Reviewing the ASUS ROG G752VT - A gaming laptop designed by aliens
Not too long ago, ASUS revealed the ASUS ROG G752VT: a new high-end gaming laptop from their Republic Of Gamers series. Obviously, this device is aimed at gamers who want to be able to play everything, anytime, no matter if they're at home or if they are on the go. The ASUS ROG G752VT promises to deliver great performance in a redesigned titanium body. We've had the pleasure of using this laptop for a couple of weeks. We've run many things on it, including plenty of games. In this review, we are going to tell you everything we liked and everything we didn't like about the ASUS ROG G752VT. If you are interested in purchasing this gaming laptop, read this review to learn what you are going to get for your money:
Unboxing the ASUS ROG G752VT gaming laptop
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The ASUS ROG G752VT comes in a large box, made from premium cardboard, that's beautifully painted. The front of the box features a large image of the actual laptop and the Republic of Gamers logo. You will notice that ASUS decided to change the definitory colors for this brand: instead of the black and red accents, ASUS' new gaming laptop has silver and orange accents. Even the logo is changed and uses these new colors.
The sides and the back of the box have some other smaller images and logos printed on them, and the back also holds some information about the hardware specifications of this laptop.
Inside the box, you'll find the laptop inside a protective textile, alongside the power adapter, the power cable, a cable tie, the user documentation and the warranty.
As you can see from the picture below, the ASUS ROG G752VT looks great and it gave us the feeling that we are looking at a device that's inspired by "sci-fi gladiator": aggressive and powerful! Just as you'd expect from a gaming laptop which comes with the motto "World domination. Evolved".
The ASUS ROG G752VT comes in a large box that gives you the feeling of a premium device before actually opening it. Not only do we have a new, powerful gaming laptop, but also ASUS changed the design colours for their Republic Of Gamers brand.
The ASUS ROG G752VT laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor, running at a base frequency of 2.60 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 3.1 GHz. This is a powerful processor that features four physical cores. Each core can run 2 threads simultaneously, thus offering a total of 8 logical cores. The Core i7 6700HQ processor was launched by Intel in the third quarter of 2015 and it's a one of the most powerful processors you can find in a laptop.
The sixth generation Intel processor supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM memory running at 2133 MHz , using up to four memory slots . The ASUS ROG G752VT offers these four RAM slots but, by default, the model we had in tests cam e with only 8GB of installed RAM memory. This is enough for any game you might want to play today, but as new games are being developed, you may want to add some more RAM in the future.
The ASUS ROG G752VT is part of the Republic Of Gamers family, so the graphics power is obviously important. This gaming laptop packs a powerful graphics card, one that should be able to handle any new game in Full HD resolutions at high video settings. We're talking about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M which comes with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a video card built on NVIDIA's newest architecture - NVIDIA Maxwell. It supports G-SYNC - a display technology that syncs the display refresh rate to the GPU, thus eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter.
The display ASUS chose to mount on the ROG G752VT is a Non-Glare LCD Panel with a diagonal size of 17.3", a FullHD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a 16:9 image aspect ratio. The display panel is built on the IPS technology which means that you will enjoy large viewing angles, good contrast and vivid colors. The 1080p resolution might seem a bit outdated to some, but it is exactly what gamers need, at least for now, when even the best hardware today struggles when it comes to handling games at higher resolutions. Another somewhat peculiar detail is the fact that ASUS chose to use a matte display instead a glossy one. However, we like matte as it means that glare is not an issue. It's also worth mentioning that on the upper rim of the display you will also find a HD webcam.
On the storage side, the ASUS ROG G752VT comes with various options. You can choose to purchase it with a 500GB HDD at 5400 or 7200 RPM, a 1TB HDD at 5400 or at 7200 RPM, a 2TB HDD at 5400 RPM or you can choose to equip it with a PCI Express solid state drive of 256GB or 512GB. The model we tested came with a 1TB HDD at 7200 RPM.
The ASUS ROG G752VT laptop also has an optical drive. Here too, you can choose among several options. You can get the it with a Blu-Ray DVD Combo, a Super-Multi DVD Writer or even a Blu-Ray Writer. The model we tested came with the Super-Multi DVD Writer. While optical drives are becoming less popular, we still believe that having one on your laptop is a good decision, especially if you are a gamer and you have games stored on DVDs.
The audio delivered by the ASUS ROG G752VT is handled by a set of built-in speakers with a subwoofer and an array microphone. ASUS also included a proprietary audio software technology called ASUS SonicMaster.
The ASUS ROG G752VT is a large laptop and ASUS didn't hesitate to take advantage of that. Having a large body means that you can include lots of ports. This gaming laptop comes with a HDMI port, a headphones jack, a m icrophone-in jack, a line-in jack, a USB 3.1 TYPE C port, three USB 3.0 ports, a RJ45 LAN jack, a Thunderbolt port, a SD card reader and an AC adapter plug.
The ASUS ROG G752VT includes all the modern networking options. You get an integrated wireless adapter that supports the 802.11 a/b/g/n standards and the modern 802.11ac standard that offers high-throughput connections via the 5GHz wireless frequency. The laptop also comes with a built-in Bluetooth v4.0 chip and a wired network card capable of offering transfer speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
The autonomy of the ASUS ROG G752VT is offered by a 6 cells 67 Whrs battery , while the power adapter is capable of an output of 19 V DC, 9.5 A, 180W . These values are quite high for a regular laptop but they are a perfect fit for the ASUS ROG G752VT. The high amperage of this power adapter is what it takes for long sessions of gaming. Under no circumstances will the power adapter will get hot. This gaming laptop makes no compromises when it comes to sturdiness, but that comes with a price: it's large and heavy. The ASUS ROG G752VT weights 4.04 kg (8.91 lbs) and it has 428 x 333 x 23 ~ 43 mm (16.85 x 13.11 x 0.90 ~ 1.69 inches) in width, depth and height.
If you want further details, you can find the official hardware specifications here: ASUS ROG G752VT - Specifications.
The hardware specs of the ASUS ROG G752VT are exactly what you'd expect from a gaming laptop. Even if the graphics card is not the best available on the market, it's close enough and we expect it to fare well in any modern game.
Using the ASUS ROG G752VT gaming laptop
In terms of design, the ASUS ROG G752 looks like it's a device created to be used by a military officer from the future. It's like it came out straight from a science-fiction book. The brushed silverish finish combined with the angled lines that appear in unexpected places make it look like something created from high octane hardware that a Predator would use. :)
We love the new design ASUS embraced for this lineup of gaming devices. However, there are a couple of mismatches or things that don't quite fit in with one another. Probably as they wanted to shift from the already classical gaming looks which nowadays consists of matte black and aggressive reds, ASUS decided to switch to a new color combination. The ASUS ROG G752VT is dominated by silverish brushed surfaces and orange copper accents.
This color combination is appealing to us, but we can't understand why ASUS didn't go the whole way. The interior of this gaming laptop is still dominated by blacks and reds. The keyboard backlighting is red, while the palm rests are black. The black parts somehow fit with the design, but the red doesn't. We think that a better design approach would have been for ASUS to also change to orange the backlight and the letter paint for the keyboard. As it is now, the interior design is inconsistent with the exterior design.
As for the display, ASUS chose to go with a 1080p IPS LCD matte screen which is great, as it reduces glare. However, this is a bit unusual for a gaming device. Most manufacturers prefer using glossy displays because glossy surfaces tend to make the colors look more vivid and the contrast seems higher. The ASUS ROG G752VT doesn't need that. Its matte display looks great as it is, both when playing video and especially in games.
The keyboard is also great, although non-gamers might not like it. It's a good thing that this laptop is a gaming laptop. :) ASUS used a geeky font with strong and square lines to paint the keys. They fit perfectly with the overall design of the laptop. The keyboard is spacious, with more than enough space between the keys, it includes a numerical pad and it also offers five macro keys on the top left. All the keys have good feedback and, according to ASUS, the anti-ghosting technology makes sure that every key you type on is interpreted fast and correctly, even if you hit 30 keys simultaneously. Writing and playing on this keyboard was a real pleasure for us.
The touchpad is large and with a silky texture. Gliding your fingers on it is a smooth experience. The silent mouse buttons are separated from the actual touchpad and feature a rubber-like texture that makes it easy to distinguish them from the touch surface.
The sound of the ASUS ROG G752VT is handled by two stereo speakers found on the rear of the laptop and a subwoofer placed on its bottom. Unlike on other of their high-end laptops, ASUS didn't partner with Bang & Olufsen and instead it chose to use its own audio solution. We found the sound to be well balanced and with a good bass and treble quality. You won't hear any distortions even if you push the volume to the maximum levels.
The webcam is decent but not spectacular, while the array microphone does its job well. If you're going to play multiplayer games and you'll chat a lot with your teammates you'll be pleased by the microphone. You voice will be clear and crisp. However, keep in mind that a team captain has to have more than a powerful voice in order to win battles! :)
A very important aspect to any hardcore gamer is the cooling efficiency of his or her gaming device. The good news is that the ASUS ROG G752VT features one of the best air cooling systems we've seen. This laptop has separate, dedicated cooling modules for the processor and for the graphics card. That ensures low temperatures even in intensive gaming workloads. Not only that, but we can testify that it also means you will have a pretty quiet gaming experience.
Apps bundled with the ASUS ROG G752VT
We appreciate that the T aiwanese company bundled some apps that can be useful for its target audience. However, ASUS also bundled a whole lot of applications that are barely useful or that bloat the operating system. Here's the list of all the apps you'll find preinstalled on the ASUS ROG G752VT:
- Dropbox - ASUS and Dropbox will give you 25GB of free storage space, for 6 months.
- Evernote - the popular cross platform app that allows users to take text, image and even video notes and sync them across multiple devices.
- ASUS Republic Of Gamers Gaming Center - software that acts as a central point for all the special features and gamer focused tools from ASUS. It's the place where you can manage and tweak custom gaming profiles, assign various actions to the macro keys, change the display settings and so on. This application will definitely be loved by gamers.
- ASUS Republic Of Gamers MacroKey - lets you assign various actions to be done when using the macro keys. The different profiles you can save for different scenarios can be very helpful for gamers.
- ASUS WebStorage - a cloud storage solution from ASUS, similar to Dropbox.
- WPS Office - an office suite that includes apps for writing documents, creating presentations and working with spreadsheets. However, you only get a trial version that works for 60 days, after which you will have to purchase it.
- ASUS On-Screen Display - is a tool that lets you configure whether your laptop displays various on- screen notifications: things like the keyboard backlight level or whether your touchpad is on or off.
- ASUS eManual - the laptop's user manual in PDF format.
- ASUS Republic Of Gamers GameFirst III - allows user customization of network traffic to prioritize games or other apps. This tool can be useful for gamers when they want to control how the network traffic is handled while playing games.
- ASUS Splendid Technology - lets you switch between color presets for the laptop's display.
- WinFlash - a tool that's designed to update the BIOS on your laptop. We recommend you keep this app and run it from time to time.
- McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security - a full security solution from McAfee. We tested it not long ago in our Security series and the results we got were quite poor. Our recommendation is for you to uninstall it and install another security suite.
- WildTangent Games - a portal from where you can purchase and download various casual games.
- XSplit Gamecaster - an app for live streaming and recording your games. The great news is that ASUS partnered with XSplit and you get an Unlimited Recording License. That's really nice and we bet that any gamer who will purchase the ASUS ROG G752VT will be pleased with this offering.
- Gameloft Games - a portal from where you can download and play games developed by Gameloft.
- TripAdvisor - the Windows universal app for the popular TripAdvisor travel site, which allows users to plan and book trips almost everywhere in the world.
- Flipboard - the Windows universal app for the popular news aggregation service.
ASUS bundled a couple of useful apps for gamers but it let us down by also bundling quite a lot o f apps that gamers will find unnecessary and unappealing.
Read the next page of this review to find out how the ASUS ROG G752VT fared in our benchmarks.