The keyboard on the G750JX is a joy to use. Not only is it a good size, and well-spaced thanks to the overall size of the laptop, but the keys offer just the right amount of resistance and don’t make too much noise when typed upon. Every key feels like it has enough breathing room, even the arrow keys which are often squeezed in between the letters and numberpad: not so here, where left, right and down get an entire row entirely to themselves.
The touchpad also makes the best possible use of all the space the G750JX offers, with a large area, and a smooth surface with, again, just the right amount of resistance. We had no trouble consistently pulling off gestures.
It also has two good size buttons for left and right clicking, ensuring there’s no debate over where the left click begins and ends. These feel of a similar quality to the Lenovo models we’ve seen, which is no bad thing at all. No complaints here.
There are three additional things worth highlighting on the G750JX, all of them good.
The first is the sound, which is excellent for a laptop. The speakers are located on the base of the laptop, near the touchpad and provides distinct audio channels which are far less tinny than we’ve come to expect from smaller, lighter machines. The bass levels are decent too, which makes music and video viewing a joy.
The second is that it comes with a Blu-ray drive (and an optional Blu Ray writer version, but that feels like overkill to us). You can downgrade to a DVD drive if you don’t think you’ll use it, but if you do then you’ll certainly find films immersive with the large screen and excellent sound quality.
The final highlight is that Asus offers 32GB cloud storage with laptops with its Republic of Gamers branding free of charge for three years. If you make good use of Dropbox already this may be a feature you never use, but as freebies go, it’s not to be sneezed at.
At £1,300, the Asus G750JX model we looked at doesn’t exactly come cheap, but then experienced PC gamers will know that gaming performance - especially the portable variety - never has. It offers really impressive gaming performance, and gets most of the basics right, including excellent sound, and strong keyboard and touchpad input. It only really stumbles on a screen that’s okay rather than outstanding, and a heavy, bulky form factor. Asus allows some upgrades and downgrades to get the performance you’d like - you may find the Blu-ray drive overkill, or want the extra zip an SSD hybrid can provide.
In terms of other machines in this space, Alienware is the brand to look for. We’ll be reviewing the Alienware 14 model shortly, so keep an eye out for that on TrustedReviews very soon. For now, though, if you can cope with the design and weight, and want a gaming laptop this gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from us.
Incredibly good games performance and excellent input makes this a great performer for the gamer looking for something occasionally portable, but its 4.8kg bulk means you’ll want to ensure that’s occasional.
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