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This review is from: ASUS ROG G750 Series G750JS-RS71 17.3" Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i7 4700HQ 2.40GHz (3.40Ghz), 12GB Memory, 750GB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3 GB GDDR5, DVD+-RW DL, Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Pros: For some background tech information on myself - I work in the IT/Server Maintenance field, so I feel well inclined when I talk about performance on any desktop or laptop system.
For this particular version (G750JS), the out of box performance is outstanding. The one thing I woudl highly recommend is ordering a 250gb+ SSD for your main boot drive. I personally went with the Samsung Evo 850 250gb and performed a clean install with zero bloatware. The 750gb 7500 rpm 2.5" drive is just perfect for a laptop, I will be using it as my storage drive but when it was active in the short 30 minutes prior to installing the SSD it was fairly quiet with only a few spinups being audible.
The i7 4700HQ outpaces my desktop's AMD FX-8350 (4.6GHz) per benchmark numbers, albeit at a much lower wattage usage on its stock settings. The 870M 3gb GDDR5 GPU is plenty powerful enough to run most modern games on High settings, It runs Borderlands Pre-Sequel on all high settings, Shadows of Mordor it covers most settings on high with a min/max of 45 and 170fps. Far Cry 4 it handles fantastic on High for average settings, a few tweaks to lower Shadows makes it run well.
The Memory is the weakest point of the laptop. You would do well to pick up a set of F3-2133C11D-16GRSL GSkill DDR3L memory, as it currently offers the highest (lowest) ratings for timings and proper MHz timing for 1.35v memory. This is the next logical upgrade on this laptop, and should bump the minimum FPS up a fairly decent amount.
All in all, I have zero issues with this laptop. I am adjusting to Windows 8/8.1 and have to work out the kinks of moving from Windows 7. You absolutely cant go wrong on the money with this particular laptop.
Zero dead pixels on the screen, it is quite bright. The view angle isn't the best.. definitely not like an IPS screen, but it works fantastic for being a mobile workstation/gaming laptop.
The keyboard functionality is top of the line out of any keyboard I have used on a laptop. It has a solid non-chiclet feel to it, almost mimics a mechanical keyboard with the key activation. It still has the flat faces common to laptops, so any adjustments you make compared to a desktop mechanical keyboard will be made getting used to the flat keys.
The coolin system and aluminum body are fantastic, several hours of gaming and the entire keyboard and front face of the laptop felt nice and cool. ALL the heat is expelled out the back with only a few moderate warm spots under the laptop, around the GPU and CPU area. Nothing that would warrant getting the hot palm affect common on many cheaper laptops.
The audio is average, it is quite loud.. and the subwoofer works (enough to feel it shaking a glass placed next to the laptop on the desk.. but when it is turned up that high the noise gets highly distorted. You are better to keep the sub turned down so the quality comes through. Completely average speakers in general, nothing to rave abou
Cons: The only con would be the exterior material of the laptop. While it will be mostly immune to common scrapes and wear/tear, the material itself feels like a rubberized grippy silicone. It attracts oils like nothing else, even after a few minutes with clean hands you could see exactly where my hands were placed when lifting and moving the laptop around. It wipes off easily, but it is definitely my only gripe with the laptop itself.
Other Thoughts: You can't go wrong with this, it is "last years" model with the 870m, the newer systems are adopting the 900 series.. but in all honesty, this laptop runs modern games at high settings perfectly fine.. there is no reason to spend 50% more for only a moderate boost in fps. At the time of this refurb on sale, it was just a hair over the $1090 mark, combine purchasing a $95 250gb SSD and for less than $1200 I have an excellent laptop that will last quite a few years!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rockwell RK5100K SoniCrafter 20 Piece Kit
Pros: *High Quality Build, Top Notch Materials.
*Very sturdy feeling in the hands.
*Cuts into odd locations with ease, oscillates through like a hot knife through butter!
*Absolutely vital when doing interior and exterior house renovations, cuts work time by hours when added together.
Cons: *Included straight-blade may have the welds pop loose during use.
Other Thoughts: I have used this exact tool for the last 2 years, and have nothign bad to say about its high quality build. Rockwell has been a very trusty brand for me over the years. I was doing a tile renovation and had to cut into the door trim, absolute pain in a compact kitchen setup. This tool fixed that problem, 10 times over! Takes less then 10 seconds to get a straight cut line all the way through, just be sure there are no finishing nails in the wall you may knick into, it will dull the blade in seconds.
The build quality is amazing, as stated.. when you initially pick it up, it has the feel of a very expensive $250 unit. It is rock solid, a drop onto concrete floor will do nothing to it. The cord is of an acceptable length, but you typically will find yourself using an extension cord as-is the nature of powered tools.
Don't sell yourself short on a cheap brand.. get a Rockwell or like-brand, you can't go wrong!
Pros: Rock Solid, Stable, Easy Setup. Took less then 5 minutes from hitting power on at first boot; to hit a stable 1867MHz on my 16 gigs of G.Skill Sniper Memory, Running a Phenom x4 955 BE at 3.74GHz. Not a single burp in the entire system.. Set at 1.12 NB Voltage, and 1.55 DRAM Voltage @ 9-10-9-28 (Manufacturer specs). Ran computer for 12 hours on Prime and it cruised through without a stutter!
Coming from the original Crosshair, Crosshair II, and Crosshair III. Officially retired my Crosshair III as of last night, had no need of the newest Crosshair, as this motherboard had everything I needed, and nothing I didn't!
Enthusiast at heart, I am comfortable with diving into the heart of things and tweaking what I can, where I can for maximum performance; and this motherboard did the trick with flying colors!
Cons: I miss the vertical standing SATA ports of some of my old motherboards, only because having to plug into the side can be a bit of a pain. But the side plugins are the future of motherboards, because they can fit more in a local area. Will never ding an egg for that, as it is completely personal preference.
Other then that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this board. Any motherboard or piece of hardware that boots up and purrs like a kitten deserves 5 eggs, many reviews below this knock an egg for a matter of personal preference, or they couldn't get a stable overclock, or couldn't get a 16 gig ram setup working at full speed. Nay to those people! That isn't a review, its incompetence at not knowing how to review hardware!
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to ANYONE wanting a rock solid, and stable platform to build a new computer on. The UEFI Bios makes things a bit easier for the hardware newbies, while providing a bit more leverage on being able to use a mouse for us hardware canucks. It has a clean, professional look... very sturdy, the weight of the motherboard itself is nearly +50% more then the old Crosshair III I pulled out to replace.
Pair this motherboard with a new FX chip, or a x4/x6 Phenom, and you will be in steady hands until the next new gadget comes out to upgrade to!