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ASUS GL703GS REVIEW

aka ROG STRIX GL703GS

This is ASUS ROG STRIX GL703GS, ASUS 17-inch gaming laptop, with the latest 8th gen Intel Core i7 CPU.

The package

The ASUS GL703GS specifications are quite massive. It comes with an impressive Intel Core i7-8750H CPU (so 6 cores 12 threads), 32GB DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GTX 1070 with 8 GB of VRAM. The only thing that sits higher than this gaming laptop is the Zephyrus lineup from the Taiwanese company. It also has a FullHD 144 Hz refresh rate 3 ms response time display with G-SYNC, so if you are an FPS gamer, you gonna love it for sure.

Ports

Port selection is very good. It has 4 USB Type-A, 1 mini DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, Ethernet, 1 combo audio jack, a card reader and a USB Type-C port. Sadly no thunderbolt Type-C, those seem to be Zephyrus exclusive feature.

Upgradeability

Upgradeability of the ASUS GL703GS is simple. You have 2 options, remove the fast access panel which held by only 1 screw, and you will be able to swap or upgrade 1 RAM slot, the HDD or the NVME m.2 SSD. If you dig deeper and remove the extra screws from the lower panel, you will gain access to the whole computer and can find one extra RAM slot, and the WiFi card.

Keyboard

The keyboard is very good, a pleasure to type and game on it. Obviously not a mechanical keyboard, but for a notebook, it is very good. It also has the same space key as some of ASUS gamer notebook series, like the new ROG Strix GL504 SCAR II edition. It has AURA Sync, so if you any other ASUS AURA Sync accessories, you can combine them together, and let the LED party begin.

Performance

What about performance of the ASUS GL703GS? Well as mentioned earlier, the components of this machine are massive. During the game tests, no games were able to slow down the GL703. DOOM on the maximum settings ran like a champ, and Fortnite on EPIC settings was buttery smooth. Far Cry 5 was smooth as well, and the GTX 1070s plenty of VRAM was laughing at these games. Altho during gameplay, the fans spin up pretty much, and the notebook was slightly loud (for obvious reasons), the CPU clock speed was solid, and notice no throttling. The case was warm near the bezel where the big vent holes are located, but the palm rest was pleasantly cold. The bottom of the notebook was also slightly warm (but not hot), so I don’t think there will be an issue to play or work with this notebook from your lap which is a really good sign.

Battery life

Shall we talk about battery life? I don’t think so. This is a gaming machine, built for tethered work. Even tho it comes with a fair-sized 76 Wh battery and a giant 230W charger, you can achieve around 3,5 hours of battery life with YouTube, or office tasks, and an around 1,5 hours of battery life if you plan to game on it.

Verdict

So is it worth the around 1.9K price? In the current market, yes it is. It is also powerful enough to do whatever you need it to do, gaming or work.

Grab your ASUS ROG STRIX GL703GS from official sources:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE

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