Asus ROG GX700: Review
The ROG GX700 is a flagship notebook by Asus and is also the world’s first liquid cooled gaming laptop. It comes with a detachable ROG-exclusive hydro over-locking system cooling module. It is accelerated by sixth-gen Intel Mobile K-SKU which is built on Skylake design and a committed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. With a 17-inch, 4K UHD display and NVIDIA G-SYNC, this notebook has suave and magnificent visuals. The laptop also comes in a ROG themed briefcase.
The body is made from brushed metal and a copper-effect plastic, with some sharp angles and a pleat on the lid for two shreds of orange lights that throb up and down. On the inside, you would find a full-sized keyboard including a number pad. The keys carry red labels and red backlighting and there’s a strip of Mayan-inspired patterned plastic. There are five macro keys housed above the keyboard and there is a dedicated button to start and end the game-streaming software on which Asus has assured a lifetime licence. The device is a little heavy weighing about 4kg but worth more than a laptop. On the back, there’s the power connector and four extra connectors for the liquid-cooling dock. The GX700’s include three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C connector and a separate Thunderbolt port. There’s a mini-Display-Port connector for external monitors and a full-size HDMI 1.4 port. Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth complete the line-up of networking kit. A Blue-ray reader is also provided for disc-based entertainment.
Coming to the keyboard, the sheet displays too much bend and while the keys have to run in action, they’re found somewhat deficient when matched with those on other gaming laptops, such as devices from MSI. However, the whole keyboard is backlit. It has red LEDs which help the typing and gaming sessions by a powerful glow. The touchpad is smooth and so is the optical mouse. Asus has integrated the buttons with a tangible response and an equitably gesture-sensitive touchpad surface.
The screen of the GX700 could have been more dynamic like the ones usually found on high-end laptops keeping the viewing angles and contrast in mind, especially when it is priced so high. Also, it’s a little substandard where you cannot push the GPU to its edges with 1440p or 4K gaming. With contrast ranging to 0.35-nit black levels which are quite high and brightness at 365 nits which is again a lot to lead to an overall contrast figure of 1,059:1. Usually, this should fetch you a decent result but a notebook of this price range should have delivered more.
Asus ROG GX700 is undeniably very conservative and with a GPU from NVIDIA, GTX 980, it utilizes its full potential with the attached water-cooling module. With a configuration which includes 64 GB DDR4 RAM and two NVMe-SSDs in a RAID-0, and Intel Core i7 clocked at 4 GHz, this is a powerful gaming machine at its best.
So when are you planning to get one and get the game going?
Picture courtesy – cbsistatic.com
by techtalks @TechTalks August 22, 2016 5:46 AM UTC