ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72 : User Review
by Gencho Draganov
The ASUS G752 series laptops are really a step up from their past project. Adding small, but noticeable details like adaptive sync (G-Sync) for the display , a different cooling design (in some models) and a backlit anti-ghosting keyboard can make all the difference for hardcore gamers like me. It’s not all about the added bells and whistles though, the main strength of the G752VT-DH72 lies underneath. I ordered mine 1 year ago for about $1800, which is a little more than the price listed on the manufacturer’s website. You can find the specifications of the model here and I will list them as well:
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ, Quad Core, 2.60GHz Base, 3.50GHz Turbo Boost
- NVIDIA GTX 970M ,3GB GDDR5 VRAM
- 16 GB RAM, 2133 MHz, DDR4
- 1 TB HDD 7200 RPM
- 17.3-inch FHD IPS display (1920 x 1080) with G-Sync
- SonicMaster speaker system
It comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, some programs that enchance the user experience and absolutely no bloatware.
PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN
For a rather expensive gaming station, it rocks a rather good CPU/GPU combo. Far greather than the integrated graphics included in cheaper laptops. For those wondering about the benchmarks, here is one for the CPU and here for the GPU.
The Maxwell GPU really withstands the test of time and to date gets decent enough FPS out of the latest games with highest details and FullHD resolution. Features like anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering also don’t cause a significant drop in frames. I picked some of the more heavy PC releases to get the most out of the configuration (Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor) and here are the results:
You can get closer to the “golden” 60fps standard if you turn down one or two settings which won’t make that much of a difference in-game.
As for using it for other purposes like video editing and other tasks, the 16GB of RAM prove enough for me to render a video while having multiple browser windows open (some of which playing YouTube videos) and still have a smooth experience. If you need it though, there are 4 slots with a maximum of 64GB of memory.
With the new cooling design, having thermal problems should be the least of your worries. Even during prolonged gaming sessions at room temperature I haven’t heard the fans once and the temperatures of both the CPU and GPU rarely peak above the normal values – 65 to 68 degrees Celsius.
The 17.3-inch FullHD IPS display offers wide viewing angles and accurate color saturation for maximum viewing comfort. And the one thing that probably saved my eyes during the long hours spent gaming is the matte layer on the display.
STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
The chassis is mostly made out of light, but strong matt aluminum and some solid plastic parts. It’s mostly painted in silver, except for the small plastic parts which are a more light brown/orange color. The screen can’t be lifted easily, which makes it more stable. Overall the whole build is sturdy and has withstood being stepped on by me, because I had forgotten I had left it right beside my bed. Now I didn’t really put all my weight onto it, but still I was rather impressed to see it didn’t even bend slightly.
The touchpad is really nicely designed. The space around it is covered with a special rubber layer which makes it a bit more comfortable and a lot less likely for your hands to slide during prolonged use.
BATTERY LIFE AND CHARGING
Sadly, the only drawback of this model has to be battery life. Asus went with a 6-cell Li Ion battery (67 Wh) which is a serious factor in how long you can use this beast under load. As a benchmark, on PCMark 8 on the Creative scenario the laptop managed to offer only 1 hour and 56 minutes of work time. So that means you can get just under 2 hours of work out of it, not putting it under heavy load. But for gaming sessions , depending on how much you stress it, that time is cut nearly in half. In terms of charging time, you need about 1 hour and 40 minutes to charge it from zero to full.
The laptop is an absolute beast when it comes to performance. Also the red backlit keyboard also manages to catch the eye of everyone looking. It’s not too bright, but just enough to make it look classy. The matte display also has to be a major plus, due to the reduced eye strain and the easier readability outdoors.
And last, but not least the SonicMaster sound system is just the absolute best I’ve ever heard on a laptop. With two separate speakers, the sound is clear with a perfectly controlled lower pitch.
Truth be told, I’ve only 2 things to complain about. First has to be the short battery life. For a rather pricey gaming laptop, you would expect it to last at least 2 hours under heavy load. Because of that, I can’t use it for gaming while I’m traveling a long distance.
The second thing is the size. If you’re looking for a beast trapped inside a small chassis, this isn’t what I would recommend. It’s true that the laptop is sturdy and can withstand a light drop (or step in my case), but for someone travelling with a smaller baggage I can see how this could pose a problem.
While there may be some drawbacks, this gaming laptop is definitely a great choice. It’s a step up from the previous series with some small, but still significant changes. The G-Sync technology allows for a smooth gameing experience while not reaching the much wanted 60 fps. The looks in this case don’t really matter, although I find the design decent. If you’re in tha market for a gaming laptop and you’re willing to go the extra mile in terms of money, then I would say the ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72 is worth considering.
My overall rating: 8/10