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ASUS G51JX-A1 Review

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ASUS G51JX-A1
989 $ at amazon.com
  • Intel Core i7 720QM (1.6 GHz)

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M

  • 6 GB Memory (RAM) Size

  • 500 GB HDD Capacity

Detailed laptop analysis based on 7 expert reviews

Score: 75 /100

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Our summary of all reviews

  • 39 /100

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  • Design

    4.2/5

    The design delighted the majority of all reviewers and they predicted it to be at the taste of most users. The notebook’s appearance walks a fine line between function and form.

    • Hinge Stability

       : 

      4.0/5

      The screen hinge, connecting the monitor and the laptop body, is characterized by good tightness and flexibility. The display might slightly wiggle after opening the laptop or when moving around, but it does not cause any real annoyances.

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    • Display Resolution

      1920 x 1080

      This resolution is also called, Full-HD. It provides for great multitasking and as well easy and enjoyable office work. The vast screen estate allows for two websites to be viewed side by side. Different tasks such as graphic design, high resolution picture and video editing can be carried out by professional picture and movie editors smoothly and with no annoyances. As this resolution has the same width and height of most movies, users will be happy to enjoy viewing movies with no back bars at the top and the bottom of the picture. Gaming is only possible if the computer features a very powerful graphic card able to support this native resolution.

    • Color Reproduction

       : 

      4.0/5

      The wide color spectrum covered with this computer provides an enjoyable experience of vibrant colors. This laptop allows professional designers to carry out their tasks smoothly and comfortably. It is as well more than adequate for gaming and watching HD movies.

    • Contrast

       : 

      4.0/5

      This computer features a good contrast between black and white. Dark letters are very easy to distinguish from the bright background, fulfilling the needs of office workers. Mobile users will be content, as this contrast improves outdoor readability. Shadows are well displayed bringing this screen to the liking of any Horror, Mystery or Action movie fan. This notebook will also conform to the needs of professional designers and gamers alike. Small displays will particularly benefit from this contrast.

    • Brightness

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      4.0/5

      Setting the computer to its maximum brightness will allow you to see the screen even when a strong light is shining on it. Outdoor usability is enhanced with this level of display brightness. Under most indoor light settings however, the screen would be too bright and should be dimmed for comfortable use. Making the display darker has the additional benefit of greatly increasing the battery life. The laptop brightness is evenly distributed over the whole screen, meaning the brightness is not concentrated on one spot of the monitor.

    • Reflections

       : 

      2.0/5

      In situations of medium indoor ambient light, the display can sufficiently fulfill its function. This laptop is thus acceptable for office work, and can serve as well as a family/home computer. Outdoor use is however not recommended, as it will be close to impossible to decipher the displayed information.

    • Viewing Angle

       : 

      3.7/5

      Two individuals can sit next to one another comfortably, and still view the screen with hardly any image deviation. Colours might start to change if you move far to the sides of the display, so viewing the screen with a group of people will not guarantee a clear picture for everyone.

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    • Maximum Volume

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      3.0/5

      The peak volume of this laptop is acceptably loud. If relying only on the maximum sound output of the internal speakers of this laptop, watching movies with a group of friends should be manageable. It will be as well quite challenging to clearly distinguish sounds at peak volume if you are at the other end of the room.

    • Sound Clarity

       : 

      3.7/5

      The clarity of the sound is still ok at this level. While demanding audiophiles will think of it as a disaster, the rest of us will find the sound experience provided by this laptop satisfactory when watching movies or playing games.

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    • Layout

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      4.0/5

      The layout of this keyboard stands firmly within the ranges of conventionality. The positioning of the keys conforms with the standard layout, thus reducing the users adaptation time to their new keyboard.

    • Keyboard Size

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      3.7/5

      Although the size of this keyboard is still decent, typos might be a bit more frequent as the keys might not be large enough, depending on the size of your hands. The palm resting area could be too small for some users, although it is generally suitable and comfortable. All in all, the keyboard is proportionate enough and should still fulfill the needs of most users, especially after some getting used to.

    • Key Responsiveness

       : 

      4.0/5

      This keyboard’s responsiveness provides for quite a satisfying typing experience. Not much pressure is needed for key feedback and key action feels smooth enough to allow the users to enjoy typing for extended periods of time. This keyboard is as well characterized by good key feedback, which allows for an above average typing speed. Most users should be pleased with this keyboard.

    • Keyboard Flex

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      3.3/5

      Although the plastic below the keyboard does flex at noticeable levels, it is still not bothersome enough to interrupt your typing. it is true that your typing speed might decrease and your comfort will not be ideal, but the flex of this keyboard is still not too annoying for most users.

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  • Front Camera

    3.3/5

    The picture quality is decent under good light conditions.

  • Battery Surfing

    2:00 h

    The battery provides for up to 3 hours working away from a power source, if the energy saving mode is enabled, and the brightness is set to the minimum. Needless to say that you should avoid running any other programs while you are on battery alone. If you require more independent time from a power source, you should seriously consider a second battery to carry around with you.

    • Battery DVD/Video

      1:32 h

      The battery of this computer will barely enable you to through your preparations for one client presentation. If you think of watching a movie, you might find yourself unable to find out if they actually lived happily forever after. For mobile use an external battery will be a must, otherwise you will not be able to leave the house without your charger.

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  • Weight

    7.01 lbs

    This laptop will be considered by most users to be on the heavy side. You might find it best to only move this notebook under exceptional conditions and use it as a desktop replacement. You will definitely notice the heavy weight when putting the notebook on your lap. If you factor the extra weight of the charger, carrying around this computer will tire you, even if your praise yourself to be in good shape.

    • Noise Idle

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      5.0/5

      You will not notice any noise when the laptop is idle.

    • Noise Normal Use

       : 

      4.0/5

      While doing office work or browsing the web, the noise emitted by this computer is barely noticeable. In a quite room, you can rest assured, the low noise of the fan will not hinder with your concentration.

    • Noise Full Load

       : 

      3.0/5

      When you are watching a movie, editing a video, or playing games, the noise emitted by this laptop will not be of much disturbance according to most reviewers. The degree to which you will be annoyed depends on your sensitivity and on how quiet your surroundings are.

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    • Heat Top: Full Use

       : 

      4.0/5

      The notebook warms up just a little at normal use.

    • Heat Top: Normal Use

       : 

      3.5/5

      The laptop gets warm on top but nothing you would complain about.

    • Heat Bottom: Normal Use

       : 

      3.0/5

      The bottom of the notebook warms up a little but is not getting too hot to place it on your lap.

    • Heat Bottom: Full Load

       : 

      3.0/5

      There can be some spot where the laptop gets warm.

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All external reviews  ASUS  G51JX-A1

Language Source URL Review Date Author

English

computershopper.com 3/3/10 John R. Delaney

English

www.notebookforums.com 3/3/10 Djembe

English

www.notebookreview.com 8/24/09 Kevin O'Brien

English

www.geek.com 8/18/09 Sal Cangeloso

English

hothardware.com 8/17/09 Mathew Miranda

English

www.laptopmag.com 8/10/09 Jeffrey L. Wilson

日本語

pc.watch.impress.co.jp 4/23/10 平澤 寿康
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Total number of reviews: 7