Asus G51Jx review

3D finally achieves gaming credibility, and looks set for the long haul.

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So it looks like 3D has finally landed, and for good. The Asus G51Jx was one of the first on the scene, but a host of other manufacturers, including Toshiba with the Satellite A665 and Rock with the Xtreme 680, are pushing 3D Vision capable laptops out of their factory doors.

The Asus G51Jx itself is a good machine, with just a couple of quirks that stop it from being a great one. Either way the 3D element of the laptop works well, and we think you'll be pleased with the results too.

We liked

We like the fact that 3D works well on a laptop, and that the technology genuinely enhances the gaming experience – finally 3D isn't a gimmick.

The power on offer from both the graphics card and processor is formidable, and will keep you ticking software requirement boxes for many years to come.

The laptop may not be the most portable, but the 3.5kg weight is pleasingly light, meaning travel with the G51Jx is a possibility.

We disliked

There's not a lot to dislike about the G51Jx. The garish design won't suit all, but we actually quite liked it.

It's a shame the panel doesn't feature a full HD screen resolution for the highest levels of detail, and it is also a shame the keyboard isn't a bit firmer. But in the grand scheme of things these are minor quibbles.

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Verdict

Ultimately this is a great laptop, and kudos to Asus for being the first out the gates with a nVidia 3D Vision laptop. That the technology works well – given the correct content – demonstrates that 3D is now ready to come out of the wilderness and start enjoying some success as a mainstream technology.

There are a few niggles, including the screen resolution and keyboard, but neither are a massive cause for drama.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTS 360M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
eSATAYes
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyG51Jx 3D
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-720QM
ColourBlue
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.50 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height40.6 mm
Width375 mm
Depth265 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG51Jx 3D
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelG51Jx-IX192V
Product NameG51Jx-IX192V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberG51JX-IX192V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

ASUS Republic of Gamers are proud to present the G51Jx 3D, the world's first gaming notebook with full support for NVIDIA 3D Vision. On this rocking machine, 3D isn't hype, it's a whole new look on entertainment, gaming and multimedia that combines amazing performance, stylish design and user-friendly features like never before. It gives much pricier gaming rigs a good run for their money, all you have to do is look at these 3DMark scores!

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • G51Jx-IX192V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Gaming Mouse
  • Gaming Backpack
  • Nvidia 3D Vision Kit (3D Glasses + RF Transmitter)
Limited Warranty2 Year