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IFA 2017 | ASUS ROG launches new Strix entry-level gaming laptops

ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD/GL703VD gaming laptop. (Source: ROG)
ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD/GL703VD gaming laptop. (Source: ROG)
The new ROG Strix gaming laptops from Asus are aimed at mainstream gamers or those who are looking for an affordable machine. They pack up to a GTX 1060 and a seventh-gen Intel i7 processor, and feature a choice between various storage configurations.

The ASUS ROG Chimera is a beast of a notebook, but not everyone wants or can afford a powerhouse device. For gamers who are on a budget or don't need their visuals cranked to maximum detail, ASUS has unveiled a couple of new and affordable Strix laptops.

The GL503 and GL703 are 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch devices that feature Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, but can be configured with a GTX 1060. They also include the following specs:

  • Intel Core i5-7300HQIntel Core i7-7700HQ processor
  • 16 GB / 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory
  • Up to 2 TB HDD or 512 GB SSD storage
  • 3x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 3.1 Type-C ports
  • 1x HDMI / 1x mini DisplayPort interfaces
  • Headphone in / Microphone out combo jack
  • 802.11ac wireless adapter
  • Windows 10 Pro

Both Strix models feature Full HD, LED-backlit displays. The full-sized keyboard is also backlit. In addition to the USB 3.0 ports mentioned above, a single USB 2.0 port is also included. As with most modern laptops, there is an SD card reader included in one of the Strix's sides.

On to prices. The base version of the 15-inch GL503 starts at US$1,100, while the 17-inch GL703 costs $50 more. Of course, if you opt for a higher-end configuration that price will increase.

According to Tom's Hardware, the new laptops will be available for purchase from various online retailers, such as Amazon and Newegg, starting September 6.


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John Garcia, 2017-09- 2 (Update: 2017-09- 2)