Asus Gaming Laptop vs. MSI
We have seen that gaming laptops have improved much over a decade. With the growing demand and craze of gaming laptops, these laptops are becoming more powerful and portable day by day. And it is quite a marvelous feat that companies like ASUS and MSI are competing to make their gaming laptops more powerful yet at the same time decreasing the size and reducing the power consumption.
The most tempting thing about MSI and ASUS gaming laptop is they are easier to carry around and have greater portability. Though many other companies are also attempting so some are those that are able to achieve the goal.
If we talk about the Asus Gaming Laptop – ROG Strix GL502, it strikes the perfect balance between power and portability. And a contrary example in terms of less portability but enough power is the MSI GT73VR Titan. In this article we are going to discuss both the gaming laptops and find out the difference between the two.
Weighing in a bit less than 5lbs and just 23.5 mm thick, the Asus gaming laptop is a very light and thin gaming laptop as compared to others. Its case is a beautiful blend of solid plastic and brushed, anodized aluminum inside the case and on the shell.
The otherwise subdued chassis of the laptop is adorned with glowing neon orange highlights with accents everywhere from logos, speaker grills, WASD keycaps and keyboard lettering to the touchpad. It is also the only visual flair of this Asus gaming laptop, apart from the dim red color of the air vent, whereas the rest of the chassis is a sturdy black plastic and straight lines.
On the other hand, the MSI GT73VR is clearly designed to be a desktop replacement. With a weight of 4.1 kg and thickness of 4.9 cm, this gaming laptop is one of the bulkier systems, although MSI utilizes the available space quite well and implements a pretty powerful cooling solution.
This laptop uses a dark color scheme for the whole chassis with some red accents (stripes, Dragon logos, fan covers etc.). Its fan exhausts at the rear seems to have been inspired by a fighter jet or a sports car. While the display frame and bottom panel of the base unit are made of plastic, the lid and the top of the base unit both are made of brushed aluminum which massively improves the quality and impression and creates a nice structure.
The display of the Asus gaming laptop has everything you need from a gaming laptop: deep contrast and bright, beautiful colors and a non-reflective screen with wide viewing angles. The laptop comes with the option of either a 15.6 inch with 1920×1080 FHD display or a 3840×2160 UHD 4K display but with extra cost. According to the manufacturer of Asus gaming laptop, the panel covers 98 percent of Adobe’s RGB color space as well as 100 percent of the sRGB standard. This is great for not only gamers but also for those who do video editing or Photoshop work.
The MSI laptop features a 17.3 inch FHD panel that runs at 1920×1080 resolution at 120Hz. One of the important features of this laptop is the high refresh rate, because of which the laptop should deliver crazy-smooth, high-frame gaming experience at an unprecedented level. It is also packed with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology which makes this laptop a fairly decent monitor.
Keyboard and Touchpad:
The red-backlit keyboard of the Asus gaming laptop is both comfortable to type on as well as highly responsive during the heat of multiplayer battles. Its well-spaced keys provide 1.6mm of travel and land with a firm stop.It is a perfectly serviceable keyboard. You can also customize the keyboard and set macros and also play with the lighting.
The trackpad it offers is large enough to be comfortable during daily browsing and also responsive and smooth to touch when used as a replacement for a gaming mouse.
The steelseries keyboard of the MSI laptop is completely backlit with full RGB configurations that you can change in the Dragon Center app. The keyboard is fluid and responds quickly. The standard keys are 14.5×4.5mm with 3-mm travel, so it is a chiclet keyboard. MSI also provides a steelseries mouse in the box that you can calibrate with the Steelseries app.
The trackpad is quite pleasing and eerily accurate. It supports gestures and is a breeze to use. But the click buttons beneath it are not so fine. They are incredibly stiff and demand a force to click.
In Asus gaming laptop – ROG Strix GL502, they have kept the added to the bare minimum. Outside of the standard ROG Gaming Center which depending on the game you play allows you to choose between different cooling/overclocking profiles, the only other inclusion you will find on first booting up the laptop are WebStorage (free cloud options) and EyeCare which provides a warmer, orange temperature for late night browsing sessions by taking some of the harsh edges off the blue light of the laptop screen.
The software additions on the MSI’s laptop are much more comprehensive. The system is shipped with a lot of tools including XSplit Gamecaster, Norton Security package or the limited trial version of Microsoft’s Office 365.
Majority of the software is from MSI. Its most important tool is Dragon Center that combines many control, comfort and tuning options in a simple interface. You can customize everything from fan control, keyboard lighting and manual overclocking.Its CPU is already set to 4.0 GHz OC default.
The Asus gaming laptop – ROG Strix GL502VM comes with an Intel 6th generation quad-core i7 6700HQ mobile CPU which runs at a base clock of 2.6 GHz and when the time calls for it, it turbo up to 3.5GHz, and is paired with 16GB RAM, 1TB of onboard storage with a 256GB SSD boot drive. This CPU is capable of handling almost any modern game. In terms of graphics, this Asus gaming laptop features a NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB unit with all 1280 CUDA cores and runs at 1700MHz or more out of the box.
On the other hand, the MSI laptop features an Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU which is a mobile Skylake chip that runs at 2.9GHz-3.6GHz unclocked, and is paired with 32GB of 2.4GHz DDR RAM, two 256GB NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 and a 72,00RPM 1TB HDD storage. It gets a desktop-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GGDR5X memory.
Asus ROG GL502VT comes with relatively standard connectivity options with one HDMI 2.0 slot, three USB 3.0 slots, a mini-DP out, mic/headphone in/out, a single RJ45 LAN jack, an SD card reader and one Thunderbolt 3.
The MSI laptop comes with five USB 3.0 port, four audio jacks, one USB 3.1 Type-C port with Thunderbolt, a mini-DP, an Ethernet port, HDMI-out and an SD card slot.
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The onboard ICEpower speakers of the Asus gaming laptop is on par with other gaming laptops. They provide clear sound but turning off the ROG Gaming Center’s audio enhancements results in the laptop sounding a bit dull. It also comes with a trio of microphones to filter out ambient sounds.
With the MSI laptop, the speakers are loud and provide clarity which you can also adjust. The Nahimic 2 does the rest for headphones giving you up to 7.1 virtual surround sound. And with the new Sound Tracker feature, you will be to see where the sound is originating from with an on-screen indicator.
Asus Gaming Laptop vs. MSI – Verdict:
The Asus gaming laptop GL502 is a powerful VR ready laptop that will definitely impress you. It is a very lightweight laptop that strikes the perfect balance between portability and gaming performance. It comes with a sleek design and gamer-centric features and comes equipped with the latest hardware to power it through heavy gaming or multitasking.
In this Asus gaming laptop, you can see the display clearly up to 160 degrees and you will experience a very little color shift when you view it from extreme positions. The NVIDIA G-Sync perfectly synchronizes the display refresh rates to GPU, eliminating stutter, screen tearing, and input lag. The Hyper Cool Dup-Copper cooling system of this Asus gaming laptop uses heat pipes and a dual fan system to cool down GPU and CPU independently.
The MSI GT73VR Titan is the perfect gaming laptop for many and for a good reason. This laptop relies on SteelSeries Engine 3 technology to program personalized macros, customize your lighting with multiple backlit colors and sync it all through the Cloud. It’s Cooler Boost Titan technology ensures that no task is too strenuous for this laptop. Dedicated thermal solutions for GPU and CPU, with total 10 pipes, boost the performance under extreme gaming.
It also comes equipped with latest Thunderbolt 3 which supports dual 4K displays with daisy chain capabilities and up to 400Gbps data transfer rates. With this one, any screen tearing and jitters are a thing of the past. Its new 120Hz IPS panel with 5ms response time as well as ultrafast refresh rate allow you to react instantly to the game action.
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