Geoff strode into my office, dressed in his Sunday best and enjoying a glass of 9AM Vodka Daniels. “I got a job for you,” he shouted, clearly hoping that by raising his voice he would frighten out any leftover interns who had escaped our previous purges. “We got some new hardware in, and I want you to review the Asus G750J laptop”. “But Geoff,” I started blubbering, “I can’t do it. You know I can’t do hardware. Not after the war. Not after what happened at…Macho Grande”.
“NONSENSE,” Geoff screamed, while replacing the highball glass that he had left stuck in my face with one of my favourite My Little Pony glasses, pouring himself a concoction that was part rum, part leftover Charlie Sheen blood. “Matty got his afro stuck in the ceiling fans again, and Al is busy reviewing a new bee hive from Apple,” Geoff explained with a hint of demented glee in his eyes at he heard Sandy scream about bees in the hall. “You’re the only person we have left who can review this laptop. And besides, Gavin is busy meeting with various studios and arranging 11/10 reviews for their games”.
“Fine, I’ll do it. give me some time to disengage the auto-writer so long”. I put my review gloves on, and tightened up my big boy pants. It was time to review some hardware again, and I was hoping that any of my various gods would have mercy on me.
Chapter 1 – Back in black
An hour later, the Asus G750J was lowered into my office. It was big. No, that’s an understatement. It was bloody massive. It was big enough to land fighter jets on. It was massive enough to be used as a blunt force trauma instrument should I ever want to get rid of that damn stalker we had lurking in the ceiling. Hell, I could hold meetings with the Avengers if I wanted to, because this laptop was as massive as the SHIELD Helicarrier. And hot damn, it was sexy.
The Asus G750J looked like the bastard child of a Lamborghini Aventador and a Decepticon. Plain black, with a rubberised texture and some sexy exhaust fans in the trunk. Opening her up revealed a screen so damn bright that I could use it to blast moths out of the sky, while the chiclet keyboard below the 17 inch display had a faux stainless steel feel, making the hardware feel solid. It may have been love at first sight.
I switched the G750J on, while she turned me on in response. Whisper-quiet, and quicker than your first time in the sack when she started up. She started humming, and was purring like a tiger after it had eaten some lost tourists. The Asus G750J certainly talked the talk. Now it was time to see if it could walk the walk. With some games.
Chapter 2 – Let there be rock
We had a bunch of games to try out. Need For Speed Most Wanted had me dodging traffic and earning new cars at a blistering smooth frame-rate on max settings. But that was merely the appetizer. I then moved onto some Medal Of Honour: Warfighter, which despite boasting a terrible name, still had some decent visuals that could contribute to the test. At 1920 x 1080 resolution, with all those settings cranked to the max, the G750J once again made light work of the challenge before it. It was like throwing a hundred ninjas at a 1980s version of Steve Seagal, except with less blood and talk about the environment.
But it was time for the main course. There’s a reason why everybody asks “Can it run Crysis?”, and that’s because that’s the end-level boss of games when it comes to testing graphics. The big kahuna, the Ayotollah of rock ‘n rolla, the king and queen of cheese. We didn’t have Crysis on us though. What we had, was Crysis 2, the Maximum Director’s Cut Edition and a few high-res mods. It was time to get serious.
And by the hammer of Mighty Thor, did the Asus G750J ace that test. This was a game that we were running at full spec, ultra details dialled up and a fire department on standby in case we overheat the CPU and burn down another small Russian village. With those settings activated and the resolution at full high definition, Crysis 2 ran like a dream. It played like a fantasy, while console fanboys looked at their shiny new Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s in disgust. The biggest hurdle we had was thrown at the Asus G750J, and the gaming laptop didn’t just jump over, it paused in mid-air and landed a Wrestlemania elbow on the obstacle in front of it.
Interestingly enough, we did discover one small caveat to all of this. Despite the Asus boasting the advantage of being a device that you can move around LANS without needing to use a exoskeleton and an 18 wheeler truck to transport everything, playing games on the go resulted in diminished returns. Games are best played when this machine is plugged, with the GPU clearly compensating for travel, leaving games to suffer.
Chapter 3 – High voltage
Like a fat kid in a candy shop, I knew the G750J was going to be hungry. After all, gaming laptops aren’t exactly known for being fuel efficient, and with a massive crisp screen, high-end hardware and other software running on it, the clock was ticking. Running the device in a power-save mode with the screen brightness turned down by half and general applications such as web-browsing, watching videos and typing up some stories, resulted in around three hours of use.
Not exactly spectacular, but more than capable for a day ahead. In real terms however, unplugging the G750J and going full speed ahead resulted in just over an hour of use, while recharging it all the way back up to 100% power took around two hours to complete. All in all, a very average battery lifespan.
Chapter 4 – For those about to rock, we salute you
As a media device, the Asus G750J was like carrying a small cinema around. The massive screen was sharp and captured every single unwanted wrinkle and blemish on the face of a Hollywood star, while the sound was loud and clear enough to scatter various pigeons away from my neighbourhood. There are most likely various other methods of watching blu-rays or listening to music that don’t require setting up a small Dolby Surround Sound lab in your house, but all that hardware most certainly does benefit the games you want to play, and having access to it for more mundane entertainment certainly doesn’t hurt at all.
Chapter 5 – The nuts and bolts
Right, enough hyperbole. Let’s break it down now. The Asus G750J isn’t cheap. It’ll set you back around R34 899, according to our friends at Evetech. So what’s in the sexy box? What does all your cash get you? Here are the official specs of the G750J that I used:
- CPU – Intel Core i7
- CPU Speed – i7-4700HQ 2.40GHz
- CPU Support – 6M Cache up to 3.40GHz
- Screen size – 17.3″
- Memory Size – 16GB
- Hard Disk – 256GB SSD + 1.5TB HDD
- Optical Drive – Blu-Ray writer
- Graphics Card – Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M
- Video Memory – 4GB
- Graphic Type – Dedicated Card
- RAM – 2 x 8GB DDR3L at 1600Mhz
- Memory Slot (Total) – 4
- Max Memory Supported – 32GB
And then it was time to use some 3DMark to give it a proper benchmarking. Remember, the benefit about 3DMark is that it’s the Switzerland of benchmarking programs. It doesn’t favour either AMD or Nvidia, so results are very, very fair. Here are the numbers that were spat out at us:
No matter which brand you buy when it comes to gaming laptops, you’re going to be forking out plenty of cash. That’s a fact of life. What you want when you buy such a device however, is a pack up and go LAN machine that is minimal fuss and just pure gaming. And in that regard, the G750J more than delivers. It may lose some power when it’s unplugged when you’re looking to do some high end gaming, but the size and weight of the latop most likely means that you won’t be keeping it away from an outlet for too long.
And in that respect, the Asus G750J is a lot like one of my favourite AC/DC songs. A whole lotta Rosie.
Last Updated: August 27, 2014