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ASUS ROG G55VW 15-Inch Gaming Laptop [OLD VERSION]

by Asus
4.5 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
| 8 answered questions

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Windows 7
  • Intel Core i7 3610QM / Core i7 3610QM 2.3 GHz
  • 8 GB SO-DIMM (2 x 4 GB, with 2 open slots)
  • 500 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Nvidia GTX 660M
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Style: Windows 7

Product Description

15.6-Inch; Full HD (1920*1080)/Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)/8GB DDR3/Nvidia GTX 660M 2G GDDR5/500GB 7200RPM/DL DVD±RW/CD-RW/Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/802.11BGN/2.0MP Camera/Bluetooth 4.0/8 Cell Battery/Instant On/HDMI/Minidisplay Port/1YR Global Warranty/1YR Accidental Damage Protection/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech supportDon’t forget Office with your PC purchase.  Download Office 2013 instantly with Amazon Digital Software.

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Product Information

Style:Windows 7

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
Processor 2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM
RAM 8 GB SO-DIMM
Hard Drive 500 GB
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA Gefroce GTX 660M
Graphics Card Ram Size 2000 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
Brand Name Asus
Series G55VW
Item model number G55VW-ES71
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 8.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.1 x 11.8 x 2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.12 x 11.77 x 2.01 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Computer Memory Type SODIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

ASIN B007Z9WWDW
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #24,715 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#5,298 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 14 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available May 2, 2012

Warranty & Support

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: Windows 8 Verified Purchase
I agree with most other reviews here. It is large and heavy, but overall has a good design. I'll add a few notes about upgrading.

Memory upgrade:
You can get to 16GB by purchasing a 2x 4GB package from Crucial and installing them in the user accessible area under the laptop. Unofficially, it will support 8GB sticks, so you can purchase a 2x 8GB package and get 24GB total (2x 4GB factory installed + 2x 8GB user installed). If you really wanted, you could also replace the two factory installed 4GB sticks with 8GB sticks to get 32GB, but you need to take apart the laptop to get to them (void warranty).

SSD upgrade:
There is only one hard drive bay (occupied by 500GB drive) so you can't easily just drop a 2.5 SSD drive in. Here are your options:
1. Replace the existing 500GB HDD with a 2.5 SSD. With only the SSD drive, you won't have much space for bulk storage.
2. Replace your DVD drive with a hard drive caddy and install a 2.5 SSD in the caddy. This allows for the SSD and 500GB HDD, but you lose your internal DVD. You can always purchase an external USB DVD drive.
3. Get an mSATA SSD. In order to get to the mSATA slot, you have to take apart the entire laptop (void warranty). It is a real pain to do this, but in the end you'll have your SSD, 500GB HDD and your DVD drive.

I ended up taking apart the laptop, replacing the two factory installed 4GB sticks with 8GB sticks and installing a 256GB mSATA SSD. The remaining 2x 4GB sticks were then reinstalled in the user accessible memory slots. So I now have 24GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 500GB HDD. Later, I'll probably replace the 500GB HDD with a higher capacity and higher RPM HDD.

NOTE: Taking apart the laptop was no easy task. Do not do this unless you have experience and are willing to accept the risk of breaking your laptop. I've been told that this voids your warranty.
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Style Name: Windows 7 Verified Purchase
I just received my laptop on 6/1 (ordered 5/30) and here is my review after a few days of tinkering. For those of you that do not wish to read through the entire review, here is a summary ~

Pros:

- Beautifully sleek
- Back-lit keyboard with adjustable brightness settings
- Condensed full-size keyboard
- Soft and comfortable palm rest
- Extremely fast 3rd generation Core i7 quad core processor
- Four USB 3.0 ports instead of just one
- Insanely quiet fans
- Comfortably cool in all situations

Cons:

- Extremely large power brick
- VIA drivers for sub-woofer
- Cloning

Review:

The ASUS G55VW-ES71 far exceeds expectations when it comes to gaming or any other heavy processing activities, and it performs all of its duties while encased in one of the most beautiful laptop shells ever designed. The keyboard is laid out in a Chiclet style with each button as its own "island," and ASUS managed a 10-key number pad on the right hand side. The lighting behind the keyboard is adjustable, making it the perfect the brightness for anyone. The palm rest is layered with a soft mat material resulting in a comfortable gaming and typing experience.

The incorporated processor is blazing fast. Intel's new quad-core processor with eight threads lives up to expectations with a Windows Experience Index of 7.6 (out of a possible 7.9). Memory on this beast of a machine scores at a 7.8, and the graphics chugs up a more than respectable score of 7.3. This machine is only bottlenecked by the hard drive score of 5.9 (the only one out of all the categories that does not score a 7 or higher).
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Style Name: Windows 7 Verified Purchase
I just received this computer, and I have to say it's beautiful. Before I get into the specs, let me address some things the other reviewer has said.

Firstly, Asus's customer support is about the same as any other computer manufacturer, if not better. There's absolutely no way to have a bad experience with Asus, and the quality of their computers have been exceptional in my experience with them. I've never had a problem before, and I don't expect for there to be one for anyone now.

Secondly, as for the updating the internal components, there are probably guides on Youtube, and the guide is probably not included because most users won't need it.

Thirdly, yes, the power brick is quite large and heavy, but I don't see a problem considering you'll be stationary while playing, and it's a rather long cord. It's not as if you have to lay the power brick on your face while you play.

But as for the Asus G55VW -
+ The Asus G55 is a sleek, gaming-powerhouse laptop engineered specifically for long hours of use while playing the most demanding games. I can throw anything at this laptop, unlike many laptops, and know that it will never run hot. With the left exhaust port, if I remember correctly, being specifically for the CPU, the fan will run independently from the right fan at whatever speed it needs. The right fan, however, being for the GPU, will cool your GPU during long hours of hard gaming.

+ When playing games, the touchpad, keyboard, and palmrest stay at about 70 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooling system does an excellent job in capturing the heat and throwing it out of the back of the computer.... quietly. The sound from the fan is measured at approximately 30 decibels, which is not even as loud as a whisper.
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