Asus G75VW review:

Asus G75VW

Our configuration, at $1,499, is one of the least expensive configurations, featuring a still-impressive 12GB of RAM, a quad-core Core i7-3610M processor, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics, along with a 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive. Other configurations bump up the RAM from 12GB to 16GB, offer faster solid-state drives (SSDs) or, alternatively, a 1.5TB hard drive, and offer a bumped-up CPU (Core i7-3720) and graphics (Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M). Most models we found online didn't exceed $2,199, so the G75VW isn't exactly a backbreaker like some Alienware and Origin top-end configurations; then again, $2,000 is hardly cheap.

Like any bleeding-edge gaming laptop, you're being offered far more computing power than the average person would know what to do with. Intel's latest quad-core third-generation Core i7 processors offer a modest bump up from last year's CPUs: in our benchmark tests, the 2.3GHz Core i7-2670QM processor in the Asus G75VW brought gains of up to 20 percent, particularly in multitasking.

In the graphics department, the newer Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M GPU holds its own, and then some. Metro 2033 ran at 14.3 frames per second at 1,920x1,080 pixels with graphics settings at high. Street Fighter IV ran faster, at 99fps. Anecdotally, Batman: Arkham City and Portal 2 both played very well at full 1,920x1,080 pixels and graphics set to high. The recently reviewed Ivy Bridge-equipped Origin EON17-S outperforms the Asus G75VW, but that Origin laptop costs $3,499.

Juice box
Asus G75VW Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.82
Sleep (10 percent) 1.30
Idle (25 percent) 23.22
Load (5 percent) 65.49
Raw kWh 84.99
Annual power consumption cost $9.65

Annual power consumption cost

The Asus G75VW lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes on CNET's video-playback battery drain test: that's about par for high-end desktop replacement-type gaming beasts (actually, it's better than average). Keep that massive charging brick handy and close by.

Asus offers a standard one-year warranty with the G75VW-AS71. Asus' Web site and its Republic of Gamers portal are relatively easy to navigate for software downloads, but the overall customer experience Asus provides is a step back from the white-glove feel that more recognizable quantities like Alienware and Origin can provide.

The Asus G75VW-AS71 is a new set of processors in a slightly thinned-down gaming laptop box. The result is better than ever, but the price you're paying is still really high, even if it's less than half the price of stacked gaming rigs. If you value top-notch specs over any sort of portability, the G75VW could be your dream machine.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Street Fighter IV (in fps)
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Native resolution, 2X AA, V Sync Off  

Metro 2033 (in fps)
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1,366x768, High, DX11, AAA, 4X AF  

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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