Gaming laptop from Asus? So much to say and so little time and space. Let’s talk about the best Asus gaming laptops. That should be easier and faster. It should also be interesting especially since Asus does not really have a famous gaming laptop like Dell has the XPS or the Toshiba has the Qosmio.
If we have to choose an Asus model which is good for gaming, we choose the Asus G50vt-X1. Take a look at the picture below and you will agree with us that this laptop looks nice. The lid reminds us of the blue Alienware M17x. I love blue laptops because they express power and potential. The tribal look of this laptop is going to scream from far away and let you know this is a gaming laptop. If you are going to tell us that 7.3 lbs is not a normal weight for a laptop, we are going to tell you that gaming laptop are not meant to be carried around. They are meant for home usage especially since you can’t play Left 4 Dead at school nor at the office. It was surprising though, to find a 15.6 inch gaming laptop especially since most of them are about 17 inch. The display has a 1368 x 768 resolution. Even more surprising was the numerical pad we saw and which is not common for a 15.6 inch laptop.
Keyboard is important. If the keyboard would not be pleasant for me to type on my laptop I would probably smash it (I’m not the most patient person in the world) or quit this job. The best case scenario would be for me to get an external keyboard. Well, there will be no need for any of those 3 desperate measures here because the keyboard on the Asus G50vt-X1 is G.R.E.A.T. It offers positive feedback each time you type and flex is not noticeable in any part of the keyboard. Above the keyboard are some touch sensitive buttons with special dedicated functions. The display is also very important we are talking about a gaming laptop. Actually, for a good gaming experience, every part of the laptop is extremely important. You may be disappointed with the rather small resolution of this laptop. We know that the bigger the screen on a gaming laptop is, the better experience you will get out of shooting zombies and cutting the throat of the bad guys. The viewing angles are not that great and the colors are not as sharp and beautiful as we have seen on similarly priced laptops.
As for the connectivity part, we have 4 USB ports, one VGA port, one mini FireWire, an e-SATA port, a multi card reader, an Ethernet port plus the headphones out and microphone in jacks. The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo that operates at a speed of 2.26 GHz. This laptop has 4 GB of RAM which means you can install a 64 bit operating system. The 320 GB of hard disk space should be enough for any kind of file storage and you don’t have to worry about performing disk cleanup any time soon. The nVidia 9800 GS graphics card has 512 MB of video memory. This laptop even comes with a built-in web camera which may come in handy for Skype chatting with your friends from abroad. The speakers are fine, they produce decent sound, nothing spectacular but you can listen to your favorite music. For true game play we recommend that you attach a pair of external speakers in order to get a better surround sound experience.
Using the DVD playback video test, you will be able to get about 1 hour and 20 minutes of battery life. If you plan on saving some battery life, you could get about 2 hours of battery life with the screen brightness set to medium level. It is still below the average of 15.4 inch laptops but we are going to excuse this Asus by saying that it has powerful components that wear out the battery pretty fast. This means that if you were planning to take this laptop to the coffee shop or use it during a full day of classes, you probably shouldn’t. Not only is the weight an essential impediment but the laptop won’t stay on for more than a couple of hours so you’ll be on the run for a power outlet.
In conclusion, there is some decent game power in this unit but I think that you could still do much better. We are sure you are going to find some pretty cool offers now that the holiday season is here so be on the lookout for those irresistible deals. We love the design and we can use this laptop for moderate gaming and light entertainment. This $1300 laptop does really feel like a nice gaming notebook and even if it is not exactly 3D performance material it can still run some mainstream games. The tribal model found on the lid, has a nice blue color with light stripes that look like flames in the dark. Even the touchpad has a strip blue LED that matches beautifully the pattern of the lid. If you turn off those lights, you can save up some battery life.
There is even a button with a lightning bolt figure on it that is used to activate Express Gate, a Splashtop programs that allows you to surf the internet, play some music, watch photos and even chat online with your friends without having to turn on the laptop or booting up the system. With the combination between the 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM and the nVidia GeForce 9800M GS graphics card with 512 MB of video memory, this laptop came with a good score on the benchmark tests.
It’s fair to say that the Asus G50Vt-X1 is the best gaming laptop from Asus even if there are better gaming laptops on the market. The price is fine for the specs especially since we consider that one of the best gaming laptops is worth about $4000.
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