Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (GTX 1050) Review

Asus is no stranger to giving consumers options; their ROG brand is thick with notebook models that can be configured almost any way imaginable. The Strix line is typically their highest echelon, rife with notebooks brandishing the latest specifications and boasting excellent build quality. We've looked at Asus' 17.3-inch offerings in the past - the GL752, GL702, and GL753 each offer different tiers for gamers at different budgets. For those that prefer a more portable machine, the Strix line also includes some 15.6-inch models as well. Today, we look at the GL553VD.

The GL553VD is definitely aimed at budget-minded gamers. Armed with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, the GL553VD won't offer the same gaming performance as it's bigger brothers, the GL502VM and GL502VS. It also won't break the bank. While the more powerful 15.6-inch models come in at over $1,500 USD, our review model typically retails for around $1,100 USD. Even at the lower price, however, the GL553VD still has most of the niceties found in more expensive tiers, including a solid build and a full RGB keyboard. 

So what do you get in the lowest specced ROG notebook? The GL553VD sports an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, excellent construction, a DVD drive, an RGB backlit keyboard, and ample I/O. Its price and specs place it squarely in competition with other budget gaming notebooks, namely the MSI GL62M (GTX 1050), the Acer Aspire VX5-591G (GTX 1050Ti), and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 (GTX 1050Ti). We will also compare the HP Omen 15-ax007ng (i7-6700HQ, GTX 965M) as notebooks with last generation Nvidia GeForce GPUs can now be found at very low prices.

Asus ROG Strix GL553VD-DS71 (GL553 Series)
Processor : Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1354 MHz, Memory: 7000 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, Optimus.
Memory : 16384 MB, DDR4-2400
Display : 15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, No, BOE HFNV156FHM-N43, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard : Intel HM175
Storage : HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB , 7200 rpm, 1 TB HDD, 7200
RPM, 930 GB free
Weight : 2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 499 g ( = 17.6 oz / 1.1 pounds)
Price : 14,686,429.81 IDR


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