When it comes to quality gaming laptops, the mind immediately comes to the thought of two companies: ASUS and Alienware. And if Dell, which belongs to Alienware, for a long time – and, it seems, forever – determined the direction in the design and features of its models, the Taiwanese continue to experiment. The only thing that both companies do not depart from is the principles of reasonableness: you can not put high-performance and therefore hot components in thin (as requested by "modern standards") shell.
The updated G752 series came to replace G751 which gained popularity in the class of gaming solutions and highly appreciated users. The manufacturer, like last time, introduced several versions with different discrete adapters (from GeForce GTX 965M with 2 GB of memory to GTX 980M with 8 GB of GDDR5), each of which in turn is supplied in 3-4 versions. The processors, as expected, are the latest – with the architecture of Intel Skylake, and SSD-drives are "planted" on the PCIe bus 3.0 x4.
The laptop is delivered in a small cardboard box with high-quality printing made in the new stylistics of the ROG series. Above there is a plastic handle for carrying.
The box opens like a book. One photo of the device, several company logos and a series of devices are presented.
On the package, the buyer can find two stickers with information about the configuration and the delivery kit, various numbers (serial, batch number, SKU and so on). The laptop is made in a factory in China. The manufacturer's warranty is 2 years.
The delivery set consists of an external power supply, a power cable, four brochures and a reusable screed. Nothing unusual.
With the design used in the novelty ASUS G752VY, we already encountered when acquainted with the model GX700 . In the case of the hero review differences are not so many, but they are. The appearance of the notebook is a combination of complex shapes in a dark metal case with copper-orange inserts (ROG Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper).
The upper part and decorative covers are made of ground aluminum, in which several plastic inserts with a red-orange backlight are made. It was installed this time even in the red gill area at the rear.
The ROG logo located in the center of the case is also highlighted. The quality of the materials used at the height, the laptop looks, in our opinion, is also good: expensive and impressive.
The thickness of ASUS G752 varies from 23 to 53 mm – a large cooling system can be installed in the thick case, so that the impressive thickness is only for the best. Weight depends on the modification, in our case it is almost 4.4 kg. The display is reclined to the maximum possible angle for the used mechanism – about 130 degrees.
Four rubber feet of different shapes respond to the grip with the table – they cope with their task well. On the bottom cover you can see a pair of ventilation grilles, as well as a familiar pattern and a translucent black window made of Plexiglas, allowing you to see a part of the cooling system.
Nearby there is a sticker with technical information. It allows you to find out that the copy we received was made in December 2015.
Another ASUS logo flaunts on the bottom frame of the screen. A block with five device status indicators is located next to the touchpad buttons. The color of the backlight can be changed.
There are two USB 3.0 ports on the left side, a SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC card reader, a 3.5mm audio output and a power connector, a Kensington lock and an optical drive tray. In our configuration this is already Blu-Ray.
On the opposite side you can see the main "core" of ports: two more USB 3.0, one USB 3.1 Type-C, full-size HDMI 1.4, mini DisplayPort 1.2, RJ-45 network port, power connector and three audio connectors. The set is excellent, but some buyers will complain about its location – the wires under the right hand can interfere when working with the mouse.
Despite the use of matte plastic and brushed aluminum, some elements are not practical – they are made of soft touch plastic that likes to collect fingerprints. This applies to the working area and keyboard – you can not keep up with all the other elements.
The build quality of the G752VY is good. The gaps between the elements are minimal, the processing of the edges is almost perfect. Nothing crunches and does not creak. The upper cover of the screen noticeably flexes when pressed, but this does not greatly affect the impressions of the device. The working surface of such behavior is not different – everything is rigid and tight.
G752 input devices are the same as in the GX700. The laptop is equipped with a full-size island membrane keyboard with a numeric block (NumPad). The main working area of rubberized plastic is framed by an aluminum plate with the logo and name of the series printed and a textured plastic insert in the upper area.
The color of the buttons is black, the surface of the keys is matte, all letters and symbols are red. The backlight is one-color, also red, provides three levels of brightness and the ability to turn it off altogether. With the help of special software, you can activate the backlighting exclusively for certain (already selected for you by the manufacturer) keyboard shortcuts.
The size of the main keys is 15 × 15 mm. The buttons of the upper control unit are somewhat smaller in height, which is the norm for most notebooks. All control keys work by default when the Fn button is pressed. In the upper left corner there are six additional customizable keys (one starts the video capture, the other five are for recording and playing back macros).
The distance between the keys is 3.5 mm, the declared stroke is 2.5 mm. Simultaneous processing of up to 30 keystrokes is supported (we do not really imagine, really, for what). The very pressures are soft, clear, with a moderate force returning force. The sound is not loud. The layout is quite common, but the Insert key is combined with Delete and activated when the Fn modifier is clamped – this can embarrass someone. In the rest to the keyboard there are no complaints.
The working area of the touch panel is noticeably shifted to the left and has a trapezoidal shape. Dimensions are average: 120 × 66 mm. As a surface – semi-plastic. Two physical keys with an average stroke (about 2 mm) are used, muffled, but nevertheless distinctly audible by the sound of pressing. The buttons are well sprung. The touchpad is highly sensitive and recognizes gestures well. We did not find any random triggers.
The ASUS ROG G752VY has a 1.3 megapixel camera, next to which there are two microphones for better sound transmission and noise reduction, as well as an operation indicator. The picture quality is not particularly emphasized, the maximum resolution is 720p.
Despite the fact that the G752 looks similar to the GX700, with the only difference that the liquid cooling system does not complicate the design, the G752VY is dismantled and all of the installed elements are reached – it's not an easy task.
At home, without special skills and loss of warranty, you can remove only a special hatch, fixed on one screw.
Having performed this simple operation, the user gets access to two SSDs hidden behind a metal plate, two memory slots (of four) and a HDD installed in a separate compartment without the use of noise-absorbing / anti-vibration materials.
For further disassembly of the device it will be necessary to unscrew about a dozen external screws, as many internal ones, find and uncouple numerous plastic latches, and, in general, exert force to open the structure. While there is a guarantee (24 months) – do it definitely not worth it.
The information on the enterprise
1 × HDD Samsung (Seagate) ST2000LM003 2 Tbyte, SATA3, 5400 rpm;
1 × USB 3.1 Type-C | Thunderbolt 3 (4K @ 60 Hz);
1 x HDMI 1.4 (4K @ 30 Hz);
1 × mini DisplayPort 1.2 (4K @ 60 Hz);
1 x jack 3.5 mm (audio input);
1 × jack 3.5 mm (audio output);
1 × jack 3.5 mm (S / PDIF);
1 × RJ-45 (LAN);
Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description.
The G752 series has three base models (VL, VT, VY), each of which is presented in a variety of configurations. They differ in the amount of RAM, the storage system, the type of optical drive installed and the capacity of the battery. Meanwhile, all of them use exclusively the quad-core Intel processors of the sixth generation with the Skylake architecture and the discrete graphics core of NVIDIA (GeForce GTX 965M, 970M or 980M with onboard memory from 2 to 8 GB). At the time of testing, only Full HD IPS versions are present in the list of available modifications, models with a 4K screen will be on sale in the second quarter .
In the Russian market, the G752 is just starting to appear, and so it's difficult to talk about prices. If you start from the prices of "overseas", in the USA for the most simple version of G752VL with GTX 965M with 2 GB GDDR5, without SSD and with a weak battery ask $ 1,400 (about 98,000 rubles). For G752VY in a similar to our configuration (one of the top), you have to fork out $ 3,300-3,400 (231,000-238,000 rubles).
We got the top version of G752VY. This means that a 14-nm Core i7-6700HQ processor with a nominal frequency of 2.6 GHz is installed inside, with the possibility of increasing to 3.5 GHz with the load on one core and up to 3.1 GHz with the load on all four. The volume of the cache memory of the third level is impressive 6 MB. The processor refers to solutions with a standard voltage – its thermal package is 45 W.
As a graphic solution is exclusively discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with its own dedicated memory type GDDR5 volume of 8 GB. The built-in in the CPU graphics core does not work because the G752 uses NVIDIA G-Sync adaptive synchronization technology, which is not compatible with NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching. In theory, this should negatively affect the battery life, but we'll check it out.
The South Bridge is a set of Intel Sunrise Point CM236 system logic, which allows the system to work with several drives on the PCIe 3.0 x4 bus. The amount of RAM DDR4-2133 (1066 MHz) in our case is insane by the standards of laptops 64 GB. It operates in two-channel mode, using four SO-DIMM-modules from Samsung at 16 GB each.
The review hero is equipped with a 17.3-inch matte IPS display from LG Display company with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a 16: 9 aspect ratio and a W-LED backlight. The rated frequency of vertical scanning is increased to 75 Hz. The visual difference in comparison with the standard 60 Hz is insignificant, but it is. For a fixed filling and high performance for many years, such a screen is the best option.
In the laptop version that came to us, the manufacturer uses as many as three drives: two Samsung SM951 SSDs of 256 GB each and a low-speed Samsung (Seagate) ST2000LM003 to 2 TB. Solid-state drives are made in M.2 format and connected via high-speed PCIe 3.0 x4 bus using NVMe protocol. The drives work separately, but there is also the possibility of creating a RAID-0 array from them. As for the usual hard drive, it is connected to SATA3, has a low noise level and sufficient performance for the duties assigned to it (information storage).
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth 4.1 LE wireless connections are provided by the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 controller. A gigabit Realtek RTL8168 / 8111 is responsible for the wired network. The sound is managed by the Realtek ALC668 HDA codec in conjunction with two speakers and one Sonic Bass subwoofer.
In our modification we use the Blu-ray optical drive, model Matshita BD-MLT UJ272S. By modern standards – the decision is rather controversial. The space he occupies could be spent on installing another HDD or increasing the battery capacity. On the other hand, games on discs still occur in nature.
The review hero is equipped with a non-removable 8-cell lithium-ion battery with a declared capacity of 88 W * h – this is the most capacious battery for the G752 series. Information utilities in this regard have their own opinion – up to 90 W * h. The actual figure during testing was in the range 86-89 W * h. However, the components of the laptop in any case are not designed for a long battery life, even such a large. Although, of course, there are pleasant exceptions to the rules – maybe, so it will be with the G752VY under test. We'll check it out a bit later.
An external power adapter with a power of 230 watts is used to charge the device. Charges the laptop is not very long – just over 2 hours with the lid closed. With a small load, boldly add another half hour or hour.
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