Summary: And while its 15.6-inch reflective screen sports a relatively low 1366x768 native res, that can actually be a boon in games. Does the G51Vx-RX05 make compromises? Yes. But in doing so, it delivers on its mission to provide top-notch gaming at an unbeatable price. And for that, this notebook deserves high marks.
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
Summary: For $1,049, the ASUS G51Vx-RX05 is a very good laptop for gamers who don’t want to sell their blood in order to spill some blowing away zombies. Its frame rates may not be as high as those produced by the Gateway P-7807u FX, but the G51Vx costs about $350 less, and its premium design is more appealing. While we prefer the Gateway for its greater horsepower, ASUS’ budget-friendly rig will leave you with more cash to spend on the latest titles.
Pros: Good gaming performance for price, Attractive design, Customizable backlighting, Fast hard drive,
Cons: Screen resolution a bit low, Muddy bass, Subpar Wi-Fi range,