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Tharindu_12
10-15-2012, 05:08 AM
i wish to buy a g55vw. the only thing i'm worried about is the weight. i need to carry it twice per week through a bit longer distance so the weight factor is really important to me. my budget isnt enough for g55 and somthing lighter than that. is it really hard to carry on? I also have to carry some other things alongside with the lap. I want to play games fluently at medium settings so if u guys can give some alternatives, well that will be really good. please help me with this!

freefall
10-15-2012, 07:49 AM
The laptop itself is 4kg and the charger brick 0.5kg more so do the math yourself. What I would suggest you to buy is the ASUS N56 its much lighter and has decent performance for its money, you can look also at the N76 which is the 17 inch version. Take a look at them and see if you like it :)

WontonNoodle
10-15-2012, 08:55 AM
ya its really heavy

if u want to game consider the lenovo y580 with same specs or the msi ge60 with same specs

but beware, the msi gets really hot and the lenovo has a glossy screen

skyrider
10-15-2012, 04:15 PM
3.8kg for the laptop and 0.8kg for the charging brick. i carry it at least three times a week to campus (and my campus is quite big) and it does get pretty tiring fast carrying that thing around. also it is quite big for a 15inch laptop, so big in fact that i had to buy a brand new backpack to fit it in lol.

like the poster above i would recommend that you check out that y580. it has same specs (some of them have low res screen tho) as the g55 and weighs a little less than 3kg. the only downside of it seem to be that the surface of the laptop gets hot under load (g55 stays really cool), it is a little louder, and maybe a bit inferior in build quality. but then it only costs $999 for the starting spec, so in my opinion i think it is really worth checking out.

rewben
10-15-2012, 04:32 PM
if you considered a g55 heavy, maybe you should get 14" G-series (http://rog.asus.com/162832012/g-series-laptops/how-about-a-14-inch-g-series-gaming-laptop/) instead?

Zygomorphic
10-16-2012, 01:13 AM
Look into the G46VX (1366x768 :mad:). I carry my G53 around, and I haven't had a problem with it...but if you have back problems or are trying to keep the load down, definitely look into something lighter. Also, why carry laptops to class, seems like most people just facebook or surf the net rather than taking notes. Just a thought.

Clintlgm
10-16-2012, 01:32 AM
I use a targus on wheels, for my G75 no weight problem at all fits in the overheard on most flights. And lot of room for other things. Excelent protection. My set up is Brief Case/computer bag. Maybe not so cool for the younger generation?

rewben
10-16-2012, 02:03 AM
@Zygomorphic, my g55-3d is 1366x768, too. but apart of the smaller resolution, for me it's pretty nice already (maybe because of the higher refresh rate). so i bet it will be ok to have that in a 14".

Tharindu_12
10-16-2012, 07:40 AM
Thanx guys for the help. N56 would be nice but I'm worried about it's gpu. Is 630m is enough for smooth game play at least in medium settings? does n56 is able to give 30+ framerates im max payne 3 at medium/high settings? .Also I want to know that the perfomance of 630m is much ahead than 525m?

Zygomorphic
10-16-2012, 10:32 AM
Thanx guys for the help. N56 would be nice but I'm worried about it's gpu. Is 630m is enough for smooth game play at least in medium settings? does n56 is able to give 30+ framerates im max payne 3 at medium/high settings? .Also I want to know that the perfomance of 630m is much ahead than 525m?

630M is ahead of 525M, but not by that much. If you are concerned, get the G55.

WontonNoodle
10-17-2012, 01:28 AM
No 630m can't play anything. 650m gddr3 can't play anything. 650m gddr5 is just a 660m but underclocked, but the n56 has the ddr3 version. Like I said, get a y580 if you want to game and be lightweight

Zygomorphic
10-17-2012, 10:19 AM
No 630m can't play anything. 650m gddr3 can't play anything. 650m gddr5 is just a 660m but underclocked, but the n56 has the ddr3 version. Like I said, get a y580 if you want to game and be lightweight

The y580 is a lot hotter and noisier, just keep that in mind. Nothing really is as quiet as the ASUS machines.

rewben
10-17-2012, 11:12 AM
The y580 is a lot hotter and noisier, just keep that in mind. Nothing really is as quiet as the ASUS machines.

yes, exactly. there are limited rooms for upgrades, too (e.g. 2 memory slots; it's just 2x8gb max). of course, these are just personal preferences.

ggBanks
10-17-2012, 01:29 PM
No 630m can't play anything. 650m gddr3 can't play anything. 650m gddr5 is just a 660m but underclocked, but the n56 has the ddr3 version. Like I said, get a y580 if you want to game and be lightweight
It doesn't seem that you are much into graphic cards, are you? :D

WontonNoodle
10-18-2012, 12:18 AM
actually the y580 is quieter than the asus when not playing games. it's silent. asus is loud all the time, but it is quieter when you're playing games.
the heat for y580 is the same as the g55, maybe 3 degrees higher...

edit: for long gaming sessions (2 or more hours) the g55 definitely runs cooler though

ggBanks
10-18-2012, 08:17 AM
G55 is in no way louder than y580 it just isn't possible. I have a colleague with y580 (which is good with the sound but cannot beat my G55) standing literally 30cm away from my G55 and another colleague with Dell XPS (which is like a jet fighter on the sound) and I can proudly say that G55 is the quietest laptop I have ever seen :)
My SSH is working louder than the fans in idle state with medium stress :D

WontonNoodle
10-18-2012, 09:25 AM
My friend's y580 is definitely quieter than my G55 when not playing graphic intensive games. Try testing it out in a silent environment, I tried ours in the library. Y580 is barely audible, while my g55's fans are constantly spinning and making this constant humming noise.

Vicerox
10-18-2012, 09:55 AM
I agree with the ASUS G5 Series being more silent than the rest. You may also want to know that the Y580 comes with a 6 cell battery, compared to ASUS's offering, which is 8 cell.

The Touchpad & Buttons are great; the feel and response is exceptional.

WontonNoodle
10-18-2012, 11:06 AM
My friend gets 1 more hour of battery life than me due to Optimus on the y580... if G55 had optimus I can easily see it getting 5 hours of battery life.

Touchpad on G55 is way superior to the y580, and the screen is matte. I hate glossy even though the y580 has pretty great colours (better skin tones than G55).

I'm not sure, maybe I have a defective G55? It's inaudible in office conditions with background noise everywhere, but when I go to a silent room it is very loud and distinct.