ASUS FX502VM AS73 Review – A VR Gaming Laptop For 1000 Dollars

ASUS is getting a huge popularity on gaming market thanks to their ROG product. This gaming series has used by so many professional E-Sports players. Their big campaign and promotion are also the biggest reason why it gets so popular quickly. For gamers who have a big budget, getting this system is easy to do, but it’s totally different for a low budget users. Getting a ROG means will cost you more than 1000 dollars and it’s quite tough for many people. If you do not want to spend that much for a gaming device, then just take a look into their ASUS FX502VM AS73 series.

It features lot of interesting that going to surprise you. With its price range, it has of Intel core I7 7700HQ processor alongside with GTX 1060 graphic which is a VR ready graphic card. If you do not mind with its poor display and shorter battery life, then this machine is a perfect choice for you. I think its worth for us to take look inside. That is what we are going to talk about here. We are going to talk about it further and see how it works on us. As for now, let’s jump into the article.

Design And Connectivity

When I unboxed it for the first time, I saw that this is not going to be a slim laptop. Yeah, its design and outer shell looks big and heavy. The system is weight for around 4.9 pounds and not that recommended carrying around on your bag. It fits of small bag with no issue, but it might hurt your bag after carrying it around for some time. One worth mentioning thing here is the thickness. The chassis has 0.9 inches thickness and I hope this slimmer chassis could provide well enough ventilation room for air to go outside. After researching quite it for its design, I think this is a well-built machine although not considered as the best one right now.

The port connectivity is basically very complete and you are not going to have any problem on connecting your external HDD or accessories. On the left side, there are HDMI, USB 3.0 port, mini display port, Ethernet and AC adapter. On the right side, you soon find SD card reader, two more USB ports, Kensington Lock, and audio 3.5 mm jack. It lacks of USB type-C port, but considering its price range, I think it’s not that bad to not having it.

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Display And Input Devices

ASUS FX502VM 2 The display is the one that you might have to take consideration here. It sports of 15.6 inch screen with 1080p panel which is standard right now. Sadly, the screen is lack of color accuracy and has poor contrast. It produces of 94 percent of NTSC, but it does not show the true performance. The contrast ratio itself is located on 300:1 and for me looks quite bad for a gaming machine. Playing game with it is still okay as long as you do not expect much. Connecting it to the bigger monitor should cover this problem if you cannot stand with it.

As for the keyboard, it sports of standard keyboard from ROG series. The keys have 1.6 mm travel distant and relatively firm and quite for typing. It feels responsive and tactile as soon as you put your finger on it. The backlit support is back here, but the keyboard has only three different backlight supports. Users are able to customize it through the pre-installed application system. I really have no bad thing to say here. If you have used with ASUS’s laptop, then you will never find any problem here.

Last price update: 2018-02-23 01:50:11

ASUS FX502VMMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage1TB HDD + 128GB SSD

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Gaming And Temperature

Thanks to the core I7 7700HQ and GTX 1060, it runs many games smoothly with big drops framerate or lags. I recommend you to take at least GTX 1060 if want to do VR gaming. I tried to plug of my HTC Vive and running VR Chat. The game is playable at 1080p setting with few adjustment on setting. The game is not that optimized and everyone knows it. Running AAA games are incredibly fine here. The first game I tested here is the Metal Gear Solid the Phantom Pain. The FPS is locked to the 60 FPS all the time at highest setting. I just see some minor drops and overall runs very smooth. Newer games like Call of Duty WWII and Final Fantasy 15 will give similar result.

I am so impressed on what ASUS did here on keeping the temperature level. It gets hot quickly, but never bothers our experience on gaming. The center of keyboard area is warm during of gaming or stress test, but luckily that is not that place where our palm is rest. It should reach 50 degree Celsius, but not often and range to 30 to 4 Celsius on most all of time. Playing games for hours is not an issue here. Just make sure to place it on flat surface and not on top of carpet or anything that keeps the air ventilation stuck.

Last price update: 2018-02-23 01:50:11
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Final Thought

The FX502VM is a top recommendation for low budget games that expect of a laptop that would run every game. The performance is wise and offering smooth and lag free gaming. The display and battery life are quite bad, but do not stopping me to recommend it to you. This is a kind of machine that stays at home every time, so the battery life is a not big issue here. Still, people might have different opinion about it, so feel free to take any consideration. I just hope the information is good enough for you. At last, thank you for reading the article and see you again next time.

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