ASUS finally releases their latest line-up of gaming laptops with the latest RTX 2070 and RTX 2060. Equipped with the latest Intel Mobile Processor, i7-8750H, allowing it to power most of the latest Triple-A games with ease. We’ve unboxed this one on one of our live sessions with Kanto Tech. We were able to acquire the 2 ASUS Republic of Gamers laptops from ROG Concept Store Megamall.
Inside the box
Upon opening the usual ASUS ROG box, we are presented with a new 17″ ASUS ROG Backpack.
Aside from the bag, we are greeted with another ASUS ROG BOX containing the bundled Strix Impact and a ROG Eye metal plate.
Of course, included in the contents of the box is a 230W charger.
ASUS ROG GL704 STRIX Design
No major changes in this segment aside from the uncomfortable placement of the webcam. While it was inevitable since they managed to make the bezels thinner, it would have still been better seeing it somewhere in the middle. This is very reminiscent of the Dell XPS 13’s webcam way back in 2016 which they moved to the center in the latest XPS 15.
Despite the awkwardly placed webcam, we have to give props to ASUS for doing a great job on the 144hz with its 3ms IPS screen.
Of course, since the SCAR version of this laptop was made for FPS, we see the WASD keys representing just that use. Conveniently, ASUS has done a great job in putting dedicated keys for the volume up, volume down, mute and ROG Armoury Crate.
The ASUS ROG GL704 can be bought with either an RTX 2060 or the RTX 2070. What we would see in the benches below, is that the RTX 2070 reflects a significant performance difference between the GTX 1060 vs the GTX 2060 but very minimal difference between the RTX 2070 and the GTX 1070. This could have been brought about by the drivers which had not yet been updated as we used the devices prior to Nvidia’s latest driver release for the Mobile RTX versions.
PC Mark 10
Configurations and Availability
|i7-8750H||15” FHD, 144Hz 3ms||16GB/256GB SSD + 1TB SSHD||RTX 2060 6GD6||ROG Bag + ROG Impact Mouse + ROG Eye||PHP 119,995|
|i7-8750H||17” FHD, 144Hz 3ms||16GB/256GB SSD + 1TB SSHD||RTX 2060 6GD6||ROG Bag + ROG Impact Mouse + ROG Eye||PHP 124,995|
|i7-8750H||15” FHD, 144Hz 3ms||16GB/256GB SSD + 1TB SSHD||RTX 2070 8GD6||ROG Bag + ROG Impact Mouse + ROG Eye||PHP 144,995|
|i7-8750H||17” FHD, 144Hz 3ms||16GB/256GB SSD + 1TB SSHD||RTX 2070 8GD6||ROG Bag + ROG Impact Mouse + ROG Eye||PHP 149,995|
We did game a bit on both devices, playing our usual Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offense, Overwatch and PUBG. As was stated prior, we feel as though both devices needed an update as they both barely touched 100fps. It is quite satisfactory how ASUS was able to power up the Scar and Hero with the latest RTX 20-series. ASUS still needs to address the noisy fan during gaming or high loads though. There was no surprise with how these prices have shot up from what they used to be seeing the way desktop GPU prices are suddenly reaching P 92,000 in their 2080Tis.
We are overall satisfied with the results that the ASUS ROG GL504 was able to present but we feel it still lacked a bit in the gaming region due to the outdated drivers. Aside from that, these two gaming laptops have maintained the balance between a gaming ultrabook and a monster gaming notebook.