Asus unveils GL552 gaming laptop
Yesterday, Asus expanded its portfolio of gaming laptops with a new 15.6-inch model called GL552. Its design is strongly reminiscent of the company's flagship gaming laptop, the G751: there's the familiar silver trapezoid insert on the lid and the keyboard features red illumination. A new sophisticated pattern covers the area above they keyboard, where the two upward-facing speakers are also located. The chassis, measuring 32.4 mm thick and weighing about 2.5 kg, provides easy access to storage and RAM but unfortunately doesn't allow to reach the rest of the hardware such as the cooling system quickly. The 3200 mAh battery, however, can be removed without opening the case.
The specifications position the GL552 as an entry-level gaming machine: with its Intel Core i7-4720HQ, it has nothing to be ashamed of on the processor side, but the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M graphics card is the weakest GTX-branded card of Nvidia's 900M series and the fact that Asus used the slower DDR3 video memory for it (2 or 4 GB, depending on the configuration) will further limit gaming performance. Nevertheless, modern games should be playable in Full HD resolution, though most will require advanced graphics features to be turned down. Asus will offer the GL552 with a Full HD (1920x1080) IPS panel or with a TN HD (1366x768) one. Both displays will be matte.
For the storage, GL552 is equipped with one SATA 2.5" bay and an M.2 slot. Standard configurations include up to 2 TB HDD or a 128/256 GB SATA SSD and a 128/256 GB M.2 SSD. There are two SODIMM slots supporting up to 16 GB DDR3L RAM in total. Depending on the wireless module installed, Wi-Fi support might be limited to single-band 802.11n or include dual-band 802.11ac. Bluetooth 4.0 is present in either case.
Asus hasn't shared any information about the pricing and availability so far.