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ASUS G75V Review: Gaming Goes Ivy

Author: Matt Smith
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: ASUS

Display and Audio Quality, Cooling, Portability, Software

Display And Audio Quality

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Like most gaming laptops, the G75V has an annoying glossy fin-oh, wait. It doesn’t.

Yes, ASUS has gone matte with this version, an unusual choice for any multimedia laptop and particularly unusual for a dedicated gaming system. The border of the display – like the rest of the laptop – is matte black rather than glossy. This ensures that reflections are entirely banished. A backlight of moderate strength would have worked as a result, but instead the display is extremely bright at its maximum setting. You could actually use this laptop in sunlight – if you felt like dragging it outside. 

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Matte coatings sometimes sap a display of its contrast, but that’s not the case here. Colors are brilliant and black levels are much better than average. The result is one of the best laptop displays we’ve ever tested. It’s much like the G74’s awesome 1080p panel, but with a matte coat instead of gloss. I’d need to see them side-by-side to judge which on is best but I doubt that anyone is going to be disappointed with either.

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Sound quality is also excellent. Though thinner than the outgoing G74, this is still a big laptop with plenty of room for a sound system. The G75 is never as loud as you’d expect, but that has its advantages, as it ensures that distortion does not become a problem even when the laptop is turned up to 11. The only issue is a tendency for bass-heavy tracks to cause minor vibrations in the chassis itself, resulting in a distracting rattle at certain frequencies. 

Cooling

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The G75’s massive cooling vents in the rear of the chassis hint at a beefy and noisy cooling system. As it turns out, only the former description is accurate. At idle this gaming laptop is a gentle giant, expelling little heat or noise. If you’re looking for a family desktop replacement that can also game this product just might fit the bill, as it easily blends in to a quiet office or living room environment.

Even gaming at times seems to barely stress the cooling capabilities of this laptop. During our benchmarking of 3D games it is common for a gaming laptop’s fans to go into crisis mode, spinning for all their worth and creating a torrent of noise in the process. That’s not often the case here. Gaming usually results in only moderate fan noise – noticeable, to be sure, but more than tolerable. 

Temperature readings were also moderate. Technically the chassis can become as hot as 130 degrees Celsius, but this was taken from the exhaust vents directly - an area which, due to their excellent location, will almost never be touched by the user. The bottom of the laptop never went higher than 98 degrees and the keyboard topped out at 94 degrees. So long as you keep the large rear exhausts free from obstruction the G75 is a cool customer.

Portability

As mentioned, this laptop is thin for a full-sized gaming laptop. This does not mean it is easy to move, however. It weighs in at 9.47 pounds, which means it is in the same ballpark as the outgoing G74. It’s also still a 17.3” laptop, so the footprint is huge. You won’t be able to fit this laptop into a standard messenger bag – you’ll need a large backpack to accommodate it.

Although battery life is rarely a priority for a gaming laptop, recent gaming laptops have proven to offer at least adequate time away from a wall socket. That’s a great development which, unfortunately, this particular G75 seems to reverse.

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What’s the problem? 3D. Optimus is not compatible with 3D on any of its parts. As a result this laptop spends all of its time with the GTX 670 fully engaged, which absolutely murders battery life. It’s a return to the bad-old-days of gaming laptops.

You can solve the problem by not buying the 3D panel, a move that will save you money as well. The battery in this laptop is a massive 74Wh unit which, with Optimus available, is likely to result in four to five hours of real-world use. 

Software

ASUS has always done a decent job of keeping bloatware to a minimum, and the G75 is not exception. When we received it the desktop was clean with the exception of two widgets, one of which displays CPU clock speed when Turbo Boost is activated, while the other controls a “Smart Login” feature which assists with Intel Instant On. Neither is distracting.

The only problem is the typical one – the pre-installed anti-virus. ASUS ships this laptop with Trend Micro, one of my least favorite solutions, though it actually seems a bit less aggressive about promoting itself than McAfee or Norton. You’ll likely want to get rid of it and install the anti-virus of your choice, but that’s all the post-purchase cleaning that’s needed.

 

November 16, 2012 | 07:22 AM - Posted by Brian (not verified)

I will say that I have mixed feelings about this machine. It does good on playing World of Warcraft and excellent with Star Craft. But often times I have issues with programs crashing, mainly when I try to tell it to do more than one thing at a time. I frequently have to do a hard reboot because the system hangs up and freezes. I only have that problem wen opening multiple programs successively

I did a PC performance test of the subsystems and everything but the hard drive scored an average of 7.5 out of 7.9. The hard drive scored a measly 5.4 which was far below the rest of the system. I think Asus would be better to put a smaller solid state drive such as a 256-512gb. The current standard hard drive is simply too slow and I think is a major cause of the system hanging up so much.

I have yet to see the system take full advantage of the processing power of it's processors, so it's not like the computer can't handle any work load. I think I am going to try a different hard drive and possibly RAM to see if that makes a difference.

December 10, 2012 | 06:30 AM - Posted by Tomislav Matic (not verified)

I just bought Asus G75vx. This is my second Asus laptop. I also own a K93 (18,4 incher)... As for the G series, I must say it's well worth the money. Ok Alienware laptops are more powerful but they cost almost double. as for the asus g series, it is simply awesome. The build is phenomenal, ruberised finish aluminium, first time you touch it you can actually feel the quality. As for the performance the new i7 core processor is amazing, everything feels so smooth and nice...also the new nvida gpu gtx670mx is great for gaming and as it has Cuda it is also good for adobe apps like Photoshop ( cs 6 can now seriously benefit from your gpu). the only "flaw" is the hard drive, but as g75 has two hdd slots, i can always upgrade it later on with another ssd. also it has a lot of really cool details and features that are simply smart ( filter cleaning, back-lit keyboard and so on). Is it the fastest gaming laptop? Probably not. But the is it an awesome computer? Hell yeah. Btw asus gives you 2 years of warranty, and if your computer comes with a technical flaw, you can replace it for a brand new one for the first 8 days. PS- the sound is a-fucking-mazing!!!

June 10, 2013 | 12:43 AM - Posted by DC's California Connection (not verified)

I haven't yet evaluated my new G75VW-DS73 laptop yet, as Asus is in the process of sending it my way as I write this, but I'm hoping it's a big more reliable than my G73SW-3DE (2011) Asus top of the line ROG notebook computer. I just couldn't keep the 3DE *out* of the repair shop, as it traveled North from where I live to Fremont, CA's Asus repair facility and factory center there no less than 7 times in 23 months of use...a total of 116 days of my time with an out of service laptop! The video card system, and its peripheral components kept failing, over and over again in my 3DE, and that was an nVidia 460M 1.5GB DDR5 video board, supposedly one of the most reliable units nVidia ever put into the notebook arena...wrong!

I am glad that Asus finally admitted fault with my LEMON G73SW-3DE laptop, acknowledging only that "parts were not available to repair your computer, so we are offering you a replacement. Please view the specs of the G75VW-DS73 laptop below, and see if it is an appropriate choice for your replacement laptop"....et al.

I look forward to the new G75VW series top of the line laptop, and direly hope and pray that the significant issues my Asus G73SW-3DE was plagued with are simply old news and will not be repeated with this new, replacement laptop. The specs of the new one are fantastic for today's price point of $1799 at Amazon.com, while I paid almost $2000 for the G73 back in 2011, just $20 shy of the big 2K$'s mark to be exact. It appears that my G75SW has all the things mine had, with now 4 USB 3.0 ports, mini-display port+ HDMI on the chassis for multiple monitors vs a VGA or HDMI port on the G73SW.

I've read nothing but great reviews on the new 3rd generation Intel Core i7 notebook lineup of Ivy Bridge CPU's also, so expect the 2.3Ghz CPU to be exemplary for my purposes. The nVidia 670M looks to be a dazzler also, but for its shortcomings with 3D content by relying on nVidia's "N-Vision" setup with Vision II 3D glasses part of the works. 3GB DDR5 256-bit RAM in a laptop can't be a bad thang, now can it?

I do like the 1.5TB capacity HD system, which now legitimately supports RAID 0/1 without any hacks, a welcome change if you need RAID, and I prefer it over a static HD system using the System bus and antiquated AHCI or IDE controllers in the H77 Intel chassis. So that is more good news.

I always install twin high-end SSD's in laptops for speed, speed, speed and more of it if possible! But I'm willing to try the XT-Seagate brand of SSD+HD combination HD and it may prove adequate, the jury is out there just yet. It's all been upgraded vs my G73SW-series laptop, with BT 4.0. a 450Mbps factory BT/WiFi modem combo from Texas Instruments in the G75SW series high-end notebooks, if I can believe what I've read about the new WiFi/BT controller in the G75 series, that is. I can't see why they don't just use the Intel BT/WiFi controller instead, but $$'s talks.

I'll write an addendum to this "early appraisal" of the G75VW-DS73 notebook in a few weeks, after I've had a chance to really put it through its paces in both work and play modes, as right now all I can do is hope for the best. It was somewhat gratifying to read of the good reviews that the G75SW series is getting in this column so that has made my evening's reading a big plus plus deal tonight.

August 5, 2013 | 10:19 AM - Posted by RabidSquirrel (not verified)

If I could get it with windows 7, I would be ALL over it... but alas all I can find is windows 8 (booo).

August 21, 2013 | 07:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I bought the Asus g75v with GeForce gtx 670m and it didn't come with glasses. I bought some and have found that I can't play anything 3d on the computer screen. Is there any way to make it playable off the computer without having to buy a new computer?

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