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The market for gaming notebooks is currently on the rise. It comes as no surprise that the Asus G51VX-A1 15.6-inch gaming notebook, with its 4GB of RAM and Intel Q9000 quad core laptop processor, is fast becoming a favorite.

Before, gamers would always prefer desktops as gaming machines and wouldn’t even consider the possibility of replacing it with a laptop. With the fast advances in technology, gaming portables are now available on the market. So many that you would probably need a guide just to be able to choose the best. Times sure have changed.

What should a gaming machine have? At the least, it must have lots of RAM, high processing power and a dedicated graphics chip. Having lots of RAM allows games to run smoothly and without any hitch. A high processing power is needed because today’s games aren’t just complicated but has higher requirements. Finally, having a great graphics chip ensures that a gamer will have a great gaming experience.

The notebook passes this minimum requirement needed. Need we mention that it has a GeForce GTX 260M dedicated graphics chip with 1GB of VRAM? Asus G51VX-A1 though is not handy or even light. It measures 14.6 x 10.3 x 1.3-1.6-inches package and weighs about 7.26 lbs. or about 3 kg.

The Asus G51VX-A1 does not deny the fact that it is a gamer’s laptop. Its graphic that covers the lid clearly shouts gamers. Also, there is a “Republic of Gamers” logo in the center. Unlike other notebooks, it has a full sized keyboard with separate section for number pad. There are metal buttons on the trackpad and there are also rubber palmrests. Asus G51VX-A1 has a wireless bgn capability as well as multiple card reader and Bluetooth. It has 640GB of available hard disk space and a DVD Super Multi drive. Exterior ports of the Asus G51VX-A1 include, among others: USB (4), HDMI, FireWire, VGA, Ethernet, eSATA and an ExpressCard.

The 15.6 inch display comes not only with a 19201080 resolution but also with a 16:9 aspect-ratio. This is more than what most gamers need. The device already contains preloaded Asus’ proprietary software like Data Security manager, Winflash, Splendid Utility and Smart Logon Manager among others.

The the G51VX can handle normal, day-to-day computing with ease. Some gamers may think that its GeForce GTX 260M is not as powerful as the dual 280M graphic chips but it gets the job done.

Its average battery life is estimated at 2 and a half hours but heavy gaming can cut that time down to 90 minutes.

SPECS AVAILABLE OPTIONS (From Asus’ website)
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 (2GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB Cache)
RAM 4GB DDR2-800 SDRAM (2GB x 2)
Screen Size 15.6 inch WUXGA FHD LCD display 19201080
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit)
Battery Life Around 2 and a half hours
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 1GB GDDR3 memory

 

Pros

What is good about the Asus G51VX-A1 is that you get value for your money. Namely the great gaming features, its 1GB of VRAM and overall build quality.

Cons

Considering that Asus is known for enduring batteries, its short battery life comes as a bit of a disappointment. Long gaming also results in the fan being nosiy.

Conclusion

Considering its relatively low price, the Asus G51VX-A1 not only meets the minimum standards for a gaming laptop, it offers more value for your money. So if that’s what you’re looking for, why not try it?

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