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Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Pricey budget gamer. Budget gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular thanks to GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and Asus has decided to throw their hat into the budget ring with the GL553VD. The notebook packs modest hardware into a well-built chassis with some nice extras, but are these factors worth the additional cost?

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Asus is no stranger to giving consumers options; their ROG brand is thick with notebook models that can be configured almost any way imaginable. The Strix line is typically their highest echelon, rife with notebooks brandishing the latest specifications and boasting excellent build quality. We've looked at Asus' 17.3-inch offerings in the past - the GL752, GL702, and GL753 each offer different tiers for gamers at different budgets. For those that prefer a more portable machine, the Strix line also includes some 15.6-inch models as well. Today, we look at the GL553VD.

The GL553VD is definitely aimed at budget-minded gamers. Armed with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, the GL553VD won't offer the same gaming performance as it's bigger brothers, the GL502VM and GL502VS. It also won't break the bank. While the more powerful 15.6-inch models come in at over $1,500 USD, our review model typically retails for around $1,100 USD. Even at the lower price, however, the GL553VD still has most of the niceties found in more expensive tiers, including a solid build and a full RGB keyboard. 

So what do you get in the lowest specced ROG notebook? The GL553VD sports an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, excellent construction, a DVD drive, an RGB backlit keyboard, and ample I/O. Its price and specs place it squarely in competition with other budget gaming notebooks, namely the MSI GL62M (GTX 1050), the Acer Aspire VX5-591G (GTX 1050Ti), and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 (GTX 1050Ti). We will also compare the HP Omen 15-ax007ng (i7-6700HQ, GTX 965M) as notebooks with last generation Nvidia GeForce GPUs can now be found at very low prices. 

Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71 (GL553 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1354 MHz, Memory: 7000 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 21.21.13.7654, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, No, BOE HF NV156FHM-N43, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB 
, 7200 rpm, 1 TB HDD, 7200 RPM, 930 GB free
Connections
1 PC-Card, 1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n/ac)
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE1N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 30 x 382.8 x 254.8 ( = 1.18 x 15.07 x 10.03 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 48240 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Dual front-facing, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, ASUS Touchpad Handwriting, ROG Aura Core, ROG Gaming Center, XSplit GameCaster, GeForce Experience, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 499 g ( = 17.6 oz / 1.1 pounds)
Price
1099 USD

 

Case

A hallmark of the Asus Strix line is its build quality, and the GL553VD is no exception. The top exterior of the lid is covered in a black brushed aluminum finish adorned with a bright orange ROG logo that lights up when the screen is on. The decoration is subtle compared to previous Asus gaming laptops but will definitely stand out. The aluminum lid is also a fingerprint magnet; oils and smudges are highly visible and require some effort to wipe off. The lid is susceptible to torsion and will twist with some effort, and there is a weak spot in the center where the lid can be bent in with a definite "pop." Overall, the lid looks and feels great. It can be opened with one hand (although the lower chassis may lift slightly).

Every other surface of the notebook is black plastic. However, there are no gaps or seams and build construction is still top notch. The keyboard deck does distort, but only under high amounts of pressure. The deck also has a glossy faux-brushed metal styling that looks nice but attracts fingerprints easily. The bottom panel is firm and will not warp at all.

Overall, the chassis is very well built, especially compared to the competition in this price bracket. No matter how hard we pushed, there were no creaks. The device felt firm, stable, and pleasing to use.

The Asus GL553VD is comparable in dimension to other 15.6-inch gaming notebooks. Differences in size and weight are minimal. The HP Omen is slightly thinner and noticeably lighter but lacks an optical drive. In fact, the GL553 is the only notebook in this comparison to have an optical drive, which might be important for some users. Despite this, Asus was able to keep the device reasonably light at 2.5 kg, which keeps the GL553 portable.

Connectivity

Connectivity is reasonable for a 15.6" gaming notebook. On the left are a gigabit LAN port, an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and a combo 3.5mm audio jack. The Type-C is only Gen 1, meaning that it lacks Thunderbolt 3 support; as such, external graphics solutions and other peripherals that require high bandwidth will not be fully supported. The right side is more modest, sporting only a single USB 2.0 port. The rest of the right side is taken up by the DVD-RW drive, which is becoming a rarity in modern gaming notebooks. The SD card slot is located up front and may be difficult to see. Cards will sit flush with the chassis when inserted.

The overall layout is awkward. To make room for the massive vent on the left side and the optical drive on the right, all other I/O is shoved to the front of the notebook. While this isn't bothersome on the left side, the positioning of the USB port on the right is frustrating. It is obvious that Asus placed a USB 2.0 port on the right for users to plug in an external mouse, but unless the mouse is wireless, the cord will bunch up and get in the way. Users that opt for a corded mouse may want to route the cord around to the opposite side to keep things cleaner. 

Left: power in, ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), audio in/out
Left: power in, ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), audio in/out
Right: Kensington lock, optical drive, USB 2.0 Type-A
Right: Kensington lock, optical drive, USB 2.0 Type-A
Front: speakers, LED indicators, SD card slot
Front: speakers, LED indicators, SD card slot

SD Card Reader

The SD Card reader is quick. Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II Reference Card, the GL553 transfers images at an average of 61.32 MB/s. Only the HP Omen is faster. In our AS SSD sequential read test, the GL553 hits the middle of its category at 91.72 MB/s. This is about three times faster than its modern competitors and will be more than adequate for file transfers.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
75 MB/s ∼100% +22%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
61.32 MB/s ∼82%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
26 MB/s ∼35% -58%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
22.7 MB/s ∼30% -63%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
22.2 MB/s ∼30% -64%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
91.72 MB/s ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
86 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
36.96 MB/s ∼40% -60%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
27.7 MB/s ∼30% -70%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
27.2 MB/s ∼30% -70%

Communication

Wireless communication is another strong suit. The 2x2 wireless card in the GL553 is able to hit transmit speeds of 434 Mbit/s and receive speeds of 661 MB/s. These are great results that place the GL553 at the upper end for wireless communications. Gamers that play online via WiFi will have no problems with loading times and lag, provided their internet connections are fast enough.

Wireless connections are rock solid. In our time testing the GL553, we never experienced a drop in signal when connected to WiFi. Users that want the absolute fastest and most reliable connections can also use the gigabit LAN port.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
661 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
647 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (jseb)
347 MBit/s ∼52% -48%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
246 MBit/s ∼37% -63%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
524 MBit/s ∼100% +21%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
434 MBit/s ∼83%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (jseb)
312 MBit/s ∼60% -28%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
306 MBit/s ∼58% -29%

Maintenance

Despite its design, there is no maintenance hatch.
Despite its design, there is no maintenance hatch.

Maintenance is fairly easy. While there is an etching on the bottom panel that appears to be a maintenance hatch, it is purely aesthetic. To access the internal components, users will need to remove 11 screws, one of which is hidden underneath a rubber stop in the middle of the bottom panel. Once the screws are removed, use a small plastic tool (like a spudger) to gently wedge up the bottom panel. The easiest place to do this is at the exhaust vent or towards the front of the side with the optical drive. Some light prying will disengage the plastic clips, and the bottom panel should come off easily.

Once inside, users will have full access to all components. The HDD, RAM, and optical drive can all easily be replaced. The battery can also be replaced, although it will require some more work. The CPU and GPU, however, are soldered to the motherboard.

There is a blank slot for an M.2 SSD. The GL553 can accept M.2 SSDs running at the much faster NVMe standard. Our unit ships with one 16 GB DDR4 SODIMM, leaving room for another. Users can install up to 32 GB of RAM total.

2.5 Drive bay and M.2 SSD slot.
2.5 Drive bay and M.2 SSD slot.

Warranty

Asus offers a 12-month warranty on the GL553 and a 30-day Zero Bright Dot warranty on the display. Full warranty information can be found here.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is excellent. The chiclet keys are well sized and well spaced. The numeric keys on the right-hand side are a bit narrow but still usable. Arrow keys are also properly sized and slightly offset, making them easy to find. The space bar is also firm throughout. The deck can be warped under direct pressure but remains solid when typing.

With a generous 2.5 mm of travel and crisp feedback, the keyboard offers a superior typing experience. The key travel is very deep compared to other gaming notebooks, which typically have a key travel distance of about 2 mm. The key drop is undefined and a tad spongy, but keys are firm and feel good. The keys are essentially silent, exuding a low thump only under hard typing. Touch typists will thoroughly enjoy typing on this keyboard. 

A nice element is the inclusion of RGB lighting in the keyboard deck. There are four zones that can be independently set to any of over 16 million colors. Users can also set the colors to be static or pulse at a set rate. There are three stages of backlighting; the brightest can be seen even outdoors, while the dimmest is easy on the eyes and useful in dark settings.

Overall, the keyboard offers a level of excellence not typically seen at this price point. The customization options available through Asus' Aura Core software is a fantastic bonus.

Touchpad

The touchpad is adequate. Tracking is smooth and accurate, and right and left clicks are registered perfectly. Both buttons are integrated into the touchpad and are divided by only a printed line, which can make it somewhat difficult to discern between a right and left click. The touchpad itself sounds hollow when clicked and lacks definition. Clicks also feel sticky and mushy, and feedback is mediocre. The smooth plastic finish feels a bit cheap and readily attracts fingerprints and oils.

Keyboard deck and touchpad.
Keyboard deck and touchpad.
There are four zones for RGB lighting.
There are four zones for RGB lighting.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 1080p IPS display is crisp and fairly bright. The GL553 is a definite winner when compared to the competition. While the Asus notebook has slower display times than the others (most notably the TN panel found on the Inspiron 15 7000), it far surpasses its rivals in color accuracy and contrast. Excellent black levels and good coverage of both the AdobeRGB and sRGB color gamuts round out the pleasing display. Media, games, and content all look fantastic on the GL553.

The chassis sits flush against the panel; as such, there are no gaps and no backlight bleed. When used in a dark room, media looks fantastic and evenly lit across the screen. Up close, the matte finish does appear grainy, especially on white backgrounds. However, at normal viewing distances, the finish looks smooth and doesn't distract from the screen in any way. 

Asus currently offers only the 1080p matte screen found in our review unit.

285.8
cd/m²
280.2
cd/m²
281.6
cd/m²
279.9
cd/m²
289.3
cd/m²
275.7
cd/m²
270.3
cd/m²
286.8
cd/m²
267.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 289.3 cd/m² Average: 279.7 cd/m² Minimum: 16.58 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 289.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 998:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.1 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | - Ø
91% sRGB (Argyll) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.22
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
BOE HF NV156FHM-N43, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
AU Optronics AUO38ED B156HTN 28H80, TN, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Chi Mei N156HGE-EAL, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
LGD0519, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
20%
23%
11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
57.6 (23.6, 34)
36 (17, 19)
37%
44 (24, 20)
24%
55 (22, 33)
5%
Response Time Black / White *
37.2 (4.8, 32.4)
36 (19, 17)
3%
29 (12, 17)
22%
31 (8, 23)
17%
PWM Frequency
198 (90)
Screen
-137%
-100%
-51%
Brightness
280
235
-16%
234
-16%
203
-27%
Brightness Distribution
93
75
-19%
79
-15%
79
-15%
Black Level *
0.29
0.55
-90%
0.54
-86%
0.28
3%
Contrast
998
447
-55%
478
-52%
764
-23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.1
10.97
-254%
9.74
-214%
6.04
-95%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.1
14.25
-579%
11.59
-452%
5.91
-181%
Gamma
2.22 108%
1.83 131%
21.9 11%
2.44 98%
CCT
6226 104%
11200 58%
11851 55%
7362 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
35
-41%
76
29%
38
-36%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91
55
-40%
100
10%
60
-34%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-59% / -105%
-39% / -75%
-20% / -39%

* ... smaller is better

The GL553 blows the competition out of the water when it comes to color accuracy. Deltas are a third of those found in the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and MSI GL62M. The contrast ratio is also more than double these rivals at 998:1. Color gamut coverage is reasonably good at 91% and 59% of sRBG and AdobeRGB, respectively. 

vs. sRGB: 91%
vs. sRGB: 91%
vs. AdobeRGB: 59%
vs. AdobeRGB: 59%
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorCheck (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorCheck (calibrated)

The matte finish on the display panel allows the GL553 to be used outdoors. While we wish the screen could be brighter, text is legible and pictures viewable in overcast skies. In direct sunlight, the screen becomes difficult to see but is still usable if viewed head on.

The screen is legible in overcast skies.
The screen is legible in overcast skies.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
37.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.8 ms rise
↘ 32.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 93 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
57.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 34 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (43.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 58 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 5069 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles are excellent, owing to the IPS panel. Images and text dim only when viewed from extreme angles (over 45º off center). Even then, colors remain accurate and text legible. 

Overall, the display in the Asus GL553 is excellent for its class and price. It brings quality typically seen only at much higher prices.

Viewing angles.
Viewing angles.

Performance

The GL553 is equipped with a top of the line Kaby Lake Core i7-7700 HQ, which is typically reserved for workstation and gaming notebooks. Paired with the powerful CPU is the GeForce GTX 1050, the newest budget-oriented GPU from Nvidia. In addition, the GL553 is equipped with 16 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32 GB) and a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD. 

There are multiple versions of the GL553 available. While all SKUs come with the i7-7700HQ, users can configure the storage and upgrade the graphics card to a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (for an additional cost). 

Intel HD Graphics 630
Intel HD Graphics 630
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

Processor

The Intel i7-7700HQ is a very capable quad-core CPU with hyperthreading. Commonly found in high-end workstation and gaming laptops, the 7700HQ offers top-tier performance for Intel's Kaby Lake platform. The CPU features a base clock of 2.8 GHz with a boost up to 3.8. Our test model takes full advantage of this boost under heavier single-threaded workloads, even when running on battery power. Our test model did very well in our Cinebench test suite, showing that it can handle even the most strenuous workloads with aplomb.

All of the modern rivals have the same CPU, while the Omen 15 is equipped with a last-generation Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ. There aren't many differences between Skylake and Kaby Lake save for some better power efficiency, marginally higher clock speeds, and native video encoding tools in the newer platform. Otherwise, the chips are very similar in terms of performance.

As such, we see very similar results across the board in our Cinebench testing. While there are some slight performance differences, they are all within margin of error. There is no clear winner between the competition.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼82% +7%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼78% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
148 Points ∼76%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
147 Points ∼75% -1%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼75% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼34%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
730 Points ∼34% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
724 Points ∼34% -1%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼32% -7%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
677 Points ∼32% -8%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.7 Points ∼77%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼76% -1%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.65 Points ∼75% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼34% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.08 Points ∼34%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.45 Points ∼31% -8%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5568 Points ∼63% 0%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5548 Points ∼63%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21976 Points ∼44% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21774 Points ∼44%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
323.56 s * ∼4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
541.28 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5548
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21774
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6774
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
61.88 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.08 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
732 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
93.99 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
148 Points
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System Performance

System performance is akin to a diesel engine: tasks are slow to start but overall operation is smooth and efficient once things get going. This is mostly due to the slow mechanical HDD we will discuss in the next section. In PC Mark 8, our device was handily beaten by the competition in the Creative and Work tests, while it managed to best the Acer Aspire VX5 in the Home test. 

Overall, the GL553 can handle any task thrown at it, but users should be patient while programs load. Despite these slow loading time, our Asus device is still among the top of its class for overall performance. 

PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
5068 Points ∼78% +8%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
5003 Points ∼77% +7%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4831 Points ∼74% +3%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4680 Points ∼72%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
4992 Points ∼54% +16%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4679 Points ∼50% +8%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4317 Points ∼46%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
3946 Points ∼66% +5%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3899 Points ∼65% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
3850 Points ∼64% +2%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3770 Points ∼63%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
3698 Points ∼62% -2%
PCMark 7 Score
3567 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3770 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4317 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4680 points
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Storage Devices

The sole storage solution in the GL553 is a slow mechanical hard drive. Despite being labeled a 7200 RPM HDD, the HGST Travelstar operates at speeds often seen in much slower 5400 RPM HDDs. Applications take their time when loading and starting up, and opening and saving large files is an exercise in patience. 

The GL553 falls behind the MSI GL62M, another gaming notebook with an HDD, and is utterly destroyed by the Dell Inspiron 15 7000, HP Omen 15, and Acer Aspire VX5. The SSDs in the competition are not even the fastest in their class but are lightning quick when compared to the HDD in our GL553. Asus does offer configurations with SSDs loaded in the M.2 slot which might be enticing to potential purchasers. Regardless of the model selected, one of the first upgrades users should make is replacing the HDD with an SSD or adding an M.2 SSD.

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
HD Tune
HD Tune
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
8182%
10%
7113%
9543%
Write 4k QD32
1.04
255.1
24429%
1.234
19%
168
16054%
317.4
30419%
Read 4k QD32
1.06
279.6
26277%
1.088
3%
276.8
26013%
394.9
37155%
Write 4k
1.05
85.44
8037%
1.122
7%
81.38
7650%
38.36
3553%
Read 4k
0.57
27.11
4656%
0.494
-13%
33.14
5714%
16.97
2877%
Write 512
51.11
304
495%
56.98
11%
169.6
232%
418.2
718%
Read 512
39.06
338.9
768%
43.19
11%
327.6
739%
348.1
791%
Write Seq
89.64
422.8
372%
107.3
20%
169.2
89%
449.6
402%
Read Seq
93.48
485.8
420%
112.4
20%
475.7
409%
494.2
429%
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Transfer Rate Minimum: 61.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 147.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 112.8 MB/s
Access Time: 16.8 ms
Burst Rate: 242.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.2 %

GPU Performance

The GeForce GTX 1050 is Nvidia's latest entry in the mainstream GPU market. Based on the new Pascal architecture, the GTX 1050 features 640 shader units and up to 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM with a 128-bit bus. 

Performance is comparable to last generation's GTX 965M, which was the gateway to the upper echelon of gaming notebooks. Power draw is low at around 50 W, but performance remains adequate for 3D tasks. The GPU in our GL553 ran at full speeds whether plugged in or on battery.

Compared to its rivals, the GL553 keeps paces with the MSI GL62M and HP Omen 15, which are equipped with the GTX 1050 and GTX 965M, respectively. This is to be expected as the HP's graphics card was replaced by the GTX 1050 found in both the GL553 and the MSI. The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and Acer Aspire VX5, both powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, handily beat our Asus in testing by about 30%.

3D Mark 11 Basic
3D Mark 11 Basic
3d Mark Ice Storm Extreme
3d Mark Ice Storm Extreme
3D Mark Cloud Gate
3D Mark Cloud Gate
3D Mark Firestrike
3D Mark Firestrike
3D Mark Firestrike Extreme
3D Mark Firestrike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7281 Points ∼46% +4%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
7134 Points ∼45% +2%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7072 Points ∼44% +1%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6999 Points ∼44%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
6808 Points ∼43% -3%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
9725 Points ∼19% +30%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
9713 Points ∼19% +30%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
8223 Points ∼16% +10%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
7919 Points ∼16% +6%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7457 Points ∼15%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7741 Points ∼19% +29%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7646 Points ∼19% +27%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6382 Points ∼16% +6%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6013 Points ∼15%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
5904 Points ∼15% -2%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
49539 Points ∼30% +31%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
48626 Points ∼30% +29%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
39824 Points ∼24% +5%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
37840 Points ∼23%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
36659 Points ∼22% -3%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
83572 Points ∼22% +14%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
78188 Points ∼20% +6%
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
73576 Points ∼19%
3DMark 11 Performance
7423 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
65973 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
18436 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5455 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
2693 points
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Gaming Performance

Now for the bread and butter of the Asus GL553 - gaming. The GTX 1050 is great for budget-minded gamers wanting to play the latest titles at 1080p at high settings. As the 1050 is comparable to the GTX 965M, players can expect between 30 and 35 FPS in the newest high-end games at Full HD. Older titles like Bioshock Infinite will run at over 60 FPS at maximum settings.

Gamers hungry for better performance should look at the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which is about 30% faster than the GTX 1050. That said, the 1050 is still a capable graphics card for gaming at Full HD, which is remarkable given that it's currently the lowest-tier Pascal GPU available. For more about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, check out our full benchmark list here.

We should note that upon receiving our device, we had several driver issues that heavily impacted gaming performance. After manually uninstalling the current drivers and reinstalling the latest drivers directly from Nvidia, these problems were resolved. 

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
30 fps ∼19%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
38.3 fps ∼24% +28%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
33.7 fps ∼21% +12%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
30.6 fps ∼19% +2%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
38.5 fps ∼24% +28%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
36 fps ∼20%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
46.6 fps ∼26% +29%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
39.5 fps ∼22% +10%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
37.4 fps ∼21% +4%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
47.4 fps ∼26% +32%
Doom
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
54 fps ∼27%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
67.5 fps ∼34% +25%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
37.4 fps ∼19% -31%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
58 fps ∼34%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
69.1 fps ∼41% +19%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
40 fps ∼24% -31%
Ashes of the Singularity - 1920x1080 high (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
28 fps ∼32%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
29.1 fps ∼33% +4%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
62 fps ∼29%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
72.8 fps ∼34% +17%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
66.2 fps ∼31% +7%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
128 fps ∼42%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
147 fps ∼48% +15%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
156.2 fps ∼51% +22%
Thief
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
42 fps ∼33%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
43.6 fps ∼35% +4%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
61 fps ∼46%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
65.8 fps ∼50% +8%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
34 fps ∼23%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
44.5 fps ∼30% +31%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
39 fps ∼26%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
54 fps ∼36% +38%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 12862fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 6441fps
Thief (2014) 6142fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 3934fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 3630fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 3228fps
Doom (2016) 5854fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 2624fps

Stress Test

The Asus GL553 operates well under extreme loads. During our stress test (running a combination of Prime95 and Furmark for about 45-60 minutes), the CPU and GPU perform admirably. Under Prime95, which heavily taxes the CPU, the Core i7-7700HQ is able to maintain a clock speed of about 3.4 GHz across all cores, occasionally boosting to 3.8 GHz on one. Temperatures peak at 87º C on one core, which is dangerously close to the safe threshold of 90º C. Average temperatures across the package, however, stay at a more reasonable 75º C. Using Furmark to heavily stress the GPU, we see the GTX 1050 keep its cool with a maximum temperature of only 60º C. This is most likely because the GPU is physically seated directly underneath the exhaust fan; the system is able to quickly and efficiently move heat away from the graphics card.

While running Unigine Valley, a more realistic stress test for gaming, the CPU and GPU hover between 60º and 65º C, which is quite cool. Overall, the system is able to handle heavy workloads at maximum speeds while keeping temperatures in check.

Furmark (GPU stress)
Furmark (GPU stress)
Prime95 (CPU stress)
Prime95 (CPU stress)
Furmark + Prime95
Furmark + Prime95
Unigine Valley
Unigine Valley

Stress Test Results

CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.4 450 75 53
FurMark Stress 3.5 1,126 65 57
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 2.9 1,000 80 65
Unigine Heaven Stress 3.5 1,400 66 60

Emissions

System Noise

The Asus GL553 can get noticeably loud when under load. Cooling is handled by a single large fan that exhausts heat out the left side. When stressed, that fan will ramp up quickly and spin at high speeds until the system temperature drops to around 55º C. The fan is also high pitched and can be heard across a room. The sound cuts through ambient noise like a knife; users should consider this if working in public environments.

The hard drive is also audible when accessing large files. A gentle, low-pitched whir can be heard but is not terribly distracting. Upgrading to an SSD can easily mitigate this sound if users find it annoying. The DVD drive is also very noisy when reading discs, but given the prevalence of digital media distribution, this may be a non-issue for most users.

Comparatively. the GL553 is a bit noisier than its rivals, but not by much. It makes more noise at idle (likely due to the mechanical HDD) but is not distracting or noticeable under light loads. When gaming or performing more demanding tasks, the fan aggressively spins and becomes very distracting very quickly. Gamers will want to use headphones to drown out fan noise.

Noise Level

Idle
33.4 / 33.4 / 33.4 dB(A)
Load
46.5 / 49.6 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.6 dB(A)
Cooling is handled by a single large (and noisy) fan.
Cooling is handled by a single large (and noisy) fan.
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
Noise
5%
4%
1%
-4%
off / environment *
30.6
30.3
1%
30.6
-0%
30
2%
30.8
-1%
Idle Minimum *
33.4
30.9
7%
32.5
3%
32
4%
35.3
-6%
Idle Average *
33.4
30.9
7%
32.5
3%
33
1%
35.4
-6%
Idle Maximum *
33.4
31
7%
32.5
3%
36
-8%
35.4
-6%
Load Average *
46.5
46.5
-0%
36.4
22%
43
8%
48.6
-5%
Load Maximum *
49.6
46.8
6%
52.4
-6%
49
1%
49.8
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The benefit of a large and loud fan shows itself with temperatures. The GL553 stays incredibly cool, even under load. The hottest point is located right at the exhaust vent on the left side and only reaches about 42.7º C. The rest of the computer is kept cool to the touch. The palm rest and WASD keys get slightly warm during gameplay and heavy loads but are not uncomfortable, which may be important for gamers. During gameplay testing, our palms did get clammy but the overall temperatures remained pleasant.

Owing mainly to its increased size and lower-end graphics card, the GL553 remains fairly cool for a gaming notebook. The thinner GL502 line from Asus can quickly exceed 50º C in certain spots, as can other thin gaming notebooks packing more powerful hardware.

Max. Load
 42.6 °C36 °C23.2 °C 
 33.8 °C39.2 °C25.2 °C 
 25.8 °C30.2 °C25.2 °C 
Maximum: 42.6 °C
Average: 31.2 °C
22.8 °C32.8 °C36.4 °C
23.6 °C32 °C37.4 °C
25.2 °C25.4 °C28 °C
Maximum: 37.4 °C
Average: 29.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  49 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Mini
Keyboard under load
Keyboard under load
Underside under load
Underside under load

Speakers

The front-facing speakers are average. They peak at about 75 dB, which is nothing special. Mids and highs are present, but bass is severely lacking. Rivals such as the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 have a subwoofer, which makes a world of difference for sound quality. 

The overall sound is muddy and thin. The speaker array lacks definition, which adversely affects media consumption; song lyrics and movie dialogue sound muffled and can be hard to understand. Music is left wanting for an impactful punch and sounds weak. Sounds during gameplay are also just average without any real standout experiences. Headphones are highly recommended.

On a positive note, the speakers do not distort at maximum volume. Also, the inclusion of Asus-branded audio tuning software is nice, allowing for different sound profiles to be set up.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.238.22535.335.23135.133.74031.933.65032.231.26333.733.78031.23410034.533.612534.335.216030.635.720030.145.525028.354.531527.254.640026.154.150025.955.863025.963.780026.363.9100025.255.3125024.257.2160023.955.5200023.556250023.359315023.259.3400023.464.9500023.167.663002368.5800023.167.2100002358.91250022.9531600023.255.3SPL36.475.2N2.834.8median 24.2Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71median 55.8Delta2.7432.234.332.23333.43336.132.536.130.630.430.629.627.729.627.129.127.132.227.232.245.325.845.35732.65757.423.557.452.622.352.655.621.655.661.521.361.567.219.867.26519.76565.418.565.465.318.265.367.517.867.567.517.167.569.117.369.173.417.273.473.617.673.671.817.771.873.417.773.472.318.172.371.718.271.766.218.166.268.818.268.869.618.169.668.61868.682.930.382.9561.456median 67.5Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567median 18.2median 67.54.624.633.834.333.832.233.432.234.932.534.930.730.430.730.427.730.42729.12727.927.227.927.925.827.932.932.632.935.823.535.837.822.337.846.921.646.956.621.356.66219.86262.419.762.465.518.565.570.118.270.175.317.875.379.217.179.287.617.387.685.917.285.985.317.685.381.217.781.276.217.776.271.418.171.469.118.269.16818.16862.118.262.157.418.157.459.91859.993.330.393.377.91.477.9median 65.5MSI GL62M 7RD-077median 18.2median 65.512.3212.3hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.17 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 72% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 18%, worst was 34%
Compared to all devices tested
» 46% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 18%, worst was 34%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

MSI GL62M 7RD-077 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 91% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 18%, worst was 34%
Compared to all devices tested
» 80% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Thanks to improvements in power management seen in both the Kaby Lake CPU and Pascal GPU, the GL553 is able to deliver good performance at a relatively low power draw. On average, the notebook pulls about 12 W at idle and 80 W at load. We see a peak of 128 W, but this is in line with the competition. Users should be aware that the maximum observed draw exceeds the 120 W rating of the included power supply; while this level of consumption doesn't happen for extended periods, it may still present danger when the notebook is pushed hard. Caution should be exercised.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 bests the Asus with better power efficiency, despite the Dell having a more powerful GPU. This could be due to the SSD present in the Dell, which draws significantly less power than the HDD in our GL553. The bright IPS panel on our review model may also be cause for higher power draw. All said, the GL553 still keeps pace with its competition and actually beats out the similarly specced MSI GL62M, pulling in about 12% fewer Watts under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.7 / 11.7 / 12 Watt
Load midlight 80.5 / 128.4 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel SSDSCKKF256H6, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
23%
-21%
-7%
4%
Idle Minimum *
7.7
4.4
43%
10.6
-38%
7
9%
8.2
-6%
Idle Average *
11.7
6.8
42%
14.5
-24%
11
6%
11
6%
Idle Maximum *
12
8.3
31%
15
-25%
19
-58%
11.1
7%
Load Average *
80.5
81
-1%
90
-12%
79
2%
77
4%
Load Maximum *
128.4
127
1%
135
-5%
119
7%
116.9
9%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Asus GL553 has a relatively small 4-cell 48 Wh battery. The battery is decent for light office work while in Airplane mode but middling for anything else. In our WiFi test, where we set the screen brightness to 150 cd/m2 and run a script that loads a new web page every 30 seconds, the GL553 lasted only 4.5 hours, which is mediocre. Under load, the GL553 gave up the ghost after only 47 minutes. The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 blew our test unit out of the water with more than double the battery time in our idle and WiFi tests.

While it is nice to have additional connectivity, the massive optical drive takes up a lot of internal room. This space might have been better utilized for a larger battery, but as it is, gamers in need of a long lasting device for productivity work should look elsewhere. Dell's offering grants much longer operation away from the wall.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 20min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
4h 36min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 47min
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 74 Wh
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 41 Wh
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M, 61.5 Wh
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 52 Wh
Battery Runtime
121%
-14%
34%
32%
Reader / Idle
440
1174
167%
387
-12%
467
6%
WiFi v1.3
276
622
125%
225
-18%
272
-1%
365
32%
Load
47
81
72%
41
-13%
93
98%

Pros

+ excellent, tactile keyboard
+ RGB blacklighting options
+ solid and sturdy chassis
+ good thermal design
+ bright and color accurate matte IPS display
+ easy maintenance
+ easily upgradeable

Cons

- expensive for its specs
- middling battery life
- incredibly slow hard drive speeds
- loud, annoying fan
- poor port placement
- mediocre speakers
- disappointing touchpad

Verdict

In review: Asus ROG GL553VD-DS71. Test model provided by Computer Upgrade King. Coupon code NBCUK-GL553 for $110 USD off purchase.
In review: Asus ROG GL553VD-DS71. Test model provided by Computer Upgrade King. Coupon code NBCUK-GL553 for $110 USD off purchase.

The Asus GL553VD is a prince among paupers. While its graphics card is targeted at the budget-conscious, its price is not. The same hardware can be found in the MSI GL62M about $100-150 less. that price can be even lower if users are willing to forgo the Core i7-770HQ for a more modest Core i5-7300HQ. On the other hand, users can find the more powerful GTX 1050 Ti in the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 at the same price or the Acer Aspire VX5 for $50 cheaper.

So what do you get for the definite premium? The Asus GL553 packs in an incredible keyboard with full RGB lighting, well-designed thermal operation, and a beautiful and rich IPS display. Build quality is top-notch; the laptop looks and feels fantastic. But users will have to decide if these niceties are worth an additional $100-200. 

For gamers that are looking to play titles at high details and Full HD resolution, the choice has never been more difficult to make. The Asus GL553 wraps a solid gaming experience in a beautiful and well-built package. Users that want a quality screen, keyboard, and finish will be happy with the Asus GL553. However, for those that focus solely on games regardless of the machine they're played on, there are much better (and cheaper) options available.

The HP Omen 15 is still a convincing package; despite running last generation hardware, performance is similar. Potential buyers may want to search used markets for even greater savings. The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has a better GPU and an SSD for about the same price and should definitely be considered. And for a few hundred dollars more, users can step up to devices with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, which will offer fantastic gaming performance at Full HD and even higher resolutions.

Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71 - 03/12/2017 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
71%
Connectivity
45 / 81 → 55%
Weight
60 / 66 → 89%
Battery
79%
Display
89%
Games Performance
88%
Application Performance
84%
Temperature
94 / 95 → 98%
Noise
72 / 90 → 80%
Audio
50%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
73%
80%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2017-03-14 (Update: 2017-03-18)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.