|Screen Size||15 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Intel Core i7|
|RAM||8 GB SO-DIMM|
|Hard Drive||500 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Gefroce GTX 660M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2000 MB|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||4|
ASUS ROG G55VW 15-Inch Gaming Laptop [OLD VERSION]
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|RAM Size||8 GB||16 GB||16 GB||8 GB||32 GB||64 GB|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor Speed||2.3 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.3 GHz||2.7 GHz||2.6 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920x1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||1920*1080 pixels|
|Screen Size||15 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||17.3 in||17 in|
|Hard-Drive Size||500 GB||1,000 GB||1,000 GB||256 GB||1,000 GB||1 TB|
|Item Dimensions||11.77 x 15.12 x 2.01 in||15.1 x 10 x 0.8 in||15.1 x 10 x 0.8 in||15.08 x 15.08 x 10.43 in||16.4 x 12.7 x 1.9 in||16.4 x 12.7 x 1.5 in|
|Item Weight||8.4 lbs||5.5 lbs||5.5 lbs||6 lbs||9.5 lbs||8.8 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 7;||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10|
|RAM Type||SODIMM||Unknown||Unknown||DDR3 SDRAM||Unknown||GDDR5|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11bgn||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C||802.11 A/C|
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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).
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.
- 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
- Extremely large power brick
- VIA drivers for sub-woofer
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). Not to fret, with a little bit of dedicated time, replacing the factory hard drive with a shiny Solid State Drive (SSD) is quite a breeze, boosting this category's score to the max of 7.9. This of course means that the lowest score for this machine would be the GTX 660M's score of 7.3, but there should not be a soul who would be mad about the graphic card's performance when comparing to other similar machines.
ASUS took no expense in giving their users the best of the best. Keeping in consistency with the machine's speed, ASUS decided to load this rig with four total USB 3.0 slots. No more finding or struggling to look for more USB 3.0 inputs for your external hard drives because the manufacturer only decided to upgrade one of the four USB inputs to the 3.0 generation, now you can plug it into any of the USB slots and you will experience the glory of USB 3.0 speeds. The cable gets in the way for the USB slot in the back? Plug it in on the side! The user experience gets better. Usually gaming units such as the G55VW will need increased airflow to keep all its parts running cooler and lasting longer. This usually meant that the fan would have to run incredibly fast and loud. ASUS took the liberty to design a machine that runs comfortably cool and indescribably quiet! Whether you're on your bed instant messaging and gaming or you're at your desk, well, instant messaging and gaming, you will be able to relax without the noticing your laptop blazing on your leg and you will not be disturbing anyone else in the vicinity with what sounds like a giant portable fan that other gamers are lugging around.
As with all products, there are some drawbacks. For this particular machine, the power brick is quite sizeable. It is heavy enough to break a toe and large enough to make an uncomfortable bulge in just about any laptop storage bag. However, the power brick does come with two Velcro ties to sort both cables. This machine comes with a sub-woofer. YES! A sub-woofer! 2.1 channels! Sounds like an exciting feature, right? Unfortunately this is not the case because VIA's drivers are not performing as expected. Instead of using the sub-woofer to compliment the sound that flows out of the laptop, it actually plays every single sound its two speaker buddies are playing. It does not provide the bass that we all would love to enjoy, just awkwardly (and most horribly) acts as a third speaker that would output voice as you would think any sub-woofer would. Luckily, the sub-woofer can be disabled through the volume properties of the ASUS speakers.
Finally, although above I said that it would be a "breeze" to swap out the underperforming hard drive for a lighting fast SSD, it also contributes to one of the few low points of this laptop. This is because cloning this hard drive one-to-one is very much impossible with any of the freeware (and some paid software like Acronis) available online. I will not get into too much detail and just say that it is due to the fact that the hard drive is formatted under GUID Partition Table (GPT), and most cloning software does not know how to handle this. As of now I have not found any software that is able to handle GPT and would greatly appreciate the knowledge of one in the comments. The easiest way for anyone to swap in a SSD is to create recovery discs at first boot and then use the discs to boot up and install on the SSD.
Final Rating: 4.9/5.
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