In the first notebook specifically designed for gamers product dimensions were playing not in favor of portability. First of all, the thickness of the shell was outrageously marked, which may favor a larger cooling system to hold off the surplus heat generated by the internal components, which were not as efficient. The motherboard was then wider than normal, and consequently the width and the depth of computers increased, not to mention the weight.
The laptop from gaming, however, have evolved: the ASUS Republic of Gamers series is one of the most renowned in the field, bringing innovations to its products from year to year. This process has seen the progeressivo thinning reserved cabinet to portable game machines, and the ROG GL552V of which we speak today is a clear example. The product has in fact the same size and the same weight of the classic 15.6-inch computer, without overdoing with dimensions that would compromise the transport and maintaining a purely gaming hardware.
The sales pack is characterized by the color red, the distinctive ROG family. The lines reflect the views of the notebook contained inside, clean and linear. On the front we find basically the logo of the Republic of Gamers, in the back of the outer package series is rather black and has two labels: the first contains the notebook abbreviation greater part of the technical characteristics, while the other will remind you that with the purchase of GL552V you are entitled to receive a code for the title World of Warships. Through the latter is free unlocks a ship, the cruiser Marblehead, and collecting the premium for thirty days directly to your account. ASUS has partnered with Wargaming.net, developer of the title, and in fact a similar promotion is valid for select graphics cards of the Taiwanese company.
Right out of the box we found the computers covered by a cloth made of cotton, which keeps dust away from the device. The included accessories can be found in the appropriate cardboard box. The bundle includes an elegant power supply, a tourniquet to tie the cord that goes into the current, microfiber cloth to clean the screen, user manual and handbook for the guarantee.
Right out of the veils to ROG GL552V we immediately noticed the aesthetic sobriety, that almost nothing takes the canons of other gaming machines. The design is in fact much more calm, with simple lines and generally less aggressive. This product is available with plastic cover and metal. The model we have is part of the second category, which guarantees to cover a great tactile feedback. It is the only piece to be made of metal, since all the rest is made of plastic material. The color of the cover provides a dark gray with a light touch of pink, which is discerned only in bright light. The lower frame has a darker shade, which goes to black. On it we report the presence of the ASUS logo as the emblem of the Republic of Gamers family, which glows red when the machine is in operation. ROG GL552V weighs just over 2 kilograms and a half, with the size of 38.5 cm wide, 25.5 cm deep and 32.4 cm in height, when the lid is lifted. Nothing to report on the front of the cabinet, as well as the back, which does not have the huge slits for air passage as the ROG G752, we have recently had the pleasure of testing.
The heat is expelled from the base, which houses some grids at the most critical points, and especially from the left side, which reveals among other things a large red radiator inside. Next to it we find the hole for the power cord, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, Ethernet input and two USB 3.0 inputs. On the other side instead connectivity involves the recess in which to anchor the Kensington Lock, optical drive, USB 2.0 port and two 3.5 mm jack for headphones and microphone. The base gives accommodation in four small feet to as many corners of the product, that hold it firmly to the countertop.
The keyboard area is slightly more elaborate of the outer shell. It has a Mayan-style design on the high side, which resembles’ the higher-end models. Between the lines of the representation there are two stereo speakers, who do their duty quite well. The audio section is placed in fact the average level, not stand out from the crowd. Sound can govern ROG Audio Wizard, which brings together different profiles, depending on who the user is doing the machine. We “multimedia”, “war room”, “action”, “soundscape”, “battlefield” and “off”, which totally off the effects. Use this software raises slightly the overall quality, but without work wonders.
The keyboard is a membrane, with keys with a very low stroke. It is hard to press the keys, which we found very soft. They have a red LED backlight, that goes well with the style of GL552V.
The trackpad is a little lower, and has a pleasant red outline. Probably the biggest flaw of the notebook, as it is at the limit of usability. The tracking is precise, but the main problem is represented by the non-separation of the left and right keys from tracking. It is indeed some difficulty many times to press the correct button, as you can not easily find.
The GL552V the screen uses a 15.6-inch IPS Full HD resolution panel. The 1080p on a notebook of this size are still appropriate, and return a good feeling. The overall yield is excellent, with accurate and sharp colors and a good contrast. The program that handles color, hue, saturation and other parameters of the display is called ASUS Splendid. You can select the normal display mode, lively, with the filter blue light (to be easy on the eyes) or manual, with which you leave total freedom to the user. We noticed you select “Vivace” dramatically raises the saturation of colors, but without generating noise. The colors are more fake but loads, producing an effect similar to that of AMOLED panels.
Performance, techniques and specific temperatures
The sample tested has an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960m with 4 GB of dedicated video memory and 16 GB RAM, with two banks of 8 GB each in dual-channel configuration. Storage is committed to a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive. The first, unfortunately, does not have M.2 interface, but stops to SATA 3. The on-board operating system is Windows 10 64-bit Home. Of note is finally the presence of a Wi-Fi ac network controller – which then supports the simultaneous dual band – and a Bluetooth 4.0 chip.
The first title tried was Grand Theft Auto V, on which the graphics settings were on top. The anti-aliasing was disabled, but we kept lit the long shadows and high resolution. The result has been an average of 47 FPS, with frame rates that sometimes fell below 40. The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine instead we got an average of 38 FPS. The graphics settings were to Ultra, but we preferred to turn off anti-aliasing and NVIDIA Hairworks since greatly impact performance. With quality set to High and FXAA anti-aliasing enabled, the result obtained it is equal to 32-screen FPS. Finally, we tested Heroes of the Storm, with whom we had the pleasure of playing to an average of about 45 FPS. However, the frame rate has been quite variable, as they depended on the number of players on the screen at a given time and the game situation. The graphics settings were to High, the title has set automatically, through the analysis hardware on board.
As regards the heat generated we can state that the cooling system does its work, holding it under control. At idle, with a temperature in a room of about 26 degrees centigrade, processor and graphics card they were respectively at 33 ° C and 36 ° C. While we were playing, however, they were on average 85 and 81 degrees centigrade. This is in line with temperatures competition – of course with the same form factor. When using, there is no zone, level keyboard and touchpad, too hot to be annoying. As we said a few paragraphs further up, on the left it is installed the larger radiator, which dissipates most of the hot air. A little further on there instead of the hole for the AC cord, incorporating the internal power supply section. We believe it was not a smart choice to put this section so close to the radiator, as you go to create a particularly hot area. Indeed, when the computer is under load, the high area of the left side is hot. Fortunately while you play not you go to the touch and is not annoying, because – in the complex – the cooling system is not doing badly.
As usual, ASUS offers some proprietary software on gaming notebooks targati Republic of Gamers. The control center has the ROG Gaming Center, where the company has gathered information about the components and a fast link to other installed programs. From the home page you can view the current frequency of CPU and GPU, along with their temperatures. The user also has access to some profiles that change the screen rendering, audio, set the Windows key and determine whether or not the software must free memory every few time. These may inter alia be modified at will. GameFirst IV is a utility for packet prioritization. Once the test for the speed of the connection, it does everything automatically and gives advantage to the packets addressed to the most critical applications, such as games or those streaming. There is also a manual mode, with which you can quite finely set the priority of each application, in case you prefer a more personalized management. Other software, but do not directly part of the ROG suites, ASUS Live Update, ASUS On-Screen Display, ASUS Virtual Camera and USB Charger Plus. The battery is good: with desktop use, including browsing, Windows Explorer and Word, you they can do little more than four hours. We had, however, set the brightness to a minimum, because we were at home and we did not need too much backlight. ‘Clear then that if you play, the battery life drops dramatically