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.


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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