Pros: -1070 GPU has exceeded my expectations for performance
-The screen is surprisingly beautiful
-Speakers are pretty decent
-Physical case temp is good
-Fan noise at gaming load is acceptable for this type of power
-I like that the 16gb ram configuration is a single stick for easy and cheaper upgrade to 32gb, even at the small cost of dual channel
-The SSD is quite speedy
-The HDD is a 7200rpm, as opposed to a 5400RPM that the MSI machines have
-Standard 2 year warranty with a 1 year accidental damage warranty for no additional charge is pretty unheard of for gaming laptops.
-1080p non touch display. IPS, colors are amazing, very contrasty, very bright, just an overall great display.
Cons: -Battery life is not great compared to other gaming laptops
-The keyboard is decent, but the travel is a bit long for fast typers
-The trackpad i think is a bit sticky, and i'd rather have 2 physical buttons than have the entire touchpad be the click
-You can't change if the F keys are F keys first or multimedia keys first.
-There is lots and lots of bloatware to uninstall
-Asus has decided to use windows for most of its peripheral configuration, which could be considered a good thing, but does limit the amount of customization, such as keyboard back light time out, touchpad customization, etc
-Would prefer 2 fn keys, especially since you cannot set the F keys to be media keys without the FN key, instead of the content key that i'm not sure anyone has ever used
-The ethernet jack has this little hinge that i think is only there for cosmetic purposes but i think lowers the overall longevity and reliability of the port as the spring becomes worn.
-Because the display is only 60hz, gsync is really not a big deal with the 1070 being more than capable of pushing almost any game at ultra settings at 1080p aboe 60hz, what is negative is that you can't have nvidia optimus, so your battery life is drastically decreased for internet tasks at the trade off of gsync, which you really aren't going to use anyway.
Overall Review: I have had this machine for about 2 weeks so i feel i've used it enough to give a good review. The tl;dr is, i would buy it again, i'm not returning it, and i would recommend someone who wants a desktop replacement, fast gaming machine, to buy this laptop.
With that said, i think that as a mobile "laptop", you might be disappointed. The battery life is really quite bad. And this is all because of the lack of optimus. Nvidia currently doesn't support gsync and optimus at the same time, its either one or the other. In this situation where the 1070 is so powerful, you're hardly ever going to take advantage of gsync, and in fact, i have it turned off because even though the input lag compared to Vsync is lower, its still there. i would much rather have a normal 60hz diplay with optimus to get more like 4 or 5 hours of battery, compared to the 2-3 that it gets.
I also have the 2016 razer blade with the 970m, same processor, same ram, and a much higher res screen, and its battery life is at least 2 hours better than the Asus, because it supports optimus and can disable the nvidia gpu when you don't need it. I think this is the biggest complaint i have about the machine. i wish that there was an option that you could disable gsync and enable optimus, or asus to have a 2nd sku that was a non gsync display with optimus.
All that being said for the price, this machine is awesome. i have read some people saying the machine gets too hot and power down, i have not had this issue. The temps internally are pretty warm, 90C on the GPU and it will start to reach "therm" limits, but still stays at least 100mhz above base clock. From my research nvidia has 94C as the tmax for this chip and i never saw it get that high using the internal or an external display.
Another weird thing that i noticed was that when under heavy gaming load, the machine seems to augment its power requirements with the battery, and so for about 1 hour of heavy gaming you lose about 8 to 9% off the battery. You probably won't be gaming for 10 hours straight and so this might not be a big deal, and i have not attempted draining the battery fully, then firing up a heavy gaming load to see what happens, but this did seem a little strange to me.
The charging adapter is large, especially compared to the razer blade even though its the same output, but you're probably expecting that with a gaming machine already.
For the money, you won't find a better deal in a gaming laptop with a 1070 GPU. If you want more GPU horsepower over the thinness of a 1060 GPU machine, you won't find a better one (in my opinion) than this one.
Pros: Fast enough for what I will probably use it for.
I like that the back of the display is aluminum.
Luckily the unit I got had the 16GB in 1 slot leaving me an empty slot for future upgrade. Weird Speccy lists it as having 4 slots.
Cons: To much bloatware
The included PDF software was causing explore to restart sometimes when I right clicked on a file. So I decided to uninstall almost all the bloatware.
Can't seem to find out how to make recovery DVD's
No Optical drive but i knew that going in
SATA III SSD is a Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A which is not the fastest (Speccy lists it as being made by Hitachi)
Overall Review: For some reason shipping took way longer than it should have. I ordered it Christmas Day and did not receive it until Jan. 4. Why did it take 30 hrs to go from Richmond Hill to Mississauga? Ridiculous! Took away an egg for this reason.
If you are having problems with right touchpad button follow this https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1031506/?_ga=1.125434697.2113261574.1483547097
Pros: Just got this laptop, it looks and feels great! With the specs and G-Sync, I'll bet I can play new games on it well into 2021
UPDATE: Tried out my Oculus Rift CV1 on it today at a friend's house, and it works great! It's a little tricky to fit the Xbox One wireless controller adapter in next to the sensor bar, and for some reason the Oculus Home software has a warning saying my computer isn't fast enough, but otherwise it's all working well so far.
The fan isn't that loud, either, FYI. So far as gaming laptops go, this thing is super quiet and sleek.
Cons: Comes with a lot of useless-looking software full of pop-ups and annoyances, including some sort of ASUS-made auto update utility. Given all the very public security failures around OEMs' auto-updaters, I decided to do a clean reinstall of Windows 10.
After the reinstallation, though, I've been having a LOT of trouble finding the right drivers and stuff I need for things like the backlight brightness. Asus' website is a real labyrinth, it's amazingly frustrating and bad. IMO, the Asus ROG team needs to drop the hammer on their corporate overlords and get a huge "ROG" button in the corner to take people directly to a site optimized for gaming power-users
Overall Review: Have only had the laptop for a few hours so far, just wanted to get on here to complain about the terrible website while I'm waiting for a page to load on it
Pros: Everything here is pretty much as described. It's powerful. It's quick. It's a laptop.
-there's a good inch of plastic around the screen
-I don't like clicky touchpads.
-A little bigger than I expected
Overall Review: The screen fuzzy issue that one guy complained about is just the windows scaling thing that is enabled by default. It's fixed in display settings.
Pros: Let me start with this, I love this laptop. It runs all the games I play on ultra with GOOD frames while it can. I've had this laptop for several months now so I think I can give my opinion on it.
List of games I play and settings:
Battlefield 1: Ultra
League of Legends: Maxed
Black Desert Online: Everything low/Optimization mode.
Fallout 4: All maxed.
The laptop plays games like a champ, I had a desktop computer with a gtx750ti and I needed to buy a laptop to take on the go with me since I was about to start traveling, I love asus stuff and never had any problems with their customer service or anything so when I saw this laptop I wanted to get it.
Man this thing blew my desktop away, granted it was like 5 years old with a 2 year old gpu I think? But this thing can handle any games I play at 1080p and CAN max out anything except my mmorpg game but like no one can max that game out and get good frames.
Cons: I'm not sure if this is a common thing with gaming laptops but if I don't have the laptop plugged in, games with drop FPS HARD. I'm talking playing a simple game like LoL and trying to figure out why my screen is lagging and its because my battery is at like 20% So I think I have to keep it plugged in constantly while gaming.
The HEAT. This thing gets HOT. It gets to the point where if I'm typing in numbers on that top row I can feel the heat coming from the keys strongly. The space above the keys gets too hot to touch, like I can't keep my fingers on it, which again, may be normal and I'm just unaware but it kinda worries me that is heats up so much that it start going up into the screen. I believe this may have warped the frame around the screen on my bottom right side also, it appears to have popped out a little and it certainly wasn't my moving the laptop that caused it, I treat this thing with the best care. After saying all this, all these heat worries are all with a targus heatpad/fan thing that sits under the laptop, which sounds super loud in itself but I can't tell how much of a different it makes when gaming for more than 45 minutes or so.
The noise. It makes a good amount of noise, just enough for me to head it with headphones in.
The screen does seem a little off, from what other reviewers are saying I can assume it isn't just a defective screen, this is how it was made I guess.
I can't tell if its my fat hand or this touchpad but its position is just too close to my hand when I have my fingers on WASD playing an FPS, after months it still occasionally happens that my palm will touch pad and it will mess with my aiming with the mouse and sometimes mess me up. a rare and minor inconvenience
Also load times for things feel slow on this laptop. I definitely need to buy an M2 SSD and install it because it just feels sluggish.
Overall Review: Look overall this thing is capable of maxing most games in 1080p for a short amount of time for me. I'll find that after playing overwatch on max settings for about 30 to 45 minutes the laptop gets SUPER hot and I think that is the cause of the frames going down around the same time. I don't know a ton about computers but thats my little theory.
I love asus but I don't know if I would buy this specific laptop again and I'm a bit hesitant to recommend this to someone especially if they don't buy an awesome laptop cooling pad. Seriously I can't emphasize this heat thing enough. If my laptop burned out tomorrow I'd just think the heat finally killed it.
Pros: Runs most games on max settings on an external 1080p monitor. Shadow of Mordor at Ultra at 60fps. GTA5 Online at 60fps most of the time, around 40+ during more "difficult" scenes.
Boots up within a few seconds. Impressive. Loads faster than my external monitor from cold start.
Compact size makes it easy to carry around. Weighs just a few pounds.
Lots of RAM and capable CPU/GPU. Should age well.
The lowest priced laptop with a GTX 1070 at the time of purchase. Great value. Also one of the first 1060/1070/1080 laptops on the market.
Cons: Battery does drain while playing some games, albeit slowly -- never dropped below 90%, and charges back up during less graphically taxing phases of game. Might be worse during longer sessions.
The keyboard has a numpad, but it is significantly scaled down -- the keys are tiny, and honestly I'd rather not have it and be able to have the rest of the keys enlarged to a standard size. I use an external keyboard most of the time at home.
Aesthetics are a bit juvenile -- red tribal stripes don't do it for me.
Speakers only exist so that ASUS can list "built-in speakers" as a feature; very low volume, external audio is a must for most applications. Thankfully works great with headphones.
1TB HDD is on a smaller side. 2TB would have been great. Can be fixed with external storage.
A lot of useless/annoying software/bloatware installed. Some might have been useful but due to convenience I took 15 minutes out of my day and uninstalled all of it.
Not enough USB ports. Does not have enough juice to power multiple USB extension ports.
Came with a useless promotion ($115 in game value of Paragon).
Overall Review: I'm a casual gamer and got this laptop to bring on business trips with me. For that purpose it is excellent. However, most of its problems stem from the fact that it is a laptop. Most issues can be fixed by upgrading, but hard to do so with a laptop. For 100% solution build your own desktop. Not convinced another 15 inch laptop in the price range can fix the majority of the issues, largest being the power supply thing.
Pros: The laptop is every bit as powerful as you'd expect with the latest generation CPU and GPU onboard.
It plays Forza better than I can. That is, I crash a lot, but the crashes are silky smooth.
It also runs SkyRim extremely well. The G-Sync is obviously doing it's job.
Price for power, this is a winner.
Cons: It gets warm. Not burn your fingers warm, but you will need a laptop cooler to sit it on.
Battery life is short (under 3 hours while gaming). I don't think batteries really get better with use, but I have to hope...
It has a lot of plastic which makes me worry about durability - and it collects finger prints with greedy abandon.
Six pounds is actually pretty heavy for a laptop..
Overall Review: I have the GL702VM-DB71 that has the 6 GB VRAM. So far I haven't run it out of frame buffer, but I haven't given it anything that would use it all. I plan to use it for light to moderate and mobile gaming. And if I want to play the most intensive games, I can step it down from Ultra to High, or from High to Mid. So far the fans in the laptop cooler wedge is louder than the fans in the laptop, so I have no complaints there.
The keys feel good to type on, but they aren't exceptionally good. The track pad feels good too, though I switched to a mouse for better in game control (I just can't get used to gaming with a trackpad). It can be turned off when you use the mouse.
The speakers are nice, but not that exciting. They'll get you by but you'll want to use headphones in games. Mine came bundled with the Asus gamepad, which actually works well enough for a bluetooth device. But I'm more a keyboard and mouse gamer.
Get it on sale and you probably can't beat the deal. The GTX-1060 delivers a great 1080p experience, especially with the G-Sync. I like it so far.
Pros: This laptop is fast. Boot time is around 5 seconds with the m2 ssd. Games look and play great with the 1070 and Gsync. My temps are 40c idle and 80c load.
Cons: -Speakers are lacking, make sure to install ASUS AudioWizard app to help
-Build quality is ok. The plastic case makes flex noises and the screen bezel is large
-No user replaceable battery with 6 or 8 cells
-Off the charger battery life 2.5 hours. That is with turning off backlit keyboard, dim display to lowest setting and set maximum processor state for battery to 99% in power options.
-Pain to get into BIOS
Overall Review: Read a lot of reviews about poor temps and battery issues. I've had no problems with temps or battery discharging while gaming. I seem to have received a good unit. Upon arrival i reformatted the m2 ssd and installed Win 10 pro. Not all the drivers on ASUS website are the latest or even present. You can find a newer WiFi driver from Intel, display driver from NVIDIA and NVME driver from Samsung. I only installed the ICESound utility. I plan on replacing the 1TB HDD with a SSD and adding 16GB more RAM. Overall good laptop. I highly recommend reformatting the laptop, install latest drivers and skip the ASUS utilities.