Judging from the crowds gathered in its show floor space, the Asus Republic of Gamers (RoG) unveilings are among the most exciting at Computex. That’s for good reason, too. RoG has a reputation that rivals the vaunted Alienware brand for mainstream gaming systems and components. It also helps that Computex is held on Asus’s home turf of Taipei Taiwan, and Dell is nowhere to be found at the show.
In particular, the crowds seem to gravitate around the G750, the latest and greatest in the RoG G series of gaming notebooks, and successor to the G75VW, which NotebookReview claimed “excels in nearly every area” before handing it an Editor’s Choice award in June 2012.
The Asus G750 is a 17-inch notebook, complete with an Intel 4th-generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700M series graphics. At Computex, Asus is touting the G750’s cooling system and nearly silent fans, which was a G75VW strength, as well as its “robust backlit keyboard,” and dedicated headphone amplifier. Indeed, the G750 also sports Asus SonicMaster audio tech, along with RoG AudioWizard with it’s genre-specific music modes.
NotebookReview managed to fight the crowds for some hands-on time with the machine to test some of these claims. While it’s impossible to tell fan volume in a loud and crowded convention space, the G750 did remain quite cool during a bout with Metro: Last Light, with only a warm breeze emanating from the back. Unfortunately, the graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GTX 770m, or so we were told), had a bit of trouble with the game, but it’s hard to take away anything concrete from a pre-production demo unit.
Through headphones, NBR could experience that audio tech Asus was boasting, and came away reasonably impressed. Sound effects and voices were both loud and robust, though tiptoed right up to the point of being uncomfortable and distracting. We couldn’t fine tune the output, so it’s very likely the user experience won’t be as jarring. Again, because of the show floor noise NBR did not get a chance to test out the speaker, which was the one “con” in the G75VW review.
The chiclet-style keyboard and large touchpad, initially redesigned for the G75VW and a real positive for that model, were very comfortable to use, with the keys traveling well and bouncing back nicely from each press.
The full HD display also held up well, and thanks to a matte finish, shrugged off any glare from the harsh-overhead lighting.
Taken as a whole, the G750 is quite heavy, and sports that familiar intimidating design, reminiscent of stealth bomber, with pronounced angles and lines. The slightly textured lid feels solid, as does the brushed aluminum keyboard tray. There’s no doubt, this is a quality machine.
Ports and inputs include four USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, mini DisplayPort, VGA, DVD/Blu-ray,and two 3.5mm audio jacks.
Pricing and launch date have yet to be announced, but NBR will have a review of this unit when it does ship.