For many times, ASUS is always focusing on creating of light and portable gaming system, but for now rather than focusing on that case, they put their priority on performance with the latest of ASUS ROG Chimera G703VL. I have to say the device is heavy, huge, and of course expensive. It features desktop class components like the overclocked version of Intel I7 7th generation processor and GTX 1080 that two of them should be enough to run of every single game in highest setting with maximum resolution. As the companion for your gaming, you have a 17 inch display with 144 Hz refresh rate that looks great thanks to the price.
On this market, ASUS has few tough competitors like Acer Predator 17 x and MSI GT75VR that offers similar specification in the same price range. One thing that ASUS makes it better is probably on design case that appeared to be modern and premium. By seeing how expensive and powerful it is, I think its worth for us to take look inside. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Build
The laptop is impressive in term of design. The entire chassis is created from matte black material for the lid and gunmetal aluminum for its base. The design then finished with straight lines and sharp angles in two different shades. There is nothing to complaint about the design and build quality because the base is stability and even pushing the center area with my hands does not make any cracking sounds. The same thing goes to lid panel that connected to tight hinge system that provides wide viewing angle for gaming. They have worked so hard on making everything is so good.
In term of weight, I think this is not something that easy to carry around. With 4.7 kg weight, sometimes it makes me hard to fit my small bag especially when its full with many things. The G703VL is heavier than thicker than the competitors although the MSI GT75VR is in the same weight and dimension here. Luckily, with this heavy and thicker chassis, the port connectivity is well complete here. There are great combinations of USB type-A ports, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 port, SD card reader, 3.5 mm audio jack, and power slot for charging the battery.back to menu ↑
Display and Input Devices
After seeing 60 Hz becoming such a standard for many years, now we see the point where the 120 Hz display should becoming the upcoming standard for a gaming machine. ASUS and many manufactures start putting this trend into their latest products and we also see it here. The 17 inch panel is equipped with 1920 x 1080p resolution and NVIDIA G-Sync technology. Colorimeter shows that it produces of 92 percent for SRGB color and 268 nits for brightness. The screen is near of 100 percent which is great for photo editing. I just hope the brightness is slight higher here as 268 nits is dim for outdoor usage.
As for the keyboard, I am so delighted by its bright RGB illumination keys. Various modes are included and the users could adjust everything to their needs. The quality for keyboard itself is great as it offers high comfortable level on typing. The keys are quite spongy for some reasons, but the feedback is still top notch although some users need to get used for a little. My biggest complaint is located on the layout that feels unfamiliar here. I guess they are able to bring their familiar layout, but the thing is not happened here.
|ASUS ROG Chimera G703VL||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Quad Core I7-7820HK Up To 4.3 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Memory||32GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||1TB SSHD + 512GB SSD|
Desktop Level Performance
The quad core CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 on the G703VL are considered as high end component here. Gamers should be pleased with performance because the system basically let you to run anything at the maximum setting. The Intel I7 7820HK is clocked at maximum 4.3 GHz clock rate and 20 percent more powerful than the regular version of Core I7 7700HQ. As for the GTX 1080, the GPU offers 8GB of DDR5 RAM and 2560 shaders. I tested to run of the Witcher 3 at ultra-setting for 30 minutes and the performance is maintaining in very acceptable level. I run so many games here and all of them shinning at 100 FPS and more. The only game that is quite demanding for now is Final Fantasy 15 and thankfully it reaches stable 80 FPS at ultra-setting.
By combining of high level hardware and bright display, the battery life is pretty poor here. The battery only lasts for maximum of 3 hours in full usage and it’s hard for me to even reach 4 or 5 hours usage. I set the brightness with 50 percent level and that is what I get for most all of time. The Acer Predator 17 X is better on 5 hours of battery even though the display is worse than this laptop. The only solution for you is to always plugging it to charger for now.back to menu ↑
The ROG Chimera is long last gaming laptop that perfectly capable to deliver of desktop class performance. The system offers overwhelming positive results on many cases like performance, display, keyboard, and build quality. Some problems like poor battery are common on this case and I do not think you want to carry it around. Once again, the choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration you want. I just hope the information is useful on helping you to decide. Make sure to check our similar articles and mind leaving the comment for further assistance here.