Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus GL552VW-DH71
Source: Gadget Show
Clearly, Asus ROG GL552VW seems to be an upgrade for the company's previous gaming laptop models, specifically the Asus ROG GL552JX. It has all the power an average gamer can ask for in a PC laptop. It also is one of the options that users might want to consider given the Rs 82,490 price tag. Similar specifications can be found on the Dell's new Alienware 15 laptops as well but they are likely to cost you an arm and a leg.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Gadget Diary
With such features, it is surprising that the laptop doesn’t really heat much under load. The top middle part of the keyboard gets warm up to 45 degrees Celcius, and that is all. The battery life is decent but if you want to game, make sure you have a wall socket nearby.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/18/2016
Source: PC Advisor
The Asus RoG GL552 is a more affordable, lower-spec take on the RoG G752, which is one of the best gaming laptops money can buy right now. Any resemblance is mostly visual, though. Superficial parts of the build are worse, the screen is nowhere near as good and the trackpad is typical slightly annoying Windows laptop fodder. It’s definitely not the perfect laptop. However, in terms of providing a solid gaming experience for your cash, it’s a decent buy. The GTX 960M GPU hits the sweet spot, where it cam handle demanding games at reasonable settings without costing as much as a second-hand car. One you’d actually want to drive, anyway. Screen quality is a sticking point at this price. Apparently £900 isn’t enough to have an IPS screen, even though previous GL552 models (and current ones in other countries) use such a panel. So if you see a different version of the GL552 with an IPS screen, it's likely to be a better buy than this exact one.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
Source: Think Digit
The Asus ROG GL552VW is quite simply one of the best gaming laptops out there, under a budget of Rs. 1 lakh. We would have preferred better battery life, but one can make it work.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Expert Reviews
While performance is about what you would expect given the specifications, it's clear that a few corners have been cut to get its price down to £1,000. Unfortunately, that happens to be the display, which is mediocre at best. The matt, 15.6in display has a standard 1,920x1,080 resolution, but its contrast is terrible, measuring just 357:1. This is due to a combination of very high 0.64cd/m2 black levels and a low maximum brightness of 230.9cd/m2. Taken together, it all makes for a rather washed out, dull and lifeless display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
With a faster hard drive, more colorful display and better-looking chassis than its direct competitors, the Asus ROG GL552 is the sub-$1,000 gaming laptop to beat. If you're looking to save money, the $800 Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 provides similar frame rates and longer battery life, but slower overall performance and a less-vibrant display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Ultrabook Review
The Asus GL552VW performs well and runs cool and quiet in pretty much every situation. The IPS screen on this top end configuration is also a pleasure to look at. On the other hand, the design and especially the build-quality are a step backwards when compared to the the older G-series 15-inchers, or the competition available today, plus the keyboard and trackpad need a breath of fresh air. If you decide to get one of these though, make sure you pick the version with a metallic lid-cover, the plastic variants are poorly built.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
We've come full circle, and what was the question? Ah, yes, can one of industry's most recognisable brands nail the gaming laptop? The answer is almost, but not quite. At £875, the Asus Republic of Gamers GL552VW promises plenty but falls short in one or two key areas.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/19/2016
Source: Trusted Reviews
This is a sub-£1,000 gaming machine, however, whose key components aren't cheap. But the budget doesn’t stretch forever, which means the GL552VW suffers from issues elsewhere. The memory is single-channel, the SSD is inconsistent, and the speakers disappoint. Ergonomically, too, there are problems – the good keyboard is undermined by the trackpad. The biggest problem, though, is the screen: its terrible contrast impacts on every department, with insipid-looking games that serve up indistinct dark areas and a lack of punch where colour should be bursting from the panel.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 40% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 60% emissions: 80%
Source: PC Authority
W hen it comes to gaming laptops, it’s hard to look past the landslide of releases from MSI and Aorus – it seems that every other month they’ve released the umpteenth version of their most popular models. Yet Asus tends to stick to more productivity and consumer focused laptops, which is why the GL552 sparked our interest. Wearing the prestigious Asus Republic of Gamers brand that we’ve come to associate with premium-priced products, it’s a gaming laptop with a remarkably low price point. Considering the RoG branding, that immediately seems a little weird, but let’s see what’s in store at this price point.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Laptop Media
As we said earlier, it’s hard to assess the notebook given the fact that the new G552VW is actually the GL552VW. On American soil, the laptop sells under the GL552VW name while in Europe the notebook is known as a successor to the G552. The latter, unfortunately, is further from the truth. The G552VW costs, at least, €150 more than the GL552VW but doesn’t offer anything in return. The lid gets an aluminum overhaul, but the rest of the chassis remains the same – flexible plastic and not enough sturdiness. We kind of miss the aluminum chamfered edges from the old G551. It’s definitely a step down in terms of design and build quality. Also, the old touchpad (of the G551) felt kind of sturdier, more reliable.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/08/2016
Source: Laptop Media
The ASUS GL552 is a budget-oriented gaming notebook, part of the premium Republic of Gamers lineup, that hooked us for its really lucrative price-to-performance ratio. A lot of things changed since the last generation (you can read our in-depth review here). ASUS has bumped up the specs to a new quad-core Skylake CPU – Core i7-6700HQ, that should bring a marginal increase in performance and a little improvement over in the battery department. Also, the CPU is now accompanied by DDR4 RAM and GeForce GTX 960M instead of the GTX 950M, and the latter is really a huge deal. The higher-end GTX 960M offers a lot more horsepower under the hood and, of course, GDDR5 VRAM instead of DDR3 in the GTX 950M. This will result in a great performance leap over the last generation GL552, but the price gets an “update” as well, the GPU being the main reason for that.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2015
Source: Ultrabook Review
The Asus GL552VW performs well and runs cool and quiet in pretty much every situation. The IPS screen on this top end configuration is also a pleasure to look at. On the other hand, the design and especially the build-quality are a step backwards when compared to the the older G-series 15-inchers, or the competition available today, plus the keyboard and trackpad need a breath of fresh air.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Webnews.it IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 77% performance: 86% features: 84% workmanship: 70%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Good equipment; perfect display; full sized keyboard. Negative: Poor battery.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/17/2016
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Comfortable keyboard and touchpad; high-quality IPS display; very good speakers; good battery life; good cooling system; good ratio of price - performance; good connectivity. Negative: Thick.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2015
Model: The Asus GL552VW-DH71 can be described as a laptop that is between multimedia and gaming laptop. We say in between, because with the power that it is housing it is possible to play games but not in high settings, we say it is multimedia because it allows web surfing, editing photos, and even some video editing.
This model has an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz Skylake processor and a GeForce GTX 960M with 2 GB VRAM from Nvidia supported by 16 GB of RAM and provides a 1 TB HDD as storage device. Besides the choice of storage, the rest seems to be fine. Users can opt for an M.2 SSD, but it doesn't come as a default. Thus, users have to buy it separately and replace the existing drive. At least access to the inner components is easy and can be done by the user.
Considering the starting of price of 1000 USD, it is obvious that some cuts had to be made. While the hardware is powerful, it is the outside where some trade-offs have been made.
The screen is a nice matte IPS panel that has a 1920x1080 pixels resolution and good viewing angles. What it lacks is a quality lid. This series has 2 different type of lids one is plastic and the other one is an aluminium mixture. The plastic cover is something that you would want to handle with care as it wiggles with each keystroke you make and is easy to scratch. The aluminium lid is a bit stronger, but still feels weak. The keyboard features a red backlight and it might get some time getting used to it, since the key distance is low and ROG keyboards are mostly aimed at gamers.
From a multimedia perspective, it can be argued how important it is to have a DVD writer these days and this model features one. Other than that the user gets:
- 1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack
- 1 x USB 3.1 TYPE C port(s)
- 2 x USB 3.0 port(s)
- 1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
- 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
- 1 x HDMI
- 1.2 MP Webcam
So it can be said almost all possible connection types are covered.
For a 15-incher it is a bit heavy with 2.6 kg. If considered as a desktop replacement, this is fine. The device can easily handle daily office tasks, photoshop operations and video editing. It is possible to play modern games with middle to high settings depending of how demanding the game is. But of course there is a catch. For a multimedia device it lacks good speakers. Sound output is weak and bass is not that great. For a gaming device, it has to be kept updated with latest drivers for best usage. Then there is the low battery capacity. You cannot expect long battery runtimes with only 48 Wh. About 2 hours might be possible when you run demanding tasks, but you can expect about 4-5 hours during web-surfing with medium brightness.
Who should buy it:
- casual gamers
- users looking for a good desktop replacement
- good price / performance ratio
- does not get too warm
- good screen
- lacks a good screen lid
- sound output is not that great
- can't be considered a mobile companion as the battery capacitiy is small
- comes with pre-installed software from Asus
Hands on by: Umit Yilmaz Gunes
As the new generation of GL552JX, GL552VW is the mid-range laptop for gaming from Asus. And in this series, we would mention the most outstanding product: Asus ROG GL552VW-DH71 which still follows the traditional gray-metal design as most laptops in G-series. It is also upgraded the 6th generation of Intel Core i7 processor combined with SSD and HDD hard disk to get better performance, yet its price is extremely reasonable.
1. Improvement of processor compared to GL552JX with Intel Core i7-4720HQ
In the previous generation, GL552JX is well equipped with Intel Core i7-4720HQ, which is a high performance mobile processor and built on the 22nm Haswell microarchitecture. It packs 4 strong physical cores and has 8 threads (8 logical cores) with Intel's Hyper-Threading technology enabled. Besides, it is initially clocked at 2.60GHz, but may go up to 3.60GHz on 1 core, 3.50GHz on 2 cores or 3.40GHz across 3 or all 4 cores in Turbo mode. Its cache reaches 512Kb, 1024Kb and 6Mb in L1, L2 and L3 respectively. It is also integrated the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Mobile GPU and has a TDP of 47W.
Meanwhile, the Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-core 2.6GHz, a High End Mobile Processor based on the 14nm microarchitecture from Skylake, is one of the most noticeable improvements in this laptop. It offers 4 physical cores (8 threads), initially is clocked at 2.6GHz, which may go up to 3.5GHz and 6Mb of L3 cache. Among its features, Hyper-Threading Turbo Boost 2.0 and virtualization are activated. In addition, the integrated Powerful Graphics is called Intel HD Graphics 530 with 24 execution units, initially clocked at 350MHz and is able to peak at 1050MHz in Turbo Mode, which shares the L2 cache and system RAM with the processor. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 45W.
By comparison, it is undeniable that the Intel Core i7-6700HQ is the most optimum processor to get the higher performance than the old one, Intel Core i7-4720HQ and lower the power consumption in order to reduce heat dissipation when performing. Generally, its performance is exceptionally good and sufficient for even the most demanding applications.
2. The full HD IPS anti-glare screen
With the size of 15.6 inches, the screen of GL552VW-DH71 displays full HD quality in 1920x1080 pixel with a pixel density of 141 ppi and 0.18x0.18 pixel pitch. It is such a smart choice from the manufacturer, Asus when they decided to use IPS Panel with the matte-black finishing for the anti-glare effect for users notwithstanding the sunshine or direct lights. Also, this screen has a high contrast ratio, about over 700:1, which could make most users feel attractive when using and the coverage of its screen is about 70% NTSC (approximately 93% of RGB), by which the color display is more exact and brighter than the others with screen coverage less than 70% NTSC.
Moreover, the wide 178-degree viewing angles will help users to enjoy full vivid-color glory from even the most extreme positions. The nearly 300-nits brightness, which is really not a high ratio, yet it has long last for usage, combined with the 750:1 contrast ratio, good colour coverage and the wide viewing angles will make even the awkward customers satisfied as this display is completely suitable for most entertaining demands including movies, games or normal graphic designs.
3. Keyboard and trackpad
Asus does not make much difference in keyboard between GL552VW-DH71 and the previous series, GL552JX. Large size keys with around 1.8mm active point is convenient for most users even though they have to type continuously in several hours long. Also, it is inherited from other previous 15-inch gaming series with enlarged layout which may cause a little difficult to type at first, but could type extremely fast after getting used to it. As my typing result from page “http://typing-speed-test.aoeu.eu”, I reached 80 words per minute. It is really a good result for my first time using this keyboard.
Furthermore, the keyboard has backlit light in red with 3 different brightness levels. This light system illuminates very well with stable light dispersal as well as without any vividness or uneasiness to eyes when using at night. To make highlights for the keyboard, the group of 4 keys: W-A-S-D is also made different with red border around. Although Asus do not follow the RGB backlit light trend for the keyboard (and this is not a disadvantage also), they may get a huge competition with RGB backlit light when comparing to similar products of other competitors.
However, the arrangement of moving the Power button to main keyboard, in the top-right corner of keyboard can cause some problems, for instant, narrowing directional keys leads to lack of End key which will make users who usually work with documents and websites little annoyed. In case they need to use the End key, they have to turn off Numlock, then press Number-1 key instead. The directional group key is not changed and rather small without any differences between other keys, so users have to get acquainted with this layout.
About trackpad, it is easily responding to the touch from the fingers and also has a red border around with the size of 95x65mm.
4. Speakers & Emissions
Equipped 2 speakers above keyboard, sound of these speakers are not as loud as expected from the users although the quality is clear with high treble, yet mostly no bass at all. Moreover, the speakers seem to get the dust easily after using for long time.
TH GL552VW-DH71 laptop is cooled with a single fan including 2 copper pipes. The CPU temperature fluctuates between 46 degrees and 52 degrees Celsius when not using too many applications, up to 72 – 78 degrees Celsius when playing MOBA games like DOTA 2, especially with maximum all settings whereas the GPU temperature remains stable at 75 degrees Celsius when loading games and about 53 degrees Celsius normally. Eventually, for heavier games, the CPU temperature could reach a range of 80 – 90 degrees Celsius, so it is undeniable that the above temperatures are totally usual for a mid-range gaming laptop as GL552VW-DH71.
5. Graphics and performance
As mentioned above, the features of this laptop is extremely ideal for most using purposes due to its smooth operation with the Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, the qualified M.2 2280 SATA connection as well as 1TB HDD with the accessing speed of 7200rpm and the DDR4 8Gb RAM. Consequently, they can simply give users the most perfect experience for a mid-range laptop.
One thing cannot be missed from this laptop is the graphic card with the normal usages, for example, facebook, office, internet surfing or other entertaining demands, the Intel HD Graphics 530 card, which is also the on-board VGA card could operate smoothly. By contrast, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2Gb RAM will work for a higher demand in case the user wants to play games or do some heavy tasks. The MOBA games, such as: DOTA 2, LOL, CS-GO, etc. cannot be affected despite the “max-setting” of all. Also, other games like the Witcher 3, Battlefield 4 or Fallout 4 can be played smoothly using the low-medium setting with 1080p resolution. By using PCMark 8, it got 5294, which is a pretty high score for a mid-range gaming laptop, but it might be unexpected with the higher range of game.
Personally as a gamer, I think battery is also one of the most important things for a gaming laptop. It is generally admitted that battery of a gaming laptop could never satisfy users, so the GL552VW-DH71, which has a 48Wh battery (4 cells battery), also gives an unimpressive result on the battery. If the purpose is just surfing the internet, working with Office, listening to music or watching movies, the battery could last approximately 4 hours. Yet, with the purpose of playing games, it is simply confirmed that the battery cannot suffer over 2 hours and 30 minutes continuously. Thus, you cannot enjoy the maximum power of the graphic card since they are in energy-saving mode.
In summary, the combination of the Intel Core i7 6th generation from Skylake, the 8Gb of DDR4 RAM and the storage with SSD and HDD advance its performance to higher level for users. This remark is not only the GL552VW-DH71 but also most laptops of this series. Also, the Full HD IPS anti-glare screen quality as well as the backlit keyboard is huge advantages of this laptop. By these strengths, the GL552VW-DH71 could satisfy most demands of entertainment for various types of user even though the heat emission responds sufficiently for most of all. However, from the point of view of a user, I still expect that Asus could use a RGB backlit keyboard instead of the current backlit keyboard as a new improvement for the later G-series. Besides, there are some disadvantages of this laptop, such as: graphic card is not powerful enough to play some top games in 2K or 4K resolutions, the sound quality is not great as expected and the battery is similar as most laptops in mid range. But, in general, GL552VW-DH71 is really a good mid-range laptop for gaming. With a cost of 1100 euros, you could own a standout laptop with outstanding features, powerful performance and good display for multimedia entertainment or work purpose.
Press review by Capuchino SaberNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M: Upper mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GTX 900M series. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
71.9%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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