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ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM Review: Portable gaming powerhouse

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ASUS’ ROG line of gaming laptops has an updated entry to the fast-growing gaming market. Let’s a take a look at the ROG Strix GL702VM with its NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics unit.

We recently reviewed the ROG Zephyrus, and it set the bar for a true portable gaming laptop. It doesn’t cut corners with its high-end specs, but it has a ridiculously high price tag at the same time. The laptop we have now wants to set the right balance.

At first glance, the laptop already shows its gaming characteristics. Let’s first have a tour of the laptop’s body.

It’s no doubt an ROG laptop with its design and colors

The lid lights up!

Like most gaming laptops, it has striking red accents

It’s gray overall with red accents

We have red backlit chiclet keys with a relatively small trackpad

No mechanical keys here

There is a plethora of I/O ports for your convenience

USB 3.0, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Ethernet, SD card reader, and DisplayPort

Even its bottom bestows its gaming characteristics

Modern patterns on the bottom plate

Great gaming performance on the go

The 17.3-inch display of the ROG Strix GL702VM doesn’t make it a portable PC, but by gaming laptop standards, its size packs in a lot of power. For one, the display is a 4K anti-glare panel which has great saturation levels and wide viewing angles. It makes all kinds of content pop, from high-resolution videos to colorful gaming titles. The processor inside is a quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ with 16GB of DDR4 memory. As for storage, it gets a combo drive: 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD.

To pump up its gaming prowess, ASUS put in an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 chip with 6GB memory as its dedicated graphics processing unit — the lightweight member of the NVIDIA 10-series graphics card. Both the latest and future titles will be playable on the laptop, plus it has support for virtual reality. During the course of our time with it, we were able to enjoy Grand Theft Auto V with smooth frame rates of around 80fps on high settings and 1080p resolution. Bumping things to 4K consumed a lot of power and memory, but it’s still manageable when you tone down some of the graphics settings like shadows and anti-aliasing.

It also doubles as an everyday multimedia laptop

Gaming aside, the laptop is a beast for everyday tasks. It would be overkill to turn it into an everyday work laptop, but it can handle processing really well, thanks to its compelling specs. Multimedia consumption is also something you can enjoy with its 4K display and powerful speakers.

Without mechanical keys, hitting the keyboard (whether for typing or gaming) didn’t feel as tactile as I’d want. ASUS promotes 1.6mm travel on the laptop, which I found a bit mushy during actual usage. What I enjoyed about the keyboard is the space between each key. The trackpad is a different story, as it’s kinda small but very responsive.

Not exactly super portable, but it’s not that bulky

The king of portable gaming laptops is still the ROG Zephyrus, but the ROG Strix GL702VM could be a good runner-up. It may not have the slim waistline of an Ultrabook (thin but definitely not for gaming) or the average size of an everyday 14-inch laptop, yet it has the power of a dedicated gaming machine. The term “laptop” is still applicable.

Keep in mind that it doesn’t have an optical disc drive. That shouldn’t pose a problem, since we download our games online nowadays. Too bad, though, since you’ll need to find a spare external DVD drive if you want to play the classic games you already purchased.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

It won’t be an easy choice to go for a 17.3-inch laptop when you’re just looking for a laptop that can do more. The ROG Strix GL702VM is targeted at those who want a gaming laptop that isn’t ridiculously heavy. For wallets, however, it’s quite hefty.

This gaming machine retails in the Philippines for PhP 119,995 (US$ 2,335) with the configuration we reviewed. With this amount of cash, you can already build a good desktop rig with even more power, but it won’t give the portability a laptop like this can offer. The 4K display is also a good selling point; however, it’s not necessary for gaming, since we stick to 1080p most of the time.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Zephyrus Review: So thin, so powerful

E3 2018

NEX is now, E3 2018 was a blast: Weekend Rewind

The future looks exciting!

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. NEX is now!

Launched alongside the World Cup 2018, Vivo nearly hit a hat trick by announcing two variants of the Vivo NEX. The Chinese company’s all-screen smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner is finally here in midrange and flagship forms. The midrange variant is powered by a Snapdragon 710 with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage while the flagship is running on a Snapdragon 845 with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

Speaking of the World Cup, here are four apps you can download to keep tabs on this major football tournament.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 overtakes iPhone X in sales

X doesn’t mark the spot for the iPhone as the Samsung Galaxy S9 nabs the crown as best-selling smartphone according to the latest report from Counterpoint Research. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ captured a global market of 2.6 percent each against the iPhone X’s 2.3 percent. The report is dominated by Apple and Samsung phones but Xiaomi managed to crack the list with the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Redmi 5 Plus

3. Xbox came out with a bang!

Microsoft arguably had the best conference at E3 2018 as their Xbox briefing was absolutely jam-packed: 50 games, 18 exclusives, 15 world premieres to be exact. Exclusives include Forza Horizon 4Halo Infinite, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Also part of the announcement are Fallout 76, Kingdom Hearts 3, Devil May Cry 5, Jump Force, and Cyberpunk 2077.

4. PlayStation still king

Sony didn’t blow the competition out of the water but they still had plenty of interesting titles to keep E3 2018 attendees hooked. The company revealed new gameplay footage for previously announced titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Ghost of Tsushima, and also announced the remake of classic horror RPG Resident Evil 2. However, most people were buzzing over the trailer and gameplay footage for the Last of Us 2.

5. Nintendo looked to smash

Not to be outdone, Nintendo announced two major titles for the Nintendo Switch. Battle royale game Fortnite is finally coming and that alone could play a major role for the Switch’s growth, but they didn’t stop there. Every character to ever appear in Super Smash Bros. alongside new ones will make their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The characters are unlockable instead of being downloadable content. It doesn’t get any more ultimate than that.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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The best of Xbox at E3 2018

Microsoft didn’t hold back!

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50 games, 18 exclusives, 15 world premieres. There were a lot of games at the Xbox E3 2018 briefing and we rounded up our favorites just for you:

Halo Infinite

Microsoft’s most iconic title Halo is getting a sequel and it looks amazing. It’s called Infinite and while it’s more of a tease than an actual game, there’s a lot to be excited about including what looks like a new world.

Kingdom Hearts III

Sora is back and he’s ready to explore new worlds… including Arendale. Yeah, you heard it right: This encounter with Elsa got us real excited. At E3, we got a chance to take the game for a spin, and now we’re craving for more.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76 is a prequel to the Fallout series and based on the trailer, it looks like it will ask players to reclaim the wasteland for America.

This is the franchise’s first attempt at multiplayer gameplay. Players battle against hostile raiders, mutants, and all kinds of monstrosities. They’re encouraged to team up, scavenge materials, build strongholds, and destroy other teams’ bases.

Forza Horizon 4

Because Forza Horizon 4 is set in Britain, the home to Playground Games, this was a passion project and it shows. The graphics are spectacular, but that can be expected.

What makes it so amazing are changing seasons. Each week, seasons change for everyone, and that dramatically affects gameplay. At E3, we were able to experience first hand the difference between driving in the snow and under the cover of lovely autumn leaves.

Jump Force

Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Death Note. If this star-studded cast of characters doesn’t get you squealing from excitement, we don’t know what will. We only got limited hands-on time with this game, but being able to Kamehameha our way past puny rivals was enough for us wannabe gamers to wanna play more.

Devil May Cry 5

DMC fans waited 10 years for this sequel and we’re stoked to finally see a trailer come out.

As evidenced by the flashy fighting styles and kinetic movement in the trailer, DMC 5 is a stylish hack and slash game featuring demon hunters Nero and Dante. This is shaping up to be a stress-relieving game where you can take your frustrations out on demons standing in your way.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a unique platformer that mixes combat and exploration and ties it all together with rich graphics and an emotional storyline. This time around, developers worked on the physicality of the world, and it almost gives the 2D world a 3D feel to it. The game is made more challenging but also more accessible, so whether you’re a newbie or an experienced pro, you’ll want to embark on this journey.

Cyberpunk 2077

A single-player RPG set in a dystopian future — sci-fi aficionados will have a field day in Cyberpunk 2077.

The game was initially announced in 2012, but we haven’t heard a thing about it before it popped up at Microsoft’s E3 conference.

Based on classic tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 pits V, a new hired gun, against power-hungry megacorporations and cyber-enhanced street raiders.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft gears up Xbox platform with new gaming studios and titles

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Fortnite makes its way to the Nintendo Switch

Time to get building, Switch users

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To anyone who owns a Nintendo Switch, the wait is finally over. Nintendo has announced the arrival of Epic Games’ popular battle royale game Fortnite to the Switch earlier at E3 2018. Switch users can now enjoy all the intense action and fort-building on the palm of their hands. The announcement from Nintendo was a part of their already-stacked E3 presentation, featuring the arrival of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate as well.

Fortnite for the Switch features the same dose of action seen on PC and other gaming consoles. For a better gaming experience, Epic Games is giving users the option to sync data from their PC, Mac, Xbox Live, or mobile accounts. Players with significant progress into the game do not have to worry about restarting when playing on the Nintendo Switch. Also, Switch users will be able to engage in cross-play with others using such platforms.

However, Sony has blocked cross-play and account syncing of Fortnite from the PS4 to the Nintendo Switch. This means that any progress and purchases made on the PS4 cannot be used for the Switch. Sony has implemented the same rule for Xbox users who want to cross-play Fortnite between the PS4 and the Xbox One before. The block from Sony also happened for other games such as Rocket League and Minecraft.

Fortnite will be available for free on the Nintendo eShop starting today with only the battle royale game released. Epic representatives stated that there are no plans to make the paid mode Save the World available as well.

SEE ALSO: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes every fighter from the previous games

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