If you’re looking for a gaming PC but don’t have the cash to drop on something that’s VR-ready, you can still find a laptop that will play most games. The Asus ROG Strix GL753 ($1,099 to start, $1,299 as tested) is one of the first notebooks on the market with Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti GPU, along with the company’s first RGB-backlit keyboard to add a bit of color. It’s a solid laptop, but other systems are on the way with similar specs for under $1,000.
Asus took the awesome design that it uses with its premium ROG machines and dumbed it down for its budget models. The result is a plastic beast that’s more garish than sleek. The lid is made of black plastic with a faux-aluminum pattern, and while the premium machines have glowing lights on the sides of the logo, the company opted for orange neon paint on the lid of the Strix, making it look like a race car bed.
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