|Screen Size||15 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920*1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.6 GHz Intel Core i7|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4-SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||2133 MHz|
|Hard Drive||1 TB HDD|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GTX960M 2GB GDDR5|
|Chipset Brand||NVIDIA GeForce|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2048 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11 A/C|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||7 hours|
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ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 2GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB (ROG Metallic)
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- Powerful 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz. 16GB RAM; 1TB 7200RPM Storage.
- 15.6 inches Matte IPS FHD display. 1920 by 1080 resolution. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming graphic card.
- GameFirst III technology prioritizes the flow of the game data across your network.Refer user manual below
- 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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- ASUS ROG GL552 Notebook
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Powerful Gaming Performance
ASUS ROG GL552VW is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, with a discrete NVIDIA GTX 960 graphics card with Full DirectX 12 support. SSD (available on GL552VW-DH74 model only) gives GL552VW superior load times and faster data transfers.
Strengthened, Seamless One-Piece Keyboard
The GL552’s keyboard is reinforced with nearly 100 solder points for durability and a solid feel. It features red-backlit keys with 1.8 millimeter of key travel. The specifically-designed WASD keys will help you anchor your hands when you’re ready to game.
Ultra-fast m.2 PCIe SSD* and 1TB HDD
The best of both worlds: the GL552 utilizes the fastest SSD* for the operating system while also providing a large 1TB HDD for all your file storage needs.
*SSD available on GL552VW-DH74 only
Even though the ROG GL552 is equipped with well-balanced high performance gaming components, when it’s time to replace the memory or storage we made it as painless as possible.
Full HD IPS Panel Without the Glare
After surveying gamers, one of the common demands is an IPS matte panel to allow for the best visibility regardless of the environmental conditions. The GL552’s display provides vivid and accurate colors for gaming, creative work, and entertainment.
Audio Excellence with SonicMaster and AudioWizard
GL552 pumps out rich, crystal-clear high-fidelity audio with exclusive SonicMaster technology, while the accompanying ROG AudioWizard provides up five presets tailor-made for popular game genres—immersing you in game worlds like never before.
ASUS GameFirst III Technology Reduces Lag
GameFirst III technology prioritizes the flow of game data across your network. Gaming is smoother, and lag is banished—so your frags are always put first.
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|RAM Size||16 GB||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB||16 GB||8 GB|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor Speed||2.6 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.5 GHz||2.3 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.5 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920*1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Size||15 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||13.3 in|
|Hard-Drive Size||1 TB||—||—||256 GB||1,000 GB||512 GB|
|Item Dimensions||15.1 x 10.1 x 1.3 in||10.47 x 15.35 x 1.05 in||15.02 x 10.2 x 1.19 in||15.08 x 15.08 x 10.43 in||15.1 x 10 x 0.8 in||9 x 12.9 x 0.81 in|
|Item Weight||5.6 lbs||5.95 lbs||5.27 lbs||6 lbs||5.5 lbs||3.53 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|RAM Type||GDDR3||DDR DRAM||DDR SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||Unknown||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C|
ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 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, NVIDIA GTX960M 2GB 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!
After receiving it and getting a chance to play with it, I'm still really impressed. Windows 10 is a little wonky IMO, but the laptop updated itself and downloaded my key software with no issues. I occasionally play World of Warcraft, and latency was less than 32 and fps was 96. (In my garrison... I haven't had a chance to see what happens in a large raid!) The screen is beautiful and the graphics look great. The machine boots up quickly and is very responsive.
I like the chiclet keyboard. My only cons so far are cosmetic- I don't love red backlighting, but it does what it's supposed to do. The touchpad feels.... I don't know if "cheap" is the right word. When you touch it, you feel it depress slightly, and it's unsettling to me. It works completely fine- it's probably just my own personal preference for a mousepad to feel more solid.
Oh and this machine is LIGHT! I can't believe how light it is and how cool it runs. It weighs a pound less than my Alienware 14" laptop and several pounds less that my 18" Asus.
Going to take her traveling this week- looking forward to it!
The build quality is just OK, it feels like any of their other 300 dollar laptops. That said the keyboard back lighting is nice and the keys are pretty good. Track pad is not good. Using right click is really hard as it feels like the track pad is popping out of place. Also, to right click you MUST press the pad down, you can't just tap in the bottom right.
The screen looks great I have to say, good viewing angles, bright and not too over-saturated. anti-glare finish does it's job too. With the "metallic finish" it has a much better lid than the other ones that are mostly black with just the center "shield" of metal. The hinges are also better than most of the reviews and videos seem to say, very sturdy feeling and doesn't wobble all that much.
Also, I had no problem installing an m2 SSD (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TGIVZTW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I am glad I got this though as there is so much bloatware it NEEDS to be wiped out of the box.
This computer would be 4 stars if the Windows install wasn't so overcrowded with junk. Everything from Candy Crush crap to un-needed "utilities" and buggy Asus software. I tried cleaning the install that was currently installed on the HDD but gave up as doing so start causing bugs with other software, it was a mess.
Will update once I get a chance to test the performance.
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Best value for money if you are looking for a gaming pc. The only down side is that it is not upgradable to a ssd pcie.
working well , cooling well, nice quality image. !!
super bad sound system !!
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