ASUS ROG Strix ZX553 is perfect to begin your gaming journey. Experience any game or run any application, with the sharper visuals and superior performance you demand.
ROG Strix ZX553’s low-profile, easy-touch backlit keys deliver perfect-response 1.8mm travel distance, and the marked WASD key group and dedicated numeric pad enable fast, full control. A solid, one-piece construction keyboard is illuminated by a ROG-red backlight for visibility at all times.
Bundled with ROG Gaming Backpack & Gaming Mouse worth up to £130 MSRP, this model gives you added value so you don’t have to go and purchase your accessories separately, ASUS gives you the full package from the word go. With a quad-core 7th-generation KabyLake Intel Core i5 processor and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics with Microsoft DirectX 12 support. ASUS ROG Strix ZX553 is perfect to begin your gaming journey.
Experience any game or run any application, with the sharper visuals and superior performance you demand. ROG Strix ZX553’s low-profile, easy-touch backlit keys deliver perfect-response 1.8mm travel distance, and the marked WASD key group and dedicated numeric pad enable fast, full control. A solid, one-piece construction keyboard is illuminated by a ROG-red backlight for visibility at all times.
ASUS ROG ZX553VD PERFORMANCE
GeForce GTX 10-Series GPU give you up to 3X the performance of previous-generation GPUs. They’re built with ultra-fast FinFET, the latest high-bandwidth memory technologies, and support for DirectX 12 features to deliver the fastest, smoothest gaming notebook experiences.
- 2-year manufacturer warranty - for added piece of mind
- Powerful performance with NVidia GTX1050 4 GB graphics card
- Frag fast, frag first - GameFirst III technology prioritises the flow of game data across your network
- All the storage and speed you need - with up to 1 TB of hard drive storage and optional up to 128 GB M.2 Solid-State Disk (SSD) store all you need and fulfil your desire for speed
- Single backlit keyboard
- With either Intel Kabylake Quad core i5-7300HQ and i7-7700HQ Processors.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5 Dedicated Graphics).
- 128 GB SSD plus 1 TB SATA Hard Drive.
- 8GB DDR4 RAM.
- Illuminated Chiclet Keyboard.
ASUS ROG brand is thick with notebook models that can be configured almost any way imaginable. The Strix line is typically their highest echelon, rife with notebooks brandishing the latest specifications and boasting excellent build quality. We've looked at Asus' 17.3-inch offerings in the past - the GL752, GL702, and GL753each offer different tiers for gamers at different budgets. For those that prefer a more portable machine, the Strix line also includes some 15.6-inch models as well. Today, we look at the GL553VD.
The GL553VD is definitely aimed at budget-minded gamers. Armed with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, the GL553VD won't offer the same gaming performance as it's bigger brothers, the GL502VM and GL502VS.
So what do you get in the lowest specced ROG notebook? The GL553VD sports an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, excellent construction, a DVD drive, an RGB backlit keyboard, and ample I/O. Its price and specs place it squarely in competition with other budget gaming notebooks, namely the MSI GL62M (GTX 1050), the Acer Aspire VX5-591G (GTX 1050Ti), and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 (GTX 1050Ti).
KEYBOARD ASUS ROG ZX553VD
The keyboard is excellent. The chiclet keys are well sized and well spaced. The numeric keys on the right-hand side are a bit narrow but still usable. Arrow keys are also properly sized and slightly offset, making them easy to find. The space bar is also firm throughout. The deck can be warped under direct pressure but remains solid when typing.
With a generous 2.5 mm of travel and crisp feedback, the keyboard offers a superior typing experience. The key travel is very deep compared to other gaming notebooks, which typically have a key travel distance of about 2 mm.
A nice element is the inclusion of RGB lighting in the keyboard deck. There are four zones that can be independently set to any of over 16 million colors. Users can also set the colors to be static or pulse at a set rate. There are three stages of backlighting; the brightest can be seen even outdoors, while the dimmest is easy on the eyes and useful in dark settings. The key drop is undefined and a tad spongy, but keys are firm and feel good. The keys are essentially silent, exuding a low thump only under hard typing. Touch typists will thoroughly enjoy typing on this keyboard.
TOUCHPAD ASUS ROG ZX553VD
The touchpad is adequate. Tracking is smooth and accurate, and right and left clicks are registered perfectly. Both buttons are integrated into the touchpad and are divided by only a printed line, which can make it somewhat difficult to discern between a right and left click. The touchpad itself sounds hollow when clicked and lacks definition. Clicks also feel sticky and mushy, and feedback is mediocre. The smooth plastic finish feels a bit cheap and readily attracts fingerprints and oils.
PROCESSOR ASUS ROG ZX553VD
The Intel i7-7700HQ is a very capable quad-core CPU with hyperthreading. Commonly found in high-end workstation and gaming laptops, the 7700HQ offers top-tier performance for Intel's Kaby Lake platform. The CPU features a base clock of 2.8 GHz with a boost up to 3.8. Our test model takes full advantage of this boost under heavier single-threaded workloads, even when running on battery power. Our test model did very well in our Cinebench test suite, showing that it can handle even the most strenuous workloads with aplomb.
All of the modern rivals have the same CPU, while the Omen 15 is equipped with a last-generation Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ. There aren't many differences between Skylake and Kaby Lake save for some better power efficiency, marginally higher clock speeds, and native video encoding tools in the newer platform. Otherwise, the chips are very similar in terms of performance.
As such, we see very similar results across the board in our Cinebench testing. While there are some slight performance differences, they are all within margin of error. There is no clear winner between the competition.
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