Asus - Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - White/Black
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- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Gaming SeriesYes
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Processor PlatformIntel® Centrino® 2
- Type of Memory (RAM)PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM
- Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
- Additional Audio/Video ConnectorsHDMI
- AudioAzalia audio chip
- SpeakersBuilt-in stereo
- Laptop WeightStandard (more than 5.5 lbs.)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwarePower 4 Gear, Life-Frame 3, CyberLink Power2Go, Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 and more
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 84 reviews(84 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great gaming laptop for great price!Posted .
Hey guys, I bought this laptop a little over a month ago mostly for gaming and I'm loving it! I kept going to this review section (the one I am writing on right now) and checking daily for any updates/new reviews. Before that though, I was thinking of buying an A-ware laptop due to its popularity and ads all over the place. I didn't and I am very glad I got this one instead! Lots of specs on both laptops are the same, but the price is very different. Thought I'd leave my (first) opinion/review on this beast. G51VX-RX05 is one heck of a powerful laptop than I could ever expected. It plays almost all of my games on highest or high settings without any glitches, lags, slowdowns whatsoever. Here's the list of my games that follows and the amount of fps I get: -Red Faction Guerrilla (30-40fps) -Crysis (18-30fps) -The Sims 3 (35-40+fps) -Resident Evil 5 (35-60fps) -Dead Space (50+fps) -Ghostbusters (30+fps) -Need for Speed SHIFT (60+fps) -Fallout 3 (40-50fps) -Bioshock(35-50fps) You can watch my Fraps games benchmarks on YT channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Whinestee The laptop itself is a sexy one. The keyboard can be illuminated if you want which is really good when playing games at nighttime. The screen quality is top A. I don't know why some people don't like its wide-screen resolution, most games support 1366x768 nowadays. I'll just get to pros & cons now. Pros: The graphics card, plenty of memory, stylish design and look, lots of hard drive space, the price (those in budget like me should really consider this). I'd say everything is pros except those 3 cons below. Cons: CPU speed - it could be better (though there's always an option to install a better one), heat - it gets pretty hot when it comes to playing games (don't put it on a lap or bed!), fingerprints - touch this laptop anywhere inside with your fingertip and voila! you get a fingerprint mark. ____________ Overall, it is a great laptop, especially for such a price! It's a steal, seriously. I'd recommend this laptop to anyone but most of all, you, gamers out there. You won't be disappointed. So, why are you still here reading this? Go n' get it! =)I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Laptop for the pricePosted .
I've had this laptop for a couple weeks now and have had no real issues with it at all. Unlike most laptops, it requires no real setup other than to get online. Just remove some of the bloatware from bestbuy and what not and it's ready to roll. I've played World of Warcraft, at ultra settings and great performance all around. The newer areas have some slower performance, but not game altering or deal breaking slowdowns. I'm also playing Batman Arkham Asylum on it right now, and everything is on high except Anti-Alising, which is at 8XQ, and this thing pulls 40-50 FPS. My only downs on it are: it is heavy, but it's a BEAST of a laptop. The other thing to mention is the heat. Run a game and the GPU shoots to about 80 Farenheit. That makes for a good stream of hot exhaust of the left side. I dunno about anyone else, but without a cooler between me and the laptop, it makes me warm enough to be uncomfortable. The card DOES cool VERY quickly after exiting the game. It takes maybe 60 seconds to get down to idle temp of low 60's. Lastly, it only has a 1366x768 max resolution on the built in display. (i have not used an external display as of yet.) I recommend the laptop to anyone that wants a good laptop for school AND gaming.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
2 DEFECTIVE ONES IN A ROLL!Posted .
Owned two of these. 1st one hard drive made buzzing noise + the wireless will not stay online consistently. I downloaded and upgraded the latest intel pro wireless driver for 5100 series, no use. I went to network place and adjust connection, change channel, change power off/on setting, temporarily fixed but after a day, started to kick me offline again. Bestbuy was great! allowed me to exchange one. Took it home, connect online no problem, but shortly afterward, started to kick me off again. I have a Dell Inspiron and Apple macbook pro (2009) at home, both connect 24/7 no problem. Then while IDLING doing nothing, the GTX 260M temperature idles from 66C to 85C !!!! This is not even surfing the internet nor touching it at all. I would not have realized it had the fan not sudden kick in high gear. This was on either entertainment or power saver mode. Not even high performance mode! Click on picture for proof, HDD and CPU all low temp due to idle and video card at 85C for no reason. Other than those two crucial problems, I did install and play COD WAW with fast frame rate and crisp LED no problem. Laptop WITH battery weigh 7.5 pounds. Power brick is 1 LB. Also you WILL need a 17 inches laptop backpack to house this laptop. This was made on a 17 inches chasis. I'm hoping I just got a bad batch, but the quality control on this baby was a bit lacking. I returned both and will let the production run for a while then I MAY try again. Verdict: There is no machine you an get with this spec at this price. But the "you get what you pay for" may be true. However I have not lost total confidence in Asus yet. My advise is if you were to buy it, immediately open it and test it out, leave it on 24/7 and run game or other benchmark to stress test it. This is to give you enough time to exchange should any problems arise.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Definitely impressivePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I'm what you call "a nightmare story". I saved up a good chunk of money to get a nice gaming laptop. I first bought the Gateway FX, which was the laptop of my dreams. Unfortunately, within the two week period, my video card crashed causing any time I ran a movie or game, to lock up my computer. I returned it, got a full refund. I wanted to get another Gateway FX, but instead, I decided to go with the Asus G50VT. After two months, my video card crapped out on me, thus making me return the beautiful G50VT. Let me tell you, I was pretty frustrated, but the people at Best Buy were amazing to work with. I had the 3 year warranty protection, and it was still under manufacturer's warranty. What I was afraid of was that I would have to pay the difference of the laptop since it was 100.00 more. However, the people at Best Buy and Geek Squad worked, so that I got my new laptop without any money out of my pocket as well as my 3 year added warranty. The guy that works at the Geek Squad as well as the young lady who helped me during the return, freakin' amazing. I will definitely go back to Best Buy because of their great customer service. The guys at Geek Squad offered me a swap, but I had to wait four days to get this laptop that I'm typing on currently, the Asus G51. Let me tell you, I was definitely impressed when I took it out of the box. It just has such a modern and clean look to it. But the kicker was the performance. Out of the box, it doesn't come with any superfluous software that you have to end up deleting anyway. I only use this laptop STRICTLY for gaming and surfing the internet. And let me tell you, it is awesome. The 1GB video card, definitely packs a punch. This might sound kind of weird, but they redesigned the battery to be a lot smaller, and it doesn't jut out like it did in the Asus G50. Sometimes, it would fit awkward in a laptop backpack because of that jutting out. But they did fix that design. I'm happy with this laptop, I'm definitely happy with the customer service I received at Best Buy, and I will definitely shop there again.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Absolutly great gaming rig, overall amazingPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
* 1GB GDDR3 Nvidia Cuda 260m vid card is great on performance * processor is stock at 2.0 ghz , but is easily overclockable with stock program or SETFSB or the Nvidia tools * Super fast hard drive at 7200rpm and great storage space * 4 Gigs of ddr2 800 upgradable to 8 gigs easily. This laptop is absolutly amazing for the price i paid. Im an avid , traveling gamer and needed something portable to take with me on the road. Well, after 3 weeks of research i dont think i could have picked anything better for the money, or the performace aspect. - Game stats ( Keep in mind , these are all stock out of box with only the software on the computer used to overclock) World of Warcraft High performance - 145+ Framerates in northrend areas and a few higher populated areas. Drops to about 138 in dalaran when there are alot of people. Entertainment - Still topping FPS at 135+ in northrend and Old world content and high populated areas. Only drops to 120+ in Dalaran when populated there. Quiet Office and Battery mode - even on these modes you will still pull anywhere from 30-50 Fps in northrend and lower populated areas and 25 fps in dalaran running around. Raiding is absolutly a breeze now. absolutly no lag and no spikes, unless its blizz's server side lag. And consntantly smooth. Even in the middle of a fight with stuff being everywere on the screen its still about 85 fps the whole fight. CoD5 and CoD4 - CoD 4 Maxxed at the in game fps at 75 becuase that is the limit the game will show unless you run the console command to allow it to show higher. when this was done i was pusing 110-120 with absolutely no lag and no screen tearing or anything. Flawlessly smooth. CoD5 was a little lower at around 95 due to the graphics in the game being a little more intense. The Crysis benchmark - 25-30 Fps On High performance and enternainment mode. will not run smooth on battery or quiet office mode. Those are the only games i have tested so far but by the looks of this thing, there isnt really anything it cant run. Now the bads. There isnt much wrong with this Notebook with the money that you pay for it. believe me, you wont go wrong with it. Just make sure you have the extra 30-50 bucks to cash out on a Antec laptop cooler, or another good name cause this thing is hot hot hot. After about an hour and a half of wow, on high performance the GPU card maxxed temp was 89 degrees. Even though i called ASUS and they assured that the CPU and the GPU would be ok, the the temps reaching 95 before the thing would shut off, its still a little close for comfort. After i bought the cooling pad , on high performance i can keep the temps between 58 and 75 whle gaming. The battery life is fairly short, but you can also buy a 9 or a 12 cell battery which will increase it a good bit. Stock battery runs around and hour and a half max on high performace mode without being plugged in. In quiet office, maybe 1hr 45 max on time not being plugged in. O yea, and dont forget. A BACKLIT KEYBOARD! helps when playing games at night in bed . With that being said, You will not go wrong witht his laptop unless you get a bad manufactuer batch of tops, but that can happen with anything. Im pleased with everything under the sun for what i need it to do. I would recommended this to anyone for being a great laptop.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Get this computer now! You won't regret it!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Well, to start off, I received this computer as a birthday gift a couple weeks ago. The computer out-performs any PC I have ever used or messed around with. The Nvidia 1GB graphics card is absolutely amazing in this Laptop! The color is so much better than I have seen in most laptops, and its screen display is clear, bright, and certainly awesome. Also, the 3D sound is very nice, and clear. Most laptops have bad quality sound, but this one has plain awesome sound! I have not installed many programs, but I plan to keep it that way because there are not many I need. It has handled all of them perfectly smooth and with no issues. I have yet to have a program become un-responsive. Just to try it out, I opened Internet Explorer, opened up 5 tabs, (YouTube, Facebook, Myspace, Worldofwarcraft.com, and Twitter) Windows Life Messenger, World of Warcraft, and iTunes, and the PC still ran smooth with no issues or lag what-so-ever. Its multitasking power is very good. It does handle games very well. The only game I have installed, and will probably ever play on this PC is World of Warcraft. I have all my settings maxed out, and of course, it ran smooth with no lag at some of the biggest areas in the game. The computer looks great! Its outer Republic of Gamers case is awesome! Inside, with a mostly black finish, great back-lit keyboard, and quality touch pad (with scroll bar) that doesn't feel weird. It also has a built in Webcam with Microphone that works fairly well, but webcams have not come far in the last year. The only complaints I have about the computer is, the inside does smudge easily, so you will be wiping it often with a cleaning cloth. Also, hair and dust flies to it, so that can be a little annoying. The disk drive runs a little loud when you have a disk inserted but you get used to it. Overall it is a quiet computer. My main complaint is the battery. I have yet to try it on other settings, but on default settings, the battery only last about an hour and a half. Bottom line: This computer is an AWESOME, high performance computer for a great price. If you are thinking about getting it, don't think anymore, just get it! Sorry it was so long! Thanks for reading. :)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very, very solid productPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
THE GOOD The case is simply dazzling. I really like the white, even though it does show dirt, the lighting on the outside of the case and the backlit keyboard. The nvidia gtx 260m is an almost excessively powerful graphics card. I can run Crysis on high settings at native resolution with no lagging/tearing, so I assume you can run all of your direct x 9 games on max settings and most newer games on high-max settings. 4 gigs of ram is plenty. Some are mistaken in thinking that since the ram is not ddr3, it is inferior. Benchmarks have shown that the performance advantage between ddr2 and ddr3 ram is very little, and not worth the large price gap. I would have liked a 500gb hdd, but 320 is ample space to store a large amount of videos, music, etc. I like the 7200 rpm, very nice for gaming. THE BAD The cooling system on this product is somewhat flawed. To save space, asus positioned the gpu directly after the cpu in the cooling system pipeline. This means that air flows over the cpu before it flows over the gpu, causing the air to already be somewhat heating once it reaches the gpu. The gpu has been reported to reach temps as high as 90C under load, a dangerously high temperature. Temps this high can drastically reduce the life of laptops. The cpu included with this product is below the standards for a typical high performance laptop. I don't know why asus didnt spend the extra $50 or so to upgrade to a decent processor, but it weighs the entire system down. The cpu is definitely the bottleneck in this system. CONCLUSION Even though there are a few flaws, this laptop is a must-buy simply because of the price. No other laptop will give you these components with this price. The gpu temperatures are high but within the tolerable range and the processor can be upgraded if you should decide to do so later down the road. Overall great product.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Extremely good bang-for-the-buck!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I originally bought this model after doing some homework and found it to be the best value for the money. Keep in mind this is technically a desktop replacement which, when compared to the average notebook, throws battery life and portability to the wind in the name of all out performance. If you're looking for a lightweight model that can go for hours and hours on a charge then I suggest hitting your back button now. If you're looking to game on the move while getting desktop-like performance then please read on. PROS: 1. Price is hard to beat for those 'just wanting to get into' a gaming notebook 2. Remains cool on ones lap during non-gaming tasks 3. Great build quality 4. Backlit keyboard is handy in low-light conditions 5. White lid is great at resisting finger prints Cons 1. Processor could be better 2. Screen could not only be bigger but also sport a higher resolution Considering the price, the above mentioned aren't really cons but they are what you're basically sacrificing by sticking with the low price. The processor is 2.0GHz (can be overclocked via a built in utility to 2.15GHz) which is great for everyday tasks but some newer games will slowdown because of the lack in processor power. I feel that the GTX260M would shine even more with a better processor in this Asus especially considering the relatively low screen resolution (the lower the resolution and detail settings, the more work the processor has to do in relation to the graphics card). You could always upgrade to a more powerful CPU but at a cost that would put you within scratching distance of the higher model Asus. Secondly is the screen. It's a 15.6" sporting 1366x768 which is basically a standard widescreen model that you would find on a typical 15" notebook. It's not bad by any means but notebooks of this caliber usually sport a 17" and at least 1440x900. Gaming performance: -Left 4 Dead: Anti-aliasing and lighting must be reduced to preserve smooth gameplay in heavy situations -EVE Online: plays smooth absolutely maxed out -Half Life 2: plays smooth absolutely maxed out -Burnout Paradise: many settings must be lowered to "medium" to preserve smooth gameplay in detailed sections of the map -Starcraft: plays maxed out :) If you want to get out the door only spending the bare minimum for something that will certainly play modern games then this is it. If price isn't as much of a concern I suggest looking to the next model up in the food chain as it is even better suited to the task.