Asus Republic of Gamers G750JW review
A hulking 17.3in gaming heavyweight that offers serious power for an almost-sensible sum
It’s a bit of a push to describe Asus’ G750JW as a laptop; weighing almost 4kg and measuring 50mm thick, this is more a battery-powered desktop PC than something you’d dare put on your lap. As a super-powered desktop replacement, however, the G750JW has exactly what it takes: with a quad-core Intel Haswell CPU and an Nvidia GeForce 7 Series graphics chipset, it’s been designed to survive the most epic of gaming sessions.
It would be tough to mistake the Asus G750JW for anything but a high-end gaming laptop. The burly, wedge-shaped chassis, finished in soft-touch matte-black plastic, sits menacingly on a desk, and the huge exhaust vents at the rear would look more at home on a gargantuan gaming PC. With the chunky 180W PSU upping the weight to 4.8kg, you’ll need a large, sturdy rucksack if you’re planning to lug it around.
On the inside, a quad-core Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU and 8GB of RAM means it’s incredibly quick: it smashed its way to an overall score of 0.93 in our Real World Benchmarks. Thanks to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU, its gaming performance was equally impressive. Most laptops grind to a halt when tasked with Crysis at Full HD and High quality settings, but the Asus managed a smooth average frame rate of 46fps. With Crysis cranked to Very High quality, it managed a playable 30fps.
The large exhausts at the rear keep the beefy CPU and GPU cool under pressure, which is no small task. We ran Prime95 and FurMark – two applications that push systems to their limits – and after two hours the CPU temperature settled at 90˚C, while the GPU peaked at 65˚C. The fans spun audibly, but not aggravatingly so – the raucous internal speakers are capable of drowning out the constant whoosh of air.
The downside to such capable performance is short battery life. With the screen dimmed to 75cd/m[sup]2[/sup] and the CPU ticking through a handful of offline web pages, the Asus clung on for only 5hrs 3mins. With the CPU working flat out, and the display dialled up to maximum brightness, it lasted 2hrs 49mins.
|Price ex VAT||£1,000|
|Price inc VAT||£1,200|
|Features & Design||5|
|Value for Money||4|
|Warranty||2 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||410 x 318 x 50mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4700HQ|
|SODIMM sockets free||0|
|SODIMM sockets total||2|
Screen and video
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,920|
|Resolution screen vertical||1,080|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Graphics chipset||Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||1|
|Optical disc technology||DVD writer|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||1,000Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support||yes|
|Optical S/PDIF audio output ports||1|
|3.5mm audio jacks||2|
|Camera megapixel rating||0.9mp|
Battery and performance tests
|Battery life, light use||5hr 3min|
|Battery life, heavy use||2hr 49min|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||143fps|
|3D performance setting||Low|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||0.93|
Operating system and software
|Operating system||Windows 8 64-bit|
|OS family||Windows 8|