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If you're looking for a mobile road warrior, you can immediately scratch the N750JV off your list. This 3.3kg brute is designed for the couch-loving indoors life, with only the occasional trip outside.
It's not merely that this is a physically imposing product that will cause back strain if you try to move it. The combination of a mammoth screen and powerful innards also make this a battery destroyer. Now that we've got that out of the way, we can look at what the N750JV does well, performing as a very capable desktop replacement.
Design and features
The polished aluminium exterior is complemented by the glowing Asus logo, which looks extremely reminiscent of Apple's designs. Opening the display continues this sense of deja vu, with the keyboard's aluminium design looking almost identical to a MacBook Pro, with the exception of the stylish speaker outputs. Unfortunately, the love letter to the MacBook ends with the plastic underside, which cheapens the otherwise premium styling. Perhaps this was a necessary evil to keep the weight almost bearable?
The huge 17.3-inch screen proudly wears a matte finish, making it one of the few laptops that is usable in daylight, a lesson that we wish more manufacturers would learn. Packing 1920x1080 pixels, it's surprisingly crisp and clear for such a large display, though the colour reproduction isn't quite as vivid as we'd like. Thankfully, contrast and brightness performance are both admirable, as is the viewing angle. The full-sized island keyboard is backlit, and key travel is perfect, with a firm, even range of motion. We do wish the left shift key wasn't so tiny, though, as it took some getting used to. Finally, the touch pad is outstanding, especially the tight, responsive buttons.
Matching the quality display is one of the better sound solutions we've seen in a laptop of late. Twin Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers combine with an external miniature subwoofer to pack a serious audio punch. We'd go so far as to say it's perfectly usable for watching movies without the use of quality headphones — a rarity indeed.