The recent advances in the computer industry have made possible huge computational powers at very little cost.
Asus is one of the few companies which are new in the gaming market but rapidly expanding by launching new products all the time.
What’s Great About It?
The most crucial test for a gaming laptop: does it run games smoothly? Asus ROG GL503 definitely passes this test. It handles most of the game smoothly, and the default settings are pretty solid. You can miss a few fps when compared to some other laptops in this category, but overall it gives an average experience and doesn’t disappoint.
When compared to other laptops in the segment like Lenovo Legion, and Dell Inspiron, the gaming experience is good, and you don’t notice any major performance lag. It runs games like Battlefield 1, which is particularly well optimized for the GTX 1050, between 42 and 53 fps on ultra settings at 1080p.
The Asus Gaming Center software which comes preloaded is a delight to see. It is one platform to monitor the usage and comes handy in case of performance dips. It shows you system specs, GPU and CPU memory and temperature, and fan speeds, along with audio and video specs.
On Geekbench 4, the Strix earned a score of 13,754, surpassing the average (10,291), Legion (12,971, Core i7-7700HQ), Inspiron (10,279, Core i5-7300HQ) and Aspire (10,145, Core i7-7700HQ) with ease.
What Would You Love About the Asus Strix GL503 Gaming Laptop?
Asus’ new ROG Strix GL503 is an attempt to get hold of the entry-level gaming laptop niche. The new ROG packs up a powerful 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5 VRAM) to make your gaming experience at par with the leaders of the gaming laptops.
A Great Design
The USP of the laptop is its sleek and elegant design, which is modeled after the successful Asus Zephyrus. The black aluminum lid features a striking diagonal stripe and the ROG logo in a bronze color.
Asus has done a really nice job in revamping the designs, which are unprecedented for a $1099 laptop. It gives you the feel of an expensive gaming laptop.
Good Controls for Gameplay
The customizable RGB lit keypad adds to the splendor. These design specifics were reserved for expensive laptops, but Asus introduced it in an entry-level ROG Strix GL503, which definitely adds a plus in this laptop’s list of pros…
A Great Display
Apart from the design, the most striking feature of the laptop is its display. It is truly gorgeous. According to Topprobe.com – Asus ROG GL503 offers full-HD 1920×1080 display on a 15.6-inch panel with more than 250 Nits brightness.
The display is so good that you will doubt it’s a 1440p. Games and movies look fantastically crisp, clean and colorful. This can be a dealmaker for many. The display renders true color and games look coming to life.
Good Number of Ports
It comes with wifi, Bluetooth connectivity and you can find a port for all your needs be it LAN port, USB or any other. It has a full HD webcam as well which works perfectly fine. Despite a powerful cooling system, it weighs only 2.3kg which is the average weight in this segment.
What About the Sound?
The speakers are also loud and the voice is clear with the default settings, but when you try to go for full volume there is slight distortion.
What Isn’t as Great?
The keypad is not special as it does not attract attention, neither positive nor negative. But the trackpad is irksome. It has got strange click sounds and you do not feel comfortable gaming with it. Nevertheless, you can always opt for a mouse.
So, is this the best gaming laptop in its category? I would not say so. There are definitely some down-sides to this beauty.
- A Not so Great Battery Life
The battery life of the laptop is average. It lasted only 3 hours with just browsing the web over wireless, which is way below than the average. There are no heating issues, but the fans can get noisy sometimes.
- Hybrid SSD Doesn’t Work as Great
The hybrid SSD storage let down the performance considerably and it was really disappointing to see a gaming laptop lag while booting and accessing memory. The hard drive speed lingers at 32 MB/s opposed to other laptops in the segment which go up to 250 MB/s. The storage is 1TB FireCuda SSHD, common to these type of laptops.
- A Good Amount of Bloatware
GL503 comes with 64-bit Windows 10 Pro and together with it comes numerous bloatware. This bloatware are really irritating and surely affects the performance of the laptop. Otherwise, it’s Windows bloat as usual, including Drawboard PDF, Keeper, Plex, Candy Crush Soda Saga, March of Empires: War of Lords, and Skype.
- Could Have a Better Warranty Period
Asus sells the ROG Strix GL503 with a one-year warranty. The consumer support service by Asus is world-class, so you do not have to worry about after sales problems. Asus has a global presence.
Is it worth the money?
This gets complicated.
You can easily pick up a GTX 1060 and GTX 1050ti with only hundred or two more bucks, so why settle at GTX 1050 that the GL503 offers. Dell has introduced Inspiron 15 7000 at just $899, and it comes with a GTX 1060. If you are keen on the gaming experience, you should consider other alternatives as well.
You can either save money and still enjoy the performance on this machine, or you can go with a little costlier one and enjoy the raw power of one of the most powerful GPUs available in the industry. But if you want a computational power of a gaming laptop with elegant design and a marvelous display, it is a deal.
So, Asus ROG Strix GL503 is a gorgeous machine with average power, and it may not be the best in the segment, but it manages to stand out with its aesthetics.
If you want to go with it, we seriously recommend you to upgrade the hard drive( which is quite easy and configurable) as it will help you avoid those memory access lag. You should also consider using a mouse over the trackpad. It will save you time and some eerie feelings.