Good gaming laptops are hard to find and usually require a deep dive into one’s pocket to be bought. Asus has consistently served on both the criteria by providing a series of reasonably priced laptops of the gaming niche with great features.
Their current model, FX502VM tries to do the same. Regarded as the cheaper version of their GL502VM model, the laptop is already a hit for its price mark (closer to $1000) and the specifications it offers in the same. But, is the price the only factor for you to purchase it? Find out with this detailed review of the product.
Asus FX502VM-AS73 uses an Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. The Pascal architecture card has been the soul of many gaming laptops for a while now and has made them more affordable than they used to be.
The laptop has a 16 GB DDR4 RAM along with 3GB GDDR5 graphics memory. The display is 15.6 inch in size with the screen resolution of 1920×1080. The laptop is 15.4×10.5×0.9 in dimension and weighs 4.9lbs. The Famous Gaming Laptop Asus FX502VM-AS73 reviewed by Topprobe comes with a warranty of a year and has a standard battery life of 4 hours.
Here are a few of the things to love.
The bottom panel of the laptop can be easily disassembled. The panel resembles that of GL502VM and has replaceable SSD, WLAN card, and a DDR4 SODIMM slot. Since the warranty is for both the laptop and the battery, the latter can be replaced as well.
The structure of the Asus FX502VM-AS73 is pretty standard and cannot be deemed as too thick or thin at its mere 0.9 inches. The laptop is smaller in comparison to other gaming laptops. Therefore, it is easier to carry around frequently. The weight, however, at 4.9 pounds is of the similar ranges as that of the other gaming notebooks.
The keyboard of the laptop is also a standard one by Asus and sits quite firm with its keys. The arrow keys, though, have been reported as too thin for the likeness of many users but is comfortable to use nonetheless. The touchpad too is very sensitive and is extremely comfortable to use for longer sessions.
The laptop provides good connectivity with its installed Bluetooth 4.0, SD card reader and 802.11 AC. The Bluetooth is good at speed, and the SD card has the ability of 80MB worth of transfer per second. The built-in HD web camera also makes for good video calling.
The Asus FX502VM-AS73 fairs extremely well at the performance front. The inexpensive version of the GL502VM model an Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. These configurations are mostly found in high-end gaming laptops and thus, make the Asus FX502VM-AS73 a clear winner.
The speed is at par with most competitive laptops and better than that of its older GTX 980M model. The performance is standard when the games are set at their highest and maximum settings. The card is also suited for VR headsets.
The machine works really well on its processor and can handle almost everything. It can go on for hours on work without producing any noise. However, when gaming for long hours along with simultaneous work, the machine can produce a little noise, which may be distracting.
The laptop remains cool under most instances and does not warm unless pushed to its limits. Compared to other laptops, Asus has a way cooler panel but with a steeper temperature gradient.
Missing Type-C Port:
The Asus FX502VM-AS73 sails well on the connectivity with the USB 3.0 ports, AC adapter, HDMI port, a mini display port, and an SD reader. However, the absence of a USB Type-C port may irk some gamers. Since the targeted audience of the laptop may not include many hardcore gamers, this could be ignored.
The laptop comes with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with only 3 GB worth of memory instead of a 6 GB one. The move is a way to cut corners and make the laptop more inexpensive and fortunately, doesn’t affect the performance much.
The major downside of the Asus FX502VM-AS73 laptop is its display with the resolution of 1920×1080. 1080p is an essential resolution for mobile gaming but even the laptops with their sizes closer to this one (around 15.6 inches) have 72 or 94 percent NTSC color coverage on them. FX502VM, on the other hand, has 45 percent and therefore, has a muted color scheme altogether.
The black looks a little gray, as well as the overall appearance, is quite grainy in comparison to other gaming notebooks. The backlight, too, is not comfortable enough for outdoor use. It may require getting some used to for using it under sunlight, even when sitting in the shade.
The Asus FX502VM-AS73 can easily last for over 3 hours under moderate work pressure. But when gaming with high-end configurations, the performance may reduce to that of an hour, or two hours at the most. It takes about 2 hours to charge to its fullest and may require being plugged in for hours’ worth of gaming sessions.
The Asus FX502VM-AS73 laptop makes for a great gaming laptop in the budget. The company definitely has sacrificed on the type-C port and half the graphics memory to make it more inexpensive. The biggest loss is its display, which makes the overall gaming experience suffer from a muted color scheme.
However, what the laptop lacks in the display, it covers in its performance.
There are no lags observed even when the games are at their highest configurations. The laptop can handle almost everything that’s thrown its way with little noise. The laptop also remains cool on most occasions and offers a smooth keyboard for a great gaming experience.
Overall, the laptop is worth its price and is great if you’ve just started on your gaming. If you can compromise on the display and the battery front, the laptop would be a great buy.