Asus G51Vx Budget Gaming Notebook Review

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Gaming and HD Movies on the Go

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Running the Asus G51Vx-RX05 through its usual paces in a variety of benchmarking tools, we found that the dedicated NVIDIA graphics were certainly nice to have around. You can watch high-resolution movies at full 1080p HD and most contemporary games will run on this mini-beast too. The continual driver updates from NVIDIA also mean that you won’t become too obsolete in a month or two. Happy.

If you’d prefer to play on a bigger screen, the G51Vx has that HDMI-out port too. Connecting to an external monitor, or even a true HDTV, makes this an absolute breeze. Imagine how much more enjoyable those business trips would be if you could FRAG on the bigger LCD TV in yourhotel room?

The keyboard is also gaming-centric in that the WASD keys have the arrows printed on them too and combined with the back-lighting make this machine well designed for gamers on the go.

Final Thoughts

 Asus G51Vx Budget Gaming Notebook Review

Gaming notebooks don’t have to land you in the poor house. You don’t have to spend over $3,000 to get something to play Team Fortress or Call of Duty, even if you want to dial up the settings a notch or three. The Asus G51Vx-RX05 lists at just $1049, but it gives you a great dedicated GPU, plenty of horsepower, and an integrated overclocking tool.

You also get all sorts of extra bonuses, like the HDMI port, eSATA port, backlit keyboard, numeric keypad, and a nice aesthetic for the top cover. I was more than happy with the performance in regards to watching HD video and the overall user experience was more than comfortable. Even laptops with lesser graphics cards cost more than this unit.

I’m not a fan of the seven-pound weight, but there are capable gaming laptops that are lightweight and compact are few and far between. Especialy when you are talking about all this for around $1000 bucks. In that respect, Asus has done a more than respectable job with the G51Vx.

Pros

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
  • HDMI, FireWire and eSATA ports
  • Very attractive design, good build quality
  • Backlit chiclet keyboard is fantastic
  • Incredible value at $1049

Cons

  • Less than admirable battery life
  • Too heavy and bulky for some users
  • No multitouch trackpad
  • Power4Gear only allows up to 150MHz overclocking

Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10.0

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Michael Kwan is freelance writer and professional gadget geek. He's been reporting on the world of technology for years, playing countless console games along the way too. Be sure to check out his personal blog, Beyond the Rhetoric, for posts on freelance writing, personal development, entertainment, video games, and more. Follow him on Twitter too: @michaelkwan

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