Asus - 14" Laptop - 8GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - Black
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery Type6-cell Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Optical DriveNot included
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-N
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceWide 16:9 touchpad
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwareAdobe Reader and more
- Best Buy PC AppNo
- Graphics ChipNVIDIA
- Backlit KeyboardYes
- Drive Capacity750GB
- Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
- Wireless DisplayYes
- Gaming SeriesYes
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 53 reviews(53 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A great portable machine.
A great portable machine.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
A quick rundown on this machine, as a note let me state im a previous owner of a Alienware M14X, G74SX, and this machine wins across the board in my books and let me tell you why. Build Quality - Asus has really outdone themselves with the soft touch material, nice solid metal keyboard surface area, and good spacing on the keys. The space bar needs to be pushed a little hard, but the rest of the keys work fine. Weight - A notebook which has GTX 660m at this size and form factor is practically unheard of with the exception of the Clevo W110ER and Alienware M14X (which weighs way to much, and expensive). The notebook is very light for what it is especially looking at the powerbrick which comparitively to other gaming laptops is nice and slim with very good build quality. Screen - I was very skeptical about the screen at first with such a low resolution as i am used to 1080p screens. Thankfully this fear was alievated after use. The screen has very high contrast, and very good IPS level viewing angles. For a 14in laptop the 1368 x 768 resolution is acutally perfect, i just hook it up to my monitor if i need more work space. Sound - The Sonic Master technology on this laptop sure helps in creating rich highs and mids, but due to lack of inbuild subwoofer the lows could use a little help, however this laptop does not show signs of crackling common with the bigger brother G74SX and G55. Cooling - Using Asus ROG pantend dual fan techonlogy this thing is cool to the touch when running Crysis 2 at native resolution on Hardcore settings, and Most Wanted at max settings for over a hour. Definately blows aways the Clevo as far as heat and noise. Storage - Unfortunately there is no dedicated SSD, but this is 750GB 7200 rpm hard drive matched with 8gb mSATA cache for asus instant on technology. Currently only the ram is accessible from the bottom to upgrade the harddrive will require a special torx screw drivier and possiblly voiding your warranty (Check with best buy or Asus). Processor - The ivy bridge Core i5 is dual core processer with hyperthreading which techincally shows 4 cores in windows. For gaming this cpu is more than enough as most games. If your into heavy profesional video editing or encoding, please wait for the quad core version. Howeover for most people i recommond the i5 which takes 35W of power vs the quad 45W of power which means longer battery life. Battery Life - With optimus on, surfing the net (youtube, email), minmum brightness (still produtitive) and keyboard backlight level 1 out of 3, i manage anywhere from 4 hours and 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on load. Gaming usually is around 1 - 2 hours. This is excellent and again above category average for a laptop with this class of graphics. Great for students. Gaming - Running games at native screen reslution with easily maxed out settings is no problem with framerates above the minimum 30 fps, i primary bought this for Starcraft 2 and Battlefield 3 and have had no issues at all with playbility and have all the eye candy. SIde Notes: I understand through forms people say this is a high clocked 650m on paper (which it is) however it makes over 10-20% difference in testing, and overclocking general voids warranty and reduces overall reliablity of system. In addition for those people considering a Lenovo Y400 or Y500, dont, i bought one and immediately returned it, the shoddy build quality, medocre battery life (no optimus), and excess weight were all turns off i couldnt live with. Yes it supports ultrabay, and SLI however some benchmark show neglijable difference and some cases actually decrease in performance due to drivers or microstuttering. When it comes to gaming laptop cooling is very important and ROG laptop has always been the best at this.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Mobility and Power
Great Mobility and PowerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Based on specs alone, the price is fairly good. This laptop retains the cooling design of its bigger brothers (G55/G75) while keeping the overall weight low and form factor small. It has a small footprint (unlike a G55 which really has a footprint of a 17" laptop) and is surprisingly thin (not ultrabook slim of course). After hours of gaming, the laptop remains cool. Performance is great (as expected from a GTX 660M). The speakers are very loud although quality is pretty standard for laptop speakers. The touchpad supports a plethora of multi touch gestures that are configurable via the ASUS software. The amount of "bloatware" seems to be decently light - from ASUS -, but Windows 8 seems to have added quite a bit of overhead in terms of "App" bloat. The design is very sleek and the bulk of its bigger brothers is mostly shed. This can easily double as a business laptop (as I plan on doing). It has no sparkles or flash that will draw unwanted attention in a business environment nor is it ginormous such that you can't bring it awkwardly into meetings or other mobile business contexts. The screen is fairly average in both quality and resolution. If this is a deal breaker for you, look elsewhere. I personally don't like Windows 8 as I believe it has no place on conventional desktops/laptops with no touchscreen or tablet modes. One of the few advantages that Windows 8 brings is a relatively fast boot up time on this laptop. I'm not sure if ASUS added any sort of "instant on" technology, but it boots up in ~5 seconds. Note that it does not have an optical (dvd/cd/bluray) drive.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Absolutely awesome laptop for business & gaming
Absolutely awesome laptop for business & gamingPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
First off let me state that I absolutely love my Asus G74sx laptop and as it turned out I love my new Asus G46 laptop too. I bought this laptop because I wanted one that would easily fit on a tv dinner type of tray that I keep next to the sofa in our living room so that I'd have a laptop that I could just keep by the sofa that has both performance as well as a smaller footprint than the G74 laptop by Asus. Gaming: It plays all of the games that I have thrown at it (and I've got over 225 games on the Steam service) which is maybe 25 to 35 games so far and all of them play absolutely great on this. Web surfing: For web surfing, games and business applications this is one solid laptop. It accels at all of them due to it's use of the "optimus" system which means that it has both an Intel HD 4000 as well as an Nvidia GTX 660m video chips inside of it. When doing things like web surfing or business applications it uses the Intel 4000 chip to reduce the amount of electricity it uses while on the battery to extend the amount of time it can be used when on battery power. However, when you switch to a full 3D game it switches automatically (or should) to the Nvidia 660m high performance video chip to give you the performance you would demand in a gaming laptop when playing video games. It doesn't always work, sometimes you have to manually set the game to use the Nvidia chip instead of the Intel chip. Optimus System (aka dual video chips built right in) But you'll know if it's not using the Nvidia GPU in your games as the Intel HD 4000 is an incapable gaming GPU. Where games that I play using the Nvidia GPU will get me about 50 fps, if the laptop tries to play those same games using the Intel HD 4000 chip, you might be lucky to get between 6 and 18 FPS, so you'll definitely know if you need to set it manually. In any event this optimus system does indeed save you power to extend how long you can use the laptop on the battery. Sound: The speakers in this laptop sound tremendously better than it's big brother the Asus G74 laptop and are more than acceptable for laptop speakers. Yeah you won't get a low bass thumping sound out of them, but it won't be a shrill high pitched twiney type of sound either. It's about right in the middle ground for laptop speakers, I'd actually rather listen through the built in speakers rather than put on a heavy set of TDK headsets. Graphics: More than acceptable for a laptop. Don't buy it expecting to get super high desktop type of performance in your games, that simply won't happen, but if you want or need to game on a laptop than for the price (when on sale) this is a great laptop to buy, IMHO. Keyboard: The keyboard does light up which makes using it at night great. However... It does NOT light up until you have logged into Windows 8, which means if you're trying to enter your password in a dark room at night, it makes it a bit of a pain in the butt to do so and could have been alleviated by simply making the keyboard light up as soon as it gets power instead of waiting until you've logged into Windows 8. Display: The display is beautiful, the colors feel spot on, and there's plenty of room in the adjustments to make it brighter or less bright. Non gloss screen makes it so that I don't have terrible room light reflecting off the screen back into my eyes. Portability I love that it's only around 5.5lbs and a gaming laptop, my Asus G74 is also a gaming laptop but more of a desktop alternative laptop as it is a 17.3" screen and weighs something close to 8 to 9.9lbs so this G46 feels very light at only 5.5lbs. And it fits in standard backpack style laptop bags. Cool factor: It's got a very cool Asus ROG (republic of gamers) logo on the lid and it lights up. I didn't notice it myself until somebody at the local coffee house commented on how it looked really cool with the logo all lit up and I have to agree, it does. Desktop vs Laptop: Don't buy this expecting to get full desktop computer performance in the games that you play, you won't get that. But what you will get is acceptable performance in many games for a laptop computer. Where I might get 60, 80 or 100+ FPS in a game on my desktop computer, in this laptop I might only get between 25 and 50 FPS which to my eyes is acceptable performance. For a laptop that is under $1000 the performance in the games that I play is more than acceptable. The Nvidia GTX 660m GPU with 2 GB DDR5 dedicated VRAM is awesome for a laptop and IMO works awesome with the screen resolution of 1366x768 (this laptops native resolution). I have also plugged in my big ol' 24" monitor at 1920 x 1200 and while the FPS do drop a bit, they are still in what I consider my acceptable performance range for FPS. Overall, I love this laptop, I felt the price is a bit on the high side (but that's a best buy issue, not really an Asus issue) but for what I got, I love this laptop and would definitely buy it again if I had to. I'm only sorry that they couldn't give us 2 hard drives so that I could put in a primary SSD drive as well as a traditional large HDD for data storage. That is really the only major con to this laptop but not one that would prevent me from buying it again if this laptop got into an accident of some sort and I needed to get a replacement. It's a really nice alternative for gaming if you for some reason need or want to game on a laptop. If you're only a business user (i.e. documents, web surfing, email etc) then it's way overkill for that, if you are a combo like I am, business use as well as gaming then it's just great for a sub $1000 laptop.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great laptop with a few minor set backs
Great laptop with a few minor set backsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
First off i want to say that this is a really great laptop once you get past the (possible) initial annoyances. For me the annoyance was the system not recognizing the dedicated graphics card, when I initially ran older games the computer seriously underperformed. For example I ran GTA IV at its highest settings and bench marked it and I only averaged 10 FPS. I knew that this was obviously because the computer was using the integrated intel 4000 HD graphics as opposed to the 660m powerhouse that it should have ran. even changing the preferred graphics setup in the Nvidia control panel didn't alleviated the issues. so after days of looking for a way to correct it i returned it to best buy for the same model. Come to find out that this model had the same issue, games Like Fallout 3, Saints row the third, and Splinter cell conviction wouldn't even launch on steam for me. I finally gave the computer a software restore after spending hours on the phone with Nvidia. after the factory restore everything worked like a charm, the graphics card was finally recognized and i was able to launch all of my games. I'm not writing this to discourage people from purchasing this computer, I just want you to be informed that there is a chance that things may not run correctly right out the box and a software restore is a great place to start if your computer is under preforming. After I solved the problem i couldnt be happier, this thing runs like a charm. I highly recommended this to gamers on a budget, its a really solid machine that can run almost everything you throw at it. I just wish that an i7 option was avaliable from best buy as well, but i suppose you cant win them all. below are the games I've run post factory reset and the average FPS, keep in mind that this is all at 1080p and everything on its highest settings... BioShock - 60+ FPS BioShock 2 - 60+ FPS The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim - 35 - 45 FPS (with HD textures installed, without 50+ FPS) Fallout 3 - 50 -66 FPS GTA IV - 54.6 FPS GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty CIty - 50 FPS PlanetSide 2 - 25-30 FPS Sleeping Dogs (no HD texture packs) 60 FPS Sniper Elite V2 - 45 FPSSorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for student/gamer
Great for student/gamer|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this laptop about a month and a half ago and I honestly have 0 legitimate complaints. Every aspect of the laptop is top notch, from the styling to the performance. I run gta 4, skyrim, and farcry 3 all on max and they are pure butter. I use mine as a student as well so that's why I went with a smaller sized laptop. If you are looking for a pure gaming laptop, you may want to consider going a model up so you have an available disc drive and number pad.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Much better than Sony Viao
Much better than Sony ViaoPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I traded in my Sony Viao E14 which was the exact same price as this computer, and my god did I make the right decision. While the Sony had an i7 processor and 2gb graphics, this Asus blows it out of the water in terms of performance. Also, the build quality on the Viao felt cheap and plastic and it got fingerprints EVERYWHERE. By the way, I do not miss the touchscreen one bit. The build quality here is amazing. It had a rubbery outside that feels very sturdy and would protect from scratches/fingerprints, it is also surprisingly light for a gaming laptop. The LEDs look very nice in dark rooms and you can actually control the backlight on the keyboard unlike the Viao which used a terrible light sensor. Don't let the standard resolution fool you. The screen looks great. The lower resolution helps games perform even better and you can play games on higher settings. I would much prefer this resolution over a fingerprint covered 1600x900 screen with poor gaming performance. My only minor criticisms about this laptop is that it only uses USB 3.0 which seems like a good thing, but some audio interfaces I use are only compatible with 2.0 at the moment. Also the lack of an optical drive hinders me from playing some older games, but I plan on getting an external drive anyway.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent processing speed
Excellent processing speed|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
As is typical of most Asus computers, it is basically flawless in every aspect of its performance but with a little bit of getting used to in the keyboard department. Some of the keys are more or less sensitive than others, and I frequently end up missing spaces between words. That said, once you buy an external CD drive (I imagine that sacrifice went into more processing speed), the only thing that is less than awesome about this computer is Windows 8. Which is awful to look at and awful to use. Glad I still have my Windows 7 security key. The internal mic is also not the best, but if you plan on doing any serious recording, you should be using an external anyway. Also, it has a Thunderbolt port which I'm stoked about.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent gaming laptop
Excellent gaming laptop|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have no complaints for this product whatsoever. I'm an experienced computer repair technician and this laptop is the best I've ever had. The Asus G46 plays even the most graphics-heavy games with ease due to the 2GB of dedicated video RAM on top of the 8GB of processing RAM. The computer boots up beautifully (around 5 seconds), the dual-exhaust fan system keeps it from ever thinking of overheating, and the battery lasts for hours. This is an all-around awesome laptop.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.