Slim gaming laptop. Asus ROG Laptop GL702VM-GC102D packs a lot of gaming power to a 17.3-inch thin notebook. Even so, the laptop does not produce too much noise or heat. Because the GPU is integrated, the laptop consumes more power at idling than necessary.
With GL702VM, Asus has a sleek 17.3-inch gaming laptop in its ranks. In it not only Intel quad-core processors from the Skylake generation, but also graphics graphics GeForce GTX 1060 from Nvidia. The latter brings significant performance improvements compared to its predecessor (GeForce GTX 960M). This means Asus notebooks are equipped for all current games and titles for the next few years. Competitors GL702VM is HP Omen 17, MSI GS73VR 6RF, Gigabyte P57X v6 among others.
Asus GL702VM-GC102D (GL702 Series)
- Processor : Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Intel Core i7)
- Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) – 6144 MB, Core: 1405-1886 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GDDR5, 192 bit connection, ForceWare 375.95
- Memory : 8192 MB, DDR4-2132, Single-Channel, two RAM slots (one occupied)
- Screen : 17.3 inch 16: 9, 1920×1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, IPS, Nvidia G-Sync, glossy: none
- Mainboard : Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
- Storage : HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB, 7200 rpm, free 930 GB
- Soundcard : Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH – High Definition Audio Controller
- Connections : 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connection: Combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
- Network: Realtek RTL8168 / 8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100 / 1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (a / b / g / n / ac), Bluetooth 4.0
- Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 415 x 280 (= 0.94 x 16.34 x 11.02 in)
- Battery: 76 Wh Lithium-Ion
- Operating System : FreeDos
- CameraWebcam : HD
- Additional features: Speaker : Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Lights: yes, DVD Driver, USB Mouse, 24 Month Warranty
- Weight : 2.7 kg (= 95.24 oz / 5.95 pound), Power Supply: 688 g (= 24.27 oz / 1.52 lb)
- Price : 1399 Euro
Asus uses a relatively slender black bag. An overview is made with a red element. The bulk of the case is made of plastic. Only the back of the lid made of brushed metal. The back is quite prone to fingerprints. The top side of the base unit is also equipped with a brushed metal simulated texture. Battery installed. The laptop does not have a maintenance handle. To access the hardware, you must remove the bottom shell. More about that later.
Overall, this device is well made. The dimensions of the gap are true. The only problem: Some overhang material display bezel can be felt on the left and right side of the lid. The base unit can be slightly bent on both sides of the keyboard and below the touchpad. In addition, the basic unit can be twisted too easily for our tastes. We expect greater stiffness of the device in this price range. The lid can also be rotated a bit, but this does not produce image distortion. The latter occurs when pressure is applied to the back of the lid, however, only in some places. Hinges hold the lid firmly in position. It is possible to open the lid with one hand.
The weight and dimensions of Asus notebooks are roughly equivalent to competitors like the MSI GS73VR 6RF. Devices like the HP Omen 17 and Gigabyte P57X v6 are larger and heavier because their stronger graphics core requires more massive cooling and more volume for air circulation.
Asus provides a nice port option: Three USB 3.0 ports (Type-A) are included. There are also two video outputs and Thunderbolt 3 ports. This means you can connect up to three displays to the laptop. Nice port layout; they are placed toward the back on both sides.
SD Card Reader
The GL702VM SD card reader is one of the faster models. When copying large files, it reaches a maximum transfer rate of 84.6 MB / s. Image file transfer 250 .jpg (each around 5 MB) handled at 72.6 MB / s. Readers of the competition are equivalent – the only exception is MSI GS73VR 6RF. We tested the memory card reader with reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).
The Asus notebook carries a WLAN module with an Intel chip (7265). In addition to the 802.11a / b / g / n Wi-Fi standard, it also supports fast AC standards. In the optimal state (no other WLAN device nearby, close range between notebook and PC server) we measure the transfer speed very well. The rival results of laptops are roughly the same level in this case as well. The wired network connection is handled by a Gigabit Ethernet chip from the Realtek RTL8168 / 8111 family. Representatives of this series are found in notebooks. Chip completed the task smoothly.
Included with laptop is a USB mouse. Our review unit also comes with a DVD driver, since no Windows operating system is available. Regular documents (quick opening posters, warranty information) are also included.
To access the hardware, you must remove the bottom shell of the laptop. This requires removing the screws at the bottom. After that, the bottom shell is removed with a spreader. This gives you access to memory slots, hard drives, empty M.2 slots, three fans, BIOS batteries, and WLAN modules.
Asus complements GL702VM with a chiclet keyboard illuminated in red. The backlight has three brightness levels, which can be selected with two function keys. The flat button has medium mileage and a clear pressure point. Their endurance can be a little firmer for our taste. As you type, the keyboard gives in the middle. This results in a rather spongy typing nuance. If you write a lot, this is not the keyboard for you. However, it is enough for the needs of home use.
The multi-touch click panel is capable of traveling a distance of about 10.5 x 7.3 cm (~ 4.1 x 2.9 in). This gives a lot of room for using gesture controls. Various movements can be turned off and turned off separately in the configuration menu. The smooth surface of the pad does not block the finger as it slides. It also records the input at the corner. The pad has shallow journey and pressure points that can be heard and felt. Click pad can also be used for handwriting input. Asus supplies laptops with “Touchpad Handwriting” software for this purpose.
We found one problem: The right mouse button does not work reliably. It works for a while, and then, after flipping the laptop the next time, it does not work. We can not find any reason for this behavior. Reinstalling the driver does not solve the problem, which is also present on the 15.6 inch version of GL702VM – Asus GL502VM (reviews from this notebook will be published in the next few days on Notebookcheck.com). As such, it does not seem to be a unique issue that only affects the current review unit.
GL702VM has a 17.3-inch matte screen with native resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. According to Asus web page, this is the only display model available. Screen brightness (311.9 cd / m²) is tolerable, but the contrast (652: 1) should be higher. On a positive note: The screen never shows the PWM flicker.
The screen supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which enables the display frame rate and GPU to be dynamically aligned with each other. This should make the image as smooth as possible – especially with computer games – without any display error.
Flickering Screen / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)
To dim the screen, some notebooks will only turn the backlight on and off quickly – a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). This cycling frequency is ideally undetectable to the human eye. If the frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience tension or headaches or even notice wrinkles altogether.
The laptop screen shows the DeltaE-2000 color deviation of 6.3 at the default setting. Results below 3 should be intended for. The screen is not blue. Using the color profile we provide, color reproduction and grayscale can be improved. AdobeRGB and sRGB color space can not be displayed. The coverage rate is 55% (AdobeRGB) and 83% (sRGB).
With GL702VM, Asus brings a 17.3-inch gaming laptop that can show all the latest games smoothly. We are reviewing the cheapest model series (1399 Euro). A Windows operating system is not included. If you invested almost 1800 Euro (~ $ 1904), you get the best model series with RAM SSD, HDD and 16 GB.
GL702VM trains quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) processors. This is the representative of the CPU with peak coverage. This model can be found in many gaming laptops, because it offers a lot of processing power, but still can maintain a relatively low power consumption. The CPU also offers more than enough performance for applications other than computer games.
With a 45 watt TDP, the processor is three leagues over ULV-CPU (15 watts). Core i7 works with a base speed of 2.6 GHz. Turbo can increase clock speed to 3.1 GHz (four cores), 3.3 GHz (two cores), or 3.5 GHz (one core); This works while charging and also battery power. However, it is not used aggressively like other notebooks. This is why our CPU test results are slightly worse than similar laptops.
Built-in 6700HQ does not exceed the performance of its predecessor Broadwell (Core i7-5700HQ). Maxing out the Turbo Boost will produce a draw: The Skylake processor will be marginally advantageous in single thread applications thanks to improvements in its Skylake architecture. Broadwell models will perform better with multithreaded applications due to higher Turbo speeds. Because the processor built into the GL702VM does not use its Turbo aggressively as we have seen in other notebooks, this laptop is somewhat behind its predecessor in a CPU test.
The replacement for Kaby-Lake (Core i7-7700HQ) anticipated in 2017 should differ significantly from 5700HQ and 6700HQ due to its higher processing speed. This is what happens to all the Kaby-Lake processors we’ve tested so far.
This system works well and without any hiccups. We did not experience any problems. PCMark benchmark results are very good. See our diagram shows that the results of the competition are more or less the same. There is no noticeable difference between notebooks in everyday use. Improving the performance of Asus laptop system is possible. SSD M.2 can be installed in notebook. If you use it as a system drive, the system will operate faster and shorter loading times. It is also possible to install a second RAM module.
When it comes to storage, you will not run out quickly: The 1TB hard drive that works on 7,200 RPM is built into the laptop. Such HDDs are almost exclusively found in gaming and business notebooks lately. HDD transfer speeds are at normal levels for 7,200 models and about 15-20% better than 5,400 models.
There is also an option to install SSD. In this case it is the empty M.2 slot (2280), which can host the appropriate SSD. It does not have to be a SATA model, NVMe also works.
The Core i7-6700HQ processor delivers integrated Graphics HD from Intel 530. However, Asus disables the GPU. The dedicated GeForce GTX 1060 graphics core therefore works all the time. The GPU is the current entry-level Nvidia model of their high-end GPU. The bottom line is based on Pascal architecture and supports DirectX 12. This is aided by GDDR5 6.144 MB graphics memory. Models in our review unit reach speeds up to 1.886 MHz. 3DMark benchmark results are at normal levels for this GPU. The point significantly outpaced its predecessor (GeForce GTX 960M).
As representative of “Republic of Gamers”, GL702VM can handle computer games. This notebook easily displays almost all the latest games in Full HD resolution and with high quality settings. Even maximum quality settings can be selected in most cases. Of all the games we tested, the only exception is X-Plane. 4K games are also possible, but the appropriate title selection is limited. In addition, this will require an appropriate external display, as GL702VM is only available with Full HD resolution. If you want to play 4K games more, you should get a laptop with GeForce GTX 1070 or even core GTX 1080.
Three fans can be found on GL702VM. The sound in idle condition is still quiet. You can only hear the laptop in a very quiet environment. This is mainly the swooshing of the audible hard drive, not the fan noise. Under load, silence is gone. We measure the sound pressure level around 40 dB (A) during the game every day. During the stress test, the pressure level rose to 46.2 dB (A). With regard to the performance of laptops, these results are certainly fine.
GL702VM passed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running for at least one hour) slightly different when charging and while operating with battery power. The processor continues to work at speeds between 2.9 and 3.1 GHz. On battery power, the graphics core runs at speeds between 800 and 900 MHz. When plugged into an outlet, the aircraft will operate at 1300 MHz. The temperature of the laptop makes sense. During the stress test, a limit of 50 ° C (122 ° F) is exceeded at one point of measurement. Our stress test is an extreme case scenario, which does not occur in everyday use. This means that such high temperatures are not encountered in everyday use.
The notebook speakers are on the left and right side of the palm rest. They produce a pleasant sound and can be used even for a long time. However, his voice was somewhat muffled. Using headphones or external speakers is recommended to get a better sound experience.
Integrated inactive graphics core is visible in idle state. We measure maximum power consumption of 21.4 watts. If the Intel GPU gets turned on, this figure will be 5 to 7 watt lower. The day of play will spend about 90 watts (+/- 20 watts). If you choose a resolution or a higher quality level, this number will also increase. For the time being, the power consumption in our stress test reached 147 watts. Then the number goes down again, because the CPU and GPU do not work as much as possible. The rated output of the power supply is 180 watts.
Asus Laptop completed our realistic WLAN test at 4:10 h. This test simulates the loading workload of web pages. The “balanced” profile is on, energy saving mode is disabled and display brightness is reduced to about 150 cd / m². Our video tests measure video playback time. For this, we play the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 codec, 1920×1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless module and also the energy saving modes are turned off, and the brightness is set to about 150 cd / m². GL702VM runs out of battery after 4:22 hours.
With GL702VM, Asus offers a relatively slim 17.3-inch gaming notebook. But do not be fooled by the sleek exterior; the laptop packs a good dose of processing power. Core i7 core core and GeForce GTX 1060 graphics core from Intel Core i7 bring a duo that can display all the latest games in Full HD resolution with high quality settings to the maximum. G-Sync Technology Nvidia handles fine images. Despite having strong hardware, hot development is affordable. The sound of the notebook is also acceptable.
Thanks to the 1TB hard drive, the storage is not left behind, although it can be exchanged. This will require removing the bottom shell, which is also an opportunity to equip the laptop with the M.2 SSD (SATA or NVMe), since there is no empty slot. The matte IPS display pleases with stable viewing angles and sufficient brightness. The contrast can be higher. The built-in keyboard meets the demands of household use. If you type a lot, you have to get a different model. Because GPU is integrated, energy consumption is higher in idle conditions. As a result, the battery life is worse than it should be. This, however, is only of secondary importance when it comes to gaming laptops.