Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Asus G75VW (Core i7 3610QM Processor 2.3GHz, 12GB RAM)

When it comes to gaming laptops, most people think of Alienware and Origin as the prime providers of high-end, high-performance, high-cost PC hardware. There are other players in the field, however: Asus has made its own gaming laptop under the "Republic of Gamers" brand for years.

Next-generation Intel processors are always seen first in higher-end laptops, and true to form, the Asus G75VW-AS71 incorporates a quad-core third-gen Core i7 processor and upgraded Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics, a big upgrade from the Asus G74SX-A2 CNET reviewed at the end of last year.

While the internal specs are upgraded, the body is largely the same: A heavy 17.3-inch black laptop that's as far from portable as a laptop could be, although its clever angles and matte finish hide a lot of its bulk from casual view. While it may not seem so, the G75VW is actually lighter and thinner than last year's G74, too

The Asus G75VW-AS71 is a new set of processors in a slightly thinned-down gaming laptop box. The result is better than ever, but the price you're paying is still really high, even if it's less than half the price of stacked gaming rigs. If you value top-notch specs over any sort of portability, the G75VW could be your dream machine.

At US$1,499, the Asus G75VW-AS71 is a far more affordable laptop than most Alienware gaming rigs, or the through-the-roof Origin EON17-S. It's also less powerful. However, it's more than capable of playing mainstream games very well. It's hard to call it a bargain, but with all that this gaming laptop brings to the table, that might be the best description we can think of.


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