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We Took The Monstrous GX700VO With Us Overseas (And We Didn’t Regret It)

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Can the GX700VO be used as a regular notebook?

So a few days ago we got our grubby mitts on ASUS’ new Republic of Gamers GX700VO, the first ever water-cooled notebook in the world. While a lot of people were impressed by the beast, many of you expressed your doubts if this particular monster could be used as a notebook. Well, we decided to put that to the test – we took it along with us to our trip to Cherry Mobile’s Shenzen factory, and was our notebook for three days pumping out stories on the go.

ASUS ROG GX700VO specs

  • Intel quad-core Core 2.7GHz i7-6820HK
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 GPU, 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM
  • 64GB of RAM
  • 17.3-inch full HD IPS display, 1920 x 1200 resolution
  • 1TB of storage
  • HD web camera
  • 802.11 ac, 3 USB 3.0, 1 USB Type-C, 1 mini Display Port, 1 HDMI port, 1 Thunderbolt port
  • 3.6 kilos without the dock

IMG_20160125_174210First things first. We only brought the base unit with us, because obviously we’re not crazy enough to bring the whole kit and kaboodle with us since the water cooler and the notebook weigh a combined 10 kilos give or take. Since our rickety old back can’t take that weight, we just decided to bring the notebook – all 3.6 kilos of glorious PC gaming power.

The notebook is heavy, but to be honest, we’ve carried around heavier notebooks before. It barely fit in our travel backpack, but once you get used to the weight, it’s not too bad. You will want to leave this in your hotel room before you go exploring though.

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It’s not the best work notebook, but it’ll do

As a notebook, it’s not bad at all. Despite its size and power it has enough juice for around 2 hours of use unplugged give or take. That number drops a little bit more when you’re trying to game on the go. While the notebook has a desktop-grade GTX 980 processor inside of it, when not attached to the dock the notebook drops the performance down to GTX 980M levels. That’s as far as the throttling goes though – the GX700VO is capable of running games at glorious 60FPS even unplugged. We had a great time with Project Cars, however brief our unplugged gaming session went. We recommend you plugging in the beast before gaming though, so you don’t get rudely taken out of the experience when the notebook dies.

Overall we wouldn’t recommend using the GX700VO as a notebook for work or when you have to travel, but if you do manage to afford it (we don’t know how much it is but it’ll be expensive, trust us) it’s good to know you have the option to. Just make sure you bring a large bag and your back is up to it.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

3 Comments

  1. This guy didn’t mention(or know) that Optimus Technology doesn’t work with these kinds of notebook. Obviously, it won’t give you impressive battery life even though the CPU is very energy-efficient. Why use it as a regular notebook? O_o

    1. As far as I know, it doesn’t have that “Optimus Technology” you’re talking about. Simply because it is packed with a GTX 980 not a GTX 980M those GPU’s are very different sir.

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