ROG Strix GL503 and GL703 gaming laptops

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  1. hmscott

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    GL503V(GTX1050) Review By D2D

     
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    The 503 seems decent from Dave's video. Not sure how I feel about the price, though. You can get a full 1060 for 1300$ in the form of the 502VM.
     
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    The design on this new one is terrible. The GL502VMK Titanium looks much better and classy. I don't know why Dave is saying "Wow, finally a laptop that's not black and red" when Asus already released the Titanium version, which is not even black like 90% of gaming laptops. Anyway the GL503 screen, even if color accurate, doesn't have G-Sync, and the GTX 1050 is totally useless for the price. It's even worse than the 970m, who the hell would buy that in ending 2017?

    Honestly I was expecting much more from the 503, such as better speakers, better cooling solution and a color accurate panel with G-Sync, or at least a 4K panel.
     
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    I like the look of the 703 but why would Asus use a 1050? I know the 1060 models will be out soon but couldn't they at least have used a 1050ti?

    I hope Asus is using a different thermal solution on the 1060 models or it's DOA in my book.
     
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    G-sync would have crippled battery life. What's the point of a portable device if it can't last more than 2 hours on battery. Without G-sync, you're seeing battery life around 6 hours (+/- 30 minutes depending how hard you're pushing your productivity and browsing). If they had opted for G-sync, they'd be looking at 2-2.5 hours of battery. I'm very much happy they decided to not go with G-sync and enabled Optimus. As for the 1050, yep, it's expensive. But I wonder whether the prices will get dropped soon or whether the 1050 models will be bumped up to 1050 Tis
     
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    Not really. I have the GL502VMK with G-Sync and I am able to reach 3-3.5 hours of battery while browsing and listening music on YouTube. As Dave said, the 503 one (with Optimus) goes around 5 hours at 250 nits, so it's just a 1.5-2 difference but you get a better tech that it's a game changer, expecially when your fps will inevitably go to 45-50 but it will look smooth as 60. Now I don't have to go crazy with programs running with Intel integrated card and I can even use Nvidia DSR. Also, battery will decrease over time anyway. G-Sync won't.
     
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    Dave also claimed that the 502VT gets 3 hours of battery. Meanwhile, my machine lasts for at least 5, often 6. I've kinda stopped paying attention to his battery statistics because there's something off with his testing. Also, 250 nits means 80% brightness off the screen on the 503. If you tone it down to 50-60%, you're looking at 6 hours or more. If you go to 40%, you're going to hit 7 hours. It also depends on the G-sync range of the panel. But at 1080p/60, I still find G-sync pointless and useless in laptops.
     
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    I had the 502VT too and yes, Dave stated that the VT goes at 3.5 hours with regular use and he's correct.
    Sure, you can get 6 hours with 50% brightness as well, it's basically what Dave said about the GL503 getting 5 hours at 80% (the battery is the same).
    If you don't trust him, I think Notebookcheck resumes it pretty well:

    GL502VT: WiFi Surfing v1.3 - 5h 56min
    GL502VM: WiFi Surfing v1.3 - 3h 40min
    GL502VM: Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p - 3h 55min

    Now considering that you get G-Sync, it's a nice trade-off with just 1.5-2 difference.

    I used to say the same as you before trying a G-sync panel, but trust me, G-Sync it's a game changer even at 1080p/60, we're talking about gaming laptops and not business laptops that need to run 7 hours on battery at office. In some years the battery will decrease no matter what while you will definitely benefit from G-Sync when your GPU won't be enough to support newer games at solid 60 (without screen tearing or stutter).
     
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    NBC basically disproves Dave's video. Also, 2.2 hours is about 40% here (goin gfrom 3.4 to 6.0). That's massive for anyone who spends a lot of time on the go. For me, it's the difference between it being usable in Uni and not.
     
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