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Look và feel

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In a world where most notebooks strive to get thinner and lighter, 17-inch gaming laptops stand out like the sorest of thumbs. Thiông xã, heavy chassis and enormous screens almost make them a parody of portable computing. It"s a necessity, of course, but it"s also a shame -- few gaming rigs embrace their kích cỡ as a means of standing out. Fortunately, ASUS" ROG G751 does, owning its gargantuan frame by taking liberties with the standard tropes of máy tính xách tay design. Even at a glance, you can tell it"s a little different: Instead of placing its screen hinge on the far edge of the machine"s base, the Laptop Asus G751 pivots its screen a few inches away from that edge. This leaves a distinctive, large "brick" jutting out from behind the laptop"s open lid.

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This look is typical of ASUS" heaviest gaming machines, but it"s more than just visual flair -- it"s a surprisingly well-thought-out thiết kế. Not only does moving the screen closer lớn the user make the máy vi tính seem a little less large while it"s being used, but it also gives the machine an isolated area to lớn vent heat away from the user. It"s a unique kiến thiết, & it gives the rest of the machine"s chassis license lớn be fairly subtle by comparison. The ledge and lid have a few brushed-metal accents và the vents are flared with red paint that lends them a sort of "jet intake" look, but the rest of the machine is covered in a matte, almost soft finish. It"s nice.

Looking for connections? There are plenty on the G751: two USB 3.0 ports, a đồ họa connector, three audio jacks, Ethernet, HDXiaoMI & even a Thunderbolt port can be found on the machine"s right edge. Two additional USB 3.0 connectors are arranged on the left side, as are the rig"s optical drive sầu (a Blu-ray burner) and SD/MMC card reader. Although "huge and heavy" are expected from 17-inch gaming notebooks, I"d be remiss not lớn mention the GT751"s measurements, so here they are: 16.4 x 12.5 x 1.7 inches (length, width & thickness) and a total weight of 8.5 pounds. While I can"t fault a single inch of that frame for poor build chất lượng, it is an admittedly (and unsurprisingly) cumbersome máy tính xách tay.

Keyboard & trackpad

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The ROG"s island-style keyboard doesn"t look lượt thích much at a glance, but spkết thúc a little time with it & you"ll find it littered with subtle tweaks designed specifically for PC gamers. Mostly, it"s little things: an extra layer of red coloring running around the edges of the W, A, S và D keys, for instance, or the small, tactile "bump" on the W key khổng lồ help players find it without looking down. There are a few custom keys, though -- including three programmable macro keys (labeled m1, mét vuông and m3) và specific buttons to launch NVIDIA GeForce Experience, Steam and ASUS" own "gaming center" menu (more on that later).

While none of these are unwelcome, they"re also not really necessary: the GeForce Experience button seems to merely replicate the program"s own screen-capture hotkey functionality, and the Steam button simply launches Big Picture mode in a few less clicks than using the mouse would. They don"t take up any extra space, at least. The keys themselves are a general delight, falling 2.5mm with each depression và featuring just enough tactile resistance lớn feel satisfying. If you need a little more flair beyond the keycaps" red lettering, you can always hit fn+f4 khổng lồ activate a dark red backlight.

I couldn"t find anything wrong with the machine"s trackpad, either -- the ROG"s mouse surface is large, responsive sầu và quite apt at handling multi-finger gestures. Better still, the unique of its buttons match the keyboard"s fine balance between tactile resistance và a soft landing depression. The buttons aren"t at all stiff or clicky. It almost feels like the machine"s entire suite of inputs has been broken in beforehvà, but not worn out in the slightest. There"s nothing to lớn complain about, và that"s more than I expect from most máy vi tính keyboard & mouse setups.

Display and audio

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The ROG"s 17.3-inch IPS display hits all the right notes: It"s large, bright and has exceptionally wide viewing angles. At a glance, it"s not the most vibrant display I"ve ever seen, but ASUS has included tools lớn tweak that. Tapping the ROG button offers easy access lớn the machine"s "Splendid Technology" display tool, which offers three mặc định color profiles and a slider for manual adjustments. All in all, it"s a solid, well-balanced screen và its anti-glare matte finish doesn"t hurt either.

Few gaming machines skimp on visual fidelity, but audio is another matter -- I"ve sầu encountered so many laptops with subpar speakers that I"ve come to expect it. When I couldn"t find visible evidence of the ROG"s speakers, I was worried audio would be the laptop"s cardinal sin. It is, but it"s not that bad. While the machine"s stereo speakers are clear & loud enough to fill a small room, they"re also a bit tinny, và can even sound muffled if the PC"s MaxxAudio equalizer program is ticked to the wrong setting. They"re passable, but they can"t compete with your gaming headphối. Par for the course, really.

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I did eventually find the speakers, by the way: They"re hiding on either side of the screen"s hinging mechanism, visibly obscured by the laptop"s display itself. While this struông chồng me as odd at first, I soon realized it"s another tip lớn the G751"s thoughtful design: By leaning the speakers against this hidden ledge, ASUS is able lớn point them directly at the user. Most máy tính xách tay speakers push sound up from the machine"s flat base, but I found this horizontal configuration to be a nice change.

Performance và battery life

PCMark7PCMark Vantage3DMark063DMark11ATTO (top disk speeds)
ASUS ROG G751 (2.5GHz Chip Core i7-4710HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 980M 4GB)6,19123,86129,752

E14,516 / P11,304 / X4,304

1.06 GB/s (reads); 775 MB/s (writes)
GT70 Dominator (2.7GHz Vi xử lý Core i7-4800MQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 880M 8GB)6,30823,43127,775

E11,433 / P8,344 / X2,877

1.4 GB/s (reads); 498 MB/s (writes)
Razer Blade 14-inch (2.2GHz Chip Core i7-4702HQ, NVIDIA GTX 870M 3GB)5,66419,99424,255

E9,533 / P6,541 / X2,236

542 MB/s (reads); 257 MB/s (writes)
MSI GS60 Ghost (2.4GHz Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GTX 860M 2GB)5,90922,60222,898

E7,908, / P5,152 / X1,519

537 MB/s (reads); 495 MB/s (writes)
Alienware 14 (2.4GHz Core i7-4700MQ, NVIDIA GTX 765M 2GB)5,31021,50220,868

E6,529 / P4,211

507 MB/s (reads); 418 MB/s (writes)
Alienware 17 (2.7GHz Core i7-4800MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB)5,64722,11427,137

E10,638 / P7,246

509 MB/s (reads); 4đôi mươi MB/s (writes)
MSI GT70 Dragon Edition (2013) (2.4GHz Chip Core i7-4700MQ, GeForce GTX 780M)6,111đôi mươi,250N/A

E10,519 / P7,416

1.19 GB/s (reads); 806 MB/s (writes)
Samsung Series 7 Gamer (2.30GHz Core i7-3610QM, GeForce GTX 675M)N/A11,51521,131

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Okay, we"ve established that the ROG G751"s exterior trappings are pretty nice -- but what"s on the inside? A veritable cornucopia of silicon goodies, including a 2.5Ghz Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU, NVIDIA"s new GeForce GTX 980M graphics processor, a 256GB SSD paired with a full terabyte of HDD storage and 24GB of DDR3 RAM. With specifications like that, it"s hard khổng lồ expect anything but top-tier performance and, well, I got it.

ASUS" new kit handled some of my heaviest-hitting games with aplomb, clocking a solid 50 frames-per-second average in Crysis 3 on maximum settings and a healthy 41 fps in The Witcher 2 with Ubersampling enabled (that jumped to lớn 93 fps with the feature disabled). Large-scale action brawlers lượt thích Ryse and Shadow of Mordor held svào at 60 fps as well, though the former title can dip as low as 30 and 20 fps with supersampling dialed lớn max. Battlefield 4 easily eclipsed 100 fps, depending on the map, as did Alien: Isolation & BioShock: Infinite. The only game in my library that made the Laptop Asus G751 groan at all was Metro: Last Light Redux, and only when I dialed SSAA to 4x. Turn that setting down to a more modest màn chơi and the game could run anywhere from 60 fps (SSAA 2x) lớn beyond 100 fps (SSAA disabled).

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Gauging battery life in high-performance gaming laptops requires a very special kind of perspective: With very few exceptions, these machines rarely last more than four hours in even the best scenarquả táo. The Laptop Asus G751 is merely average in this regard -- mbachulski.com"s standard battery kiểm tra (a standard-definition video clip looped endlessly at a fixed brightness) exhausted it in three hours and 40 minutes. Objectively, that"s almost a good run for a machine of its caliber, but when you consider the fact that MSI"s 2013 GT70 Dragon Edition & Razer"s two most recent Blade laptops lasted almost an hour longer, it feels like a step backward.

Battery life

ASUS ROG G7513:40
Razer Blade 14-inch6:24
MSI GT70 Dragon Edition4:34
Razer Blade (2014)4:27
Razer Edge Pro3:40
Razer Blade 2.03:29
MSI GT70 Dominator (2014)3:21
MSI GS60 Ghost3:13
Alienware 143:07
Alienware 172:55
Digital Storm Veloce2:53
Samsung Series 7 Gamer2:11

Still, there"s a silver lining -- gaming rigs may not be making heavy strides in general-use longevity, but they are starting khổng lồ last a little longer while playing actual games. NVIDIA"s Battery Boost feature (a special mode that limits game frame rates và voltage levels to lớn extkết thúc battery life) ran a GeForce Experience-configured session of Borderlands 2 for a full hour và a half before giving in. The same test, with the same game, configured to lớn the same graphics settings with Battery Boost disabled? Only 59 minutes. That"s not a huge leap forward, but at least it"s progress.

Unfortunately, I wasn"t able to test all of Maxwell"s lademo features on the ROG Laptop G751 -- notebook-friendly technologies lượt thích Dynamic Super Resolution và Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing haven"t been enabled for NVIDIA"s Smartphone chipmix yet. The company tells me an update will change this in the near future, however, & that the GTX 980M inside the ASUS" latest flagship is compatible with both. Not familiar? Here"s the skinny: Dynamic Super Resolution (or DSR) will let the machine run games at a higher internal resolution than the laptop"s monitor can natively display, increasing visual fidelity in games you"re already running at maximum settings. The new anti-aliasing trichồng, on the other hand, will provide the same graphical upgrades as modern AA techniques, but with less of an impact on your frame rate. They both sound lượt thích great features for laptops, but sadly, they aren"t ready yet.

Software

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The G751 comes with an odd assortment of necessary, unnecessary, useful và completely redundant tools, almost all of which bear some sort of ASUS or ROG branding. The aforementioned ASUS Gaming Center (the one that has a dedicated keyboard button) acts as a trang chủ screen for the laptop"s most useful software pack-ins: the ROG Audio Wizard, MacroKey & ASUS" Splendid Display manager. These programs let the user tweak audio, keyboard and display settings, respectively, và all complement the G751"s hardware in some way. The Gaming Center also has a protệp tin manager that lets the user create different preconfigured mixes of audio & display settings.

Other tools are less necessary, but still somewhat useful. ROG GameFirst III, for instance, monitors và manages network traffic. Want khổng lồ see what programs use the most data? You can find out here. It also prioritizes bandwidth by program, allowing the user lớn give their favorite games or apps a larger cốt truyện of their tải về tốc độ at will. There"s also an application that disables USB charging if the battery dips below a certain cấp độ -- not a hindrance, but not a feature I would have missed if it weren"t present. Finally, there are a couple programs I could do without: ASUS LiveUpdate, which seems to mirror WIndows" own update tool with an ASUS logo, and ASUS Screen Saver ...which just sets your PC"s screen saver khổng lồ a noisy và flashy advertisement for the laptop you"re already using. Pointless, weird and annoying.

Configuration options & the competition

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Like the look of those performance tests, but still want more? That can be done. The $2,499 unit ASUS lent me can be upgraded for an additional $500, converting its Hãng sản xuất Intel Vi xử lý Core i7-4710HQ CPU to lớn an i7-4860HQ và increasing its allotment of DDR3 RAM khổng lồ a full 32GB. Both machines feature the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4GB GDDR5), but the higher-end machine (officially labeled as the G751JY-DH72X) has a little more storage space: a larger 512GB SSD paired with the same 1TB hard drive sầu.

The Laptop G751 can be had in three lower-kết thúc specifications too (officially numbered the G751JT DH72, TH71 & CH71) -- all of which feature Intel"s bộ vi xử lý Core i7-4710HQ CPU and NVIDIA"s second-best notebook GPU: the GeForce GTX 970M (3GB GDDR5). These machines are mostly separated by RAM và storage configuration. The bottom-dollar unit, the $1,499 CH71, comes with 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB HDD và a DVD multi-drive sầu. Tack on an additional $150 (for the TH71), & you"ll walk away with twice the RAM và a Blu-ray reader. The most expensive of the lower tier (the DH72) is kind of an odd machine, & also the worst value: Priced at $1,899, it"s identical to lớn ASUS" cheapest configuration in every respect, save sầu one: a 256GB SSD. While it"s true that an SSD always gives a machine a bit of pep, $400 is a pretty big premium for a boot drive sầu.

ASUS wasn"t the only laptop manufacturer to embrace NVIDIA"s Maxwell architecture, of course: Machines of comparable power (và just as many configurations) can be had from most of the usual suspects. MSI"s GT72, for instance, can be built lớn match our Đánh Giá unit for $2,650. Too thiông xã & too expensive? Try MSI"s upgraded GS60 Ghost: It packs an Hãng Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU, GTX GeForce 970M graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD into a slim 0.78-inch frame for $1,999.

If you"re willing khổng lồ delve inlớn less-mainstream brands, there are even more options. Maingear"s Nomad 17 can be had with either the GTX GeForce 970M or 980M, starting at $2,099 and $2,399, respectively -- but both can be kitted out with various upgrades that can raise that price by several thousand dollars. AVADirect offers a customizable máy tính with high-kết thúc components too, a Clevo P150SM-A machine that can cost anywhere from $1,600 to lớn $3,600, depending on how you want khổng lồ build it. Still, choosing from an offbeat manufacture can bear powerful fruit: Both the Gigabyte Aorus X7 Pro ($2,599) and Digital Storm"s Behemoth máy tính xách tay ($2,704 lớn 4,021) offers Maxwell GPUs (the 970M & 980M, respectively) in dual-chip SLI configurations. The extra power may cost you more than just cash, however -- NVIDIA"s Battery Boost feature won"t work with SLI enabled.

Wrap-up

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Finding a machine with top-tier specs, screaming performance và a screen big enough lớn make you think twice about using an external monitor is easy -- but not every high-performance gaming rig is a good máy tính xách tay.

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That takes smart thiết kế choices, great build quality and attention lớn detail; all things ASUS" lachạy thử ROG flagship has in spades. The G751"s unique design, excellent keyboard & mouse buttons and sturdy build are what make it stand out from the competition, though admittedly, screaming performance doesn"t hurt either.


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