Asus ROG GL552VW Review: Excellent Gaming Laptop That Won't Break The Bank

Aadhya Khatri - Feb 19, 2021


Asus ROG GL552VW Review: Excellent Gaming Laptop That Won't Break The Bank

In this Asus ROG GL552VW review, we will show you why this gaming laptop is dubbed the best value for money on the market

In this Asus ROG GL552VW review, we will show you why this gaming laptop is dubbed the best value for money on the market. It boasts a snappy keyboard, a strong performance, and a sexy price tag that won’t break the bank.

Design

Taking clues from an F-22 fighter plane, Asus ROG GL552VW flaunts a slick aluminum lid that will definitely catch your eye. With a dimension of 15.1x10.1x1.3 inches, the device is a bit chunkier than many other 15-inch gaming laptops, like Dell Inspiron 15 and Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition. However, the weight of 5.6 pounds puts the Asus GL552VW between the heavier Dell and lighter Acer.

Asus ROG GL552VW dimension
With a dimension of 15.1x10.1x1.3 inches, the device is a bit chunkier than many other 15-inch gaming laptops

On the inside, there are silver patterning and red backlighting, adding a bit of flair to the laptop’s black metal deck.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Let’s continue our Asus ROG GL552VW review with the touchpad and keyboard.

The laptop keyboard sports red light and offers a comfortable and snappy typing experience. Asus managed to squeeze in a Numpad here but since there is limited room, the number keys are half their usual size.

Asus ROG GL552VW keyboard
The laptop keyboard sports red light and offers a comfortable and snappy typing experience

While we have no complaint about the keyboard on this laptop, if you want to personalize yours, there are plenty of guides on Asus ROG gl552vw how to replace keycap on the Internet.

On the other hand, the touchpad is quick and responsive with swipes, multi-touch gestures, and clicks.

If the keyboard isn’t backlit, here is how to turn on backligts. Press the combination of Fn and F4. Pressing it continuously will increase the brightness while Fn+F3 will do the opposite.

Display And Audio

One of the best features we would like to point out in this Asus ROG GL552VW review is the display. The 1920x1080 panel boasts excellent accuracy, brightness, and colors, making streaming movies and playing games a real joy. Plus, the matte coating means that you never have to see your reflection on the screen.

Asus ROG GL552VW screen
The 1920x1080 panel boasts excellent accuracy, brightness, and colors

The brightness of 272 nits puts ASUS GL552VW a spot higher than both Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and Acer V15 Nitro.

With the color range of 116.2% of the sRGB spectrum, the laptop again surpasses the two devices from Dell and Acer.

With a 0.7 Delta-E error rate, the laptop’s color accuracy is higher than that of V15 Nitro but ranks behind the Inspiron 15 7000.

While on the Asus gl552vw specs sheet, SonicMaster tech is supposed to offer high-fidelity and rich sounds, in reality, both games and music sound too shallow.

Heat

Here are the results of tests we conducted for this Asus ROG GL552VW review.

Light tasks like video streaming make the laptop get a bit hotter than the 35 degrees Celsius threshold. The real problem here is, gaming pushes the temperature of the left side to 52 degrees Celsius.

Ports and Webcam

Asus makes an odd choice when it comes to connectivity.

It’s worth pointing out in this Asus ROG GL552VW review that it features a dual-layer DVD tray. However, the laptop still has more modern ports, including an SD card slot, three USB Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 port, Ethernet, HDMI, and separate jacks for headphones and microphones.

Asus ROG GL552VW DVD tray
It’s worth pointing out in this Asus ROG GL552VW review that it features a dual-layer DVD tray

The webcam on this laptop is nothing to write home about. Even in well-lit rooms, the pictures it takes are grainy and noisy.

Graphics And Gaming

Under the hood, the GL552VW runs on NVIDIA 960M GPU paired with a vRAM of 2GB. Benchmark tests we did for this Asus ROG GL552VW review put the laptop’s performance on par with both Inspiron 15 7000 and V15 Nitro.

When running a demanding game like Metro: Last Light, the GL552 reached 59FPS when the settings are 1920x1080. However, when the graphics are tuned to high, it fell under 20FPS, rendering the game unplayable.

On the other hand, with games like Dota 2, the system can easily handle max settings at 80FPS.

Thanks to the 7,200 RPM HDD, the GL552VW boasts a storage speed that is three-time faster than that of Inspiron 15 7000 and V15 Nitro.

Battery Life

On Laptop Mag Battery Test, the laptop scores 4 hours and 43 minutes, standing in between the 2 hours 40 minutes of Acer and 6 hours 45 minutes of Dell.

Software and Warranty

The last section on this Asus ROG GL552VW review is about its software and warranty.

The device comes with Windows 10 Home and several useful apps out of the box. Some highlights are Game First III to ensure the system doesn’t lag when you play games, Splendid Utility for display customization, and Asus Live Update to keep the system current.

The laptop comes with a one-year warranty that covers accidental damage protection.

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