ASUS G75VX Republic of Gamers Laptop


ASUS G75VX Republic of Gamers laptop review

ASUS G75VX back

When searching for a laptop, some users look for certain qualities such as hard drive space, speed, processor, memory, size and weight. Some users just look for the nicest looking or newest laptop without even caring a bit about the specs. For the ASUS G75VX, it has a bit of the best in both worlds.

Let’s start off with the design. The ASUS G75VX is a sexy looking laptop. It’s case is not glossy, so it does not smudge easy being made of a dark smoke like gray rubber material. It has a 17.3″ mat screen which reduces glare by over 90%, and has a full keyboard on it. Well, almost full. The number pad keys are compressed a bit which makes the 0 key a bit smaller. The keyboard is backlit white which they keyboard lies over a brushed metal looking surface. The track pad is wide and supports mulit-gestured movements to help navigate through Windows 8. The weight of this laptop is not to be overlooked though. The laptop weighs over 9 lbs. but that is expected from a gaming laptop.

ASUS G75VX Republic of Gamers laptop specs:

  • ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 3630QM Processor
  • ChipsetIntel® HM77 Chipset
  • GraphicsnVidia® GeForce® GTX 670MX with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Memory16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 4 x SO-DIMM socket with expansion up to 32GB SDRAM
  • Hard Drive
    1TB 5400RPM 2.5″
    Second Hard Drive bay available
    Raid support for Raid 0/1
  • Optical DriveBlu-Ray Player / DVD Burner
  • Audio
    Built-in Speakers
    Built-in Subwoofer
  • CameraHD Web Camera
  • Lan1x RJ45 10/100/1000 Base T
  • BluetoothYes
  • Wireless802.11 ac
  • Media3-in-1 card reader ( SD/MS/MMC )
  • Display17.3″ Full HD 1920×1080 LED Backlight
  • 3D CapableYes
  • Interface
    1xMicrophone-in jack
    1x Headphone-out jack
    1 x VGA Port out
    1 x Mini Display Port out
    1 x HDMI Port out
    4 x USB 3.0 Ports

Functionality of the ASUS G75VX Republic of Gamers Laptop.

The ASUS G75VX is probably one of the best preforming desktop replacements that I have ever messed with. The laptop is designed with the gamer in mind, but it doesn’t leave the multi tasker without room to work with programs like Photoshop as well. While I was able to play Battlefield 3 at ultra settings, I was also able to fire up multiple programs at the same time with minimal performance affected. The Intel i7 3630QM proved to be just as powerful as it’s desktop brother chips. While at first I was surprised at how well the ASUS G75VX Republic of Gamers laptop handled PC gaming, I was even more surprised at how it handled productivity suites.

Software and Drivers.

Microsoft Windows 8 comes bundled with the ASUS G75VX Republic of Gamers laptop and while the touch gesture has come along way on touch pads, there is still alot of work that needs to go into the movement of them. Since the laptop has Windows 8, this is a true downfall to the ASUS G75 lineup. Just to clarify, I think Windows 8 is a great touch screen innovation, but lacks proper desktop functionality that is in somewhat necesary. Onto driver support, there was one major flaw in the model that I had used. There is an issue with the nVidia GTX670MX and the ASUS G75VX along with Windows 8. Whenever I attempted to update to the latest graphics driver from nVidia’s website I would get an error saying there was no compatible hardware found. After some time of trouble shooting, I finally broke down to contact ASUS and see if this is a known issue. ASUS tech support wasn’t very knowledgeable, and appeared to be going over scripted technical support steps. Eventually after a painstaking hour, I was advised to exchange the defective unit. I did, and when I got the replacement unit, the same exact issue occured to that one. While trouble shooting more, I figured out a hackable work around to the driver software and graphics card. I then contacted ASUS again, informed them of who I am, and my level of technical expertise and provided them with issues I had to do to correct the problem. I was then told that yes, it appears that this unit has issues, and would be passed on to someone who could fix it.

Another issue that occured was a backup attempt that kept failing. ASUS did not provide any backup media, and expects consumers to rely on the Windows Disk Image Creation feature to create thier media. This actually ends up being an issue, and again I had to inform ASUS tech support about that. When I inquired if I could receive backup media, and was told the only way to do it was throuhgh Windows backup, I got even more disturbed. My first response was, “So if a consumer has a corrupt operating system out of the box and they backup that up, all they are doing is backing up a corrupt operating system.”

Overall Rating.

Overall, the ASUS G75VX Republic of Gamers Laptop is an awesome breed. If not for the driver issue, this laptop would have received a 10 from me. But since one of the most important parts of this series of laptops is the graphics card, I am giving this laptop a 4 due to the lack of driver support and technical support that came along with it. Once they get the bug fixed, I would gladly re-review this awesome power house laptop, but until then I suggest looking at comparable models.

Updated! I promised that I would give an update when the issue was fixed. On the latest bios fix, it seems the issue has been fixed. Great news for everyone.

As the latest Bios update has hit, the ASUS G75VX finally has lived up to its name. If you are looking for a new laptop / gaming machine, this is definitely the one to get. The ASUS G75VX is a reasonable price too. For this model , the G75VX-BHI7N09, it is worth it.

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