You don’t have to drop $2,000 on a laptop to play games, but you definitely get what you pay for. The $1,099 Asus ROG Strix GL553VD features Nvidia’s entry-level GTX 1050 GPU, which will let you play most games on medium settings. It’s also one of Asus’ first laptops with an RGB-backlit keyboard, which happens to be really comfortable. But its speakers are lackluster, and it has shorter-than-average battery life. It’s the least-expensive option we’ve reviewed with a Pascal-based GPU, but for the price, you’ll have to make some compromises.
Who said that orange is the new black? The Strix gives you both colors, and it isn’t exactly a looker. Between its black-plastic chassis and bright-orange accents, Asus’ laptop looks like it’s ready for Halloween. The lid features two traffic-cone-orange stripes flanking the ROG logo, which is a bit extreme for my taste. When I lifted the lid, the 15.6-inch, 1080p display and the RGB-backlit keyboard were revealed. There are a few more orange accents throughout, including another ROG logo on the palm rest, a ring around the touchpad and the laptop’s rubber feet.
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