Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition Gaming PC
The most solid performance, a design not too flashy, a very good keyboard as well for playing as for writing.
The Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition is a versatile gaming PC that can handle both gaming and productivity. You just do not need more than 2.5 hours of range in nomadic mode.
Asus has dubbed this special version of its 15.6-inch ROG Strix GL503 “Hero Edition” notebook because it is ostensibly cut for the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena). “If you are a cruel warrior whose only reputation is enough to scare your worst enemies, this weapon is for you! It is this warrior spirit that has been infused into the design of the ROG Strix Hero Edition. So much for the marketing discourse. But in fact, this machine is positioned in the middle of the Strix range with a Core i7700HQ processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and a set of specific backlit keys. It’s also a versatile gaming PC with some design elements that make it stand out.
The Strix Hero Edition (GL503VM) is available in Core i7 7700HQ, 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD + 1o HDD and a GeForce GTX1050. The same model with 16 GB Ram, 256 GB SSD + 1TB DD and the GeForce GTX1060.
These fares place the ROG Strix GL503 in the middle of the pack. The Dell Alienware 15 or Predator 15 at Acer. You can save a few hundred dollars just by using the GeForce GTX 1050 as long as you’re not interested in virtual reality and your games do not need the extra frame rate that the 1060 can offer.
But if on the other hand you have a more comfortable budget and want a machine that lasts a few years, you can turn to the Strix Scar Edition (GL503VS) equipped with a GeForce GTX 1070 that will offer you not only better performance for virtual reality but also games.
The Strong Points
We loved the keyboard, both for playing and writing. The keys are at the right size and in the right place. It requires a little time of adaptation because the resistance of the keys is a little different, but then it is very comfortable and responsive.
The touchpad is also very nice and much more sensitive than what is usually found on gaming notebooks. But it is not backlit and there is no LED for the digital lock, which is a stupidity.
The full HD screen is very good, quite similar to that of the Alienware 15. Asus announces that the IPS panel manages 100% sRGB colors but we measured 94%.
The Gaming Center application offers you a choice of several optimized display modes (sRGB, Cinema, Racing, Scenery, RTS / RPG …) that intervene on the white point, contrast and gamma. Personally the sRGB seemed to us suitable for everything. It has the highest gamma (2.2), the same for the contrast (1.184: 1) and a reasonable white point (8.300k).
The speakers are moderately powerful and not directional enough for the effects. But it is possible to change the settings in the application. Personally, we recommend a headset or headphones instead.
Place to Action
Asus offers an Android application ROG Gaming Center that gives access to the dashboard system “remote”. We use quotation marks because in reality you have to be directly connected to the machine to access them. But it can be practical when you’re in action to take a look without having to leave the game.
Also included is the latest version of the GameFirst IV network management utility that optimizes bandwidth through a priority mode and multi-port association feature that unites up to 4 network gateways (Ethernet and wireless) . During our test, we found that the software did not always find the designated connection. In addition, depending on the order in which the applications are loaded, the tool will opt for multiport or a priority mode. At the end of the day, if it happens occasionally that the total bandwidth is increased without affecting latency, there are still frame losses, even with high bandwidth and latency. Another detail, you can only change the settings when an application is open.
On the side of autonomy, we are one to a little less than three hours with our endurance test. On the benchmarks of performance, the Hero Edition and the Legion Y720 of Lenovo are marked in the pants, except that the latter has a better autonomy.
This means that you can not live without a power outlet even if you do not play. That adds you 626 gr for the food to be transported in addition to the machine which is already heavy (2,6kg). With such a weight, one would expect something quite robust. However, despite a rather attractive finish, the plastic effect is felt and the screen twists a little too much when manipulated. But good news, the machine does not heat much. After an hour playing Talos Principle, the processor was running at 63 degrees Celsius. The fans are noisy, but the case does not heat up.
The ROG Strix Hero GL503VM is a very good midrange gaming notebook. But you could spend a little less or a little more in the Strix range. Or just zap it if you need more than 2.5 hours of battery life.