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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review

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Lowest price Product: ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD 15.6" Gaming Laptop GTX1050 4GB Intel Core i7-7700HQ - $980.00
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  • $980.00 - 06/25/2017
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  • $999.00 - 04/18/2017
Since: 04/18/2017
  • Highest Price: $1,099.00 - 05/12/2017
  • Lowest Price: $980.00 - 06/25/2017

Asus is no stranger to giving customers options; their ROG brand is familiar with notebook models that can be configured nearly any way imaginable. The Strix line is typically their highest echelon, rife with notebooks brandishing the latest specs and boasting wonderful build quality. We have looked at Asus’ 17.3-inch offerings in the past – the GL752, GL702, and GL753 each provide different tiers for games at different budgets. For people who want a more portable machine, the Strix line also contains some 15.6-inch models as nicely. Today, we take a look at the GL553VD.

Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Specification

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Specification: ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD 15.6" Gaming Laptop GTX 1050 4GB Intel Core i7-7700HQ 16GB DDR4 1TB 7200RPM HDD RGB Keyboard

Processor frequency 2.8 GHz
Processor family 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor model i7-7700HQ
Processor boost frequency 3.8 GHz
Processor cores 4
Processor threads 8
System bus rate 8 GT/s
Processor cache 6 MB
Processor cache type Smart Cache
Processor lithography 14 nm
Processor operating modes 64-bit
Bus type DMI3
Processor codename Kaby Lake
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 45 W
Processor series Intel Core i7-7700 Mobile Series
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes 16
PCI Express slots version 3.0
PCI Express configurations 1x16,1x8,2x4,2x8
Tjunction 100 °C
Conflict Free processor Y
ECC supported by processor N
Internal memory 16 GB
Internal memory type DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory 32 GB
Optical drive
Optical drive type DVD Super Multi DL
Display diagonal 39.6 cm (15.6")
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Touchscreen N
LED backlight Y
HD type Full HD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Ports & interfaces
USB 2.0 ports quantity 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity 2
HDMI ports quantity 1
DVI port N
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports 1
Docking connector N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity 1
Combo headphone/mic port Y
DC-in jack Y
Weight & dimensions
Weight 2.49 kg
Width 383.5 mm
Depth 254 mm
Height (front) 2.03 cm
Height (rear) 3.05 cm
AC adapter power 120 W
AC adapter output current 6.3 A
AC adapter output voltage 19 V
Numeric keypad Y
Pointing device Touchpad
Full-size keyboard Y
Windows keys Y
Bluetooth Y
3G N
4G N
Wi-Fi Y
Wi-Fi standards IEEE 802.11ac
Ethernet LAN Y
Ethernet LAN data rates 10,100,1000 Mbit/s
Bluetooth version 4.0
Total storage capacity 1000 GB
Storage media HDD
Card reader integrated Y
Compatible memory cards SD,MMC
Operating system installed Windows 10 Home
Front camera Y
Number of battery cells 4
Battery capacity (Watt hours) 48 Wh
Colour of product Black
Product type Notebook
Form factor Clamshell
Market positioning Gaming
On-board graphics adapter Y
Discrete graphics adapter Y
On-board graphics adapter model Intel HD Graphics 630
Discrete graphics adapter model NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
On-board graphics adapter base frequency 350 MHz
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) 1100 MHz
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory 64 GB
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics) 3
Discrete graphics adapter memory 4 GB
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version 12.0
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version 4.4
On-board graphics adapter ID 0x591B
Processor special features
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi) Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT) Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) Y
Intel® vPro™ Technology N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD) Y
Intel Clear Video Technology Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology Y
Intel Flex Memory Access Y
Intel® Smart Cache Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology N
Intel Enhanced Halt State Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) Y
Intel® Secure Key Y
Intel TSX-NI N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) N
Intel® OS Guard Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID) Y
Intel 64 Y
Execute Disable Bit Y
Idle States Y
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Y
Processor package size 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
CPU configuration (max) 1
Embedded options available N
Graphics & IMC lithography 14 nm
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Y
Processor ARK ID 97185
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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Design

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The Strix offers you both colors, and it isn’t exactly a looker. Between its black plastic chassis and bright-orange accents, Asus’ laptop appears like it’s prepared for Halloween. The sides of the Strix are lined including ports for networking and expansion. On the left, you will find an Ethernet jack, HDMI output, a headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports.

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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Keyboard and TouchPad

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The keyboard on the Strix is extremely comfy. Thanks to its 62 grams of required force to depress the keys and deep 2 millimeters of travel, I never found myself bottoming out on the keyboard deck.

The 4.1 x 2-inch touchpad is overly careful, so you might wish to use a gaming mouse when browsing the web. It’s superb for navigating and performing Windows 10 gestures. However, it only let me right click in the very-bottom-right corner of the touchpad (similar to its 17-inch cousin), whereas it usually (however not always) would let me left click just about anywhere.

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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Display

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It comes with a 15.6-inch, 1080p screen on the Strix is colorful and sharp. When I watched a full-HD trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the red in Spidey’s suit was the proper shade of crimson and the blue was good and deep, while the fur in the villainous Vulture’s collar was good and sharp.

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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Graphics and Gaming

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You are not going to play games at their highest settings on the Strix. However, its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB of VRAM will handle most titles on normal or medium settings. If I played a game on excessive settings, I noticed frame rates between 33 and 37 fps, that is above our 30-fps playability threshold. However, there was fairly a bit of screen tearing.

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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Audio

The speakers on the Strix are serviceable. However, the sound quality isn’t up to par. When I listened to Blink-182’s “Wishing Well,” the sound stuffed our lab. However, the only parts I could make out clearly were the vocals and guitars.

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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Heat

The Strix stayed cool under pressure. After we had streamed HD video from YouTube for 15 minutes, the bottom of the laptop arrived 93 degrees Fahrenheit, and both the center of the keyboard and the touchpad reached 88 degrees, all of which are under our 95-degree comfort threshold.

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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Hardware and Performance

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Armed including a 16GB of RAM; 2.8-GHz 7th-gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU; and a 1TB, 7,200-rpm HDD, the Strix is a superb multitasking machine. I had 28 tabs open in Google Chrome, two of which have been streaming games from Twitch at excessive resolution, and I noticed only the faintest hint of lag when switching with websites.

At the Geekbench 3 overall performance benchmark, the Strix comes with a score of 13,766, defeating the mainstream notebook average (8,277) and the Stealth Pro (Intel Core i7-6700HQ; 13,454). However, it fell simply shy of the Alienware (Intel Core i7-6820HK; 13,906).

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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD Review – Battery Life

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The Asus GL553 has a relatively small 4-cell 48 Wh battery. The battery is respectable for light office work whereas in Airplane mode, however, middling for anything else.

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Configuration Options

The Asus ROG Strix GL553VD we examined price $1,099 and included a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU; a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB, 7,200 rpm HDD.

Asus sells a different model that bumps the GPU as much as a GTX 1050 Ti and provides a 256GB SSD for a total of $1,299.

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The Asus ROG Strix GL553VD is a prince among paupers. Whereas its graphics card is focused at the budget-conscious, its price is not. The identical can be found in the MSI GL62M about $100-150 less. That price can be even lower if users are willing to forgo the Core i7-770HQ for a more modest Core i5-7300HQ. However, users can find the more powerful GTX 1050 Ti in the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 at the similar price or the Acer Aspire VX5 for $50 cheaper.

For players that are looking to play titles at excessive details and Full HD resolution, the selection has never been tougher to make. The Asus GL553 wraps a stable gaming experience in a beautiful and well-built package. Users that need a quality screen, keyboard, and finish will be happy with the Asus GL553.

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Review Score

8.8 Total Score
What Compsmag Says....

The Strix GL553VD is a budget gaming system that will play games on medium settings and has a comfortable keyboard. However, its weak speakers and poor battery life leave more to be desired.

Keyboard and TouchPad
Graphics and Gaming
Hardware and Performance
Battery Life
  • Vivid display
  • Comfortable
  • RGB-backlit keyboard
  • Useful software
  • Fussy touchpad
  • Lackluster speakers
  • Poor battery life
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