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Asus Republic of Gamers G750JW review

Verdict

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

Review Date: 9 Oct 2013

Reviewed By: Sasha Muller

Price when reviewed: £1,000 (£1,200 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £1104
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Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

Performance
6 stars out of 6

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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/m2 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.

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User comments

No problems with putting on lap

I don't know where you get the statement about not daring to put it on your lap from.

I have the previous model G74S which is possibly even heavier because I have the version with a Blu-Ray drive (and two hard drives).

I use it almost entirely on my lap at home.

As for battery life when travelling, well anyone mad enough to buy one of these monsters with the intent of carrying it around wants their head examining. Mine is used at home. Period.

P.S. I don't play games. I just wanted a large, powerful portable with easily accessible disk and memory slots (and lots of them).

Also, longer usage sessions:

While I watch German TV (which unlike the iPlayer mainly still works in Finland) via it I watch them on the TV via Apple TV (and then, naturally, the monster is not on my lap)

By MikeW2 on 9 Oct 2013

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