Review: Asus ROG G752 OC Edition - Faster than many desktop gaming PCs
Portable, top-end PC gaming thanks to the 1070
- Top gaming performance for any computer
- Not cheap
- Overclocking performance issues
The G752VS is certainly impressive. It offers almost double the a level of gaming performance over previously available single-GPU notebooks, which is insane. It’s not a one-trick pony, either — both its quad-core CPU, DDR4 memory, and PCIe SSD are top-shelf all the way.
The G752 bristles with ports and connectors. On the left side you’ll find a Kensington lock port, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card reader, and...a DVD multi-drive. What year is this? I would prefer to see that space used for a bigger battery—or more cooling, because the fan noise is louder than in other systems we’ve tested.
The right side of the notebook looks like a strip of Swiss cheese: You’ll find gigabit ethernet, HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort, two more USB 3.0 ports (one of which can charge devices while the system sleeps), and a USB 3.1 Type C port (10Gbps) with Thunderbolt 3. There are also jacks for a microphone, headphones, and line out, as well as a power connector.
Chassis, input, and speakers
Housing all this technowizardry is a chassis that is both massive and extremely solid. If you can pick it up (remember to lift with your knees), you won’t feel a single iota of flex. While it’s clearly a monster at 8.9 pounds, the G752 actually weighs one pound less than the Acer Predator 17X.
The overall color scheme is what we’d call “silver and salmon,” but Asus calls it “armor titanium with plasma copper.” I honestly prefer the Predator’s black-and-red color scheme, but I’m a bit traditional.
One very cool feature is the underbelly: It has transparent panels so you can ogle the cooling apparatus. Asus uses 3D vapor chambers and copper heat pipes to keep the CPU and GPU frosty.
At the center of it all is a full-sized island keyboard with orange—sorry, “plasma copper”—backlighting. The keys are quite soft and also have some travel in them, so it feels very similar to typing on a real non-mechanical keyboard.
The layout is good, too, with arrow keys that are isolated off to the side—I really dug having some extra room around them. Five programmable macro keys run along the top of the keyboard. You can choose up to three profiles per key, for a total of 15.
The keyboard’s only real drawback is the inability to adjust the color of its backlighting. That’s a surprising omission for a laptop of this stature, especially since the Acer Predator lets you change it via zones and the Razer Blade lets you tweak it on a per-key basis.
As for the trackpad, it has soft and tactile buttons that feel like the keyboard’s keys and are easy to use, but it’s too slippery. We found ourselves accidentally dragging-and-dropping folders with some frequency.
As a full-figured notebook, you’d expect the G752 to have a booming audio system, but sound is muffled and indistinct. It doesn’t get loud enough, either. Asus includes a Sonic Bass Woofer in the chassis, but the whole shebang is underwhelming.
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