Asus ROG G703GI review

Asus ROG G703GI review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Asus ROG G703GI is the second generation of the ROG G703, a gaming laptop that impressed with its performance and solid build quality, but suffered from its bulky design, high price tag, and poor battery life.

With the ROG G703GI, Asus has further enhanced its hardware, making it a more formidable gaming machine.

These upgraded specs allow it to play the latest games better than ever before, but could also exacerbate the problems the previous generation of the G703 had, including battery life and price.

SPEC SHEET

CPU: 2.9GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK (hex-core, 12MB cache, up to 4.8GHz)

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)

RAM: 64GB DDR4 (2,666MHz)

Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080), (144Hz, 3ms response, 72% NTSC color gamut, 16:9)

Storage: 3 x 512GB SSD (M.2, RAID 0), 2TB HDD

Ports: USB 3.1 Gen2 x 3, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), miniDisplayPort, HDMI-out, RJ-45 Ethernet,

Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2×2 MIMO); Bluetooth 5.0

Weight: 10.4 pounds (4.7kg)

Size: 16.73 x 12.55 x 2.01 inches (425 x 319 x 51mm; W x H x D)

Design

Asus ROG G703GI review

This is not a thin-and-light laptop like the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501; the design is pretty much identical to the ROG G70, so expect a ‘metal armor’ design that’s large and bulky.

At 425 x 319 x 51mm and 4.7kg, the Asus ROG G703GI is a very portable laptop that falls into the ‘desktop replacement’ category, but it isn’t that much smaller and lighter than the G703.

This laptop’s large, heavy screen helps make it a big, heavy beast, but it’s a price worth paying for immersive large-screen gaming experiences.

Asus ROG G703GI features a brushed aluminum casing that feels solid and conveys that its owner takes gaming very seriously. Similar to the G703, the ROG logo on the back glows when the laptop is in use, as does a backlit keyboard with a variety of lighting settings.

As for the keyboard itself, it is very good, with responsive-feeling, 2.5mm travel keys that respond with a satisfying ‘click’ when pressed, similar to a mechanical keyboard. We’re glad that the G703’s keyboard is included in its successor. It was one of our favorite keyboards on a gaming laptop.

The ROG G703GI’s touchpad is slightly offset to the left of the body, but it feels natural to use there, and it’s fast and responsive. In order to play games, you’ll need a gaming mouse.

There are a set of unique function keys at the top of the keyboard, which let you adjust the volume and mute or unmute the microphone. A button labeled ‘Aura’ allows customization of the RGB lighting with the ROG Aura software. You’ll find the Xbox logo next to this. This opens the Game Bar in Windows 10, allowing you to easily configure your game and set up streaming.

Also included is a camera logo for launching the popular XSplit Gamecaster software for streaming gameplay, and a ROG logo for launching Asus’ Gaming Center software for system maintenance and overclocking. This is a great feature if you use any of the services or features regularly, but if you don’t, then the buttons won’t be of much use to you. The buttons don’t seem to be able to be assigned to launch other software or tasks, which is a shame, but at least they don’t consume a large amount of space if they aren’t being used.

The Asus ROG G703GI’s build quality is excellent, so if you haul it around you shouldn’t have to worry too much about it getting damaged, which is good considering its price. In addition to the large range of ports, the bulky size allows for a Thunderbolt 3 port, three USB 3.1 ports, a mini DisplayPort, HDMI, SD card reader, and Ethernet port. The Ethernet port is a vital component for network play (there is, of course, a strong 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection as well).

There are also two power ports to plug in the two (large) power supplies, which can be quite inconvenient sometimes. For the Asus ROG G703GI to charge, you need to plug both of them in simultaneously, so you have to carry them around with you and find two free plug sockets wherever the laptop is used. The laptop’s innards are power-hungry, so it is necessary, but it is also annoying.

Battery life

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In general, gaming laptops tend not to have long battery lives – although some slimmer, newer models are bucking that trend. With a gaming laptop as big and powerhouse as the ROG G703GI, it’s no surprise that the battery life is so limited.

However, you might be surprised at how quickly the battery drains. Our own battery life test, where we played a 1080p video file on repeat until the battery died, revealed the Asus ROG G703GI lasted just one hour and 53 minutes, which is less than the duration of many movies. You shouldn’t expect it to be a laptop you can watch movies on without it being plugged in.

In the PCMark 8 battery life test, which simulates medium-to-heavy use such as browsing the internet, making video calls, and word processing, the battery depletes even more quickly than when playing games.

The laptop has to be plugged in almost constantly, and as we mentioned earlier, it requires two power supplies in order to charge its battery properly. On the plus side, at least the battery charges quickly.

Pros Cons
Great keyboard Short battery life
High-end components Very expensive
Large screen Divisive looks
Fantastic gaming performance

Conclusion

Our review of the Asus ROG G703GI found it to be among the most powerful gaming laptops. Despite playing the latest games at maximum graphics settings, performance is superb, and you shouldn’t have to worry about upgrading for a very long time. Virtual reality will also be no problem.

Many people will be put off by the price, however. ROG offers a variety of configurations ranging in price, so you may be able to find a model that suits your budget, but it’s still going to cost quite a bit.

Along with the size, it also needs to be plugged in almost constantly, which means it’s not that portable. Asus ROG G703GI could prove well worth the hefty investment if you need a laptop that can handle the very latest games and can be transported more easily than a desktop PC (for example, to gaming events and competitions).