Even though there are many gaming laptops out there that are incredibly heavy due to their characteristics of being large and bulky, the Asus ROG GL552VW is happily lightweight, but it’s still large and hefty enough so portability might still be an issue nonetheless. Still, what you’re going to get is an above average gaming performance that will suit plenty. However, all that power could not be handled by the battery as battery life could have been better. Hence, whenever you’re playing your favorite games on this unit, it might be best to keep it plugged into a wall socket.
The Asus ROG GL552VW is Happily Lightweight, But Still Bulky
When talking about its design, the Asus ROG GL552VW has that air that coincides with one saying, “If you’ve seen a gaming laptop, you’ve seen them all.” Quite frankly, there’s not much new with regards to its looks. It is made out of a sturdy plastic material, and this is also the case with many gaming laptops out there because there are heat conduction issues with regards to metal. But there is a metal panel on top, which does add a touch of luxury to the otherwise all-plastic formula.
There is also the familiar ROG logo that can be found on the lid, and it has LED backlighting on it as well. It does look quite good under very dim lights. As for the keyboard, it screams the serious gamer look in every way. While still on the keyboard, it has a matte black finish, and although it does look really good, it is an incredible fingerprint magnet.
For the ports, it does have the usual set in which gamers would happily want in a gaming laptop. The ROG GL552VW has two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, an Ethernet port, one USB 3.1 Type-C port found on the left. On the right side of the machine, you will get separate headphone and mic ports, one more USB 3.0 port, and a DVD drive.
The display on the Asus ROG GL552VW is pleasingly good, and it is a matte IPS panel variety. It offers great color reproduction and it does offer one of the best viewing angles found on the market. The graphics are powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M and the processing is handled by an Intel i7 6700HQ chipset. However, all this power is handled by a 4-cell detachable battery that can only last just barely 3-hours of using it.
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