Asus Strix GL502VM-DB71 Gaming Laptop Review

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Price Analysis And Conclusion

The Asus Strix GL502VM-DB71 was a delightful surprise in the sea of GTX 1060-equipped laptops we've tested so far. We expected typical performance for a sub-$1,500 laptop, yet the Strix performed above par against its similarly-equipped competition. It even occasionally trades blows against a system with a superior GPU, thanks to its impressive thermal dissipation. The Strix also stands out aesthetically, with its orange accents, which deviate from typical red and black gaming designs (although the LED lighting is red).

The G-Sync display further adds to the value of the Strix, and it allows gamers to push the framerate below 60 FPS and maintain a smooth, tear-free visual experience. The Alienware 15 and Leopard Pro can’t offer G-Sync at this price point, and each of them make even more compromises to achieve their price tags (the Leopard has a 3GB GTX 1060, the Alienware sports a Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM). Asus doesn’t have to make the same sacrifices in order to offer the Strix GL502VM-DB71 for $1,399, and we’re inclined to believe that’s why it generally performed better in our benchmark suite.

Some may frown at the lack of SSD storage in this particular model, but as far as 1TB 7,200RPM HDDs go, the Strix GL502VM leads the field in the 4K random read/write tests, but falls slightly behind with its sequential read/write speeds. Generally, storage doesn’t play a vital role in gaming performance, but those who absolutely need an SSD will have to spend a little more money for that commodity, or install one themselves (the interior layout makes this easy).

The memory configuration (8GB onboard, 1x8GB DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM) could also be grounds for an enthusiast’s skepticism, but the two memory interfaces run in dual-channel mode (unlike similar onboard/SO-DIMM memory configurations that operate with two single channels), and the unorthodox implementation doesn't affect performance in a negative way.

When we purchased the Asus Strix GL502VM-DB71 from Newegg, it was priced at $1,499. Even at that cost, we thought it provided compelling value with its performance and feature set. Now that it has dropped $100, we’re inclined to believe that the Stix GL502VM-DB71 offers the best combination of performance, features, and price you could want in a GTX 1060-equipped VR-ready gaming laptop under $1,500.

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Derek Forrest
Derek Forrest is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes hardware news and reviews gaming desktops and laptops.
  • ledhead11
    Nice review. I also think this might be the best of the bunch in this class(1080p/60hz). As you mentioned a ssd is the only real compromise and that can easily be remedied later. Battery life is fairly impressive for gaming as well. Even more impressive they were able to squeeze g-sync into that price. Bravo!

    Any chance of 1440p/144hz reviews coming? I honestly haven't seen many. There seems to be the extremes of affordable 1080p to overpriced 4k(often w/ underpowered gpu's and questionable PPI).
  • Rituj Shrivastav
    When will gl702vm release in India?
  • firefoxx04
    Is it really necessary to have such a wide bezel around the screen yuck
  • William Henrickson
    Bought the GL702VM for $1299, its been great, 75hz Gsync also.
  • gaborbarla
    I have an ASUS laptop and I am still very happy with it after 4 years of use. But, having said this, I would expect a laptop's screen to take up more space on the actual laptop. If the laptop could house a 17 or 18" screen then I think it should. This is why I am so attracted to ultrabooks which hardly leave space for a webcam on the screen panel.
  • milkod2001
    nice thick bezels, looks like classy year 2000 model, very slick design
  • cats_Paw
    Its not bad (I mean, a 1060 can even 4K a few titles close to 30 fps), but at the same time the price has gone up along with it...

    Cheapest laptop I can find in Poland with a 1070 is around 1900 dollars...
  • darcotech
    Looking for same model but with GTX 1070 and 4K screen. Still no reviews for this one...
  • photonboy
    One concern:
    It may be GSYNC, but since there would be no module it works like Freesync. That is perfectly fine if you understand how it all works, however...

    The GSYNC range is not mentioned. Unless it drops down to 24FPS (24FPS to 60FPS asynchronous range) you will not get support below the minimum thus you're back to VSYNC ON/OFF issues.

    Previously GSYNC laptops avoided this with 75Hz panels and had a range of 30Hz to 75Hz which worked fine, so hopefully they just have panels now that support 24Hz to 60Hz which again will prevent dips below the minimum from suddenly causing added STUTTERING or screen-tear depending on how you've set things up.
  • William Henrickson
    I played Arma3 100 player yesterday and noticed syncing working when it went as low as 16fps, I believe it does frame doubling to compensate.