ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM-DB71 15.6-inch

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The ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM is a bestselling 15.6-inch gaming laptop that has been praised for its powerful Intel Skylake processor, its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards, its great audio and thin and light gaming design. But like all gaming laptops the battery life is rather poor and it is more suited as a desktop replacement. Weighing in at 4.9 pounds and a mere 0.92 inches thick, the ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM is well below the category average.

The ROG range of gaming laptops from ASUS have always been on the frontline of offering a great gaming experience. The ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM might not be winning the race for the thinnest gaming laptop, but at 4.9 pounds and at just 0.94 inches thick, it is below the category standard.

You get the usual aggressive gaming looks that you will find on the higher-end ROG laptops, but ASUS has toned it down just a bit to offer a very sleek laptop. Sporting an Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ processor and 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, the ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM will easily offer lag free performance when it comes to current gaming titles. You can upgrade the RAM to a maximum of 32GB and ASUS have left one slot free to add a second 16GB RAM module. We recommend the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2400 (2 x 16G) kit as a replacement for an improved gaming experience.

ASUS have also gone with the new 10-series graphics from NVIDIA and features the GeForce GTX 1060 laptop edition. The GTX 1060 offers a huge improvement in performance over its predecessor the GTX 960M. You now get 6GB of GDDR5 video memory and you will be able to play demanding titles such as Battlefield 4, The Division and Fallout 4 on ultra settings. You will however see a massive drop in frame rates with a 4K monitor and a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

You get a single 1TB 7200rpm mechanical hard drive, but there is a free M.2 slot for you to add a superfast solid state drive. The Full-HD display offers wide viewing angles thanks to its In-plane switching technology and offers a good 83% sRGB color gamut, which is good news for designers.


  • Intel Skylake i7 processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Thin and light
  • Empty M.2 slot


  • No SSD as a standard
  • Heats up under load
  • Plastic design
  • Battery life
  • No optical drive
  • ASUS bloatware

Bottom Line

The ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM offers powerful hardware in a thin and light design, but the reduced size means that it will heat up more than some of the other ASUS ROG laptops.

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Critic Reviews

  • 90
    TechRadar September 14, 2016

    The Asus ROG Strix GL502 can be configured with a variety of components. But, with a starting price of $1,399 (about £1,055, AU$1,850), it definitely isn't a budget buy even if it nets you a 1TB hard drive disk (HDD) and 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060. For a slightly lower price, you can get the highest-end version of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 or Lenovo Ideapad Y700, but you'll be limited to the Nvidia GTX 960M for graphics. (Please not that the review features the more powerful GeForce GTX 1070)

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  • 85
    NotebookCheck December 17, 2016

    The Asus GL502VM is a slim, 15.6-inch gaming laptop which can run games smoothly on its matte, FHD screen. The hardware needs a lot of cooling, so the laptop can become noisy.

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Full Specifications

Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 [View Benchmarks]
Graphics TypeDiscrete
Graphics Memory 6GB GDDR5
RAM 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
Operating System Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Home
Weight4.9 lbs
Battery Life5 hours
Hard Drive 11024 HDD 7200
Display Size15.6 inch
Display TypeIPS
Display Resolution1920 x 1080
Display TechnologyLED backlit | In-plane switching | G-SYNC
Connectivity3x USB 3.0 | USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 2) | Mini DisplayPort | HDMI | Gigabit Ethernet | Dual Band AC WiFi | Bluetooth 4.0
AudioStereo speakers | ASUS SonicMaster Technology
WebcamHD 720p
Additional FeaturesBacklit keyboard | SD Media Card Reader
Dimension (LxWxH)15.35 x 10.47 x 0.92
Warranty1 year
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