Don’t be fooled by its slim 0.9-inch profile. The Asus ROG Strix GL502VT is a miniature behemoth. This gaming laptop delivers a high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics performance despite its svelte frame. Starting at $1,399 ($1,599 as tested), the Strix also sports a vibrant 1080p display, a fast SSD, and battery life that puts most other gaming rigs to shame. But scorching temperatures when gaming and a lackluster sound system prevent this rig from being the best we’ve tested.
Design: The Nuclear Option
I’ve been fairly vocal about how bored I am with gaming laptop manufacturers doing the typical black-and-red edge gamer color motif. Asus listened — sort of. Instead of black and red, the company took the nuclear option and went with black and neon orange. Am I back in the 90s? Are fanny packs and snap bracelets about to make a comeback, too?
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