The reviews continue with the gaming laptop ASUS G55Vw, younger brother of ASUS G75v, the model we reviewed last week. G55Vw is the successor of the ASUS G53Sx model and is based on Intel Ivy Bridge and NVIDIA GeForce from the 600M series. The first information about the new generation of ROG laptops from ASUS appeared at CES 2012 and continued until the big launch.
Here is the top configuration for the 15.6-inch model: Intel Core i7-3720QM - 2.6GHz, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, mixed storage - 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive with a display resolution of 15.6-inch Full HD 3D.
This model has the same design as G75V, but comes with modifications to the keyboard and the positioning of ports. ASUS G55Vw comes with a slightly modified configuration from ASUS G75V. We find the same type of processor, but has the GTC 660M video because of the lower housing.
Like on the other model, I was also impressed by the new thinner design, more stylish, more practical and still retains an aggressive professional touch. As was usual, ASUS is not compromising quality when it comes to ASUS ROG G gaming generation.
ASUS G55Vw is a high-performance notebook for gamers who do not want to carry a PC at gaming events or don't have enough space for a complete desktop at home. Successfully cope with the latest games available in the market, but can vary depending on your system or game. Note that the 3D technology is not compatible with all games and cannot play the latest titles in the industry to ultra quality.
The Nvidia 3D Vision technology with the new 3D Vision 2 glasses provides a new dimension to gaming and movies. The glasses are comfortable, and watching a movie in 3D is no longer a burden.
ASUS G55Vw strengths:
- A great configuration with Ivy Bridge processor;
- Comfortable palmrest;
- Comes with quite a thin design, stylish and has an aggressive note;
- Good sound quality;
- Display 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 Full HD 3D.
ASUS G55Vw weaknesses:
- ASUS G55Vw is a laptop with a not quite comfortable weight that you cannot always carry anywhere;
- The weight of the charger.
It is hard to find something negative to such a model. Maybe the price or the charger weight that can give you some headaches!
ASUS G55Vw seems like a slightly redesigned G53Sx, but on a detailed analysis we can see that the new model has a slightly less weight, that have a lightweight "tamed" and pushed more and more to style. The color combination of silver and matte black casing gives a special elegance, just like the 17.3 inch model.
In the middle of the cover we can see the ASUS logo along with the ROG logo. The case is covered by a rubberized plastic, gentle, matt black, but is not very easy to clean stains. This mode used the same type of material encountered at previous generations.
Full HD 15.6 inch LED screen provides excellent viewing angles. The rear ventilation grille was changed. Main slots are no longer concentrated in the middle. This time they are placed in the left and right extremes and in the middle we can find the ROG logo.
Turning the laptop, we can see the ports. And G55Vw has the same problem with the port as his big brother. Maybe if the ports from the right were reversed with the ones from the left was better :). Too many important ports on the side of the mouse in terms of a right-handed user.
- On the left we can find two USB 3.0 ports, optical drive (Blu-Ray in our case) and audio and microphone ports.
- On the right side we have 2 USB 3.0, Thunderbolt port, HDMI port, RJ-45 network port, VGA port and power port (located very close to the upper case).
- On the front side we can find the Indicator lights and the card reader, the vents are on the back.
- At the bottom there are several plates that facilitate access to different components: RAM, hard disk etc.
The laptop also has the same keyboard found on the G75V. Nothing really changed on the basic structure, just a little adaptation of design. It has a great chiclet type keyboard with an amazing design. I appreciated the arrow keys that have normal size and are bounded by the number ones and the center of the keyboard, but not as prominently as on the G75V.
At the top we can find a special button that from a touch can turn your laptop into a true 3D one.
The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures, respond quickly to orders and is easy to use. Buttons are strong in terms of construction and are easy to hold.