Asus G751 Gaming Laptop: Mobile Maxwell Done Right

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Introduction

The PC laptop market is a funny place. Good laptops are fairly easy to find, but great laptops are staggeringly rare. This is true even at the boutique end of the market, where manufacturers have a tendency to choose powerful components, but cram them into a chassis that can't handle the heat without sounding like a jet turbine, or pick great, quiet hardware but opt for a sub-par 1080p screen whose quality leaves something to be desired.



The Asus G751 is not a good laptop. The G751 is a great laptop. It is, in fact, the single best gaming laptop I have ever reviewed. If you're in the market for a system of this type, we hope you read on. This machine is powered by the excellent, Maxwell-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, but Asus deserves a significant amount of credit for the G751's design and construction choices.

Update 11/3/2015: ASUS just recently announced the follow-on model of their ROG G751 series, aptly dubbed the G752. "Asus showed off the ROG G752VL, G752VT and G752VY at IFA Berlin 2015. As it turns out, the hardware is generally the same in all three models, with the exception of the graphics. The systems have Intel Core i7-6700HQ processors and up to 64GB of DDR4-2133 memory. And they have 17.3-inch LED-backlit, IPS displays at a resolution of 1920x 1080 (and with G-Sync). Of course, the high-end model, the G752Y, has an optional 4K display." - All of these new models are built on Intel' Skylake CPU architecture and platform for notably better performance-per-watt across the board. Stay tuned for our full review of this new beast, as we'll have it in shortly for testing.

ASUS G751 Gaming Notebook
Specifications & Features
Processor: Intel Core i7-4710HQ (2.5GHz Base, 3.5GHz Turbo)
Memory: 24GB DDR3-1600
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M
Chassis Color: Black (Red Highlights)
Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD
Optical: Slot-Load Blu-ray Player/DVD Writer
Display 17.3" 1920x1080
Touchscreen No
Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Connectivity: Gigabit LAN, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual Band
Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 1x Thunderbolt, 1x VGA, 1x RJ-45, 1x HDMI, 1x Audio-Out, 1x Headphone
Dimensions & Weight: 16.4 x 12.5 x 1.7  inches (Width x Height x Depth); 8.4lbs with battery
Price as Configured: $2499 as tested - Find It At Amazon.com Starting At $1799


Before we dive into what makes the ASUS G751 so desirable, check out the video above for a quick tour and overview.  Then, flip the page and let's talk about it...


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