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Asus ROG Strix GL702VM (GTX 1060, Core i5, G-Sync)

Asus ROG Strix GL702VM (GTX 1060, Core i5, G-Sync)

asus3 The latest gaming laptop from Asus looks the part, and it pairs its smart design with a price designed to undercut many of its rivals. The ROG Strix GL702VM costs just £1,200, which makes it hundreds of pounds cheaper than many other gaming notebooks.


The £1,200 price means that the Asus has a more modest specification than many other notebooks, but there’s still room in the budget for a brand-new Nvidia GPU. The GTX 1060 is based on the Pascal architecture, which ramps up the efficiency to deliver huge power: this chip has 1,280 stream processors and a 1,404MHz core clock alongside 6GB of GDDR5 memory

The impressive mid-range GPU is joined by a solid mainstream specification. The Core i5-6300HQ is a quad-core chip with a 2.3GHz, although it doesn’t have Hyper-Threading, so multi-tasking will suffer in comparison to Core i7 silicon.

Elsewhere, there’s 8GB of memory, a 128GB SATA SSD, and a 1TB HDD – although bear in mind that the memory is a little sluggish and there’s no room for a faster M.2 SSD in this machine.

The inside provides Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band 802.11ac wireless, while the outside offers three USB 3 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C connector and HDMI and mini-DisplayPort outputs. When it comes to connectivity, it’s business as usual.

That’s a superb specification for a £1,200 laptop, but remember that spending a little more cash can take a notebook to the next level. The XMG P507 we reviewed cost £1,951, but it’s got a customisable specification, so it could be cut down while still providing a GTX 1070 and a better CPU. Regardless, it’s going to cost a few hundred pounds more.

air-coolers-10Full Specification

CPU: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6300HQ
Memory: 8GB 2,133MHz DDR4
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Sound: On-board
Screen size: 17.3in 1,920 x 1,080 G-Sync IPS
Hard disk: 128GB Samsung CM871a SSD, 1TB HDD
Weight: 2.7kg
Ports: 3 x USB 3, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x audio, SD card slot, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort
Dimensions: (W x D x H): 420 x 275 x 24mm
Extras: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi
Warranty: 1 yr RTB


The Strix is a fantastic-looking laptop. It’s made from a mix of black aluminium and plastic, with orange used to spice up the design. The bright orange colouring covers the logos, the keyboard and the trackpad, with the WASD keys entirely built in orange plastic.

The good looks are paired with reasonable dimensions. The Asus weighs 2.7kg and is 24mm thick, which are both impressive numbers for a 17.3in laptop – we’re more used to seeing chunky machines when the screen is this large.

Build quality, though, is mediocre. The screen is wobbly and the wrist-rests feel a little too hollow for our tastes, and the sturdy base panel can’t be opened – so there’s no opportunity to swap or upgrade the storage or memory unless you’re comfortable with voiding the warranty.


The bright orange WASD keys are paired with an adjustable red backlight, and the keyboard has a number-pad, full-size return button and a ROG button that loads the laptop’s Gaming Centre utility.

air-coolers-9This chiclet keyboard is great for typing. Each button is consistent with a moderate amount of travel, and they press down with a quiet and comfortable action. It’s not far off the best laptop keyboards – for getting work done, at least.

Its soft response does undermine gaming, though, as it’s lacking the speed and snap that we prefer when playing the latest frenetic titles. It’s fine for gameplay, sure, but it’s not great.

The trackpad suffers similarly, with soft buttons that push down a tad too far. That’s good for navigating Windows, but too stodgy for proper PC gaming.


The GTX 1060 is well-matched with this machine’s 1080p screen, with solid performance in every game at this Full HD resolution.

Its poorest minimum came in Crysis 3, where it hit 42fps – and, even then, that’s a result that’ll ensure smooth gameplay. Its averages ranged from 51fps to 77fps, which are all excellent.

air-coolers-12The GTX 1060 is a mid-range chip, though, so don’t expect much luck when outputting to higher-resolution monitors or VR headsets – if you want smooth performance in those scenarios you’ll need a GTX 1070.

The rest of the specification is reasonable. The Core i5’s single-core benchmarks figures aren’t far off the pace of Core i7 processors, although the chip does fall behind in multi-core tests – no surprise considering the lack of Hyper-Threading.

The SSD’s read and write speeds of 515MB/s and 478MB/s are reasonable for a SATA drive and far quicker than a regular hard disk, although M.2 devices are several times faster still. And the memory bandwidth is underwhelming when compared to 16GB laptops – which makes it more disappointing that it’s so tricky to replace the RAM in this machine.

The peak CPU and GPU temperatures of 90°C and 86°C are a little higher than we’d expect from mid-range silicon, but they’re not dangerous. The Asus is supremely quiet, too, with barely audible fans when idling and only a tiny noise increase during gameplay. It’s a better bill of health than the vast majority of gaming laptops.

Battery life, meanwhile, is unsurprisingly middling. In PC Mark 8 the Asus lasted for about three and a half hours, and it managed just over an hour in a gaming test. This machine doesn’t change the game, so don’t go far from the mains.

fire-strike gaming geekbench

Screen and Sound

The Full HD matte screen has the right resolution for the GTX 1060, but its pixels are stretched across a 17.3in panel, which means density levels of 127ppi isn’t great. It’s absolutely fine for gaming and movies, but screens with more pixels will render games, photographs, text and icons with more sharpness and detail.

The inclusion of 60Hz G-Sync is welcome – it means gaming will be butter-smooth on this screen. It’s smart to be paired with the GTX 1060, too, as it means that games can run at 60fps on this screen, as that’s where G-Sync will perform at its best on this panel.

air-coolers-19The middling specification is matched by average benchmark results. The contrast level of 900:1 is reasonable, with a decent black level of 0.35cd/m2 – both figures are good for a good range of colours and deep shades at the darker end of the spectrum.

The colour temperature of 7,610K is too cool and leaves colour a tad pallid, and the average Delta E of 3.43 is just that – average. Using Vivid mode improved the Delta E to 0.91, but the cool colour temperature remained, and the screen’s sRGB coverage level of 86.6% is middling.

The 1080p resolution, G-Sync and reasonable benchmarks mean this panel is fine for gaming, movies and general computing, but pricier portables do offer more quality – a machine like the XMG is a better option if resolution or quality is a key consideration in your next laptop.

The two speakers churn out decent high-end noises and reasonable treble, but both of those areas are undermined by a dearth of bass. That’s no surprise considering there’s no subwoofer in this machine.

The Asus AudioWizard app provides different modes for different scenarios, but they’re a mixed bag: we like the Action option as it provides better balance, but many other options provide too much flat bass or are just too quiet.

air-coolers-18Alternative Specs

We’ve reviewed the GL702VM-GC003T, and only one alternative specification is available if you’re not keen on this model’s components. The GL702VM-GC010T is £150 more expensive than our sample, and that money means you get a Core i7 processor and 16GB of memory – but that machine still has a 1080p screen and GTX 1060 GPU.


This machine is inevitably built with compromise in mind, but the Asus gets it right in key departments. The GTX 1060 is an excellent mid-range GPU, the screen has the ideal resolution and G-Sync alongside decent quality, and the processor is capable.

None of the compromises are deal-breakers: the rest of the components are reasonable, the speakers are OK, and the keyboard and trackpad are both serviceable. It looks great throughout.

This machine doesn’t have the power or quality of pricier rivals, and that’s fine – it does more than enough to justify a much lower price. This is a winner if you don’t want to spend around £2,000 on a gaming notebook.

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