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Despite a slick aluminum lid that Asus claims was inspired by an F-22 fighter plane, the ROG GL552 doesn't look as sleek as some of its competitors. At 15.1 x 10.1 x 1.3 inches, the system is a little chunkier than similar 15-inch gaming notebooks, such as the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition (15.4 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches) and Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 (15.1 x 10.4 x 1 inches). However, weighing 5.6 pounds, the GL 552 sits between the lighter 5.1-pound Acer and the heavier 5.9-pound Dell.Inside, Asus added some silver patterning, which helps bring a little flair to the GL552's black metal deck, along with the sinister red backlighting. The detailing on the left vent helps reinforce the GL552's red-and-black color scheme, and is also a good reminder to keep your hands and legs away from that area, which can get pretty hot.Unfortunately, like grungy black sneakers on a gymnasium floor, the Asus GL552's rubber feet leave streaks on any surface. So try to prevent dragging it across tables and desks.
The ROG GL55s's keyboard oozes sinister red light and features an extra band of red highlights along the bottom of the W, A, S and D keys. Typing on the black plastic keys felt snappy, thanks to a pretty standard actuation weight of 60 grams and typical 1.87mm of key travel. Asus also managed to squeeze a 10-key numpad on the right side of the keyboard, but since space is at a premium, the keys on the numpad have been shrunk to about half size.
The GL552's 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen delights with great accuracy, spot-on colors and top-tier brightness. It makes both gaming and watching movies a pleasure, and since the non-touch screen also features a matte coating, you're never forced to stare back at your own reflection. When I watched the trailer for The Nice Guys, the GL552's display nailed Russell Crowe's turquoise blue suit in a way that screamed 1970s even louder than the teaser's retro font.
|Processor Type||Core i7|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Internal Memory (RAM)||No|
|Memory Clock Speed||No|
|Supported Memory Types||No|
|Memory Layout (Modules X Size)||No|
|Front Camera Megapixel||No|
|Hard Drive Capacity||No|
|Solid State Drive Capacity||No|
|Graphics Memory Bus||No|
|Graphics Processor Cores||No|
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