Asus G75VW full review

Although it’s becoming recognised for its lightweight Ultrabooks, Asus has long had a sideline in gaming with its Republic Of Gamers range. The Asus G75VW is an impressive laptop that really goes gung-ho for 3D action. See Group test: what's the best high-end laptop?

It’s another beast of a laptop – even bigger and heavier than the Alienware M17x, weighing in at a mighty 4.4kg, so it’s very much intended as a desktop replacement system that will be mostly homebound. Take a look at Dell Alienware M11x review.

Its most striking feature is the 17.3in screen, which has 1920 x 1080 resolution and a non-reflective matt finish. It’s also the best screen in this group, and benefits from nVidia’s Lightboost technology to increases its brightness and widen viewing angles.

Audio quality is good too. Its three-speaker system isn’t quite as loud as that of the Toshiba Qosmio, but the third bass speaker does help to produce a fuller, more rounded sound.

The G75VW also supports nVidia’s 3D Vision 2 technology for games. It includes one set of 3D glasses, and can switch into stereoscopic 3D mode at the press of a button, for games that support stereoscopic 3D.

Gaming performance is good too, although not quite up there with the equally expensive Alienware M17x. This particular model is primarily sold through Amazon in the UK, for about £1700, and includes a quad-core Intel Core i7 running at 2.3GHz, 8GB of memory, two separate 1TB hard disks and an nVidia GeForce GTX670M graphics processor.

The issue here is that you’re trading a bit of frame-rate performance for the extra eye-candy for the stereoscopic 3D mode.

The two hard disks provide huge amounts of storage, but they’re each 5400rpm units, and that pulls the overall PCMark 7 score down to a relatively modest 2913.

The graphics processor is also more of a mid-level component – it performs well, but doesn’t match the power of the Radeon 7970M used by Alienware and Chillblast. It does manage a respectable 33fps when running Batman: Arkham City at 1920 x 1080 with DirectX 11 and high graphics settings, but that’s still well short of the scores produced by the less expensive models from Chillblast and Schenker. Switching into stereoscopic 3D mode also affects performance, reducing frame rates by about 30% in our tests, so you may have to drop down to a 1280 x 720 display if you want to goggle at your gaming in 3D.

Battery life is a short 2 hours 20 mins with the GeForce card, although there’s a clickable icon on-screen that allows you to switch to the integrated graphics on the fly to preserve battery life. It does run warmer than some of its rivals, pumping a steady stream of warm air out through the large vents at the back of the chassis. It never became uncomfortably warm, but you’ll need to keep the back of the laptop clear in order to ensure good ventilation.