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Asus G750JX review

A hefty laptop for gamers

Our Verdict

Overall, the Asus is a superb gaming laptop. With the Blu-ray drive, it betters the Alienware 17 (its top competitor), but both seem expensive compared to other options on the market. If you can afford it, this is a superb buy.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Dedicated graphics
  • 1TB of storage
  • Blu-ray drive
  • Good connectivity

Against

  • Heavy
  • No touchscreen for Windows 8
  • Battery life not great

When you buy a high-end gaming laptop like this, you're not only buying something that's physically large, you're also buying power - and a considerable amount of power at that.

The Asus G750JX boasts top-end components across the board, but nowhere more so than at its hugely capable heart - there's a Core i7-4700HQ processor on board from Intel in there. Launched mere months ago, this 2.4Ghz quad-core processor has plenty to offer gamers.

Gaming hub

Asus G750JX

We know this laptop is aimed at the gaming market rather than general power users, thanks to its branding. Atop that smooth touch-finish on the lid is a Republic of Gamers logo - a sub-brand invented by Asus back in 2008 to compete with Alienware in the PC market, as well as taking on other companies for motherboards, graphics cards and other hardware.

However, with the Asus logo front and centre on the lid and under the screen, this is an Asus laptop through and through. And that's no bad thing, since Asus has packed a lot of power in - enough to go head-to-head with the competing Alienware 17 laptop, which also retails at the same price as the Asus (with a variety of more powerful options available).

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm: 108,533, Cloud Gate: 14,821, Fire Strike 3,123
Cinebench - graphics performance: 59 FPS, CPU performance: 7 pts

PC Mark 8 battery Life (Home test): 4hrs 26mins

You don't get as many superfluous bells and whistles as you do with the Alienware machine - there's no control over what colour you have the keyboard backlight, for example. You do get that with Alienware, but what you also get is a more garish device. The Asus is far more subtler and could be used as a normal laptop when you're not taking advantage of its prowess with first-person shooters in your lunch hour.

Asus G750JX

That subtlety may mean that some view the Asus chassis as a little dull, but we liked it. It is not that portable, however, as it weighs in at a whopping 4.6kg. Moving between rooms is fine - but anything more and you'll need transport.

The 17.3-inch display is Full HD, so you won't be lacking in resolution and it has a terrific viewing angle (Asus quotes 140°). Although the laptop boasts Windows 8, the screen doesn't have the touch capability, meaning it's not the biggest exponent of the Windows 8 Start screen, Windows Store and touch-based Windows 8 apps. That's a limitation, but it's expected with such high-end displays at the moment.

The display is also backed up with Nvidia's latest GeForce GTX 770M mobile graphics processor, which offers 3GB of extra memory.

The 8GB of on-board memory is plenty, while in terms of storage, there are dual 500GB hard drives - this gives you around 1TB in total. That's an awful lot of storage, and you'll be hard pressed to fill it, despite the sizeable game downloads from services like Steam or Origin.

Extra features

Asus G750JX

As well as being one of the very best laptops for gaming, the G750JX also boasts a Blu-ray drive, meaning it's excellent for watching movies on disc as well as downloaded ones. The sound quality from this laptop is also terrific, and the audio output has a boost from Asus' own SonicMaster technology - this also makes a huge difference if you have headphones plugged into the unit.

We also liked the trackpad and found the backlit keyboard very responsive. It's even big enough for Asus to have also included a numerical keypad, too.

The battery life is actually reasonable for a device of this power - we clocked it at two hours and 59 minutes. Asus claims up to four hours with power saving techniques, but we feel this is unrealistic.

What did surprise us was how cool the laptop kept even at full-pelt. There was some heat generated, but this was offset by the large dual fans with rear vents - this means the noise and heat is kept behind the lid and away from you.

There are also other accoutrements you'd probably expect from such a device, like Gigabit Ethernet, an integrated webcam, card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and some USB 3.0 ports. Display connectivity is also plentiful, with VGA, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort.

Verdict

Overall, the Asus is a superb gaming laptop. With the Blu-ray drive, it betters the Alienware 17 (its top competitor), but both seem expensive compared to other options on the market. A high-end gaming laptop may be a step too far for your wallet. But, if you can afford it, this is a superb buy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
TouchscreenNo
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 770M, HD 4600
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyG750JX
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli7-4700HQ
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)4.80 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM87 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
3D Type3D Ready
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height50 mm
Width408.9 mm
Depth317.5 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG750JX
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelG750JX-T4099H
Product NameG750JX-T4099H Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberG750JX-T4099H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationGorgeous gaming power

G750 is even slimmer and more gamer-centric than previous G Series notebooks, which is saying a lot. It meets your gaming needs as the ultimate weapon in any gameplay genre, making you a better gamer and a mightier ally to your teammates.

Once more, the eye-catching design draws inspiration from stealth fighters, presenting an ergonomically-inclined surface for greater comfort during long gaming sessions. The screen offers wide viewing angles and supports NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ technology for action in the third dimension. To better keep in touch with your co-op partners and everyone else, there's an HD camera, while a range of exclusive accessories complete your gaming experiences for more thrills at home and away.

Maximum Memory32 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • G750JX-T4099H Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter