The Bottom Line
Feb 26 2014 - Affordable mobile gaming has always been kind of a hard thing to pull off. ASUS has a history of relatively affordable options thanks to its G series and the ROG G750JW continues that by producing a solid gaming system for around $1200. Solid is an appropriate description also of its size and weight as this is not a compact system meant for portability and that's its biggest drawback. Sure, it performs well, with low noise outside of the optical drive but there is still room for improvement. Thankfully, some of that can be done by users which isn't something that can be said of many other 17-inch laptops.
- Well Priced
- Good Performance
- Easy To Add SSD For Upgrading Performance
- Extremely Large and Heavy For Performance
- Screen Had Very Narrow Viewing Angles
- Only Supports 2.4GHz WiFi Spectrum
- Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 12GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Dual-Layer DVD Burner
- 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB GDDR5 Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 3.0, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Slot
- 16.1" x 12.5" x 2" @ 9.9 lbs.
- Windows 8
Review - ASUS ROG G750JW-NH71
Feb 26 2014 - The ASUS G series of laptops have been known for some time for their solid values when it comes to gaming performance. The ROG G750JW-NH71 builds on this tradition with its all black design that mixes aluminum, soft touch and glossy plastic across the surfaces. The design is very sleek and does managed to get a bit thinner than previous models but it still is nearly two inches thick. The big problem is the weight that is just below ten pounds without the power adapter. This makes the system much less portable than other offerings on the market that have managed to slim down more. This does have the added benefit of more space inside for so potential upgrades.
Powering the ASUS ROG G750JW-NH71 is the Intel Core i7-4700HQ quad core mobile processor. This provides it with a solid overall level of performance whether the system is used for gaming or demanding tasks like desktop video. It is essentially identical to the i7-4700MQ used by many other systems but it provides virtualization technology that can be beneficial to some users that might want to run multiple operating systems concurrently.. The processor is matched up with 12GB of DDR3 memory that provides for a smooth overall experience in Windows.
Storage for the ROG G750JW-NH71 still relies on the traditional hard drive rather than on solid state drives. While the 750GB of storage space provides it with a good amount of storage space for applications, data and media files, the performance just falls short of so many competitors that have some form of SSD drives. Whether it is loading up Windows or a program, it is noticeably slower. The good part is that the system features two easy access panels for standard 2.5-inch drives. This means it is fairly easy for buyer's to add an aftermarket SSD into the system, reconfigure the operating system and boost the performance. If you need additional space, there are four USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external drives. The system does keep a dual-layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
Since the laptop is designed for gaming, the display panel is more about speed than high quality and as a result uses a TN based panel. This does reduce the viewing angles quite a bit compared to an IPS based panel but the responsiveness provides a smoother image with fast moving video. There is a nice matte coating that helps reduce glare but outdoor use is still limited without pushing the brightness to full levels. It features your standard 1920x1080 native resolution which is typical of most 17-inch laptops. Driving the graphics of the ROG G750JW is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics processor. This provides the system with solid frame rates at the native resolution for many games. Some of the more demanding games will require that the detail level be turned down to keep the frame rates smooth. Of course, the graphics can also help accelerate programs beyond just gaming.
The keyboard design for the ROG G750JW uses the same isolated design that ASUS has been using for some time. It offers a decent level of comfort and accuracy but has a relatively narrow travel considering the bulk of the system. Absent from the layout are many additional media specific controls that you will find on many laptops of this size. There is a back light behind the keyboard. The trackpad is enormous in size such that you should expect to brush against it with your palms. Thankfully, it has decent accidental press detection to prevent it from getting in the way of typing. It supports Windows 8 gestures well and features dedicated buttons. Of course, most gamers will use an external mouse.
Much of the weight of the laptop can probably be attributed to the large 89WHr battery pack. This is larger than many of its competitors. In digital video playback testing, the system was able to go for just over four hours before shutting down. This is decent for such a large laptop. Do be aware that under heavy loads the battery life will be roughly half of this amount so expect to carry the power adapter and be near an AC outlet. Those looking for longevity in a large screen laptop will probably be looking at something like the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 but with its lower power processor and graphics is not suited for gaming.
Pricing for the ASUS ROG G750JW-NH71 is around $1200 which makes it very affordable for its level of performance. The primary competitors at this price point include the Acer V3 772G, Cyberpower Fangbook EVO HX7 and Toshiba Qosmio X75. The Acer is the closet in price but offers a much thinner and lighter platform that makes it more portable. It even features a small SSD for a slightly more responsive feel. The downside is that it skimps on a few features including a slightly less GTX 760M graphics processor and no back light. The Cyberpower system cost several hundred dollars more than the ASUS but offers faster 3D performance from its GTX 770M graphics processor. The downside is that it is significantly heavier and thicker than the already large ASUS. Finally, the Toshiba is similar to the Cyberpower by costing a bit more and providing the faster GTX 770M graphics. It is thinner and lighter than the ASUS though like the Acer.