Asus G51VX-RX05 Gaming Notebook Review

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The first thing we noticed about the G51VX was the notebook's unique design. The lid is made from heavy duty, white composite material that proudly displays the Asus Republic of Gamers logo and accents. The logo along with three bars on the lid emit a soft white light that stays lit during normal operation. While the system is off, the lights slowly pulsate.

 

As you can see, the top cover is made of a smooth white composite material that does not show fingerprints or handling marks. On the bottom, we find a large, round air intake used to increase cooling performance.

 

The right side of the notebook is home to a microphone input, audio input, SPDIF / headset output, two USB 2.0 ports, and a Supermulti DVD+/-RW / CD-RW drive with dual-layer support. Its worth noting that the drive hums and vibrates occasionally when reading disks. If desired, the mono microphone jack can be used to connect an external microphone. Doing so automatically disables the built in microphone. Along the left side, the G51Vx features a 15 pin D-sub VGA port, air vents, and USB 2.0, Firewire, eSATA, and HDMI ports. We also find an 8-in-1 media reader that supports the following types of flash media: SD, miniSD, MMC, Memory Stick (Pro, Duo, Pro Duo), and xD-picture card.

 

Along the rear edge of the notebook, we find a Kensington lock port, a USB 2.0 port, an RJ-45 LAN port, and DC power input. The Kensington lock port allows the laptop to be secured using Kensington security products, which include a metal cable and lock combo that prevents theft. The front edge features a wireless switch that enables or disables the built-in wireless LAN. Also, a set of status indicators light up blue or red to represent various hardware conditions.

 

Under the lid, the G51Vx sports a full size keyboard and number pad. All of the keys have good travel and cushion while providing an excellent typing experience. In addition, the Fn+F3/F4 buttons provide keyboard illumination which improves key visibility in low light conditions. There are four levels available: off, low, medium, and high. With a bright LCD screen just a few inches away, a backlit keyboard might be unnecessary but it sure does look cool. The touchpad works without any major complaints. It is relatively large and smooth with a dedicated scroll area, while the left and right mouse buttons felt secure and responsive. The audible clicking noise is a bit loud but bearable. 

 

On top of the screen, we find a built in web cam. It features a 1.3 megapixel resolution and a microphone to the right of the lens, along the edge. We couldn't find any more details about the webcam but the video it produced was clear and detailed, unless there was rapid movement by the subject. At the base of the screen, we find a series of touch sensitive media buttons. From left to right, there is an activity indicator, number lock indicator, caps lock indicator, display mode button, performance option button, touchpad enable/disable button, Express Gate key, and power on/off switch.

While the notebook is off, pressing the Express Gate key launches the streamlined environment within 5 seconds. From here, commonly used applications can be quickly utilized.
Express Gate provides instant access to web browsing, Skype, music player, and photo library, all without entering the main operating system. Keep in mind the Express Gate key will not function under the Microsoft Windows working environment.   

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The button to the left of the Power button should be the Turbo boot, which loads a slimline OS that loads in seconds and gives basic access to internet, chat, etc.

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I have the G71Gx version of this guy with the 260. It was a "special edition" at Best Buy at $1149. Little bit higher res(1440x900 or there about), little faster, 6GB of RAM, lousy mouse buttons but very, very solid for the price. Looks like the unit reviewed here has a bit slicker case design but otherwise, looks like the same fast-as-hell result. Definitely can't complain about the price.

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They're definitely well-spec'ed machines.

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Could you compare the Asus G51VX-RX05 with the Sager NP8662 & the NP5797? I am planning to get a gaming laptop, preferably one that is upgradable & am looking at these 3 models. Please help me select one.... I require a proper gaming system..... Thanx

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this is about the same size as a 17", i was gonna buy one of the g51 versions they had at bestbuy but the size threw me away. i didnt want anything bigger than a 15 or 16 inch. plus the flashy lights on the lid i heard cant be turned off and thatll just draw a lot of attention in college classes with hundreds of people. youll def want an extended battery for this baby too

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