A premium notebook with a premium price tag, the ASUS ROG GX700 is for gamers who want the best possible notebook gaming experience.
I/O Ports 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1, 1x HDMI, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x Thunderbolt port, 1x RJ45 LAN, 1x SD card reader, 1x audio combo jack, 1x Mic-in, 1x Headphone-out // Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 // Battery 6-cell (93 Whrs) // Power Output 19V DC, 9.5A, 180W / 19.5V DC, 16.9A, 330W // Dimensions 429 (W) x 309 (D) x 33~35 (H) mm // Weight 3.6kg (w/ battery), 4.8kg (w/ Thermal Dock) // Contact ECS Astar Sdn Bhd / Build Technology Sdn Bhd // Telephone (03) 6286 8222 / (03) 7955 3699 // URL my.asus.com The liquid-cooling allows the desktop GPU to run at its full specifications, effectively removing the speed throttling in place when the notebook is undocked.
But the GPU isn’t solely responsible for the performance boost though. Docking the notebook also automatically overclocks the CPU quite aggressively. The multiplier is increased to 40 for a maximum Turbo speed of 4.0GHz – a huge boost over the default 2.7GHz base frequency.
When it came to monitoring operating temperatures, it was the GPU that registered the largest drop (71°C vs 62°C). On the other hand, the CPU displayed a more modest drop from 91°C to 85°C when moving to the dock. The latter figure is actually still higher than the 80°C we noted on the Intel Core i7-6700K in the ROG G752, but the difference can probably be attributed to the higher overclocked speeds on the GX700.
ASUS has included all the ports and connectors that you would possibly need on this notebook. On the left are two USB 3.0 ports, a microphone jack, a headphone jack and an SD card reader. On the other side, there is another USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a Mini DisplayPort, a Thunderbolt 3 port and a separate USB 3.1 Type-C port. There’s even space for a Gigabit Ethernet jack, something serious players of multiplayer online games will appreciate.
The backlit keyboard provides a generous 19mm of travel, which makes for a fairly pleasant and tactile typing experience. Five configurable macro keys are located in the top left, so you can bind custom functions to them. There’s even a shortcut key to launch XSplit Gamecaster, an app for recording and streaming your gameplay. Clearly, ASUS is doing everything it can to please even the most demanding of gamers.
We were also impressed by how thin the notebook was. At just 38.5mm thick, it is much thinner than the less powerful ROG G752, which is a hefty 51mm thick. It weighs 3.6kg, almost a kilogram lighter than the 4.4kg ROG G752, so it is also slightly more mobile. Of course, lackluster battery life is expected of a notebook of this size and class. The GX700 lasted over two hours in our battery life tests, which consisted of a mix of realworld applications and usage scenarios in PCMark Home. The GX700 may be quite easy to cart around for a 17.3-inch laptop, but you’re not going to be able to spend too long away from a power outlet.
With all that said and done, the GX700 is a premium, luxury product through and through. It’s not likely something you’d go out and buy on a whim. Perhaps it’s worth just stepping back and marvel at what ASUS has created.
There are dedicated Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Type-C ports.