PROS / A pre-installed Blu-ray player and large hard drive options are excellent standard features.
CONS / Sub-par customization and mediocre screen resolution can’t compete with similarly priced models.
VERDICT / Even though the features are excellent, the weak design and lack of custom technical specifications keep this series from moving up on our list.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The ASUS G75 series of gaming laptops is a good alternative to a gaming desktop for portability and mobile game play. Even though only one model is customizable, the other versions of the G75 gaming laptop come equipped with moderately standard features for top gaming performance. Not the best option for hard core gamers, the G75VW laptop is still a good gaming laptop for enjoying fantasy and action gaming.
Even though this set is not fully customizable, the ASUS G75 series has a good selection of upgradeable features depending on which model you choose. The G75VW model starts out at an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor, but other models go up to 4700HQ with a max of 2.7GHz for uninterrupted game play – all while keeping your system cool.
Your choice of graphics cards on the G75VW is limited to NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M or 670M with 2GB or 3GB of video memory. Other G75 ASUS models do extend to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M cards, but still remain at 3GB of video memory. Hard drive storage choices are a major bonus for the G75 series, though. You can install two hard drives ranging from 750GB-1TB hard drive discs or a 256GB solid-state drive. The 74-89-watt-hour battery, however, is mid- to high-range for top gaming laptops, as it lasts anywhere from three to eight hours depending on your laptop and gaming preferences.
Like many of the best gaming laptops, the ASUS G75VW has a 17-inch screen. However, the screen resolution is a mere 1366 x 768, which is lower than even the 14-inch gaming laptops we reviewed. G75 series laptops also weigh in between 8.7 and 10.6, pounds depending on the model. Another noticeable shortcoming of design compared to other gaming laptops is the absence of a back-lit keyboard for low-light gaming and ease of use.
With a Blu-ray player already pre-installed on the G75VW, the ASUS gaming laptop series does stand above the crowd in the features department. The rest of the built-in features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a webcam and mic, four USB ports and a memory card reader. Despite its moderate performance, the features are worthy of any top 10 gaming laptop and do an excellent job of compensating for any shortcomings of the G75 series.
Navigating the support page of ASUS’s website is a little difficult, as there are two websites from which to get information. The support page on the ASUS product website includes driver downloads and FAQs. Technical support, contact information and more is listed on the main ASUS site. You can call or email ASUS or use the live chat feature to get answers. In our experience, however, ASUS only provides standard responses and rarely replies with complete solutions to problems.
The Asus G75VW is equipped with enough mid- to high-range hardware to run any game on the market today, but it won't handle the high-end games as well as a better system would. Even though the screen resolution is poor and you don’t have the power to customize specs, the ASUS G75VW laptop is still a good gaming laptop for most RPG, shooter, fantasy or artillery games.