Asus Republic of Gamers G750JW review

9 Oct 2013

A hulking 17.3in gaming heavyweight that offers serious power for an almost-sensible sum

Price when reviewed 
1,200
Buy it now for 
5

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.

Asus Republic of Gamers G750JW

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.

Asus Republic of Gamers G750JW

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £1,000
Price inc VAT £1,200
Overall rating 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 4
Performance 6

Warranty

Warranty 2 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 410 x 318 x 50mm (WDH)
Weight 3.900kg
Travelling weight 4.8kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core i7-4700HQ
RAM capacity 8.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 17.3in
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
HDMI outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 1

Drives

Capacity 500GB
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
3.5mm audio jacks 2
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
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
Responsiveness score 0.78
Media score 1.06
Multitasking score 0.95

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 8 64-bit
OS family Windows 8

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