AMD diehards don’t have to wait until 2018 for Ryzen Mobile on their gaming laptops. Instead, they can get an AMD chip now with the Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC ($1,499), which has the full power of a desktop Ryzen 7 1700 CPU paired with a Radeon RX580 GPU. However, with that desktop chip comes a big desktop issue: heat. You’ll get some awesome speakers and a solid array of gaming hardware, but while the Strix’s desktop CPU is a strong talking point, you likely won’t notice its performance benefits in ordinary use.
The Strix does a good job of simulating the look of a metal chassis, even though the body is plastic and feels like plastic when you touch it. I love the way the lid appears , with its faux brushed aluminum look and silver ROG logo (I’ll never like that logo, but it looks its best here) adorned by reflective accent lines on either side. In addition, there’s a bunch of flex in the lid; it’s incredibly easy to press down.
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