Asus G750

Asus G750 Review – The Asus G750 is a laptop your lap is going to know about, and possibly protest about too. This thing is enormous – some 6cm deep at its thickest point and weighing the same as a couple of house bricks. But is that really a problem? Granted you won’t want to sit with the G750 atop your legs, but this category of notebooks are desktop replacements, and are often tied to desks anyway. The components inside such a machine demand so much power that to travel away from a plug socket for more than half an hour would be madness.

Asus G750,  Good But Pricey

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Asus G750

This sort of notebook is designed to be plugged in 24/7. If you’re the sort to head over to your mate’s place for a little light gaming, or regularly travel to LAN events, then a desktop replacement kinda makes sense. Kinda. And if you’re going to replace your desktop with anything, then why not go all out? This machine is rocking the familiar Intel i7-4700HQ CPU, 16GB DDR3 and a decent SSD/ HDD combo. The big-ticket item is the high-end Nvidia graphics card – the GTX 880M. With 1,536 CUDA cores, 4GB GDDR5 video memory and a clockspeed capable of topping 1GHz, it’s the mobile equivalent of the GTX 770 desktop card. That sort of spec doesn’t come cheap though – we’re talking a couple of hundred pounds shy of the £2K mark. That sort of spec doesn’t come cool, either, which is why this machine is quite so chunky. The cooling array Asus has used to keep that GPU in check needs a bit of space to work. When the machine is on a desk, that isn’t a problem, and it also means you don’t get the noise of the Aorus X7 machine we’ve tested this issue.

The Asus isn’t that much quieter, but the pitch is completely different, making it much less intrusive. And as the Asus speakers can chuck out an impressively rounded sound, it’s far easier to cover up whirring fans. But we have to talk about the elephant in the room, and that’s not a dig at the size of this machine. Well, not much. The problem is the massive gap in the price/performance metrics of desktop and mobile PCs. You can build a desktop rig for half the cost of the G750 and still have better performance. If convenience is your bag, then the rise of in-home streaming has to be a determining factor too. Spending half the price on a desktop PC to act as a game server, and a cheap laptop to work as the client makes just as much sense if you’re staying within your own four walls.

The receptive audience for a desktop replacement laptop has always been incredibly small, not least because of the price. But with the shrinking of desktop PCs – in both size and price – and the rise of local game streaming, that audience must be shrinking every day. This is a quality gaming rig, capable of consistently excellent performance at its native resolution. But the dwindling numbers of folk willing to pay such a premium to be able to move from plug socket to plug socket surely means this sort of machine is looking mammoth-like in more ways than one.

Asus G750 Specifications

  • Price £1,800
  • Manufacturer Asus
  • Web www.asus.com
  • SKU G750JZ-T4056H
  • CPU Intel Core i7-4700HQ @ 2.4GHz
  • Memory 16GB DDR3
  • Graphics Nvidia GTX 880M
  • Storage 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
  • Display 17.3-inch 1080p TN
  • Dimensions 410 x 318 x 58mm
  • Weight 4.8kg

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