Gaming notebooks are a dying breed with only a handful of models available here in India. Gaming is the driving force for hardware and it’s no exception in the case of notebooks. Games demand a lot and gaming notebooks have to deliver by way of performances and features. They’re often bulky and not really as portable as most of the other notebooks. Still, there’s always some improvement with every iteration. Asus’ new G75V is one of those over-the-top kind of gaming noteboks and we have it here for review.
Design and build quality
Gaming laptops are hardly ever portable and compact. The Asus G75V is no exception to that rule. The notebook is massive with its 17-inch display. It’s also very thick and heavy. The bezel on it isn’t very thin, so it does tend to occupy a lot of space. In fact, you may not be able to carry it in a very small backpack; you need something a bit larger than that. Even if you could, it’s not that the G75V is a light notebook. It weighs a good 4.3 kilos in weight, which is not something you’d like to carry on a regular basis.
USB ports on the side along with other display connectors
With its bulk and weight, you also get a very sturdy built. The G75V has a matte, rubberised finish on the top. It means no smudges, but fine scratches and bumps can be noticed if you aren’t too careful. Everything about the G75V is massive. It’s got a large screen, a large keyboard, large exhausts to blow out hot hair from the large discrete graphics solution. The exhaust vents are placed at the rear of the notebook. They’re designed to be stealthy and have an aggressive look and feel to them, presumably to make the notebook more appealing to gamers. There’s also a removable battery pack at the rear; it's thick but doesn’t look too large.
Decent keyboard layout
The keyboard on the Asus G75V is really well spread out. There’s a numerical pad with clear spacing to separate the alphabets from it. The trackpad is large as are the mouse buttons. The buttons are solid and can take a lot of abuse. The keyboard, on the other hand, isn’t as sturdy but is better than most of the mainstream notebooks in the market. There are some minor issues with the keyboard though. For example, the Enter key on the keyboard is smaller than the right Ctrl key. The function keys are small as is the Delete key, which is a drawback. The rest of the keys are standard chiclet-style ones.
The Asus G75V has a mighty Intel Core i7 3720 processor under the hood. It’s the second most powerful mobile processor available from Intel. It’s a quad-core processor with hyperthreading and runs at a speed of 2.6GHz. With Turbo Boost enabled, it peaks at a speed of 3.6GHz. The laptop crosses all boundaries and Asus is bundling 16GB of memory with the notebook. There’s even a 256GB LiteOn SSD onboard for sheer performance along with a Seagate 750GB hard drive for reasonable storage capacity. But the key component in this whole setup is, of course, the graphics solution – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M. The 17-inch screen supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is as high as it gets on notebooks these days.
The G75V is not an easy laptop to carry around
The Asus G75V also includes a party piece though. It comes bundled with NVIDIA’s 3DTV Play glasses so you can game in 3D if you feel the urge to. There’s even a key on the laptop dedicated for toggling between 2D and 3D. There’s also a Blu-ray drive built into the laptop.
Connectivity options are important too, as a gamer might choose to plug in anything from a performance gaming mouse to a large external storage device. There are four USB 3.0 ports. There are the usual HDMI, D-Sub and Ethernet ports as well.
The G75V performs rather well. It’s quick across all the benchmarks and comes up with impressive scores. It’s clearly one of the fastest notebooks around. Take PC Mark 7 for example, which is a decent way to get an idea of the overall system performance. It tests all of the subsystems of the system well. It scores a 5265 overall, much higher than most of the mainstream notebooks. 3D graphics performance is gauged using 3D Mark Vantage. In this test, the G75V reaches a score of 48326, which is way higher than any other notebook we’ve seen recently. This performance is all down to the powerful GeForce GTX670M GPU.
Large vents to keep the processor and the GeForce GTX670 under control
The performance boost is seen in other applications as well. For example, video encoding and file compression tasks take hardly any time. Video encoding of a 100MB clip to x264 using a double-pass takes 53.7 seconds. The same task would normally take over a minute and a half on a mainstream laptop priced in the Rs 60,000 mark.
The 3D glasses bundled with the notebook are active ones, so there is some flickering when you put them on. The glasses are a tad bulky and have to be charged using a micro USB cable. They are the standard NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 pair of glasses and come with additional noise support blocks.
In terms of battery life, it lasts a little more than an hour, which isn't all that great. The screen qualiy is decent. It's bright and vibrant and viewing angles aren't too shabby either. Speakers are loud as well, so it's possible to get a reasonably immersive experience on the G75V while gaming and watching movies.
Games aren't much of a problem either. Games such as Crysis 2 can run at 1920 x 1080 at Hardcore level with 3D enabled without any noticable stuttering. If you're going to be playing without 3D, the experience will only be better. Titles such as Resident Evil 5 run at an average frame rate of 58.1 fps at 1920 x 1080 32bit with image quality set to extreme levels. Most other titles won't be a problem either. There's hardly any heat across the laptop keyboard as such, but the rear of the laptop gets pretty hot once you have games running for a while.
Verdict and Price in India
ASUS G75V – Pure performance, little nonsense
The ASUS G75V is priced at a hefty Rs. 139,999, which is a lot of money for a notebook. While there’s no doubting its performance, this is not something we could easily recommend to everyone. It’s a very heavy laptop, so it’s not something you could carry to work or college everyday. At the same time, the price of the G75V is enough for you to be able to put together a very impressive gaming rig, one that could effortlessly beat the G75V’s performance. The G75V is then for very niche customers, the ones who frequent tournaments and LAN parties and don't want to carry their bulky gaming rigs with them.
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