- Editor's Rating
- Excellent anti-glare 1080p display
- Superb keyboard and touchpad
- Solid build quality
- Subpar speakers
Quick TakeThe ASUS G75VW excels in nearly every area, as have previous-generation ASUS G-series gaming notebooks.
There are two types of PC gamers: those that spend all their money and time buying components and building custom rigs, which they hope will be the baddest of the bad; and then there is everyone else. The ASUS G75VW is a gaming laptop for everyone else.
The ASUS G75VW is part of the ASUS G-series of gaming notebooks, and it features some significant tweaks from its predecessors. For starters, it rocks the latest Intel Core i7 processor and 2GB NVIDIA GTX 660M graphics card (a slightly faster unit is available with 670M card), and it has a new backlit keyboard. Otherwise, the design is roughly similar and it appropriately resembles a stealth military aircraft complete with aggressive cooling exhaust vents, brushed aluminum keyboard surround, and multiple color accents.
Like any good performance machine, there are no real weak points in the design, and the G75VW is built to withstand the rigors of daily gaming. It\’s not rock solid, but its thick plastic build shouldn\’t buckle under stress. Port selection is also good, with four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 inputs (the most NBR has seen on a notebook to date), and HDMI, VGA and mini-DisplayPort outputs. Though, it\’s odd that ASUS did not include a full-sized DisplayPort.
Build and design aside, the ASUS G75VW is a gaming machine, so performance is what matters. NotebookReview finds the G75VW packs a powerful punch and is more than capable of handling the most demanding games at launch. In testing, it had no problem handling the latest games (for summer 2012), including Mass Effect 3 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, at maximum settings. That slick G-series design also kept the chassis relatively cool (actually, just lukewarm) under the stress, and the cooling fans were nearly inaudible.
NBR also noted that the ASUS G75VW has an excellent 1080p display (1920 x 1080, 17.5-inches) with superb anti-glare technology. Reflections are not an issue. Also, both the keyboard and trackpad are superb. \”Overall, I couldn\’t be happier with the quality of the input devices,\” the reviewer noted about the trackpad buttons. The only con NBR could dig up was the unit\’s subpar speakers. They output muffled audio and little bass, despite the fact the unit has a separate subwoofer.
All of this is good enough for a NotebookReview Editors\’ Choice award, and NBR claiming to have \”no reservations recommending the ASUS G75VW to enthusiast gamers.\”