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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Sturdy, slick gaming exterior
  • High-quality 1080p screen
  • Good CPU and GPU power
  • Great keyboard

Cons

  • Heavier and thicker than rivals
  • Middling battery life
  • Not much internal access

Key Features

  • 17.3in 1,920 x 1,080 IPS screen
  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics
  • 128GB SSD
  • 1TB hard disk
  • 12GB RAM
  • Manufacturer: Asus
  • Manufacturer: Asus
  • Review Price: £1,258.00

What is the Asus G751JL?

The new Asus G751JL is a curious gaming portable. On the outside it’s all bluster, with a body styled on the F-22 Raptor fighter jet and a 17.3in screen that looms over rivals.

On the inside it’s more considered, however, with a mid-range graphics chipset, a single SSD and a reasonable screen resolution. This means it costs just £1,258, making it extremely competitive despite the loud, divisive design.

Other configurations of the same chassis are available too, with the G751JT and G751JY adding higher-end features and cranking up the price.

Asus G751JL – Design & Build Quality

The G751JL is one of the most striking gaming laptop chassis we’ve seen recently, sporting an angular design and a back end that features a thick ventilation grille. The design is a tweak of previous Republic of Gamers models, but with refinements visible in every area.

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The Republic of Gamers logo is now illuminated, sitting in the middle of a band of aluminium, and another red logo sits on the wrist-rest too. The keyboard has also replaced the white backlight of old for a more dramatic red glowing from beneath the keys.

The brushed-metal accents sit among areas of smart-looking matte plastic, and the red-and-black theme continues throughout. It’s undoubtedly a gaming laptop, and its looks fall somewhere between the cheaper, plasticky MSI GE62 2QD Apache and the loud, lit-up Alienware 15.

It's not all looks, though: the Asus backs up its visual flair with practicality throughout. The keyboard is designed to have more travel than most Scrabble-tile units, and it benefits from extra buttons: three for macros, one to open Steam and another to begin recording – a neat feature for Twitch and YouTube streamers.

The trackpad is huge, there’s a Blu-ray drive (a boon for such a modestly priced gaming machine), and the edges of the G751JL are covered with ports: four USB 3 connectors, a trio of headphone jacks, HDMI and Thunderbolt and an SD card slot. You also get dual-band 802.11ac wireless and Gigabit Ethernet.

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Access to the laptop's interior is through the removable of an L-shaped plastic panel. Below it you'll find two memory slots – with one free in this configuration – and two 2.5in hard drive caddies. Other machines provide access to more components, but there's little else most users will want to upgrade, so this isn't a big concern.

Build quality is impeccable, but as a result the G751JL is hefty. Its 17.3in screen sits in a footprint of 416 x 318mm – some 30mm deeper than the 17in MSI equivalent – and the rear of the machine is a whopping 43mm thick. That's nearly 14mm thicker than the MSI and 9mm taller than the Alienware 17.

Both the Asus and Alienware machines are weighty at around 3.8kg, but the MSI takes the crown at 2.9kg, which is impressively light for a 17in machine.

Asus G751JL – Screen & Sound Quality

The G751JL's 1080p resolution might fall behind some laptops, but it's a sensible option for a gaming machine: it ensures you can play at high frame rates at the native resolution for the best picture quality. Of course, the real reason you won't come across 17in laptops with screen resolutions that are higher than this is because no-one makes the LCD panels – but the practicality point still stands.

The Asus matches its sensible resolution with good quality. Its 353-nit brightness level is considerably high and it’s helped by a black point measured at 0.37 nits. Combined they make for a display that's punchy yet is still able to display deep, dark colours without looking washed out. While the contrast ratio of 954:1 isn't class-leading, it's well up there with the better displays.

Colour accuracy isn't quite so impressive. The average Delta E of 5.3 is middling, but the colour temperature of 6,490K is excellent. The upshot of this is that the overall tone of the display is spot on, but it isn't quite as good as the best at showing the finest variations in colour.

The Asus does maintain its quality across much of the display, though, with the screen’s brightness levels never deviating by more than 10%; its already-excellent colour temperature deviated by a maximum of only 5%. If we were reviewing this as a standalone screen, we’d be pleased.

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This is also one of the only laptop screens we’ve seen to have different colour modes, although they’re largely useless. The Theatre option adds an odd yellow tint, and the Vivid settings make colours oversaturated.

We're yet to test the direct rivals to this machine, but the likes of the MSI GE62 2QD Apache Pro do show that there are slightly better-quality screens available. Overall, though, the G751JL is a perfectly good option for all but those who make a living from editing images and video.

The two speakers and single subwoofer make a big first impression. They offer enough volume to fill a bedroom or living room, with the subwoofer churning out good bass: drums have punch without becoming overwhelming, and deeper tones are detailed and distinct.

Mid-range tones proved a little loud and tinny, however, especially with the volume at maximum, and this resulted in higher tones becoming buried.

Nonetheless, the speakers are good enough for gaming, especially with the volume turned down slightly – although, as ever, we’d prefer to use headphones for longer sessions.

Everlast

July 6, 2015, 12:54 pm

My problem with Asus is that they sell inferior products in Europe compared to the American versions with the same model designation, and more expensive on top of that!

A few years back I was looking for a gaming laptop and looking at their G series in the US they were selling 1920x1080 models while here in Europe we were getting something like 1366x768 and about 40% more expensive. I understand some of these 40% is taxes, but not all.

Everlast

July 6, 2015, 1:00 pm

Just compared to their American model with same naming G751JL

This time in Europe we are getting half the SSD, 128Gb vs 256Gb in the US
Also 12Gb of RAM compared to the 16Gb in the American version.

Here is a link to their US version:
http://www.asus.com/us/Noteboo...

Thats why Asus should be boycotted in Europe until they change that policy.

Lee

July 6, 2015, 5:46 pm

Ok first of all your specs are wrong at least for the US model. The picture is wrong as well it does not have red cooling vents and they are smaller on this model. I have model ASUS ROG G751JL-DS71 and paid $1199.00 US. It has a single 1 TB 7200 rpm hard drive with an extra drive bay. It does not come with an SSD. I had an SSD from a previous laptop and reinstalled the OS on it and used the 1TB in the secondary bay. It has 16 GB of ram as well with 2 free ram slots. On free slots I have heard reports of ASUS filling different slots on the same model and in some cases leaving the non removable slots empty and filling the user replaceable slots, not sure why. Luckily both of my user replaceable slots are free though I don't foresee I need to upgrade any time soon. What laptop has a screen resolution over 1080P? Even the Area 51 doesn't. Every gaming laptop review complains they are heavy and have poor battery life. Of course it is heavy what do you expect from a desktop replacement. ALL GAMING LAPTOPS ARE HEAVY AND HAVE POOR BATTERY LIFE, we know!!! It isn't a surprise and we don't care. This isn't why we are buying it. The speakers are absolutely atrocious. They stuck them in the cooling vents it seems, you can't even see them since they are covered. Room filling sound??? What room? The bathroom? Really tinny, can't hear youtube well on highest volume and the sub doesn't help at all. I found the speakers the worst shortcoming of this laptop. You will need to buy external speakers for any kind of room filling sound. What you completely missed in your review is that the GTX 965 is more than adequate for running the latest games at 1080P with the highest settings turned on for the most part. I think 3 or 4GB of video ram would help, 2GB seems low. I turned Crysis 3 all the way up and it seemed fine, I don't know the frame rate but it looked good to me. Titanfall seemed a little off on ultra but playable. I turned them down slightly and it's great. With the exception of Titanfall all other older games I own are flying. The screen is beautiful, way better than my old Qosmio. In my humble opinion you would only need a better graphics card if you connect to an external screen with a higher resolution. This laptop despite a few shortcomings is great for the price and I don't think you will find a better machine at that price point. This is what I could afford. Sure I would have liked to have been able to purchase a better model but I realize a better graphics card would have just be a waste of money pretty much since I will not be connected to an external monitor. I have add I will not trust your reviews. You need to picture the model you are reviewing not the higher end one. Which one did you weigh???

Everlast

July 7, 2015, 2:55 pm

Well this is what I was trying to say below, Asus sell different products in different countries under one and the same name. In Europe we usually get poorer versions at a higher price.
You probably bought a cheaper version since the $1199 you paid are roughly £777. Even if you add taxes it would be £930 which is still less than the £1258 that they quoted for the reviewed version.

Everlast

July 7, 2015, 2:56 pm

From Asus US website the basic US model is better specc'd than the European

Official Asus US version:
http://www.asus.com/us/Noteboo...

Lee

July 7, 2015, 3:53 pm

Looking at the Amazon UK site, Asus sells this laptop in various configurations in the UK. In the US there is only 1 version. Only 3rd party companies like Xotic sell it with modifications. They still got it wrong, none of the models have a blu ray, the picture they have is not the right model and the reviewer needs to get his ears checked, really poor sound. I was always under the impression electronics cost more in Europe in general. The only difference with mine was no SSD but an additional 4 gigs of ram.

Everlast

July 7, 2015, 4:29 pm

Did you notice the prices of the Amazon UK models?
They start at £1050, which is $1620 USD for the cheapest model !!!
It has similar spec to the laptop you bought with the 1Tb HDD for $1200 USD.

The highest spec'd UK version on Amazon is £1400, which is $2100 USD !

For that money in Europe I am able to buy one of these configurable Schenker/Clevo laptops with GTX 970M or even 980M. So the Asus offering is pretty miserable at best.

georgie

January 23, 2016, 12:36 pm

this is an absolute beast for the money. mine came with 8 GB and I added another 8 GB, a Samsung EVO 850 500GB SSD as a boot drive and moved the 1TB drive that came with it as a backup, and this machine screams. There isn't a game that I can't play at full resolution so far. My laptop is connected to HDMI monitor and a DP port monitor for which I used the thunderbolt port to connect. You can add a third monitor to the VGA port, It runs Windows 10 Home 64 and all are top notch, Had it for 7 months and no problems whatsoever. Battery last me for 3 hours normal usage, in games about 2 hours, but I hardly use the battery when playing games as the frame rate will drop due to battery savings.

It is so good, I sold my desktop PC.

Anna

February 29, 2016, 9:50 pm

Its great that it can be upgraded pretty easily. If anyone else is looking on how to upgrade this gaming laptop, here is a step-by-step in depth photo service manual http://cukusa.com/asus-g751jt-... Its for a G751JL but the laptop body and design are the same.

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