ASUS Republic of Gamers G55VW-DH71 15.6-Inch Laptop Review

ASUS Republic of Gamers G55VW-DH71 15.6-Inch Laptop

The ASUS Republic of Gamers G55VW-DH71 15.6-Inch Laptop is a seriously powerful piece of kit, capable of doing full justice to today’s games.

Built around a quad core Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.4GHz CPU, and supported by 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard disk and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 graphics, this machine promises a gaming experience far beyond that offered by lesser laptops.

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Much of that promise comes from the GeForce GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 graphics – while not quite top of the range, this upper mid-range part packs an impressive punch. Featuring the Kepler-based GK107 GPU with 384 CUDA cores in two shader blocks clocked at 835MHz, a 128-bit memory bus and 64GB/second memory bandwidth, it should be able to handle most modern games reasonably well at high detail settings in full 1080p resolution, although reduced settings may smooth performance in the most punishingly demanding games.

These exceptions aside, the GTX 660M will fill the Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with breathtaking gaming action, while the built-in speakers take advantage of ASUS SonicMaster technology and 2.1 channel audio with a powerful subwoofer to produce impressively realistic sound.

Other elements of this machine’s specifications are equally impressive, suggesting that some thought has gone into its design. The backlit keyboard, while by no means essential, will doubtless be appreciated by users of the nocturnal persuasion – which is just about anyone who gets so engrossed in their gameplay that they don’t want to go to bed just yet!

Similarly, the dual-venting fans with easy-clean filters will be a welcome improvement for anyone who has ever had to clean out a clogged laptop fan / vent the hard way.

Pros :

  • Poweful graphics ideal for all but most demanding games
  • Sturdy build
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • None, really

Add in a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, VGA and HDMI outputs for connecting to external monitors / TVs, 4 USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, a 3-in-1 card reader, a DVD RW optical drive, a 2 megapixel camera and the ability to upgrade the system’s RAM from the supplied 8GB to 16GB and it quickly becomes apparent that the G55VW-DH71 is well equipped to act as both a gaming laptop and a hub for multimedia entertainment.

The machine’s physical attributes are no less appealing than its technical specs. Weighing just 8.4lbs (with 8-cell battery), and measuring just 14.8″ x 11.8″ x 0.9″-2.0″ (W x D x H), this machine, though sturdily built, won’t be awkward to carry around.

To take full advantage of its capabilities, this machine comes with Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Long-time Windows users may initially feel a little disoriented by the completely reimagined user interface in Windows 8, but it will quickly become second nature to them, as it has for countless others. The initial learning curve is quickly repaid through increased performance, better productivity and new features that make Windows 8 a sensible progression from earlier versions of the software

Overall, the ASUS Republic of Gamers G55VW-DH71 offers impressive gaming performance, a wealth of well-thought-out features and Windows 8 in an attractive, sturdy case. For anyone who wants to play games on the move, or who needs a powerful computer in an easily portable package, this laptop is well worth considering.

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