Asus products part of the Republic of Gamers series which are specially dedicated for gamers. The GL552 comes with a high-specs hardware – it has quad-core Core i7 CPU and with the newly announced GeForce GTX 950M GPU. To be honest, it’s really hard to say that this GPU will satisfy most gamers, but the casual gamers will be able to play some more demanding games with settings turned down a notch. At least, this is according to our gaming test as we were even able to run GTA V really smoothly.
Starting with the lid. It’s made of plastic with a rough surface and a silver plate with ASUS’ ROG logo on top (which is LED backlit by the way). It does look like a G751, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Even the silver plate imitates aluminum and you can be easily fooled looking at it from a distance, but the minute you touch it you will know it’s not. Once you open the lid, it reveals 15.6-inch screen, the webcam and the usual ASUS logo at the bottom.
Users will appreciate the GL552 keyboard while gaming, it has good keyboard layout and the quality of buttons. Best it comes with red back-lit which makes gaming easy to play at dark room. The trackpad, meanwhile, didn’t impress us as much. It is responsive enough but the clicks were a little wobbly and not firm.
The laptop has three USB 3.0 ports along with 3.5mm microphone and speaker jacks. Other ports include HDMI, VGA and LAN. It also comes with one SD card reader slot. Despite being a full-fledged gaming laptop, it weighs just 2.5kgs, which is hardly heavier than general-purpose laptops.
Graphics and Gaming
In this price range, you’re not going to get a better graphics card than the GL552’s Nvidia 950M GPU with 2GB of vRAM, which puts Asus’s laptop on the same footing at its competition. On 3DMark’s Fire Strike synthetic graphics test, the GL552 scored 4,095, which is similar to numbers from the V15 Nitro (4,069) and the Inspiron 15 7000 (3,929).
When we played Metro: Last Light on low settings at 1920 x 1080, the GL552 notched 59 frames per second. That was slightly behind the V15 Nitro’s 67 fps and about the same as the Inspiron 15 7000’s 58 fps. But when we pumped up the graphics to high, all three systems fell below 20 fps, which is not playable.
However, on a less demanding game such as Dota 2, the GL552 easily hovered between 70 and 80 fps on max settings. It’s only for graphics-hungry games such as Metro or GTA 5 that you’ll need to step down the settings if you want to reach a stable 60 fps
Software and Warranty
The Asus ROG GL552 comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home and a handful of useful utilities, including Asus Live Update for keeping your system current, the Splendid Utility for customizing your display, and the Game First III app that helps prioritize network traffic to make sure you don’t lag while gaming.
The system also comes with a standard one-year warranty, which also includes one year of accidental damage protection.
With a time of 4 hours and 43 minutes on the Battery Test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness), the GL552 fell between the endurance numbers turned in by Acer and Dell. It lasted nearly 2 full hours longer than the Acer’s V15 Nitro, but fell short of Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 (6:45) by around the same margin.
If you’re considering GL552 as your gaming laptop, it is certainly a good choice especially if you’re the type of gamer who have to frequently travel. Overall ASUS did a good job and especially pricing with the ASUS GL552 is competitive.