Conclusion

The G751J is a great affordable alternative to modern higher-end gaming machines.  If you aren’t out to drop $2K+ on a gaming laptop, it offers much of the performance at quite a bit less dough, and with zero compromises in terms of build quality, to boot.  Speaking of which, it features an evolved design from last-gen’s ROG machines, and while the move to an internal battery (versus the G750J) might be a bit controversial, for the most part, the changes are overwhelmingly positive.  From the solid, subtle (yet sleek) matte case material to the amazing cooling system, there’s not much to knock about the G751J’s engineering.

The speed is still great, too.  The biggest negative is the lack of a solid-state drive for general application performance, but this does little to affect gaming.  The NVIDIA GeForce 970M GPU is more than capable of handling most of what gamers are likely to throw at it, and while it isn’t the fastest option out there, the cost savings are significant.  Elsewhere, 16 GB of RAM (dual channel) is enough for practically anyone, and even the screen—an anti-glare LG IPS panel with good brightness, contrast, and color reproduction—feels like luxury.

Negatives?  Sure; it’s big and heavy, the battery life isn’t great, and the touchpad features an unfortunate degree of lag (if you’re ever caught using it in-between gaming endeavors).  There’s also some minor niggles here and there, such as reportedly some units with audio crackling problems (still yet to be resolved).  Finally, one other issue that might affect you if you’re planning on running dual SSDs or any sort of RAID is the lack of SATA III support in the second drive bay (it only runs at a maximum of SATA II).  Overall, however, in totality, this is a shockingly enticing package for anyone looking for some semi-portable gaming on a relative budget.  For $1,500 or less, in fact, as long as you aren’t bothered by these complaints, we don’t see a better option around currently.

Though we didn’t get to test them, it stands to reason that the higher-end configurations are also likely worthy of serious consideration.  Apart from a few minor complaints, ASUS has thrown down the gauntlet with the G751 ROG series; for the price, we wholeheartedly recommend it!

 

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