Asus ROG Strix GL502VS and GL702VS game without compromises

We tend to recommend desktop PCs for gaming, because the compromises you have to make to get good gaming performance into a portable form factor are significant. Still, if you're on the road all the time, it's just not convenient to haul around a gaming desktop. Over at Asus' ROG blog, the company is showing off the 15.6" Strix GL502VS and 17.3" Strix GL702VS. These machines promise to pack serious gaming speed into a size that won't cause back injuries if you have to carry it around all day.

We'll start with the graphics card. These two new machines both come with a GeForce GTX 1070 and its associated 8GB of GDDR5 memory. That's a pretty good start. Asus pairs that potent GeForce with the buyer's option of a 120Hz 1920×1080 display or a 60Hz 3840×2160 display. Both displays use IPS LCD panels and support Nvidia G-Sync.

The machines come standard with Intel's Core i7-7700HQ processor, a quad-core, eight-thread design that clocks up to 3.8 GHz. Either machine can take up to 32GB of DDR4 memory running at 2400 MT/s using a pair of SODIMM slots. You can also outfit them with both M.2 storage and a 2.5" drive. Asus offers SATA and NVMe M.2 SSDs and 2.5" SATA hard drives as purchase options.

The hardware on offer is certainly powerful enough for us to call one of these a "desktop replacement", and yet both the GL502VS and GL702VS are only a little over an inch thick (3 cm). They aren't light, though—the smaller GL502VS weighs 5.2 lbs (2.4 kg), while the GL702VS weighs 6.4 lbs (2.9 kg). The extra weight likely comes from the high-powered cooling hardware, comprising two relatively large radiators and a pair of blowers that exhaust toward the back of the machine.

Asus' blog post talks up the repairability of these two machines, and says that removing ten Philips screws is all that's required to replace all components, short of the motherboard itself. If you aren't willing to dig into your laptop's guts, you can still use three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, or a regular old Gigabit Ethernet jack to hook up other devices. The larger GL702VS gets its Type-C port upgraded to a Thunderbolt connector.

The ROG blog doesn't talk about pricing or availability for the new laptops, but Newegg already has a listing for the GL502VS-DS71. This particular model includes 16GB of memory, a 128GB SSD, a 1TB HDD, and the 120Hz display for $1699.

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    • GatoRat
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve been considering this laptop, but the 128GB SSD is lame. Spending 1700 just to rip out the SSD and put in something not useless is absurd. Especially since the 6700 version includes a 256GB SSD. (I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re using a cut rate SSD.)

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 3 years ago

    I love the blog posts/press releases that don’t include pricing. What’s the point without a price? I’ll just assume its $2000 or more and forget about it.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    I like the idea of a 120Hz screen and 1070 in a 5lb form factor, but the battery life on these must be measured in moments. Great for that LAN gamer or dorm student in your life, though!

    Edit: Also, a huge kudos to Asus for relatively muted industrial design.

      • cegras
      • 3 years ago

      At this point, I wonder if there would be a market for a laptop without the battery. Solely relying on a power brick would make it lighter and free up more room in the chassis for a better cooling solution.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        Love that idea. You could do a lot with that extra space and still save some weight.

        EDIT: Added “with”

        • tsk
        • 3 years ago

        I honestly think that’s a good idea, however I believe there should be a small battery to allow the machine to run for 10 Mins or so, so that you could move it between places.

        • DoomGuy64
        • 3 years ago

        how about a modular battery system? Let people have the option to buy a battery pack as long as the laptop itself that clips onto the underside.

        Just don’t drop it. :p

        • Moseph
        • 3 years ago

        Brilliant idea!

        Not sure if any manufacturers would be willing to do it though. People still look at these machines as laptops, and as such, no battery may not fly.

        That said, I would love to at least see a concept model developed to display at big trade show (CES, etc). That would help gauge interest.

        *assuming it hasn’t been done already, of course.

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