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AxleGrease
04-18-2013, 12:03 AM
Hello! I'm currently in the market to buy a new gaming laptop. Asus / RoG is my brand of choice, as I've only ever had great experiences with their products. I have a few questions that I have not been able to find answers to, and maybe you fine ladies and gentlemen can help me decide.

G46 - I love everything about it, except the horrible stock screen. I know the upcoming replacement is supposed to be 1600x900, but will it have improved color quality and contrast ratio as well? I'm also curious to know if there is a glossy screen option. I would really appreciate some in-depth display specs.

[Note] The stock screen is slightly worse than that of my Asus 1215n netbook.

G55- I would have most likely bought this prior to discovering the G46 recently, however the weight is almost as heavy as the G75. If I'm going the cumbersome route, why not just go with the G75? If anyone has experience with both, I'd love to hear your opinions on each.

G75- It seems like a great desktop replacement (I am indeed replacing my desktop for mobility requirements) however, the ease of portability comes into question. Does anyone have experience using this laptop on a plane, or variable locations? How is the battery life when simply using a web browser/word processing? Is it too massive for a coffee shop, or too noisy for a library?


What are the ms response times on each notebook's display? I'm coming from my Asus monitor with a 2ms GTG, and I ideally don't want to miss out on too many milliseconds. (lifelong CS player) I'm having a hard time finding display spec's such as this on notebooks, so I'm not entirely sure what is considered good in the mobile realm.

Final question: Do any of you use these for photo/video editing? I'm feeling that glossy would beat matte for such purposes, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

----> I'm looking for competition grade gaming quality with commercial grade video/photo rendering and display.

Thanks!

Matrix Leader
04-18-2013, 12:43 AM
Whatever you do, don't make my mistake by getting the matte screen. It looks like garbage! I can't wait till I sell this crap and buy a real laptop with a REAL screen.

Not to forget mentioning, the G75VW and I think the G46VW come with the crappy VIA Audio Chipset which is the worst chipset you could ever imagine with crippled sound and a sub woofer that doesn't work properly despite the many driver updates and yes you can improve it a little bit by manually adjusting the equalizer settings but it is nowhere near as good as the G73SW sound was with its awesome Creative built in sub woofer

stay away from ASUS for a while and get a real laptop like Alienware or Toshiba Qosmio

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ASUS G75VW-T1086V
CPU: i7-3610QM 2.30/3.30 GHz.
Memory: 16 GB DDR3 1600 Mhz. RAM
Storage: 256GB SSD LiteOn LAT-256M3S + 1TB Seagate Momentus 5400 RPM HDD
Graphics: GeForce GTX 670M 3GB
Screen: 17.3' Full HD LED Screen

AxleGrease
04-18-2013, 02:53 AM
Wow, you are using one of the very new models as well huh? I've had a bad experience with Alienware in the past, so I can't imagine going back to them. Though, it was before they were bought by Dell.

Matrix Leader
04-18-2013, 03:15 AM
yeah man one of the new ones with SSD + HDD out of the box.

But I haven't been happy for 1 day since I bought this laptop. Crappy drivers from ASUS, ****ty screen! horrible sound! need I say more? read the threads here of the 100s of problems users are facing!

save your money man I'm giving you honest advice

ZeroBarrier
04-18-2013, 06:45 AM
Wow, you are using one of the very new models as well huh? I've had a bad experience with Alienware in the past, so I can't imagine going back to them. Though, it was before they were bought by Dell.

Don't believe everything you read here at these forums. Most people only come here when they have a problem (or in most cases when they've created a problem /sigh) to complain and look for help. You'll not find the possibly thousands upon thousands of happy customers that haven't suffered a single problem, like myself. It's as the old saying goes, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil", and wheel likes DanishKid get extremely squeaky on this forum, no offense.

adham_dehe
04-18-2013, 06:55 AM
Don't believe everything you read here at these forums. Most people only come here when they have a problem (or in most cases when they've created a problem /sigh) to complain and look for help. You'll not find the possibly thousands upon thousands of happy customers that haven't suffered a single problem, like myself. It's as the old saying goes, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil", and wheel likes DanishKid get extremely squeaky on this forum, no offense.


I agree with you. Strangely i ask many friends who owns Asus laptop, they say so far no problem. But when i go to Lowyat (electronic shopping complex in Malaysia) every seller says don't buy Asus. I bought G55, so far no serious issues.

AxleGrease
04-19-2013, 05:05 AM
Hmm... Thank you for the responses. I'm still trying to decide, so if anyone has anything they love or hate about a specific model, please do share.

adham_dehe
04-19-2013, 11:49 AM
Hmm... Thank you for the responses. I'm still trying to decide, so if anyone has anything they love or hate about a specific model, please do share.

For G55

1)Placement of USB port is less than ideal. There is 2 usb port at right side. Suppose you want to plug something might hinder your mouse movement.
2)Rubber coating at the lid can came off expecially at the edge.

But i can live with that. Nothing serious. Other things is people say speaker is poor is not good. I cannot comment on that because i don't know better

Shawnnepc
04-19-2013, 01:43 PM
Hmm... Thank you for the responses. I'm still trying to decide, so if anyone has anything they love or hate about a specific model, please do share.

I'm a big fan of the G46. It's probably one of the most powerful and stylish laptops in it's form factor. It's really useful to have when going to LAN parties or when you need that level of portable power.

I usually carry something around in that form factor instead of my beastly 17in

I haven't really been bothered by the screen on the G46 or the G75xx (I had the CHI-MEI screen, was very grainy when viewed up close but wasn't a problem when at the proper useage distance)

It's on my list of things I'm super excited to sell once someone other than Best Buy and E-tail carries it (We prefer to deal with wholesale, less warranty issues that way ;) )

TokoDude
04-19-2013, 06:37 PM
Hey Welkom to ROG ASUS FORUM!

1 Important thing you want a laptop where you can internet on your battery in a Internet Café.
Gaming/Performance laptops have always a low battery life. Why because they think most of the users will not use there battery much because of the performance
But the ASUS G75 has a very weak battery so keep that in mind that problem at this laptop is the low battery.
I recommend you a G75 above an Alienware or other gaming pc’s like BTO (Build to Order)
Alienware is very expensive and for the same species you pay at Alienware a few 200-350 Euro's more.
(i wanted first an Alienware but when i saw the price difference i chose for ASUS)


But Alienware is not bad. It’s made to upgrade CPU and GPU what ASUS G75 not possible is.
And if you order it the important thing is order a high CPU and Grapich card.
And RAM/HDD/SSD upgrade that by yourself because you the price at Alienware for an upgrade is 100% more the the normal price.

gypsymoth
04-19-2013, 07:32 PM
G46 - I love everything about it, except the horrible stock screen. I know the upcoming replacement is supposed to be 1600x900, but will it have improved color quality and contrast ratio as well? I'm also curious to know if there is a glossy screen option. I would really appreciate some in-depth display specs. [Note] The stock screen is slightly worse than that of my Asus 1215n netbook.


What's your plan for this laptop? A lot of it depends on that. Following is how I roll...

I'm not too picky about screens. I bought the G46VW for the "small" size and it's performance. My prior primary laptop (that I actually carry around) is a 10" MSi Wind U100 netbook with multiple 5+ hour batteries. So, as you can see my priority for carrying a laptop is: Size > endurance > performance > display. So to get the gaming performance in a 14" laptop is quite Amazing. If they can get it down to a netbook size, then I would be thrilled.

I don't game on the go (except on vacation). My priority is to get work done. That includes software development, photo/video processing, and various other financial tasks. (Gaming is reserved for home setting, see G74SX below.) So, 5+ hour is a necessity. The G46VW doesn't have exchangeable batteries. But I found it throttles itself down on battery and actually lasts about 5 hours on battery. It's a good compromise between endurance and performance.

With 16 GB memory upgrade I've been able to run two additional Linux virtual machines with 4 GB each comfortably. On battery, the virtual machines are a little sluggish. But running virtual machines is something I couldn't do on the netbook, so the performance really pays off here. Eventually, it may need a i7 upgraded as some folks here shown that it's feasible.

If you going to use it on a desktop, then the screen is no factor. Cuz you can just shell out of the best desktop monitor you can afford. And if you are never going to take it outside, you can get better performance with its big brothers. But for me, if you want to take it out, there is really no competition, short of a non-gaming ultrabook.



G55- I would have most likely bought this prior to discovering the G46 recently, however the weight is almost as heavy as the G75. If I'm going the cumbersome route, why not just go with the G75? If anyone has experience with both, I'd love to hear your opinions on each.


I can't comment about this one, as I don't have experience with it. But I do have a G74SX. See below.



G75- It seems like a great desktop replacement (I am indeed replacing my desktop for mobility requirements) however, the ease of portability comes into question. Does anyone have experience using this laptop on a plane, or variable locations? How is the battery life when simply using a web browser/word processing? Is it too massive for a coffee shop, or too noisy for a library?


I have the G74SX. And it is an amazing desktop replacement. This is my primary gaming computer at home. However, I don't use it like a laptop. It sits under my desk with monitors, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. The laptop really isn't being used other than for its two brains (CPU/GPU). This is my dedicated gaming machine. To do other work, I remote desktop or VNC to other computers (such as the G46VW). This thing is huge. It's the size of a typewriter (if you know what that is nowadays). I wouldn't be caught dead carrying this thing out in public. But performance-wise, it's quite amazing.

Because of its size, when it's ready to retire from gaming, there are very few places it could go in my home. My wife wouldn't be caught dead using this thing. It's to big for my toddlers. It'll probably end up in my entertainment center. But even there, it would be an eye-sore.

Truth is, if they had the G46VW when I bought the G74SX, I would have gone with the G46VW at that time. But they didn't have the G46VW at the time, so the G74SX was the best choice for ultimate performance vs. price. Just don't expect it to excel at being sleek.



What are the ms response times on each notebook's display? I'm coming from my Asus monitor with a 2ms GTG, and I ideally don't want to miss out on too many milliseconds. (lifelong CS player) I'm having a hard time finding display spec's such as this on notebooks, so I'm not entirely sure what is considered good in the mobile realm.


If you are a competitive gamer, then I really don't see a point of playing on the go. If I were you, I would be sitting at my desk, with the best equipment for my needs (as I have done with the G74SX), playing competitively.

If you are planning on playing on battery, then don't bother playing competitively, as the G46VW gets throttled down. You can go through a painful exercise to reconfigure settings and get max performance on battery, but the battery probably won't last more than 1 to 2 hours. The G74SX doesn't throttle itself down too much on batteries. But I've heard it won't last more than 1.5 hours. I have never tried it myself though.



Final question: Do any of you use these for photo/video editing? I'm feeling that glossy would beat matte for such purposes, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
----> I'm looking for competition grade gaming quality with commercial grade video/photo rendering and display.
Thanks!


That depends on how professional you want to be. Are you planning to use hardware color correction and calibration? If you are that professional, then the screen on any of these laptops probably won't cut it. But if you are really that professional, it's unlikely you'll do everything on this one laptop. You'll probably want to set up and calibrate a nice display at home. And if you need to be that professional on the road, then you might want to carry a professional display with you. Or settle for a laptop that is better for photo/video processing then gaming.

AxleGrease
04-19-2013, 11:10 PM
Hmm... yeah, I definitely won't buy an Alienware. Does anyone have a picture showing the difference between the old G46 and new G46 screen quality?

AxleGrease
04-20-2013, 12:10 AM
Thank you for the comprehensive response GypsyMoth! I suppose my priority is versatility. I may have to take your advice of buying a G46 and just using an external monitor when I need the extra display quality. There really is no true replacement for a gaming desktop, but sadly I will be selling mine. My life for the next year or two will be primarily work and travel, so I'm looking to still be able to sneak in some gaming without my K/D ratio taking a hit. I went to BB to check out the build quality, and as some reviews have stated, the spacebar didn't always register clicks. Maybe I will have to get myself a Nostromo, or just hold onto my current USB keyboard as well. You've definitely helped me narrow things down. The G75 will just be too much for public use.

So: G46 or G55.

Djask
04-20-2013, 03:42 AM
G75VW for a desktop replacement. G46VW for portability. G55VW is not big enough for a desktop replacement nor is it small enough and light enough to carry around. It all depends on your needs.