laptops. This is for good reason too. The Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ has 2.8GHz and with 3.8GHz turbo speed ensures that gaming is enjoyed uninterrupted. The Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ is from the Kaby Lake range. It is the successor to the Sky Lake Core i7 – 6700HQ. It offers a slightly higher clock speeds. The clock speeds was increased from 2.8Hz to 3.8 Hz. Intel also made a slight update on the iGPU department of the Core i7 – 7700HQ. This makes the performance to be slightly better than its predecessor Core i7 – 6700HQ. The smoothness and the general performance of the processor have become very re-assuring for gaming PC makers.
The HD Graphics 630 is boosted with higher clock speeds from 350 MHz to 1110 MHz compared to the previous HD Graphics 520 with clock speeds updated from 350 MHz to 1050 MHz.The processor achieved a lot than speed. It comes with reliability and dependability. Being a quad-core CPU, it is not surprising that it controls the market share of laptop processors used in gaming laptops. The Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ also supports Neflix’s video streaming of 4k videos. Heavy workloads have failed to show down the processor because of its resilience.
GPU – Ndivia GeForce GTX 1060 Performance
Asus ROG Strix GL730V comes with the Ndivia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor. The graphics performance of the processor is commendable. Without mincing words, this graphics processor makes gaming a delight for gamers. It is made for high-end laptop configurations. The graphics processor performs far better than GTX 960M which was the flagship model. It has clock speeds of up to 800 MHz. Its performance is very impressive. After some intensive tests, the graphics processor scored high. The GPU is usually made for 15 and 17-inch notebooks. It is a graphics processor that is well equipped with power to perform optimally to the satisfaction of gamers. It keeps delivering to its best capacity.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V wireless speed is relative. Receive speeds is very okay. The receive speed is around 650 Mbit per second, while the transmit speed is around 450 Mbit per second. This speed is enough for normal regular users. However, if you want to play online games or transfer file with the speed of light, it is advised that you use an Ethernet jack. With Ethernet jack, you won’t encounter any problems transferring files or playing online games.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V comes with 1 Terabyte of storage space; you will not have any problems with the storage of files. 1TB is largesse for owners of the Asus ROG Strix GL703V. Users have a choice to choose between SATA and NVMe storage devices. The transfer speed for the storage is very okay.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V does not emit heat compared to other gaming laptops. The fan noise is very moderate. When the laptop is overloaded, it continues to withstand pressure by not getting too hot to the extent that you start to feel it. After 2 hours of continuous gaming, the fan may start to make some noise but that does not slow down the performance of the laptop. If the noise becomes irritating, you can make use of the headphones. Using headphones puts in your own world.
As explained earlier, the laptop may get hot after a long use for like up to 2 hours especially during gaming. But this can be managed because the hot air does not get to the keyboard. There are two cooling fans fitted in the laptop. There are also heat pipes which are well connected to both heat sinks. The design perfectly helps heat to be blown out very easily.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V energy consumption is not different from other laptops with similar specs. Turning on the laptop can consume up to 85 Watts and 165 Watts at peak performance. It can be around130 to 135 Watts when playing games. This is not different from other gaming PCs on GTX 1060 laptops which are usually made for gaming. The level of power consumption could be as a result of its 120Hz panel. Gaming laptops with 60Hz do not consume power that much compared to 120Hz.
Using our benchmarks, the graphics performance is wonderful. At the frame rates of 60 fps using the HD / Ultra settings, most games played perfectly well. A game like The Witcher 3 can be very demanding, it needs to be played at a lower frame rates in order for it to play well. Games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends play so well because it is played on 120Hz. Both games could run close to 90 fps. 120Hz is more interesting when it is used to play these games.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V gaming performance in general is very commendable. Newer games can also play well on the laptop depending on the settings. With the right settings, any game can be played on the laptop because it is a very high grade laptop.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V comes preloaded with Windows 10 Operating System (OS). Having it pre-loaded saves you the headache of downloading and installing the Operating System yourself. You can also download the drivers from the Asus official website.
Maintenance & Disassembly
Asus ROG Strix GL730V is easy to maintain. In order to remove and upgrade the RAM, you have to turn the back side of the laptop. There is access to the storage and memory slots where there is a service lid at the bottom of the laptop. In case you want to remove the battery, you just have to remove the whole bottom plate in order to have access to the battery compartments. Same applies to the other RAM; the whole bottom has to be removed to access it. The two RAMs are not on the same compartment. If you can not handle this, you are advised to visit a local repairer in your locality.
Asus ROG Strix GL730V goes down as the best ROG laptop from the GL series. Having an Intel Core i7 – 7700HQ processor and a GTX 1060 graphics processor makes it a perfect configuration for gaming. Fitted with an HD webcam makes taking pictures fun. The pictures taken with the webcam are very bright and brilliant. The display of the laptop is incomparable with its contemporaries in the ROG segment. It is the real deal for gamers.