• Operating System: Windows 10
  • Display: 17.3-inch Full HD, 120Hz
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7820HK
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB)
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Mini Display Port,1x Thunderbolt
  • Memory: 16GB x 2 of DDR4-OC RAM
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD RAID 0 Support
  • Others: Multi-format card reader, Macro keys
  • Dimensions: 429 x 309 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 4.1 kg
  • Pros:
  • Packed with great specs and ASUS technologies
  • 120Hz display
  • Cons:
  • Weight
  • Fans do get loud
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Home: 4,885 points
  • PCMark Work: 3,973 points
  • PCMark Creative: 6,037 points
  • 3DMark: 6,563(Time Spy), 5,353 points (Fire Strike Ultra), 9,867 points (Fire Strike Extreme)

Gaming From 7 to 1 with the G701

When we received this for review, the package was slim and easy to carry. But when we unboxed everything, that was not the case at all. The power brick of the laptop itself was almost half the weight of the laptop, and that itself is heavier than laptops we have currently. You can lug it around, but it’s meant to be an alternative to desktop PCs, rather than one you can take to office meetings and coffee dates.

During our tests, we tested this beast against recent games such as Battlefield 1 and Witcher 3. Both games are gorgeous to look at, and can be tweaked to enhance its graphical fidelity. For Battlefield 1, we set the settings to Ultra and during gameplay, FPS maintained without much drops aside from areas with heavy bullet pepper, rain, and smoke. The wrist rest area also remained fairly cool during gaming, so you won’t get overly warm wrists during gaming.

With an NVIDIA GTX 1080 to power the 120Hz display, it is a gaming machine that’s meant to impress. And boy, were we impressed. We did encounter some slight lag in Microsoft Word when the power brick wasn’t connected, but this was probably due to the fact that the laptop wasn’t running at its highest spec in a bid to save battery. However, the fans do get loud while gaming.

There is a plethora of settings that you can change on ASUS Gaming Centre, such as enabling the ESS Sabre DAC, turning your additional lighting on and off, tweak your pc specs, or even enable the EXTREME mode for better gaming efficiency. The G701 also comes packaged with a gaming mouse, so you can save yourself the hassle of buying one.

However, at such a price, it is not a device that would suit many. In fact, you could easily build a desktop that could outperform this laptop. Nevertheless, if portability is one of the main factors of your purchase, then this is the laptop for you.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a great alternative to a desktop if you are someone who enjoys the portability of a laptop with some ridiculous power to back it up.

(previously published in issue October 2017)