Our unit in this Asus FX502VM AS73 gaming laptop review is reasonably priced, and powerful notebook. This entry-level gaming laptop comes packs powerful graphics and processor into a portable, yet, powerful notebook.
This gaming laptop comes with large storage points and good port options, and features a great game inspired-design.
Display is nice
Loads of storage and I/O options
Fine gaming performance
Design-wise, some might find it underwhelming
Asus FX502VM AS73 Gaming Laptop Review
The ASUS FX502VM-AS73 Laptop is a machine power users and gamers across the globe would like. It’s great value for the money and the GTX 1060 graphics card (in combination with the Intel’s Kaby processor) makes this more than capable while still being affordable.
It’s design isn’t so great but is sturdy. It’s component it carries will remain relevant for years to come.
Design And Features
In terms of size or shape, this doesn’t bring anything new to the table. The 15-inch FX502VM isn’t too thick or hefty at 0.9 by 15.4 by 10.5 inches (HWD) and 4.9 pounds. It is portable enough to slip into a backpack and binge on the latest titles at a pal’s place, but having lugged it home I won’t recommend carrying it around most of the time.
The ASUS GL502VM-DS74 sits around the same, though, other gaming laptops remain considerably meatier like the Acer Predator 17 (G5-793-72AU), but most of competitors out there are in the same category.
For example, the Dell Inspiron i7559-2012GRY weighs less at 4.6 pounds, while the ASUS K501UW-AB78 comes in at 4.4 pounds.
Need to carry it around? Buy the Bonvince 18.4″ Laptop Backpack, which has nicely placed compartments for the mouse, power adapter, and other peripherals. The 15.6-inch, matte-finish display gives you the benefit of both a wide viewing angle and reduced reflections from ambient lighting.
Keyboard and Display
Its bright screen has a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, that on first flush can appear small when high-end ultraportables have 4K screens like the MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro, but 1080p is better for mobile gaming.
For instance, the GS60 GHOST PRO 3K-097 has trouble keeping up with smooth frame rates at its native resolution of resolution of 2,880 by 1,620. The FX502VM-AS73 does a fine job at native resolution with all the eye candy turned on.
The red, backlit, chiclet-style keyboard is comfortable blends well with the black chassis, and is among the comfortable keyboards have used lately (offering up to 1.4mm key travel distance), with enough space for a full numeric keypad.
Featuring highlighted WASD keys, the touchpad is very responsive, which make it comfortable during long gaming sessions. Speakers are clear and loud, with a subwoofer for some additional low-end sound. It uses Hyper Cool Duo-Copper cooling system with dual rear vents, so heated air is channeled away from the user.
Connectivity on the ASUS FX502VM-AS73 Laptop is great! The sides are choked with I/O ports, including: an Ethernet port, USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a headphone-out & audio-in combo jack and a Mini Display port.
Wireless connectivity comes through integrated 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.0. If you at times binge on movies, the Nvidia GeForce 1060 can drive up to three displays simultaneously (the internal display, HDMI and mini Display port), allowing you to have instant messaging, game screens, Web browsing, and a movie all playing at once).
The system comes with Windows 10 (64-bit) pre-installed.
You also have a built-in HD Web Camera, though, you don’t have an optical drive on this model, though you can get it on the ASUS ZX53VW-AH58.
It boasts of a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz (Turbo up to 3.8GHz) processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics card (with 3GB DDR5) 16GB DDR4 (upgradable to 24GB) system memory and 128GB SSD+1TB (5400 rpm) storage. A strong mix of features in a portable gaming laptop, commongly found in high-end laptops. As always, newer cards invariably lead to enhancement in performance, and we see an improvement in gaming performance from its predecessor the ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 with its Nvidia GTX 960M graphics card.
You’ll get good frame rates on most modern titles played at high-ultra settings including: The Witcher 3 (high-66 fps; ultra 39fps), Fallout 4 (high-78 fps; ultra 67fps), and GTA V (high-91 fps; ultra 48fps).
The performance is almost similar with most high-end gaming laptops with the same configuration, but cost far much more. But, more demanding titles at ultra-resolutions will force you to tone down the eye candy, but it’s still acceptable keeping in mind that the card is also ideal for use with VR headsets, with smooth VR performance.
Being a quad-core processor, this machine can take whatever is thrown at it.
The battery clocks 3 hours 49 minutes. I’d say it is average for a gaming laptop. Gaming-purposed processors and large screens tend to consume more battery quickly compared to other computer types.
On normal usage, they have been reported to last longer than 3 hours. Some say 4 hours plus.
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Asus FX502VM AS73 Gaming Laptop Review Bottom Line
The ASUS FX502VM AS73 laptop for gaming being value to the gaming world. It’s productivity performance and build makes it reasonably priced. It scores close to more-expensive systems during testing, even beating them in some cases. Also, it features a solid build and design, a full HD display and still manages to include extras like a backlit keyboard, and decent port options.
It doesn surpass its competitor’s om the market with a better and faster 128GB SSD+1TB storage, latest GTX 1060 dedicated graphics card, Kaby Lake processor and backlit keyboard.
Optionally, the same can handle high video editing and media creation when not playing games.