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ASUS GL531GW-PB74 15.6" 120 Hz Intel Core i7 9th Gen 9750H (2.60 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 16 GB Memory 512 GB PCIe SSD Windows 10 Home 64-bit Gaming Laptop

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  • GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GDDR6
  • Intel Core i7 9th Gen 9750H (2.60 GHz)
  • 16 GB Memory 512 GB PCIe SSD
  • 15.6" 1920 x 1080 120 Hz Anti-Glare
  • 14.20" x 10.80" x 1.00" 5.30 lbs.
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
A gaming beast! 4/15/2020 3:22:36 AM

Pros: - Offers a great gaming experience allowing you to play the latest games at the highest settings.
- Beautiful machine on the outside.

Cons: - No Webcam

Overall Review: Highly recommend this machine. If you need a Webcam, you will have to purchase it separately.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
A piece of art 4/14/2020 10:10:34 AM

Pros: Absolutely everything. Runs like a beast. Can be silent if you need it to.

Cons: There's a little bump on the w key. I don't like that. Key strokes seem to have long travel as well.

Overall Review: If you're considering buying it.. Just do it. A product like this wont let you down.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
It's great when using it most of the time, a couple of minor issues 11/4/2019 1:09:09 PM

Pros: Very well designed, I love the layout of the keyboard, and the control centre for settings is also great.

Cons: I have some weird issues with the updater, it's a command prompt screen that and it keeps saying things are not found.

I have additional issues with the fan not turning off when I close the screen. I've fiddled around with the settings a lot trying to get it to stop this, but I feel like when I close the laptop it stays hot and the fan keeps going. I don't understand why this is happening and I cannot seem to resolve the issue.

Overall Review: I would recommend this product.

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3/ 5
Great, with a few flaws out of the box 10/23/2019 11:54:39 AM

Pros: The processor is the 9th gen Core I7-9750h.  6 cores; 12 threads. Single-core turbo up to 4.5, and all cores up to 4. If you aren't drooling over this, then you must be...like me.  I always prefer, dollar for dollar, a desktop processor because there is no comparison in performance even after 3 or more iterations.  I have a quad core 6700k water cooled desktop that will thrash this mobile processor in any given work task.  For example, video conversion with Ripbot264 from bluray to x265:  Desktop, 21.6 fps.  Laptop, 17.7 fps.  BUT - and this is a big BUT - apart from the most stressful multi-threading tasks, I would never know this laptop is actually slower.  As a mere human, I cannot tell the difference.  Where I can tell the difference is how easy this laptop is to pack up and go on the road.  Another plus is that there are some optimizations that improve gaming performance, at least on paper.

The graphics processor is the RTX-2070 with 8GB.  The fans are loud, but my legs are cool.  Gaming is an excellent experience even on battery. 

The SSD is an intel 660P 512GB.  I would never know how much slower than a Samsung it may be, at least not without some testing software.  But the higher end ASUS laptops get the Samsung.  There is an open 2.5 bay if I want to add a 2tb SSD of a lower grade for bulk storage.

Rumor has it that one of the two memory slots is populated with a 16GB stick.  I won't know until someone else cracks one of this model open, because the #1 rule of computers has always been "don't open the box."  I don't want to even think about going to 32 at present, since  the equipped Windows 10 Home only supports 16 anyway.  In my work I use a lot of virtual machines, and there may be some good reason to go to Windows Pro/Enterprise, and add 16GB in the future.  I am glad that there is some expansion room.

The display, while beautiful, is 120hz.  All of the newer ASUS gaming laptops in this configuration use 144 or 240hz displays. 

Battery life is what I would expect out of a gaming laptop, maybe better. I ran a few games at max settings from full charge to warning message, and found that I have an hour and 37 minutes to find an outlet. With no gaming, I went from full to warning in 4 hours and 12 minutes.

The feel, fit, and finish of the laptop is solid.  It isn't brushed aluminum. It isn't a glossy fingerprint magnet.  The handrest has a solidly comfortable textured feel.  It is light enough to be usable on planes and in crowded cars/buses.  

The display, once repaired, lit up like Christmas.  It is beautiful.

Cons: Although the packaging was intact, and the internal box completely undamaged, I had problems immediately on powering up, as there was no display.  I powered off/on a few times, and each time a very LOUD "WHOOOSH" sound indicated that something was indeed happening.  I used my cellphone flashlight to look closely at the LCD screen.  There were some very dim images, barely visible on the screen, indicating that Windows startup/config was underway.  It isn't all that unusual for a backlight to go out, but it typically takes some sort of electrical surge or a hard impact for this type of failure.

I hooked the laptop to a display via HDMI, and with a reboot, I had external video.  I went through the normal Windows setup and once operational, I installed some games and began to "work".  First, I played Borderlands Pre-Sequel using 4k@60 resolution, everything as high as it can go.  Now this isn't a real test for two reasons - it's an older game, and I could never exceed 60fps and benefit from it due to the monitor. But it was very smooth, and I am seeing detail that my aging GTX1060 just can't produce.  Next, I tried Gears 4, and then Gears 5.  Of these two, Gears 4 is a massive bulky monster of a game and if my eyes don't betray me, much less optimized than 5.  But both run delightfully well.

After this, I contacted Newegg and received permission from the EggXperts to submit the laptop to Asus support.  This gave me the opportunity to not only review the laptop but Asus support as well.  So I went to the website and tried to initiate a support incident.  It was somewhat disconcerting to not be able to find my laptop by model number, so I called the support phone number.  Within a few minutes(!) I was speaking to a person who not only found my model by its friendly name (Asus ROG Strix Hero III), but gave me the choice of returning the laptop for replacement via NewEgg, or sending it to ASUS for repair, which I chose based on the aforementioned discussion with Newegg.  It was a Thursday, so I waited until Monday to actually ship the laptop, and over the weekend continued to test the system in a "docked" mode, with external mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

The use of HDMI to ext. monitor meant that I could not enter BIOS.  Not only could I not update to a recent, less buggy (as documented on ASUS support) firmware, I could also not turn off the by-now-annoying WHOOOSH sound on startup.  I mean, it was sort of nice the first time, but other people live here! ASUS - what were you thinking? Note that I later found an updated Armoury Crate that had the ability to turn this off from inside Windows.

Over the weekend, I found that accidentally touching the power cord at the jack - merely brushing it, or twisting the cable slightly - caused the laptop to go into battery mode.  So now TWO issues out-of-the-box.  DC jack failure used to be the leading cause of premature death to laptops.  It's always a painful fix, and I have fixed plenty of them - and some involved failure requiring mainboard replacement.  Not good, but it is going in for repair after all.

On Oct 7, I shipped. On Oct 9, ASUS received the laptop.  I received an immediate estimated completion date of Oct 16.   It was shipped back on Oct. 17, and I received it Oct 21.  So, a 15-day turnaround for two repairs, and both were fixed.

Upon opening, I found that the SSD had been imaged over by the tech, and everything I'd installed was gone.  Not that I wasn't warned this might happen, but I did remove passwords as instructed so bummer!  Now I have to uninstall the unwanted "free" software again...

The keyboard is a unique design that presumably is geared toward gamers.  Specifically (and only) right-handed gamers.  The WASD keys are clear and as a result brighter than everything else.  There is no NumPad.  I remap my preferred key configs in games to use PL/" for direction, and struggle to find comfortably close keys for where my fingers want to go when I am in games.  The good news, I guess, is that it is already becoming easier after only a few days.  My question remains: Why?  It's a 15.6 with plenty of room for a standard keyboard with NumPad.  There is no logic that becomes immediately clear to me why the strange arrangement of keys on this was chosen.  At this price, I want a device on which I can work AND play.  I steer clear of 14" laptops because of the lack of a NumPad.  Work is just harder without one.  And the dirty little secret left-handed gamers know is that the NumPad is so much more intuitive than WASD or any other offset pattern a righty might choose, and I feel like I have been cheated out of my advantage!  The keys feel very nice, and have a decent amount of tactile feel and travel so that I don't feel like I am about to break something when getting into an aggressive battle.  Placement of the keys is sufficiently close to a standard desktop keyboard.  I can work well with this, as long as I am working in letters, not numbers.

Overall Review: I have one last observation, and this is only my experience.  I have had 4 gaming laptops, 3 of which were ASUS.  The first one had a core i7-2600k and a 17" LG display that never powered up.  It went back on a ship-ahead replacement for the second.  The second one, while functional, suffered a BIOS failure at 4 years that needed an EPROM programmer to fix, so it cost $80 to get that done.  The amount of heat from the video card and cpu burnt up the keyboard and eventually the gpu.  Its lifespan wasn't so short that I was deeply disappointed with it, but I did choose to go with another brand for #3, a rare jewel with a core i7-4700MQ and dual video cards.  #3 is fully functional to this day, 5.5 years after purchase. Even though I hoped for better from ASUS on #4, I wasn't taken by surprise when it arrived seemingly non-functional. 
Bottom line:  I love almost everything about using this laptop.  It is a massive jump in gaming performance to anything I have owned previously.  It is either blazing fast or quiet, my choice.  It is light enough to travel easily, and once I can get those lighting schemes under control, it will be a great work system.
Bottom line on ASUS support: Efficient.  I hate sending broken stuff into any black hole, and ASUS gave me enough feedback and a quick enough turnaround time that I am able to recommend them.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear CLAYTON P.,

Thank you for taking the time to write an incredibly in depth review. I'm happy to hear that after an RMA, ASUS Support fixed both your charging port and display issues! Thank you for being patient with the delivery of a faulty product. Your RAM is indeed upgradeable, up to 32 GB of SDRAM in the SO-DIMM form factor. I hope that the machine continues to perform well for you. If you have any general or technical questions, please email me at cl-lane@asus.com and include a link to this review for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Lane
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
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4/ 5
Dangerously good do-it-all Gaming Laptop 10/13/2019 4:32:12 PM

Pros: Great keyboard layout and button action. Backlit keys are both good looking and functional without being obnoxious. The ROG button and performance buttons are both really slick and intuitive letting you alter lights, performance, fan activity and manage battery life really efficiently. The track pad is as on par with top tier devices - meaning I have no complaints at all. The speakers are excellent and give you immersion levels that you would expect from a high end Bose or Sony speaker setup. You could supply upbeat music for a 10 person BBQ in your back yard no problem. The software bundled with this Widows 10 setup is not bloated. NO DONGLES NEEDED, 3 full size USB-A ports and combination mic/headphones 3.5mm audio jack on the left + 1 USB-C port full size HDMI and ethernet on the rear. Really effective cooling that brings cool air in from the sides and exhausts out the back of the device. Very solid and robust screen hinges. Fully loaded hardware and an excellent bright screen. Laptop body is textured which makes finger prints marks almost non existent.

Cons: The ROG windows loading screen is scary as it plays a rather brash loud loading sound that I haven't been able to figure how to disable. There is no finger print scanner for logging in :/ Not a touch screen for playing Hearthstone :/ Wait hold on, there's no webcam??? Does not fit in to my backpack laptop sleeve even though it is design for 15" laptops, this one is a bit deeper then a standard notebook in the front to back dimension.

Overall Review: Overall despite the cons listed above, I am completely sold on this laptop having completely replaced my desktop gaming PC as my go-to device. I was torn between the 17" and 15 laptop and am glad I stuck with the 15" because it really is the best compromise in my mind due to its maintained portability and yet stellar performance and features. Strongly recommended for those gamers on the move that are looking for a solid immersive experience gaming or even putting around on the net.

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