Asus ROG G750JZ review

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We’ve seen a smattering of high-end gaming laptops in recent months, but Asus’ ROG G750JZ is in a class all of its own. Taking a giant-sized 17.3in display as a starting point, Asus has packed a suitably huge chassis with only the most choice of high-end laptop hardware – the G750JZ is a serious gaming laptop with a suitably serious price.

Asus ROG G750JZ

Asus ROG G750JZ review: design

Physically, Asus’ laptop is monstrously large and foreboding. Wrought entirely from heavy, black matte plastic, the only interruption to the Asus’ all-black chassis is the white Asus logo set in the middle of its thick, hefty-feeling lid. The G750JZ’s wedge-shaped profile tapers forwards like the menacing bonnet of a supercar, and a huge pair of intake and exhaust fans hidden behind thick, plastic grilles expel hot air from its rear.

At 4.8kg, it’s arm-achingly heavy, and the brick-sized PSU catapults the device’s overall heft to a 5.4kg, but this isn’t a laptop we’d be worried to take out of the house. The build quality feels taut and rigid, and there’s barely a hint of flex or give anywhere around the Asus’ muscle-bound physique.

Asus ROG G750JZ review: specification & performance

Rumbling inside the G750JZ is some of the most high-end core hardware we’ve seen in a laptop. There’s a 2.4GHz Core i7-4860HQ supported by 16GB DDR3 RAM and accompanied by a 1.5TB hard disk and 256GB SanDisk SSD. As we expected from such an impressive hardware array, the Asus laptop had no problem zipping through our suite of Real World Benchmarks, and it smashed its way through with a potent Overall score of 0.98.

Predictably, the G750JZ also proved itself to be a gaming powerhouse; armed with its Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M dedicated GPU equipped with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, the demands of Full HD gaming barely saw it break a sweat. In our Crysis benchmark, with graphical detail set to its very highest setting, the Asus whipped through the benchmark at an average of 58fps. Suffice it to say, there’s plenty of power in reserve ready and waiting for the toughest gaming titles.

Asus ROG G750JZ

With that amount of heavy-duty hardware running, we were expecting to run into problems with overheating and poor battery life, but we needn’t have worried. The intake and exhaust fans do a good job of keeping the system at a manageable temperature: thrashed by stress-testing programs such as Prime95 and FurMark, the cooling system kept the CPU at 80˚C and the GPU topped at a positively 82˚C. The removable 5,900mAh battery was no underachiever, either, and with the display dimmed down to 75cd/m², the Asus lasted 7hrs 46mins in our light-use battery test.

The only disappointment in the Asus’ benchmark figures is due to its SSD. We were a little surprised at how poorly it performed in the AS SSD benchmark, with sequential read and write scores of 283MB/sec and 216MB/sec respectively. We’d expect almost double that from the best SSDs we’ve seen, and we’d expect the figure to triple in the case of Apple’s PCI Express-based SSDs. However, in real-world use the Asus’ combination of solid-state and mechanical drives works with aplomb; we timed the G750JZ performing a cold boot to the Start menu in just over six seconds. And since it’s possible to access the Asus’ pair of 2.5in drive bays by unscrewing a panel on the underside, it’s always possible to upgrade to a faster pair of drives in the future.

Asus ROG G750JZ review: connectivity and screen quality

Asus has also made sure that the G750JZ is equipped with oodles of connectivity. The most notable inclusion is the single Thunderbolt 1 port – the G750JZ is the first non-Apple laptop we’ve seen to include the standard. There are also four USB 3 ports, an SD card reader, HDMI and D-SUB outputs, and Gigabit Ethernet. We were also pleased to note that, along with Bluetooth 4, the Acer laptop touts dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Asus ROG G750JZ

However, the G750JZ does have one major Achilles heel: Asus has plumped for a lower-quality display than we were expecting. The 17.3in 1,920 x 1,080 TN panel gave a reasonable performance when tested by an X-Rite colorimeter: the LED backlight topped out at 277cd/m² and contrast ratio measured 595:1. Gamers will appreciate the screen’s matte anti-glare coating, too.

Closer inspection revealed more serious issues. Vertical viewing angles are narrow; the Asus’ panel crushes the darkest greys into black; and our test images were cast with anaemic, unnatural-looking colours. Further testing with our X-Rite colorimeter pinpointed the issue: the panel’s average colour accuracy reached a highly unimpressive 5.55, a result that indicates most onscreen colours are some way away from their intended shade.

Asus ROG G750JZ review: verdict

Asus ROG G750JZ

For the most part, we were extremely impressed with the Asus ROG G750JZ. It’s by no means cheap, but it sports some of the finest mobile components money can buy, and for considerably less than similarly specified machines from rival brands such as Alienware. That said, we simply can’t excuse such a mediocre display on an £1,800 laptop. With a better display, the Asus ROG G750JZ would be a tour de force, but as it stands, we’d sacrifice all-out power and plump for the MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro – it’s by far the better all-round machine.

Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions412 x 322 x 57.4mm (WDH)
Weight4.800kg
Travelling weight5.4kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i7-4860HQ
RAM capacity16.00GB
Memory typeDDR3

Screen and video

Screen size17.5in
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce 880M
Graphics card RAM8.00GB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1

Drives

Capacity1.50TB
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader
Battery capacity5,900mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

3.5mm audio jacks1
SD card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Hardware volume control?yes

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use7hr 46min
3D performance (crysis) low settings181fps
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.98
Responsiveness score0.82
Media score1.10
Multitasking score1.02

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 8.1 64-bit
OS familyWindows 8

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