- 15 Nov 2016 8:00 AM
Before you purchase a top-of-the-range notebook, it is worth carefully considering your options, as these devices are usually relatively pricey to begin with, but different configurations may come with a wide range of price tags.
All GL502 models feature powerful hardware: a 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce graphics card. Although the GPU may vary based on the specific model, you cannot go wrong: even the “weakest” config is fitted with a GTX 970M, a truly top-notch graphics chip. If you want more, however, you can go for a model with a 980M unit.
This hardware will not only run the latest games, but is also capable of performing extra tasks, such as live streaming of the gameplay. Since as much as 16GB of DDR4 RAM may be humming under the hood, more performance-intensive image or video editing software should present no problem at all. So, even though gamers were ASUS developers' main priority here, such a notebook may also be a wise choice for someone whose work warrants outstanding graphics performance.
Speaking of image editing, it is worth mentioning the 15-inch IPS panel, which provides bright colours even at the sharpest viewing angles. Here again, you are presented with a choice: if the Full HD resolution doesn't meet your needs, GL502 models with UHD panels are also available. Just above the display, you can find the microphones with noise-cancelling technology to ensure seamless conversation in loud spaces, whether it's a fierce LAN party or a busy office environment.
When choosing a notebook, you usually have to compromise between performance and portability, since more powerful parts require a bulkier, more massive casing. ASUS engineers did their best to cram all the GL502 hardware into the tiniest possible space, making the notebook no thicker than 2.5 cm even with the lid closed, and keeping its weight at a reasonable 2.2 kg.
The most important ports are also lined up on the side of the device, including an HDMI and a Mini Display socket, as well as USB 3.0 and USB Type-C slots. Quality workmanship includes a thin forged aluminum body, a Bang&Olufsen sound system, a LED backlit keyboard and inbuilt SSD storage.
ASUS ROG GL502 models are evidently not on the inexpensive side, but if you don't want to compromise on the latest games or you need a robust beast for your work, you are right to scope these state-of-the-art notebooks.