Excerpt: If there’s one thing that might take your mind off your financial woes, it’s some good old-fashioned fragging. And Asus is happy to oblige by offering the most affordable full-fledged gaming notebook that we’ve ever tested. The G51Vx-RX05, sold exclusively through Best Buy, costs less than a grand—OK, at $999, that’s a technicality, but still, this 15-inch notebook is cheap. It’s half the cost of the 15-inch iBuypower M865TU gaming rig we reviewed in November.
Pros: Great mobile gaming on the cheap; less cumbersome than larger gaming rigs.
Conclusion: Outrageous style and outrageous speed define the Asus G51VX. Of course, so does outrageous impracticality, but as a gaming notebook, that’s hardly anything to be ashamed of (in fact, it’s pretty much par for the course). Fortunately, for a machine of such extremes, Asus has managed to keep price decidedly down to earth. Considering how far it outperforms last year’s model, $1,050 actually looks like an amazing bargain for this stellar game machine.
Pros: Excellent value; outstanding game performance; comfortable, full-size, backlit keyboard; unique style; quick boot times
Cons: Unusually weak speakers; low resolution screen; short battery life; heavy and bulky; so-so build quality