The Bottom Line
Jul 10 2012 - ASUS has shrunk their 17-inch gaming laptop down with the latest G75VW version. They did this while keeping the performance still very high and prices very reasonable. The quad core Ivy Bridge processor, NVIDIA Kepler graphics and the excellent matte finish 17.3-inch display all add up to a superb gaming experience. Of course, the laptop is still on the very large and heavy side. The most affordable versions also sacrifice storage space and performance to keep their prices reasonable which can put them at a disadvantage compared to some similarly priced 17-inch gaming laptops when it comes to data access times.
- Excellent 3D Graphics
- Nice High Resolution Matte Screen
- Four USB 3.0 Ports
- Very Large And Heavy
- Hard Drive Size And Performance Could Be Better
- Intel Core i7-3610QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 12GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M Dedicated Graphics With 3GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 3.0, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.3" x 12.6" x 2" @ 8.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - ASUS G75VW-NS71
Jul 10 2012 - The latest version of the ASUS Republic of Gamers 17-inch laptops has surprisingly slimmed down a bit from the past G74 version. The laptop hinge now measures just 2 inches instead of the huge 2.4 inches and it is a tad bit lighter at just under nine pounds. This still makes it very heavy compared to most 17-inch laptops and it still is larger than the fairly comparable Alienware M17x. The keyboard design is still laid out with nice spacing and good travel along with its backlight. The trackpad is sizable and centered on the keyboard rather than the palmrest but most gamers will probably use an external mouse.
The heart of the new ASUS G75VW-NS71 is the new Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3610QM quad core processor. While there are going to be faster quad core mobile processors, this is more than sufficient for the purpose of the laptop which is gaming. The processor is combined with an amazing 12GB of DDR3 memory which provides it with a smooth overall experience in even the most demanding of applications such as desktop video. It is highly unlikely that users will even really need to upgrade the memory but there are four total memory slots available unlike most laptops two. It should be noted that only two of these are really easily accessible by consumers.
With such a heavy emphasis on performance, the storage is one area that is fairly disappointing for the G75VW-NS71. While this is one of the most affordable versions, the storage was obviously the area they decided to save some money. It has space for multiple drives but uses just a single 500GB hard drive. This provides it with some meager storage space and less than ideal performance for gaming. Sure, the drive spins at 7200rpm which is better than most consumer systems that tend to use slower 5400rpm rate drives but it is slow in comparison to those that utilize a solid state drive for storage or as a caching mechanism. If you do need more space and don't want to install a drive internally, it comes with an amazing four USB 3.0 ports which is twice what the average laptop comes with. A dual layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media but this is becoming less critical with the rise of digital software distribution.
Since the focus of the ASUS G75VW is gaming, the display and graphics are major components. The display uses the standard 17.3-inch panel found on most laptops of this size and features the 1920x1080 native resolution for full 1080p video and gaming support. Rather than a glossy coating on many consumer laptops, it uses a matte finish which is great for those using the laptops outdoors or in lighting conditions that cause glare or reflections. The graphics are powered by the new Kepler based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics with an amazing 3GB of memory. This allows it to play all the modern games at the full display resolution without a problem. Some of the more demanding games may be restricted on the levels of filters but overall it is an amazing gaming experience. Of course, if you are looking to accelerate more than 3D graphics, it also does a great job there as well.
For the battery, ASUS includes an above average 74WHr capacity rated pack with the G75VW. The only real downside is that this is a very power hungry system which means that it doesn't really get much extra running time, especially if used for gaming away from a power outlet. In video playback testing, it last just over two and a quarter hours before going into standby. This is well below most standard 17-inch laptops but actually a bit better than average for a laptop this focused on gaming and performance.
With a price tag of just under $1500, the ASUS G75VW-NS71 is certainly not the most affordable of laptops but for one so geared for gaming, this is actually quite a good price. There are a few less expensive options on the market from the likes of CyberPower, iBUYPOWER but each of those offers a less detailed screen, less memory but each is certainly more affordable. Alienware's updated M17x is priced competitively but sacrifices graphics performance for a few more peripheral ports.