Asus G51J-3D review: Asus G51J-3D

Juice box
Asus G51J-3D Average watts per hour
Off 0.56
Sleep 1.66
Idle 35.35
Load 110.36
Raw kWh Number 195.86
Annual power consumption cost $22.23

The G51J ran for just 59 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That would be considered poor for even a 17-inch desktop replacement, and for a 15-inch laptop, it's extremely laughable. Obviously powering the high-end CPU and GPU, dual hard drives, and 3D components all take a serious toll on battery life.

Annual power consumption cost

Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
$17.45 
Asus G51J-3D
$22.23 

Asus includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, but its online support veers wildly from usable to just plain broken (we've found the main U.S. Asus home page to be occasionally unreachable). After digging around on three different related support subsites, we did manage to finally dig up the U.S. 24-7 toll-free support number, which is 888-678-3688.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF*  
1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF*  
Asus G51J-3D @1,280x720 / @1,366x768
93.9 
44.1 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Asus G51J-3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M; (2) 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M; HDD No. 1: 64GB, Toshiba SSD / HDD No. 2: 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Dell Studio 1747
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650; 320GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

HP Pavilion dv7-3085dx
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 6,144MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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    Asus G51J-3D

    Part Number: G51J-3D Released: Dec 15, 2009

    As shown: $1,699

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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Dec 15, 2009
    • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
    • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Color blue
    • Weight 7.3 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
    • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M - 1 GB DDR3 VRAM
    • CPU Intel Core i7 720QM / 1.6 GHz