It has been months since I last updated this blog. A lot, and I mean A LOT of things has been happening. I wanted to document them all in this blog but I never got around to it.
In May, I’ve been busy going back and forth to KL-Ipoh doing Ramadan buffet reviews. June was already Ramadan then Hari Raya. July I’ve been sick and also busy taking care of my sick uncle and also busy with other things.
Another thing is that my laptop has been slowly dying. It has been in critical condition for more than a year. If I could send it to the hospital, it would be in ICU depending on life support. It takes 30 minutes to even boot up. Imagine how long it takes to do each tasks.
My first ever laptop was the Acer Aspire 5920G that my mom bought for me back in December 2007. That laptop helped me survive college and internship and served me for 3+ years before my cat pee’d on the screen and ruined it completely.
My 2nd laptop was the Acer Timeline X 4830TG that I bought on April 15th, 2011 during KL’s PC Fair. Remember the fair that everybody loved held 3 times a year? Yeah, whatever happened to it? Anyways, this was just an okay laptop. Inexpensive. I wanted it just for blogging because at that time, I had just bought a new iMac. The laptop was light and thin but not powerful enough for heavy usage. The laptop served me for 6+ years. Holy shit. No wonder it’s dying. I still use it to watch Youtube and Netflix, though.
Thing is, I’ve been wishing for a new laptop with a better and higher specs for years so I could do my video & graphic editing and blogging on the go. You have no idea how hard I’ve tried to get a new laptop for the past year but eh, I haven’t had any luck and I don’t want to go further into it. But exactly 3 weeks ago, on July 31st, I got a new laptop!
Finally. T_T My wish came true. Not gonna lie, I’m still in shock.
It’s an ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD gaming laptop.
It cost RM5099.
I’ve been using Acer for like 10 years now and I want to switch to something else. I’ve always wanted an Alienware. That thing is super pretty and all but it’s also super expensive, super bulky, and super heavy. I wanted a laptop that’s light and thin enough for me to bring along anywhere but with specs high enough for me to do photo and video editing on-the-go without any lag.
I found one (ASUS Zenbook 3) but holy shit, that thing cost more than RM7k. It doesn’t even have a good graphic card. If I could afford that price, I’m better off with a Macbook Pro instead.
Then I found ROG Strix GL553VD. The aesthetic aspect of it caught my eyes and it was love at first sight. Not gonna lie, the RGB keyboard was the selling point for me. Love me some rainbow-colored keyboard. Okay, not exactly rainbow but it’s colorful.
The price tag is currently way higher than the budget I initially had but unfortunately, you can’t get a gaming laptop with good specs below RM5k. When I say ‘gaming laptop‘, I didn’t mean I want it for gaming but gaming laptops have good enough specs to do editing.
I wanted to buy it from a store at IT Mall Klebang Ipoh but I was surprised they told me I’d be buying the display set.
I wanted to wait for I.T. Fair held at AEON Big Falim Ipoh (Aug 4th-6th) which would be held on the same week but I guess I couldn’t wait. They also said there wouldn’t be any new stocks there. Well. They lied. They even had the new model of the msi laptop (pic below) for cheaper price but not when I was at the store.
I ended up buying it at a computer store in Ipoh Parade. At least they have a new stock and not display stock. Didn’t bother to wait for the IT fair.
When I went to the store for the first time to survey laptops, I suddenly saw this msi laptop and it has RGB keyboard. I was in dilemma again.
The msi laptop I saw at IT Mall Klebang was a different model. It had no RGB keyboard but this one does. But they did have this model at the IT Fair @ AEON Big Falim (RM5099).
But Ipoh Parade outlet had an interesting offer – a free gaming chair!
It cost about RM400 extra than the ROG Strix. 🙁 This was before the IT fair with cheaper price. I guess the extra cost is actually the cost of the gaming chair. I really wanted it until I tested the speakers. It sucked. Could barely hear anything. ROG is way better.
I also did not like the feel of the touchpad. It feels a bit rough. I prefer the ROG’s smooth touchpad. Everything else is very similar to ROG Strix except it has 256GB SSD and Windows 10 Pro. Its chassis/panel is better built as well compared to the plastic feel of the ROG Strix.
But the speakers was the deal breaker. To some people that might not be a big deal. Using a headset will solve the problem. But I don’t wear headset all the time. Most of the time I use the speakers. So that volume issue will bother me and I will regret it. Big time.
My laptop in the box, along with my free headset and wireless Bluetooth mouse, both by Alcatroz.
I super love the mouse. Not only it’s so pretty with the colors, but it’s very convenient because it’s chargeable. With every charge, it can last about 40 hours. I’m so glad I don’t have to deal with batteries. There’s no more dangling cable either (except when charging).
On the packaging, the price tag for the gaming mouse is about RM50. Headphone is about RM80.
Tadaa. My new baby fresh out of the box.
- Intel® Core™ i7 7700HQ Processor
- Windows 10 Home Single Language
- Intel® HM175 Express Chipset
- 8 GB SDRAM
- 15.6″ (16:9) LED backlit FHD (1920×1080) 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 , with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
1TB 5400RPM SSH
Solid State Drives:
128GB SATA3 SSD
- Super-Multi DVD Optical Drive
- Illuminated Chicklet keyboard with isolated Num key (4-area RGB lighting)
- Card Reader
HD Web Camera
- Interface :
1 x Type C
2 x Type A USB3.0
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
4 Cells Battery
- Power Adapter :
Plug Type :ø5.5 (mm)
19 V DC, 6.32 A, 120 W
- Dimensions : 383 x 255 x 30 mm (WxDxH)
- Weight: 2.5 kg
There’s quite a number of bloatware in it so the IT guy helped me delete them all. Deleted some more than I got home. There are still a lot of junks in it but I’ll deal with that soon.
It’s so nice to be able to use a laptop now without all the frustrations and desire to throw it into the deep sea.
The ASUS ROG Strix also comes with the bag. It’s alright. I’m just happy the bag is in my favorite color – black and red.
I seriously hate the matte panel because anything matte is a massive finger prints magnet. It annoys me so much that my laptop, under certain lighting, is laden with my own finger print patterns all over. I might have to carry a bottle of cleaner and soft cloth every where I go and constantly clean it like a crazy germophobe.
Battery doesn’t last long but that’s expected. It also doesn’t show as fully charged when it’s plugged in. It’s always like 97%, or 95% etc but rarely 100%. I find that odd.
It’s kinda heavy but that’s expected also. It’s actually not as bad as I had expected, though. My old laptop was 13″ and thinner so it was slightly lighter. However, the ROG Strix is slightly lighter than my first laptop which was a 15.4″ Acer. I used to carry that beast every day to college, internship place, everywhere where I had to do group assignments, and it was hell.
It doesn’t have a microphone jack. It does have a built-in mic but if you need to use an external microphone, you need to buy an additional adapter.
Only 128GB SSD when msi had 256GB SSD with the same price tag.
I don’t like the vent (where heat comes out) at the left side next to the charging cable port. That’s the same design as my 1st Acer laptop and when it got too hot, the area melted. In this aspect, the msi is better because the heat comes out from the back and it also has a special feature where you can turn on the fan for extra fast cooling. I really loved that feature.
That’s all I can think of at the moment.
I hope that from now on, I’m able to update more often and be more productive. I still have a lot of catching up to do so bear with me.