17-inch Gaming Laptop with GTX 970M Graphics and IPS Display Panel

ASUS ROG G751 17-inch Gaming Laptop

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The Bottom Line

Jan 7 2015 - If you want serious performance for PC gaming in a 17-inch laptop, the ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71 does it extremely well. Much of this is from the combination of tehe new and fast GeForce GTX 970M graphics and the IPS display. The best part is that it does this heavy computing while remaining very quite. Having said that there is one glaring omission when it comes to performance and that is the storage.

Many gamers may be willing to overlook this issue on the factor of costs. There are also some other minor annoyances with the audio and touchpad but most gamers won't notice them from using external peripherals.


  • Excellent Graphics Performance
  • High Quality IPS Display
  • Very Quiet Operation


  • Lack of SSD Holds Back Performance
  • Audio With Subwoofer Still Lacks Fidelity
  • Touchpad Has Some Dead Spots


  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD Burner
  • 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display with 1.2 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Graphics Processor with 3GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Slot
  • 16.4" x 12.5" x 1.7" @ 8.4 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review - ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71

Jan 7 2015 - ASUS has been extremely successful in when it comes to gaming laptops thanks to their ROG series models.

The latest ROG G751JT modifies previous designs to try and pack in some extra performance and features. This is still a very large laptop at 1.7-inches thick and the hinge and weigh in at 8.4 pounds but many gamers don't mind the size or weight. It still features large ports and space behind the screen which does limit the range of the display tilt backwards.

One thing to note is the new internal subwoofer that is intended to offer improved audio. Overall, the effect was limited especially compared to closed headphones most gamers user. Also, the rear bottom of the laptop has large feet to prop it up for cooling and space for the subwoofer that are great for hard surfaces but make it more difficult to actually use on a laptop or soft surface.

Processing power has not change much in the past year with ASUS continue to use the very strong Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad core processor. Sure, there are some slightly faster models available but frankly they aren't that much faster when it comes to PC gaming that is much more reliant on the graphics processor. In fact, for most people looking to use it for non-gaming, this processor still provides more than enough performance for tasks even like desktop video editing especially when the processor is matched up with 16GB of DD3 memory which prevents lag even from multitasking. A nice surprise is how relatively quiet the system operates when it is under heavy loads including gaming.

If there is one area that can really be improved upon for the ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71 it is the storage. It provides plenty of space thanks to the one terabyte hard drive which is more than enough for most users.

The problem is that the 7200rpm spin rate on the system still can't compete with the performance of even a small solid state drive. Of course with the price of the system it is not surprisingly that it does not have one. Users wanting more performance many want to look into adding an SSD drive to the system particularly an M.2 card for the best speeds. If you need additional storage space, the laptop features four total USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage drive. It even features a Thunderbolt port which can double as a DisplayPort connector for a monitor or for even faster storage options.

The system does still feature a dual layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD and DVD media.

Of course the system is built for gaming and that makes the display and graphics critical components to the ROG G751JT system. The display is a standard 17.3-inch panel that uses with an average 1920x1080 native resolution common to many laptops these days. Rather than a TN panel which offers extremely fast response times, it uses an IPS technology. This means that it has improved color and viewing angles than many other systems. There is an anti-glare coating on the display which helps prevent glare and reflections but does mute the colors a bit. The big feature here though is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics processor. This is the latest from the company and even though it is a step behind the top of the line GTX 980M, the graphics performance of the 970M is actually better than the previous GTX 880M. It easily handles today's games at the full panel resolution with high frame rates and detail levels. It can even do dual screen gaming with an external display. ASUS touts triple screen gaming but this really would push the limits of the GTX 970M especially with its just 3GB of video memory.

ASUS has generally been known for some solid keyboards and the ROG G571JY uses an isolated layout similar to many that the company has used in the past. There are some slight differences hear including the layout of the arrow keys and numeric keypad which can be both useful and distracting depending on which of the two you more likely use. It features a red backlighting for use in low light. Overall, it has a good level of comfort and accuracy. The trackpad is a different matter. It is a nice large size but has a slightly tapered shape rather than a full rectangle. The result is that there are some spots on the pad that don't track as well as they should. Most gamers probably won't care because they tend to use an external gaming mouse anyways. It does feature dedicated left and right mouse buttons which is at least better than integrated buttons.

With the large size, one would expect an equally large battery pack for the ROG G751JT but it is actually a fairly compact 8-cell model with a 6000mAh rating. This is a bit smaller than some other gaming laptops. In terms of running time, the digital video playback testing yielded roughly three and three quarters hours. This is fairly typical of a gaming laptop running time even though it is much less than your average laptop. For instance, the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch yields twice the running time but it is a very different hardware that is optimized for low power. Of course, gaming really taxes the power and battery life will even be less than two so be prepared to have it plugged in.

Pricing is probably one of the things that has made the ASUS ROG laptops extremely popular. This ROG G751JT-CH71 comes in with a list price of $1500. This is very reasonable given the price and if you don't happen to mind the size. Now there is some competition at this price point. Acer's Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition is actually less expensive, is more portable and comes with a large SSD drive for several hundred less. It sacrifices game performance though by using an lesser GTX 860M. The closest for performance at this price would probably be the iBUYPOWER Battalion 101 P670SE which costs nearly the same with the same CPU and GPU but a lesser display and smaller hard drive and memory.

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