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Asus G750JX review

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Asus G750JX

Summary

Our Score:

9

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Pros

  • Outstanding gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Superb audio and optional Blu Ray drive

Cons

  • Average screen
  • Extremely heavy
  • Design not to our tastes

Key Features

  • 17-inch 1920x1080 display
  • 4.8kg
  • Intel Core i7 4700HQ 2.4GHZ processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 2 x 500GB 7,200rpm Hard Drives
  • Dedicated GeForce GTX 770M 3GB Graphics
  • Blu-ray drive
  • Manufacturer: Asus
  • Review Price: £1,299.99

What is the Asus G750JX?

The Asus G750JX is a powerhouse of a laptop aimed at the serious games player. With 17-inches of screen real estate, a dedicated 3GB GeForce graphics card and a quad-core 2.4GHZ processor, it gives us the opportunity to really push our benchmarks. At 4.8kg in weight, though, its pushing the definition of portable. With that in mind, is it powerful enough to give its desktop rivals a scare? Let’s find out.

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Asus G750JX - Design & Build Quality

In an age when laptops are following all other technology and slimming down, with brushed aluminum stylings, the Asus G750JX is certainly a change - whether or not you’ll think it’s a breath of fresh air or a throw back to 1980s science fiction depends on your own tastes. The first thing you notice about it is how angular it is, with thick diagonal corners and ridges somewhat reminiscent of the original Xbox console. The top of its frame is in smooth black plastic, with just the Asus logo and ‘Republic of Gaming’ badge showing on top.

The screen lifts up just over an inch from the back of the base, making it appear less like a notebook, and more like a screen modded on top of a thick keyboard. Still, the inside is more tastefully done, with a dull polished black finish behind the backlit full size keyboard, in front of the expansive 17.3-inch display. A huge trackpad sits underneath with two equally generous buttons underneath.

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At 4.8kg in weight, it’s portable, but not something you would want to carry around much. Sure, you could take it to LAN parties more easily than a desktop, but it’s not the kind of thing you can fling in your bag when leaving the house. It feels very sturdy and solid, though, and although we’re not sold on its appearance you can’t deny that it feels like an expensive, quality product.

With a large frame all around (it’s 50mm at its thickest point, and is undeniably chunky), there’s plenty of room for connectivity and the G750JX provides in spades. Four USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, a card reader, a mini Display Port, a VGA out , an HDMI port, a headphone out jack and a microphone in jack all accompany a Blu-ray drive.

The latter means high definition films can be watched, which is quite a big deal on a laptop, and a big signal of intent. Most laptops we’ve seen recently have done without optical media altogether, and those which haven’t have gone for the cheaper DVD-RW drive route. You can also add a Thunderbolt port as an optional extra, but our review model didn’t come with this. In short, it has all you need, and possibly more.

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ASUS G750JX - Screen Quality

Given it's being sold as a gaming laptop, it comes with a Blu Ray drive and is fitted with a 17.3-inch screen, a lot of pressure is on the G750JX’s display to impress the eyes with high-definition output. We found it a bit of a mixed bag in our time with it.

First thing to note is that it’s not a touchscreen, which makes some of Windows 8’s tablet functions feel superfluous. We appreciate that most serious games rarely use these anyway (this is about Bioshock Infinite, not Cut the Rope after all), but worth noting that this is one area in which the price is kept down.

The brightness is impressive and the viewing angles work very well, producing a clear image long after you’ve gone beyond a practical gaming viewpoint. Colour accuracy is pretty good, although it perhaps feels a little more washed out than it should, but the real problems we have with it is the sharpness of the overall display and an occasional flickering that made it mildly uncomfortable for extended use.

The latter could be a glitchy review model, but the sharpness was a shame and just highlights that although 1,920 x 1,080 is a high-resolution, if you’re stretching it out to 17.3-inches of screen it won’t hold up as well as you’d hope.

In short, it’s a reasonable screen but not outstanding to our eyes.

mothergoose85

October 25, 2013, 10:37 am

Interesting piece.

I've just bought a PCSpecialist laptop which was about £250 more and came with a 240GB SSD, 1TB data drive, 4GB ATI 8970 and 3 year on site warranty.

It shows you how good a value they are, but the downside is the Clevo chassis isn't anywhere near as resolved as the Asus one we see here.

Nicholas Heitz

November 29, 2013, 4:21 pm

Hello...I have also been considering PCSpecialist for a new gaming/performance laptop, particularly the much higher end specs achievable that way for a similar price (as you've mentioned). Can you explain in more detail what you mean by "the Clevo chassis isn't anywhere near as resolved"? Also, previous Asus gaming laptops were marvellous at self cooling....what is the cooling/noise like with your pcspecialist one?

mothergoose85

December 2, 2013, 11:26 am

Hi Nicholas Heitz - I'm more than happy to answer your questions :)

I've just had mine back from an RMA and it's about to go back again sadly. I'll answer your initial questions first and then explain the woes I've had.

First the Clevo chassis - yes, it has aluminium panels but it's wrapped around a plastic chassis. It seems to have been included to simply check the box for a "premium laptop" - ie, it must have metal touch points.

The aluminium is textured/grained and is a finger print magnet like no other finish I've encountered - it's tricky to clean as well, due the grain nature. They also use this finish on the trackpad - this causes a problem where the grain actually leads your finger some times, it's not a frictionless experience at all.

I also think it's cheaply constructed, it doesn't feel that sturdy and it has no ergonomics to speak of!!

With regard to the cooling - since it has come back from the first RMA with a BIOS update it has been significantly quieter and better in general, which is awesome. It's wasn't too loud before, you could hear it over a movie though (even if you were watching it on a TV over HDMI), now you can't - this is good.

Now I'll mention the issues I've had - the wrong image was installed when I received it so it has clashing drivers. I had to format it to solve that, then I updated to Windows 8.1 and that failed to work due to a Clevo driver so I had to format again. Then I noticed there were tonnes of partitions on my SSD which I couldn't delete so I formatted again.

I then Windows 8 equivalents of BSOD's on every Cold Start so it went back for an RMA - they found the BIOS update solved all the BSOD issues but it came back with the keyboard backlight not working once it had booted in to Windows. This was a result of the BIOS update and the keyboard backlight software not liking it - I was told to uninstall then reisntall it - it crashed during the reinstall. They've told me to reformat and I've flat out refused to (as it takes a good couple of hours each time) - they are going to do it for me.

I actually want a refund but none is forthcoming - if it was me, and you don't need an optical drive, I'd go for an MSI GS70 Stealth.

I apologise is that's rambling, I haven't re-read it as I'm tight on time, but I hope it helps :)

mothergoose85

December 3, 2013, 4:42 pm

Ed's - do you happen to know which model variant comes with the SSD drive?

Bot Smegberg

February 21, 2014, 6:19 am

I've had my Asus G750 JX for 2 weeks now and it is amazing, i got one of the top specs as it has x2 120gb SSD and x2 500Gb HDD also it has a blueray writer & 16Gb memory and of course the GTX770 i think i got it for a great price, i paid $2172 Australian Dollars. it was in the shop for $3000 and had the price dropped, it also came with assassins creed black-flag a head set and a bag which doesn't it fit, i tried getting a free mouse as well but i think i was asking a bit too much :) ill be buying a Razer Naga Molten today when i finish work, as i gave my last 1 away when i left the UK for Australia back in october. Now im going back the UK i think with the exchange rate being currently terrible for converting my Dollars to pounds i got my self a bargain, i have currently played, Titanfall Beta, Dayz Alpha, Diablo 3, Company of Heroes 2, Civ 5 and a few other low requirements games like Dota 2 and hearthstone. the setting have all been on high or ultra the laptop handles this with ease, it is almost silent when gaming i have not noticed it, also watching movies you never hear the fans. the thing that impresses me most is the boot time, from off to desktop an loading my programs it is about 8 seconds, it is amazing. it is like the switch from Dial up 56k to broad band i recommend booting from a SSD to everyone. The laptop it self is solidly built and a bit heavy but you can still pick it up with one hand, the keyboard is great the back-light on it is perfect, the track pad is pretty massive even though i always use a mouse, if i had to give this laptop any bad points the only one i can think of is possibly the screen, the colors looked a bit dim to me, but my last pc i had a Asus 125Hz 3D monitor so i imagine anything is going to look not as vibrant as this. i would never buy a laptop to game on usually, but i was forced to as i didnt want to buy a desktop then have to transport it back to the UK when i go home. I can never justify the price of a gaming laptop compared to what i would get from a PC for the same price, but considering i got this for a decent price and my situation it doesn't bother me. it is also great being able to play in bed or on the couch or take my computer with me where ever i go. if you are wanting a high performance laptop which eats up games no problem this is the one, i am so happy with my purchase this laptop is recommended 10/10 especially as the prices will start to come down over the next few months. its still good for all the games i mentioned above, some being next gen games also :)

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