ASUS ROG G751JY Laptop Review: G-Sync Gaming On The Go

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Performance Summary & Conclusion

Performance Summary: This isn't our first rodeo with the G751JY, though unlike the 2014 model we reviewed in October of last year, the one reviewed here has been upgraded with a slightly faster CPU and, more importantly, NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Just as we saw before, performance didn't disappoint. In synthetic benchmarks like PCMark 7, the G751JY only gave up ground to a system equipped with a much faster desktop processor (Core i7-4790K versus Core i7-4720HQ), otherwise it led the way with a score of 6,350. And in gaming benchmarks, it either stayed out in front, as was the case in 3DMark's Sky Diver test, or it was edged out by an Alienware system tapping into a desktop graphics card via bulky graphics amplifier accessory. However, it's the G-Sync functionality that really stands out. When splitting hairs over a few frames per second in raw performance, enabling G-Sync on the G751JY results in a much smoother game play experience than the other laptops can muster.

ASUS G751JY-DB72 Open Front

You'll notice below that our list of positives is much longer than our list of negatives, the latter of which are largely nitpicks. Yes, we're perplexed at ASUS' decision to split the 256GB OS drive into two partitions, but that's easily fixed with a quick visit to Disk Management. And while battery life isn't great, that's not unexpected for a desktop replacement / gaming laptop.

None of those minor gripes detract from the overall experience, as long as you know what you're buying. This isn't an Ultrabook or an ultra-thin, nor is it a general purpose laptop designed to yield all-day battery life. It's a burly gaming laptop with high end components, a large footprint, and plenty of heft (over 8 pounds).

No apology is needed for any of these things, because ASUS delivers on what it sets out to do, which is offer a killer gaming experience. This is true both in terms of raw performance -- the combination of an Intel Core i7-4210HQ processor, 24GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe-based SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory would put many desktops to shame -- and in smooth game play, which is achieved by way of G-Sync.

Unfortunately for you, the reader, we can't adequately relay through pictures and benchmarks what G-Sync brings to the table. It's something you have to see in person to fully appreciate. And fortunately for you, G-Sync is no longer available exclusively on desktop monitors, as a handful of laptops now offer it, including this one.

This particular SKU -- G751JY-DB72 -- runs a little over $2,100. That's not cheap by any measure, but ASUS isn't overcharging for G-Sync. As previously pointed out, there's a lot of drool-worthy hardware here, and that price is actually cheaper than the $2,499 MSRP at which this system debuted. There are also cheaper configurations available, like the G751JY-DB73. It has less RAM (16GB) and a GeForce GTX 970M GPU, but costs $1,809 and also supports G-Sync.

Short and sweet, the ASUS G751JY-DB72 with G-Sync technology is one of the best options out there for gamers on the go.

HotHardware Editor's Choice Award
  • G-Sync on the go!
  • High quality IPS display
  • Strong gaming performance (hello GTX 980M)
  • Fast storage (PCIe-based SSD)
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • Blu-ray writer
  • Runs cool and quiet
  • Killer aesthetics
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Funky partition scheme
  • Limited access to internal components

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