View Full Version : Best Buy's G75 for College?

07-17-2012, 09:13 PM
I was wondering if the Best Buy G75VW-BBK5 is a good gaming laptop for college. I know it's a bit large and heavy, but if I have it in a bookbag (Was thinking the XL Targus backpack) it shouldn't be too bad, should it? If you don't think this is a good gaming laptop for college, do you have any recommendations for me?

Please and thank you!

07-17-2012, 09:45 PM
Should be good, though I would recommend the G53SX or else the G55VW myself since they are smaller, lighter, and equally powerful (actually the G53SX isn't quite as powerful, though it has 2 2.5" HDD slots like the G75).

07-17-2012, 10:14 PM
I was looking at the G55, but it's more expensive, and according to Best Buy, only slightly lighter. The screen size isn't too big of a deal for me, but I think playing games and such on the bigger screen would be more enjoyable...

Almost Tactful
07-17-2012, 10:45 PM
How much is BB charging?

07-17-2012, 11:00 PM


Only thing I don't like is that the HDD is 5400 RPM, but isn't it supposed to be easy to install an SSD in the G75?

07-17-2012, 11:30 PM
If the tear-downs ar to be believed, the process is almost trivial:
1) Remove a few screws.
2) Lift off panel
3) Replace HDD or add a new one.
4) Put system together
5) Enjoy!!! :)

07-17-2012, 11:56 PM
On the G75 adding an SSD means take off a panel and put the SSD in the slot, while on the G55 you would have to do some special things since that only has one drive slot. Most configurations will include a 7200 RPM HDD though.

07-18-2012, 01:01 AM
It is pretty heavy (G75) but with a good backpack you should be ok. Maybe a little tiring the first week of lugging it around, but you would get used to it...lol. Also obviously the battery life isn't that great, around 2 hours maybe 2.5 hours. So that is something to think about. As far as gaming it will play anything out there.

I would add an SSD for the boot drive and you can use the 1 TB HD as the back up storage drive.

07-18-2012, 03:37 AM
How is the G55 more expensive? It's 1270's at Sam's club...

07-18-2012, 10:16 AM
Its more expensive to upgrade because mSata SSDs are expensive, and cheaper models run the slow 5400 RPM hard drives. The G75 can be upgraded with a standard 2.5" HDD as mentioned previously. This was the one change from the G53 to G55 that I hated. The 2 2.5" HDD slots were the key feature for me. Nobody else allowed you to do that for a reasonable pricetag.

07-18-2012, 11:37 AM
You can buy the G55 with a FullHD display, which negates the loss of screen size. Stick Win 8 on it and things will scale much better too.

Buy a model with mSATA SSD fitted or arrange the reseller to fit one, and then you don't need to upgrade to an SSD. Crucial now make up to 256GB mSATA SSDs, and there are others from OCZ and Intel already on the market.

07-18-2012, 02:29 PM
The weight difference is .3 lbs between the two, 8.7lbs being the G75VW. I'd definitely suggest the 75 over the 55, the benefits are worth the purchase over the 55.

07-18-2012, 06:27 PM
In that event, let me cast my vote with @F34R. I though that the G55 was ~8.5 lbs, and the G75 ~10 lbs like the Qosmio x505 was (never owned, but thought it was cool). The benefits of the G75 are definitely worth the increase in size and weight.

07-18-2012, 07:11 PM
You gotta understand that buying from bestbuy, you have to pay your state tax on top of that retail amount. You will probably pay around $1,300-1,350 after taxes.

I would recommend buying the G55VW and you can get the ES71 from amazon or newegg under $1,250 or you can pick it up from one of the resellers like xoticpc or gentechpc the RS71 model for around $1,290.

I would recommend buying from a reseller because they could do some upgrades for you like more ram or hdd or xtra accessories and the best thing about a reseller is you know what you are getting compared to buying from a regular store like sams club or bestbuy where it is a sealed box and you dunno if there is any physical defects on the screen, keyboard etc..

With a reseller, they can check that out for you b4 they even ships it out. You understand the benefit of this? It means nomore lemon, nomore rma and wait for days/weeks/months.

07-18-2012, 07:22 PM
if you absolutely NEED to purchase at a store, i would reccommend micro center over best buy... i used to work at both stores before/during college, and best buy is absolutely terrible in every way imaginable. micro center even let me do an exchange 2.5 months out (well past 30 day policy) and they actually train their techs if youre considering getting an accidental damage warrenty like i did.

also if youre going to get a backpack consider one of these over the targus, theyre pretty cool imo


good luck, and welcome to ROG

07-18-2012, 09:54 PM
I would second the assessment of BestBuy's techs--not. Microcenter's are usually helpful, as well as knowledgable. BestBuy simply looks around and recommends whatever strikes their fancy (higher priced often-times). Microcenter gets the knowledgable people by [B]requiring[\B] their sales reps to have PC-building experience. Makes them harder to get into, but the benefits for the patron are numerous.

07-23-2012, 04:25 AM
Thanks for replying everyone!

For me, I have to buy it in an actual store :P And I have never heard of Microcenter before, and I found out the closest one to me is like 3 hours away (Much longer when I go to college). So Best Buy is my main choice (They have a Best Buy near my college).

07-23-2012, 01:10 PM
As someone who owns the Best Buy G75 I would Highly recommend it.

I Would upgrade the RAM but remember that best buy does not sell the RAM that is needed. and if you have the money add secondnd Hard drive. But this computer is good, and has played every game I have asked it to, along with having everything I want or need in it.

I would say get it.

07-23-2012, 02:09 PM


Only thing I don't like is that the HDD is 5400 RPM, but isn't it supposed to be easy to install an SSD in the G75?

I got the G75 BB model and tossed new ram and SSD into it.

I love this thing considering the price I paid. Seems like BB up'd the price tagby 30 bucks (no clue why), but even still that isn't a deal breaker.

07-23-2012, 05:34 PM


Only thing I don't like is that the HDD is 5400 RPM, but isn't it supposed to be easy to install an SSD in the G75?

As a proud G75VW-BBK5 owner, I can say this machine is amazing. All of my friends have had earlier models (G73, G74). Although I was impressed with those, I have to say Asus has greatly improved on the series with the G75. If you're looking for a gaming machine, this machine will be a great fit.

As its already been expressed, my only concern for you would be portability. I bought this as a desktop replacement, so the size/weight doesn't bother me. I do take it with me more often than I imagined, and it's not too bad. Again, that's for me and I'm driving with it mostly...not on a campus. IMHO, the size/weight is nothing compared to what you're getting from this machine for performance. Again, that's just my opinion.

Also, to respond to your comment on the 5400RPM drive it ships with: buy an SSD. I did and I can't look back now. It's such a black & white difference from a standard drive. Assuming of course this fits into your budget, you can find them so cheap now. With help from the great people here in these forums, I had it setup and going super fast.

Whatever you decide, hope you find what you're looking for :)

07-24-2012, 01:29 AM
Awesome computer. I have seen the G75, and compared to the older G74, it is much nicer looking...not to mention faster. :) Definitely get it. If you (or a friend) are able/willing to order online, you can buy the RAM/SSD from newegg. They have the best deals.