|Standing screen display size||15.6 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920*1080 Pixels|
|Memory Speed||2133 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GTX960M 4GB GDDR5|
|Chipset Brand||NVIDIA GeForce|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||4096 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||5 Hours|
ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 4GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB, 128GB SSD (ROG Metallic)
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|Display Size||15.6 Inches|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
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- Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz. 16GB RAM; 1TB 7200RPM + 128GB M.2 SSD Storage.
- 15.6 inches Matte IPS FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB VRAM gaming graphic card.
- GameFirst III technology prioritizes the flow of the game data across your network.
- Feature the latest USB3.1 Type-C port for more convenient connectivity options.
- 100 solder points for durability and solid-feel, one piece keyboard with 1.8mm of key travel, gives you responsive keystrokes when typing and entering commands; The slide-off upgrade panel offers instant access, fit an M.2 SSD, a bigger hard drive or upgrade memory.
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|CPU Speed||2.6 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.9 GHz||2.40 GHz||3.1 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920*1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920x1080||1920x1080 pixels|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches|
|Hard Disk Size||128 GB||256 GB||512 GB||512 GB||256 GB|
|Item Dimensions||10.10 x 15.10 x 1.30 inches||10.16 x 14.90 x 0.89 inches||14.20 x 10.30 x 1.00 inches||14.29 x 10.02 x 0.94 inches||10.23 x 1.06 x 15.07 inches|
|Item Weight||5.60 lbs||5.57 lbs||5.29 lbs||4.85 lbs||5.29 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home|
|RAM Type||GDDR5||Unknown||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||GDDR5|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11ac||802.11abg, 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11a/b/g/n||Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11ac||802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11a|
ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 15.6" IPS FHD (19201080), matte, Gaming Laptop, Metallic, Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz) Skylake, 16GB DDR4 (2133MHZ), 1TB 7200RPM + 128GB mSATA3 SSD, NVIDIA GTX960M 4GB GDDR5, DL DVDRW/CD-RW, 802.11AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 10 (bit).
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This laptop has been excellent so far. I am writing this on Day 1 of owning it, so there will potentially be updates to come. Enough about that, let's dive in!
The laptop is a very nice aircraft-gray brushed-aluminum look on the exterior. It is nowhere near as bad a fingerprint magnet as its predecessor (GL551), but it is still quite the magnet on the inside/keyboard/trackpad area. The plastic on the bottom has an engraved "futuristic" design, and offers easy access to user-serviceable internals (SSD slot, HDD, memory). The keyboard offers the same backlighting as the GL551, with pronounced lighting on "WSAD" keys for gamers. The chiclet keyboard has a very nice feel and is easy to type on. As a lover of mechanical keyboards, the chiclets give a nice tactile feedback while not being too "laptop-ish" like a Macbook Pro or other laptop. This has a similar feel to higher-end non-mechanical short-throw/wireless/portable Logitech keyboards. It does include a full range of keys including the ever-elusive "delete, prt sc, pause, home, pgup, pgdn" keys that often are missing from laptops. A full-featured numpad and function keys are included as well.
The specification list is somewhat iffy on Amazon's page. This DOES NOT have a 1TB SSD. It is a 1TB 7200 RPM mechanical HDD. If you opt for the DH74 model, an M.2 SSD is also included. This one does not have an SSD, but has the slot for a user to add an SSD if they so choose.
With older models (I'm looking at you GL551), in order to achieve 16GB of RAM, you had to buy an extra module, this laptop comes with 16GB DDR4 clocked at 2133mhz. As mentioned, it also has 1TB of HDD space, split into 2 partitions, OS and Storage. After partitioning/file system/recovery, the OS partition has 371GB of space, the Storage partition has 558GB of space. An optical drive is also included still (unlike many laptops now). This is a DVDRW drive, supporting all CD/DVD media...it is NOT a bluray player/burner.
This laptop sports a GTX960M (not the 4GB model, but the 2GB) which is more than fine to play most any game at high-ultra settings, including, but not limited to: Elite:Dangerous - Horizons, Fallout 4, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 & 3, Guild Wars 2, and others.
Also included (thanks to the processor) is the Intel HD 530. This particular little guy is what is causing me to give this laptop four stars, as it will be a tremendous pain for anyone purchasing a Skylake-based laptop on Windows 10 with default manufacturer drivers as it causes rapid crashes and recoveries, blue screens, and flickering/black screens. The driver Asus includes is made for Windows 8 and the Insider Preview for Windows 10. Asus has since updated their driver on their support page (still not the latest Skylake Intel HD driver, but it fixes the issues), and you CAN use the generic Intel driver from Intel's page...but both of these options will have you pulling your hair out unless you know the work around, as both of these options give an error "This driver is not verified for your device" when you try to install them.
*****HERE IS THE FIX!!!*****
(Links to both Asus' site and Intel's site in comments, Amazon wouldn't allow external links in the review)
You can download either the updated Asus driver from their support website (slightly out of date) or obtain the most recent Intel driver; both will work to solve the crashes/inconsistencies.
Download either of these, and extract them somewhere easy to remember (Desktop or Downloads folder is fine). DO NOT INSTALL THE SETUP.EXE, THIS WILL NOT WORK!
Instead, click on the start button (or hit the start button on your keyboard), and type "Device Manager". After typing the first few letters, you should see it populate in the list on your Start menu and be able to either hit enter or click on it. From there, click on the little ">" next to "Display Adapters", right click on "Intel(R) HD Graphics 530" and click on "Update Driver Software". This will bring up a new dialog box. In this box, click on "Browse My Computer for Driver Software". Do not Search or Browse, but instead click on "Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer". Once this window is up, don't click on any of the suggestions it gives you, instead click on the "Have Disk..." button on the bottom right. NOW in this window, you click on "Browse", then navigate to where you extracted the driver package you just downloaded from either Asus or Intel. There will be a folder in your download named "Graphics", open that up, and you're going to want to point this installer to the file "igdlh64.inf". Click on Open, and proceed to install the driver this way. If your computer prompts you to restart, please do. If it does not prompt you to restart after installation, do it anyway.
NOTE: This will be the only time you will have to update the Intel HD driver in this manner, from now on you will be able to install both the generic ones and the Asus ones via the install .exe as intended. This will fix your Windows 10 Intel HD related crashes and instabilities.
That's it for this review, enjoy, good luck, have fun with a very solid, very quiet, very cool (except on the left side by the ventilation...holy moly, it keeps my coffee warm) laptop.
This laptop is nothing short of amazing for the money. I now use it regularly in conjunction with a Hauppauge - HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition High Definition Game Capture Device for my Twitch stream (shameless plug: twitch.tv/phydeaux86) to capture gameplay from my desktop PC, PS4, & Xbox One. When I'm not using it for streaming and recording...which it handles like a champ...I have also started playing more recent games like Tom Clancy's The Division...which also runs flawlessly. (Again, also using other apps such as Discord, Skype, OBS, DXtory, Steam, etc. simultaneously.)
Nothing but positives to give this laptop. I have still delayed in getting an m.2 SSD for this (although a friend who bought the identical model has one, and the boot time is insane), yet it runs amazing. I have barely touched my desktop due to owning this laptop. I have even been playing DOOM on medium-high settings at 1080p on this. Granted, I'm not a 144hz/300fps/0ping PCMR gamer...so there ARE some frame drops in this hefty of a game, but I average a good 40ish FPS while playing at these settings, more when not streaming. So...as a final update...yes, this thing can hold up to games like DOOM while streaming at 1080p/30fps to Twitch!!
Still going strong, still haven't swung for the m.2 SSD, I really want to one of these days...I've seen what the boot time is like with one...and I'm jealous. My poor desktop is starting to get dusty! I am now running No Man's Sky on medium-high settings with some graphics mods (removing vignetting/abhorration, and 2x resolution patch), streaming to Twitch, and playing via my SteamLink on my TV via this single laptop. Amazing, amazing, amazing. I would not be able to achieve this performance with another laptop without spending almost 2x as much as I did for this one. Very highly recommended in my book!
1. I've had to open the keyboard part of the laptop multiple times due to an issue with the touchpad. When I first tapped it, it made a clunking sound. A silly but annoying thing. Turns out this is a manufacturing defect, as when you open it, you can see they placed a strip of tape to cover the space between the pad and the holding part. This wasn't a proper fix, as I had to put multiple layers of tape in various places below the pad to cover the space. To get rid of the sound, I had to put so much that now the keyboard area (not the keys itself but the layer surrounding the keyboard) rises slightly above the bottom encasing part of the laptop. Again, silly but annoying. And most bothersome of all is the fact that the user needs to do this due to the manufacturer's solution falling short.
2. The keyboard area is a total fingerprint magnet. I need to constantly use the cloth included as it is constantly smudged by hands and fingers. The texture feels nice and smooth, but it always ends up looking dirty.
3. The battery sucks. You'll be lucky to get 45 minutes, maybe, out of it. And that's with lowering the screen brightness down considerably.
4. When you plug in headphones, sound will be muted when you remove them. You have to plug the headphones in again and then remove them to get the sound back.
5. The power button is for whatever reason incorporated into the general keyboard layout, so careful as you might press it accidentally.
6. The mute/volume up/down buttons that work with the f number key should be better arranged. The f number key is to the left, and the sound buttons are to the right. This requires you to always have to use both hands to modify these settings (unless you have incredibly long fingers). To the left of the sound buttons are ones that are rarely if ever used, such as the disable touchpad, turn off screen, and airplane mode buttons. Poor design.
7. Saved the worst for last. The cd/dvd drive does not work. Never has. This laptop is marketed for gamers, and I have never been able to try the full strength of this machine due to this inexcusable fault. I actually use the laptop for everything in general as it's my main computer, so this doesn't hinder me as much as it might someone who will have bought it exclusively for gaming, but nonetheless, it is unbelievable that I have to invest more money to fix something that never even worked, not once.
Having gotten all that out of my system, just working on a day to day basis with the laptop I can appreciate the power within it. It has great specs, and should satisfy anyone looking to be on the edge of tech right now (though higher tier options are available). It looks beautiful, with the silver (I have the hard top version), black and red design. The red-lit keyboard is beautiful, and it feels great too. Having said that, I probably got too lured visually by the machine, and I'm paying the price. Aside from the huge issue with the cd/dvd drive, the cons are all relatively minor things that could be worked on to deliver an all-round quality product, but they all just pile up to create uncomfort here and there.
All in all, if the minor things were resolved (not even necessarily all of them) and the cd/dvd drive had always worked, I would definitely recommend this laptop, but unfortunately, I cannot. I will update this review when I get around to fixing the cd/dvd drive issue and I can tap the full potential of this computer, but until then, proceed with caution.
Update: The laptop is now sometimes turning off by itself. In the same way a tv turns off when the lights go off. Completely sudden. It's been happening when the charge is around 15%. No battery warning, nothing. DO NOT BUY THIS COMPUTER!!!
Update: The battery is now completely dead. I cannot use the laptop unless I have it plugged in. I cannot put it in sleep mode. Everytime I turn it on it has to boot back up.
The metal frame for the screen broke so now the black framing of the screen detaches from the actual screen and leaves a space in between.
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Thank you ASUS, you have so much quality in your products and service. I will never buy a ASUS again.
This is a great laptop for gaming and large software and will give you years of stable usage.