Asus G75VW-DH72 – Hands On Review
Gaming is serious business and so a laptop dedicated to it is no surprise. But the Asus G75VW-DH72 wins against its more loaded competitors on a few aspects, including price.
The laptop is kitted out with a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 M with 3GB VRAM. This means amazing performance in multimedia and other uses. The Asus scores on battery rundown too, ensuring playtime of close to 3 hours. Very few gaming laptops can claim this number.
This is no lean mean laptop, a marked departure from the previous versions which resembled weapons of war. Asus is large, at 2.0 X 16.3 X 12.6 inches and weighs about 10.9 with the battery. The looks are different too- there are all these metal accents across the speaker grille and around the keyboard to break up the all-black monotony. The end result is a serious looking device.
The key use of the laptop- gaming- has been kept in mind. There are huge cooling vents at the back of the Asus and the laptop has been designed in such a way that the heat creating components are at the back and the laptop does not overheat. The keyboard sits at a slight angle, allowing for better key movement. The touchpad is of good quality and there’s a bit of gesture support, in keeping with Windows 8. For instance, use your fingers to swipe down open apps, a flick from the right opens up the Charms bar. And there’s the good old pinch-and-zoom to the rescue too. This is not a touchscreen laptop which makes the previous point even more significant.
The 1920 X 1080 screen resolution makes the 17.3” screen glow and shine and the colors and sounds are really good. In fact, the sound system has an integrated subwoofer to give you that deep bass sound, even at medium volumes.
You can connect the Asus to other devices thanks to 4 USB ports and a 3 in 1 card reader. The laptop also contains Gigabit Ethernet, Blu-ray/DVD and wireless connections in the form of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There are microphone and headphone jacks and tons of options to connect video- VGA, Display Port outputs and HDMI.
You don’t have to fret about how to store the games- there is a separate solid state drive at 256 GB coupled with a 750 GB hard disk. That means enough and more room to move the bulk of your data to the hard drive. The rest of the data, namely programs can be kept on the SSD for quality performance.
The hard drive has some built in programs- Adobe Reader X, a 2 month trial of the antivirus, Trend Micro and Microsoft Office Starter 2010. You’ll also get Asus’ Application Suite and Asus WebStorage with 3 GB (free) cloud backup. The device comes with a 2 year warranty period- even against accidental damage- and a one month warranty on the display, called Zero Bright Dot. You will also have access to round the clock technical support.
This is a gaming laptop and the Asus does not disappoint, ratcheting up 55 frames per second when the resolution was changed to 1366 X 768. Sadly, it is only 18 frames per second at the regular 1920 X 1080 res. On other games, the numbers are 70 fps and 28 fps at different resolutions.
What works for the Asus G75VW-DH72 is great performance at a decent prize. Even if the graphics are a tad disappointing, you’ll still get to enjoy the best games on offer. If you need a mid-range laptop, you should consider the Asus.