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ASUS Laptop G Series G51JX-X1 Intel Core i7 720QM (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

  • Intel Core i7 720QM (1.60GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • DVD Super Multi

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 720 days
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  • Zachary W.
  • 2/4/2010 11:47:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing laptop for the money...

Pros: 1920x1080 screen in a <16" footprint + i7 + GTS360 video card all in one laptop = instant winner. High powered, portable, and Asus quality to boot.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Contrary to the other review posted, I immediately opened mine after reading on another forum that Asus may have changed the memory mid-manufacturing. While the specs may say it is DDR3 1066 ram, I opened mine to find a pair of Kingston 2gb DDR3 1333 chips inside.

Obvious flaw in the usual bloatware installed, but nothing a wipe, repartition and reload of Win7 can't fix. For the money, I'm not sure there's a better laptop out there.

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  • Aaron R.
  • 2/5/2010 4:41:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOne Star... Really??

Pros: I got this laptop for a client. I'm not sure what the spec on the memory is, but honestly, the difference between 1066 and 1333 MHz RAM on total system performance is *very* minor. He's extremely happy with the performance of his system, though he could do without the cheesy gamer oriented finishes and detailing. This laptops variably lit keyboard is much appreciated, as is its very sharp screen.

Cons: The screen's color, contrast and particularly its viewing angle aren't stellar, and the silly graphics and "Republic of Gamer" moniker are just stupid. It's battery life isn't great either, but for such a small system with such a powerful CPU and graphics combination it's fine.

Other Thoughts: I'd probably give this product FOUR EGGS if it wasn't for the previous reviewer freaking out and creating such an unfairly poor rating for a very speedy, reasonably priced system. For portable Photoshop, CAD, and light 3D and gaming this system's CPU, Graphics card and screen resolution in is very reasonably sized and priced package are strongly worth considering. Incidentally, Asus has an industry leading reliability rating, and this systems build quality reflects that.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/5/2010 8:10:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsThis is a great machine

Pros: Extremely good bang for your buck

Cons: none, this is exactly what it is supposed to be, its a G51JX-A1 minus a few extras for a 200 savings.

Other Thoughts: the 2Gigs of ram and the accessories for reduced price.(approximately 150 to add these things yourself later) Both versions come standard with 1066 memory and both are able to be upgradeable to 1333, if you have managed to find a retailer selling the A1 with the upgraded ram I would guess it is more than the average cost of the A1 and is definitely the exception to the norm.
if this minor performance difference is really that important you would be better off stepping up to say the G51J-3D for a bit more where you get the GeForce GTX 260M instead of the GTS 360M (benchmarks about 20% performance difference don’t let the naming fool you gtx260m is better than gts360m) this steps you up to the bottom of Nvidia’s enthusiast line and it is much easier to upgrade ram then vid card.
If however, you are like me and every bit of money matters the x1 is definitely the way to go and if later I find that I need the additional 2Gigs of ram its only 50 bucks (maybe less later) to up it.

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  • C C.
  • 2/22/2010 10:23:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsniiiiccee!!!

Pros: Great laptop. Handles everything I've thrown at it so far from Crysis to Shattered Horizons on high settings. The screen resollution is also great. Great machine for the price especially when comapred to other laptops that have similar specs.

Cons: Haven't found any yet

Other Thoughts: Its a tiny bit heavy but i knew that when I bought it. Just something to watch out for if you haven't bought it yet. Also, the battery life isnt any good while playing games so be ready to keep it plugged in. I think there is a larger battery you can purchase as well?

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  • Travis B.
  • 2/23/2010 8:48:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis thing screams. Period.

Pros: There's no need to rehash all of the pros. You've seen them in the other reviews. This thing is fast, fast, fast. Mine had the DDR3 1333 as well, in case anybody is wondering...

Cons: Heat. Fortunately, this thing has really decent ventilation, but under heavy load it pumps out some serious hot air. Popcorn, anyone?

Bloatware. Though, to be fair, this isn't really a con for me; it just makes the decision to wipe the drive that much easier. Of course, those of you planning on keeping Windows will likely want to remove most, if not all, of this.

Aesthetics. I'm not really a gamer (at all), and I'm already starting to anticipate the strange looks I'll get taking this into a meeting... but I'm sure that I will be able to convince them I'm serious. I grabbed this model based on performance alone, but it would be nice for me if it had a plain lid. You may feel otherwise.

Keep in mind, if these are the only cons I can find, you've got nothing to worry about with this rig.

Other Thoughts: I will say, however, that I was deciding between this and two other similar rigs. My main concern was Linux compatibility; I am happy to report that virtually everything is compatible out-of-the-box. Currently running Ubuntu (Karmic 64bit), and only had to tweak the wireless driver. I'm extremely happy!

Also, with regards to the internals: Some have said that they have an extra drive bay inside -- I have a space where one _would_ be, but there is no SATA connector on that side. Instead, as reported by others, there are two additional RAM slots. So... no joy on throwing a second hard drive in this one.

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  • Gary N.
  • 3/16/2010 2:16:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI never Write Reviews

Pros: Battery life is great if your just typing word documents or browsing the web. I get about 2 hours on battery with appropriate battery saving settings. 2 hours is good enough for me since most of the time i have it plugged in. Screen is beautiful, no dead/stuck pixels, 1080p.
I ran Starcraft 2 on medium settings @ 1080p resolution.
I love the keyboard illumination, great for sitting in the dark. The WebCam is pretty good. Keyboard layout is awesome. The overall look of the case is amazing.

Cons: None really.

Some Minor gripes:

No USB ports on the back
Case is finger magnet

Runs Warm, not really a con. It has alot of power under the hood. What do you expect?

Other Thoughts: I did a lot of notebook researching.
I know for a fact that Asus does have the LEAST percentage of failure rates when it comes to laptops.

I bought a laptop case that fits 15.6 " - 16 " and those were slightly tight fitting. This is because the screen around the bezel is slightly wider than regular notebooks.

I never write reviews, so by writing a review, this is a big deal.

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  • Brett B.
  • 4/12/2010 11:44:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with Ubuntu too!

Pros: This is pretty much an awesome, full-power piece of hardware. Pretty much identical to the Alienware M5 for a LOT less. The 15" screen is absolutely awesome: while the width is a bit (like 3") wider than my old Twinhead latptop, having the 1080X1920 screen in a "reasonable" package is fantastic. The LED backlight is amazing - instant on with no "warm-up" even when the PC is cold-cold. Accessing all the "user replaceable" parts is a few more screws than I'd like, but EVERYTHING is right there. A pity that the second disk drive slot has memory sockets in it now, but a small price to pay.

If you're looking for a business/development platform that will have enough features and horsepower for a 4 year refresh cycle, this is the machine you need. Truly as close to a desktop replacement as you're going to get.

Cons: As other reviews have pointed out, this is not the most rugged machine out of the box. NOT something to sling around the airport unprotected (like the old Twinhead MIL-SPEC laptop), but the horsepower and high-res screen offset this drawback. The Atheros WiFi card and the Nvidia graphics require a bit of fussing to get working with Ubuntu 9.10 (the Nvidia card is recognized and a proprietary update is offered, but the Atheros required doing a bit of research to find the backports needed), but they do work perfectly once set up. I was initially disappointed that the keyboard illumination didn't work, but while testing Ubuntu 10.04 beta, the keyboard lights turned on and have been on ever since. While it does have a "rocket exhaust" out the left side vents, the keyboard/touchpad deck stays cool even without a cooler under it. And the rubberized palm rests are very, very nice indeed.

Other Thoughts: Ubuntu works wonderfully on the machine, once you get past the minor glitches with the Nvidia driver and the Atheros WiFi. However, the Lucid Lynx beta is unstable on this platform, so wait for the final release. (It DOES turn the keyboard light on, though...) While most people will be getting this for gaming, I bought these for our corporate technology refresh. This machine has been serving as an excellent day-to-day desktop replacement and development machine, for a price that makes it a viable alternative to the usual corporate "clunkers" from Dell or Lenovo.

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  • Sergey N.
  • 4/11/2010 8:04:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: Fast, REALLY FAST. Great specs for the price. I bought this laptop for gaming and developing, and so far it went way past my expectations. It spins VM's at almost native speed of my old core 2 2GHZ. As far as gaming i just finished the latest STALKER game on max setting and the machine did not even hiccup which says something considering how buggy STALKER games are.

Cons: Cant get the keyboard backlight to work in Linux. Maybe the next asus_laptop module will fix that. Case is a fingerprint magnet, just like any other ASUS gaming laptop. The lights are pretty cool for the first few days. Now I wish I could turn them off.

Other Thoughts: If you need a bulky powerhouse which is slightly more movable then a desktop this is a laptop for you.

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  • patrick g.
  • 5/7/2010 7:22:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggshells yeah!

Pros: great gamer for the price
high resolution
good warranty plan
solid build
looks a lot better than i was expecting

Cons: HOT! hits around 78C while gaming and actually melted the (cheap) plastic table cover while playing a game of supreme commander (which ran great lol)

screen has a fairly poor viewing angle, but not a major deal really

bloatware is VERY annoying

battery life is pretty bad, but i knew these things going in. no eggs off for being forewarned. lol

Other Thoughts: first time I turned it on I noticed right away it was being bogged down a LOT on a software level.

I pretty much formatted it with a "real" disc within 10 minutes of getting it in the mail. With a virgin copy of windows installed it runs like a dream. easily 50% faster than before which is pretty sad.

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  • Louis P.
  • 5/8/2010 10:46:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Machine!

Pros: I am loving this machine. I also have an Alienware Aurora M9700 from a few years ago, but this machine impressed me even more, newer technology taken into account. I was worried about the 'chicklet' keyboard, but find I actully like it. The lighted keyboard is very nice when working in the dark. The i7 chip screams. Video is bright and clear.

Cons: So far, the only cons I could say is the 2 hour battery life, but with what ths box is running, it's not too bad. I may pick up a second battery for when I am away from an outlet. It runs hot, but so do most laptops with dedicated video. It does run cooler than my Alienware though, which could almost cause burns.

Other Thoughts: Went from a 1920x1200 to a 1920x1080 screen which is taking a bit to get used to.

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