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The Good Very powerful processor; Impressive gaming performance; Excellent Full HD screen; Loads of storage.

The Bad Pricey; Design won't suit everyone; No touchscreen to make the most of Windows 8.

The Bottom Line The Asus G75VW is far from pretty and it certainly isn't cheap, but it redeems itself by providing a massive serving of power for both general computing and gaming. The bold, Full HD screen sadly lacks the touch capabilities for Windows 8 though.

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Not all laptops are created equal. Some are small, portable little things while others are monstrous, turbo-charged beasts. The G75VW is the latter.

This gaming-specific laptop packs a potent Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce graphics card with 3GB of VRAM inside a whopping chassis with a design reminiscent of a stealth bomber.

That lot doesn't come cheap though. It's available from Amazon for the princely sum of £1,630, but if you're a dedicated gamer wanting to explore Skyrim from the loo, it has much to offer.

Should I buy the Asus G75VW?

If you're looking for a portable laptop for work on the move then no, absolutely not. The Asus G75VW is a huge, hulking lump of laptop, designed to live on your table at home, rather than in your bag on the go.

It might come with an equally big price tag, but it offers a lot in return. Its Full HD screen is bright and bold and its burly Core i7 processor tears through even the more demanding tasks without a second thought. For the gamers, there's a strong Nvidia graphics card that chews through the top titles at full resolution.

There's no touchscreen though, so you'll be forced to make your way around Windows 8 with the standard trackpad, and its stealth-bomber stylings certainly won't appeal to everyone. If you're after a laptop to enjoy the glossy world of PC gaming from the comfort of your sofa, the Asus G75VW is a good option to consider.

There are alternatives though -- Toshiba's Qosmio X870 put in a similarly good performance in my tests, but has recently been updated to give it even more power. It'll cost you £1,800 though, making the G75VW seem a bit more reasonable.

Design and build quality

After a super-light laptop to whisk off on your travels? Keep on moving, chum, this isn't the machine you're looking for. The G75VW is an unquestionable beast. It's 415mm wide, 320mm deep and is 52mm thick at its fattest point. It's certainly not going to slide easily into your backpack.

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Don't try lugging this monster around -- it'll be much better off sitting nice and still on a desk.

That's not much of a problem though as at 4.5kg you're not likely to ever want to carry it out of the house. Instead its home is on your desk, among bottles of Mountain Dew and empty Doritos packets, or perhaps periodically undertaking a shift to your lap when you want to shoot your virtual friends in the face from the comfort of your sofa.

Its design isn't too far removed from the angular, aggressive stylings of the Asus LamborghiniVX7. This recent iteration's been slightly toned down, but you can certainly spot the family resemblance. The ridges on the lid are present, as are the angry-looking "exhaust" vents on the back -- thankfully there are no pretend brake lights here.

In most other ways it's every bit as daft though. The Lamborghini logo has gone, but the stealth-bomber aesthetic will still get the pulse of every teenage gamer racing faster than a can of Red Bull and an espresso. The matte black coating, steel grey keyboard tray and lack of any glowing LEDs make it look just suave enough that it might appeal to those of you old enough to hold a UK driver's licence.

Construction seems generally quite good -- great news, considering how much you're expected to shell out for it. There's little flex in the lid and practically none in the keyboard tray or wrist rest. The rear 'bumper' seems much more firm than it did on previous iterations too. Rather than being right at the back, the screen's hinge has been brought forward, which makes the opening action feel very sturdy and helps it sit firmly on your desk when you're typing -- or, more likely, attacking civilians -- for hours on end.

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The Asus G75VW is a well-constructed, sturdy old brute.

On the sides you'll find four USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, separate headphone and microphone jacks, a mini display port, HDMI out and an Ethernet port. There's also a Blu-ray drive to enjoy your high-definition discs on the Full HD screen. Storage is taken care of by a pair of 1TB hard drives, giving a generous 2TB of overall storage -- plenty of room for games, movies and TV shows.

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