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Asus ROG Strix GL503VD Hero Edition Review

If you’re looking a smooth sleek looking gaming laptop that delivers high performance and is light weight then look no further than ASUS ROG Strix GL503VD Hero edition. What Asus went for in design is a smooth and sleek minimalist design while sporting a thin layout which give it along with its fractal feathery textured look would appeal to some but along with Asus’ ROG logo makes it just stunning.

The HD display is at 15.6 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1920 by 1080. At high intense MOBA gaming, the Hero edition delivers a powerful HD display of 120Hz refresh rate with an anti-glare coating. Its refresh rate ensures you’re continued gaming feel smoother and unrestrained. You can bet to see more and win more on your MOBA gameplay unless of course you’re a herald but to say keep practicing.

Its keyboard layout is absolutely gorgeous while offering four zones of customizable RGB lightning. The N-Key rollover prevents you from having input lag. The switches themselves are satisfying to use even after a long period time. The highlighted QWER is your usual MOBA hotkey but feels thicker and rigid than rest of the keys.

The side firing speakers are impressive and clear clarity except when you max the volume and there it strongly echoes within the laptop.

The storage has Seagates’ Firecuda SSHD hybrid drive having it at 120 boot SSD and 1 TB. For I/O ports, it is fitted with four USB 3.0, a USB Type-C, an SD card slot, an Ethernet port, HDMI port, Mini Displayport connection and a combination audio port. It has intake vents above the keyboard and an exhaust vents at the rear of the display hinge that actually clears both the intake and exhaust vents and allows the laptop to breathe easy whether it’s open or close and then the little notch by the bottom of the display gives you a quick look of the main indicator LEDs while the notebook is shut.

The laptop may be made for MOBAs but it can go beyond that. Its 2.8 GHz Intel i7-7700HQ processor and 8GB of memory did amazingly well on Cinebench rendering in a minute. This goes to show that it is not only a gaming laptop but can also be 3D renderers, Video editors and other hobby projects.

Cinebench test on both CPU and GPU


Despite being only an Nvidia GTX 1050, you’d be surprised that it can handle its own while able to do 1080p gaming. Doom at Ultra settings still reaches out to 60-70 fps rate but other high demanding titles such as Dishonored 2 with some areas of extreme lighting tanking it down to 25-30 fps on High settings and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus doing extremely well at 50-60 fps on Ultra Setting but other than that most titles will run fairly smooth.

Doom 2016 on Ultra Settings

Dishonored 2 on High Settings 


Despite all of the power that the GL503 Hero edition comes with, its battery isn’t something to boast when you’re on heavy load but the silver lining to this is that its power cord is long enough to reach outlets.

Overall when you’re in need of a great gaming laptop that fits your bill then don’t look further than the GL503 Hero Edition thanks its superior build, cooling and performance.


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