Less than a month ago, ASUS has brought to Ukraine new range of gaming laptops ASUS FX yet it includes three models: FX502VM, FX553VE and FX553VD who have similar design and 15.6-inch screens, but different innards (primarily graphics cards). Laptops FX line is positioned as a gaming solution with decent performance, but a more affordable price tag compared to the top models Republic of Gamers (ROG). All three models are equipped with Intel 7th generation (i5 or i7 7300HQ-7700HQ) and discrete graphics cards: GTX 1050Ti with 2GB GDDR5 in the model FX553VE, GTX 1060 3 GB GDDR5 in FX502VM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB GDDR5 ASUS FX553VD, who just visited the editorial office of gg.
What is it?
ASUS FX553VD — gaming laptop with 15.6-inch IPS display, a 14nm Intel Core seventh generation, 16 GB RAM, discrete graphics card nVidia GeForce GTX 1050, a bunch of SSD for OS and HDD for everything else.
Than it is interesting?
ASUS has set in FX553VD 15.6-inch IPS-screen optimal for gaming (and only gaming) laptops with a resolution of 1920×1080 and anti-glare. Inside was a 14-nm Quad-core processor current Intel i5 Kaby Lake-7300HQ (according to information on the official site, the configuration with i7-7700HQ also expected). In our configuration with 16 GB of RAM DDR4 2400 MHz, the maximum value is 32 GB, there are two slots for RAM strips. As the drive is installed 128GB SSD and a hard drive of 1 TB. As already written above, the laptop has discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB of VRAM. Keyboard ASUS FX553VD custom made just for convenience during the games: WASD keys highlighted in red, the gap increased, and the block of arrows is slightly separated from the other buttons. And, of course, the red backlight is also present.
What’s in the kit?
As I recall, ASUS generously complements its gaming laptops since their release. ASUS FX553VD is no exception. It comes in a large outer box black with red logo ROG. Inside the box is smaller by a laptop and a backpack for carrying in several boxes. In addition to the required minimum in the form of the power supply and set of instructions/warranties, the set includes a backpack and mouse:
The corresponding mouse, ASUS ROG Sica:
Complete backpack is quite comfortable and roomy. There is a separate compartment for a laptop and great for everything else. Plus pockets inside and outside:
What about the appearance and design?
Case ASUS FX553VD made of metal and black plastic. Made of plastic frame around the screen and the entire bottom part of the housing. Work surface and cover is metal. Unlike the most expensive gaming notebooks with lots of RGB illumination in all possible places, ASUS FX553VD looks more calm and reserved. On the lid is the ASUS logo and two edges, no light bulbs or bright inserts:
On the back side you can see two of the hinge. They are made very well: securely fixed in position, while the laptop is easily opened with one hand, which is more typical of ultrabooks:
On the left side — connector for power supply, Ethernet, full sized HDMI, two USB 3.0, one USB Type-C and a combined audio Jack 3.5 mm. the same side is the only grate blowing hot air red color:
To the right is the hole for lock, USB 2.0 and a tray DVD drive:
The drive is a standard laptop design, there are no surprises. I already weaned from optical media, but maybe useful to someone:
The front end is unusually functional. It is located five LEDs to indicate, underneath the reader, and on the sides there are stereo speakers:
On screen — HD webcam and two microphones. To protect the screen there are two rubber inserts, two on each side:
The bottom cover looks very unusual. Almost the entire area applied in a geometric pattern. Four rubberized feet also have an unusual shape, although this does not prevent them to fully fulfill their mission and not allow the laptop to go on the table. To access the internals, Unscrew the 10 screws around the perimeter of the cover and another one which is covered by a small l-shaped plug above the lower perforation. Despite the rather powerful stuffing, holes for air intake not so much. Let’s see how well made cooling system:
Any claims to the Assembly and the materials I did not have. Yes, the black metal bit collects fingerprints, but they wiped off very easily. In General, and the layout of functional elements has not caused almost any claims. Almost — because not sure whether the DVD drive, and it takes up volume in the body and just adds weight. Although this is an individual matter. Do not be surprised that the disks still used by many users.
How easy is the keyboard and touchpad?
The whole working surface is made of painted black metal with brushed texture. The layout of the keyboard implemented successfully: it’s not too different from the standard, and the changes are not practically do not affect the usability. The main unit is familiar to him is optional digital unit, which is different from that on a standard keyboard only shortened “0”, which does not cause any inconvenience. Block shooter is a little pushed on the user, and the height of the gap is increased from the left hand side, so as not to miss during the game. The buttons have a red backlight with three brightness levels, all the symbols are uniformly illuminated. Block WASD allocated an additional red trim on the perimeter. Move buttons — 2.5 mm, pressed clearly, they are convenient to use.
The touchpad is standard, rectangular shape (10.5×7.5 cm), with red edging around the perimeter and a red stripe — a conditional delimiter left and right buttons. The finger glides well on the touchpad, and sensitivity is all in order, but the Matt black surface is slightly collects fingerprints:
How good is the screen?
In FX553VD ASUS Lenovo uses a screen with a diagonal of 15.6 inches. Matrix IPS, resolution of 1920×1080 and has a matte anti-glare coating. The picture is bright and juicy, looks very nice. The viewing angles are maximum, the extreme points only brightness is reduced, no distortion is not:
The colorimeter showed that the screen has a decent maximum brightness 292.246 CD/m2. On the official website about this information, but I suspect that the “declared” maximum brightness — 300 CD/m2, if so, the real figure is very close. The brightness of the black field — 0.422 CD/m2 and contrast ratio of 693:1. Judging by the graphs, the matrix is perfectly calibrated red, blue and green components of almost the entire range of brightness close to the reference value, and color temperature. The error ΔE the greater part of the range is less than 2, and the maximum value is 6. Color gamut is close to sRGB. Only the Gamma curve a bit, at least one, but the screen was measured in the Vivid mode, I think that in standard mode it would look closer to the standard:
Utility for fine-tuning images ASUS Splendid is the same as with all current ASUS notebooks. There are normal and Vivid modes, blue filter for eye protection and a mode with manual setting color:
The performance and battery life?
As we have already mentioned, ASUS FX553VD is the most modest model in the line. Despite this, the inside is quite productive “iron”: a Quad of 14-nanometer Intel Core i5-7300HQ on the architecture of Kaby Lake. Standard frequency — 2.5 GHz, Turbo Boost rises to 3.5 GHz, Hyper-Threading is not supported, 6 MB cache L3, TDP is 45 watts. Built-in graphics accelerator — HD Graphics 630 with a maximum frequency of 1000 MHz. As I wrote above, there are configurations available with i7-7700HQ. The amount of RAM in our sample is 16 GB, use quick memory DDR4-2400. According to AIDA64, it is one plank 16 GB, so in the second slot just to add one more. The graphics is NVIDIA ® GeForce ® GTX 1050 with Pascal architecture, video memory — 2GB GDDR5. It contains 640 CUDA cores, base clock frequency is 1354 MHz, in Boost mode — 1493 MHz. For podkluchenie to the network provides dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
Results in synthetic tests:
Pleasantly surprised by the cooling system. Under sustained loads, the graphics card heats up no more than 68°:
With the cooling of the processor is also more than okay. In the stress test AIDA64 maximum temperature was 66°, of course, about any throttle out of the question, the system is stable at all loads:
Even at maximum load a tangible heating the body (or its parts) no blowing of hot air is on the left side, it is a good location, the hand does not fall under the stream of hot air. It can not be called very loud. At minimum speed it is almost inaudible, while the maximum level of the noise remains within reasonable limits.
Drives the laptop has enough budget: verdolini drive format M. 2 128GB SK Hynix HFS128G39TND – N210A and hard drive Seagate ST1000LM035-1RK172 1 TB with a spindle speed of 5400 Rev/min:
Accordingly, the operation speed is quite modest. Read SSD 550 MB/s, which is quite OK, but write speed is almost up to 140 MB/s:
Despite the fact that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB GDDR5 is the most modest in the lineup, no issues with modern games was not. I used high graphics settings, while in most cases the frame rate was not below 35-40 fps, and GTAV and Star Wars: Battlefront was given 60+ frames, so that the performance, everything is in order:
The laptop uses a 4 cell lithium-polymer battery with 48 watt*hours At maximum brightness and load the laptop lives about 1.5 hours, charging for 163 minutes. Quite adequate performance for gaming models. In operation, with a comfortable brightness to 5-6 hours:
From the preset, there is ASUS ROG Gaming Center which allows you to monitor the loading of the system to regulate the rotation speed of the cooling fan to switch profiles for different games, disable the touchpad and button Windows and run additional applications:
ASUS Game First IV is designed for monitoring wired and wireless network and setting priorities for its use games and applications:
There is a utility to tweak the sound. There are ready presets and more flexible configuration. By the way, do stereo speakers sound very good:
Pre-installed application for streaming XSplit Gamecaster:
What is not out of the box, but it is worth downloading is the ROG Armoury to configure the mouse:
The range of FX, in particular the hero of the review ASUS FX553VD, which is the most modest in the lineup and made a very good impression. Of course, all modern games go without problems. Yes, for stable 60 frames per second is set a little lower graphics settings, but high below a comfortable 35 fps frame rate doesn’t drop. Thus, even at maximum load it does not overheat and the system runs very stably. In the laptop installed excellent quality IPS-screen with a cool factory calibrated and are anti-glare and really comfortable backlit keyboard. A pleasant bonus package. Typically, this time is not so important, but the backpack and gaming mouse — very useful items, the purchase of which will not have to bother separately. From the unpleasant moments it is worth noting the budget drives are not the best indicators of speed. Moot point — the presence of the optical drive. They gradually “die” and place in the body, which it occupied could be used more efficiently.
5 reasons to buy the ASUS FX553VD:
- Confident performance in games;
- excellent quality screen;
- convenient backlit keyboard;
- a good cooling system and stable operation;
- good package with everything you need.
2 reasons not to buy ASUS FX553VD:
- slow drives;
- place under the DVD drive could be used more usefully.
|Technical characteristics of ASUS FX553VD|
|Display||15.6 inch, 1920×1080, IPS, matte, anti-glare coating|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Single Language 64bit Home|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-7300HQ, 4 cores, 2.5-3.5 GHz (Kaby Lake, 14 nm)|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4-2400|
|Graphics||nVidia GeForce GTX1050, 2 GB GDDR5, Intel HD Graphics 630|
|Drive||SSD 128GB (M. 2) + 1TB HDD|
|Communication||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Connectors||2xUSB 3.0, 1хUSB 2.0, 1xHDMI, USB Type-C, combo audio Jack, RJ45, card reader|
|Battery||4-cell lithium-polymer 48 WHr|
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