In this review, you will see that the “Republic of gamers” a.k.a the ASUS G50V, an ultimate dream laptop for gamers, is a part of a line of laptops targeted especially at the hardcore gamer segment of the market. If you are a gaming addict you would be more than interested in this gaming machine!
Build & Design
ASUS G50V has a strongly built model. The chassis is heavily built, and effectively resists torsion. The surface is strong and does not flex in. The display and the keyboard are tightly hinged and it would take a lot of stress to damage it. The overall build quality is excellent and will be able to withstand any stress and damages to an extent.
The design of ASUS G50V follows the gaming style for notebooks. It has four blue lights, which are placed on the top of the laptop which adds considerably to the looks department. The ASUS logo along with the Republic of Gamers logo is also inscribed on the top of the laptop. Some identity this laptop has!
ASUS G50V is a WSXGA+ 15.4-inch display. The screen is bright and has a very pleasing contrast ratio. Its glossy surrounding helps in bettering the colors of the screen. Its display is really pleasing to the eye and makes simple usage of the system a pleasurable experience. The display screen gives quality output from all viewing angles. It may however show discrepancies when viewed from top or bottom. The webcam is placed at the centre above the display and has a 1.3 mega pixel lens.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The keyboard of ASUS G50V is built for the gamer’s convenience. It is sturdily built and has a numeric keypad in the right of the keyboard. The welcome addition is the touch sensitive buttons placed on top of the keyboard, which are shortcuts to the frequently used functions.
Its touchpad is a black matte beauty. It is very comfortable to work with and tacking is never a problem. The buttons on the other hand produce sounds when used. This may not be pleasant and can irritate people around. It is however very good from the gamer’s view, always need to know whether you clicked or not!
Performance & Benchmarks
ASUS G50V is a performer and very suitable for the ardent gamers needs. Its memory is very fast and it can be improved further with faster hard disk drives. The hard disk may be tuned with better transfer rates. The Western Digital 250GB 5400RPM hard disk is relatively slow and may prove to be the only weak link of this otherwise excellent performing machine. The usual high endgames work very well with this laptop and may even work with the highest possible settings. The laptop satisfies the benchmarks of the Windows vista operating system.
The average Battery time for ASUS G50V ranges from 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours based on the usage. This may seem to be very low but it is acceptable for a High end gaming laptop. The G50V-A1’s 6-cell battery is rated for 4800mAh, with 11.1V.
ASUS G50V’s performance stands as a testimony to the laptop’s labeling as a Gamers choice. Though the price may be exorbitant to pay for non-gamers it seems understandable as the laptop is not at all targeted at them. Gamers would want to flaunt this notebook around!
Specifications of ASUS G50V
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (2.53GHz/6MB L2/1066MHz FSB/ 35W TDP)
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit w/ SP1
Memory: 4GB DDR2-800 RAM
Display: 15.4-inch WSXGA+ (1680×1050) glossy display
Hard drive: 2x 250GB 5400RPM SATA hard drives
Battery: 4800mAh, with 11.1V
Weight: 6.5 lbs
Dimensions: 14.2″ x 10.5″ x 1.1-1.6″
Pros: Stylish design and looks, sturdy built and strong body and surface, excellent WSXGA+ 15.4 inch display Quality and resolution, gaming Keyboard and Touchpad, various Communication ports, performance for Complete Gaming Experience, produces very little sound and does not heat up quickly, extra accessories like gaming mouse pad and other goodies.
Cons: A bit larger laptop than the other models in the segment, sound system does not live up to expectations, absence of dedicated shortcut buttons
MSRP: $ 1,640 (base price)