ASUS ROG GL551JW-AH71(WX) Laptop Review

December 4, 2015
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ASUS ROG GL551JW-AH71(WX) is an affordable gaming laptop that, right away, makes one think about its suitability for gaming. Surely it looks good on paper, boasting a Core i7 processor, solid-state drive and dedicated NVIDIA GTX960M graphics card geared towards players. But would a closer examination reveal something bad about this notebook or not..?

General performance

For running any type of software this ASUS is great. The processor is fast (albeit an older 4th Generation) Intel Core i7-4720HQ with a quad-core setup, 2.6GHz clock rate and a turbo reaching up to 3.6GHz. It’s more than a year old unit but still gets clearly over 8000 points in CPU Mark. I would say it’s an excellent score, considering we’re talking about a laptop – not a desktop – here.

The storage drive is another strong point in this computer. It’s a 256GB solid-state drive, and if you want more space you can add a regular hard drive – there’s space inside for one but only after removing the optical drive.

The RAM amount in this exact model is 8GB, as far as I know it’s installed on a single stick. There’s one memory slot unoccupied, meaning the most memory this system can eat is 16GB.

So, is it good for gaming?

In short, ASUS ROG GL551JW-AH71(WX) can run most games with (or close to) 60FPS while using high settings and 1080p. The graphics engine is NVIDIA GTX960M with 2GB dedicated GDDR5 type memory. For example, Grand Theft Auto 5 is going to give almost the said 60 frames per second on the said settings. Battlefield 4 will be similar or even higher FPS. Another example, The Witcher 3 would run at ~30FPS.

What are the ports and connections?

For plugging in various peripherals, ASUS ROG GL551JW-AH71(WX) is equipped with three full-size USB 3.0 ports. There seems to be mini Displayport and HDMI outputs for hooking up monitors, too.

It’s easy to connect this system to Internet, you’ll find RJ-45 port (1000Mbps one) and 802.11AC WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 installed.

Most games are downloaded off Internet these days, but if you have some on discs, you’re good to install them using the laptop’s DVD burner. Media card reader for SD/MS/MMC cards is also available.

The notebook has one camera, it’s a front-facing one supporting 1.2MP resolution.

Other important things

The 15.6″ display of course supports 1920×1080 resolution, but bear in mind the screen does not have IPS panel.

People have said the laptop can get a bit hot under heavy activities (gaming), so using it on a hard table or even getting a USB cooler might be a good idea.

The battery, a 6-cell 56Whrs one, is a removable unit. It will last 1-2 hours under gameplay, around 4 hours if just surfing the web.

The keyboard is backlit.


I think ASUS ROG GL551JW-AH71(WX) is as good as any affordable gaming notebook: you’re able to play all games with a lot of eye candy and not worry about lag and stutter. Also users of heavyweight programs will like this model, the fast CPU and a solid-state drive are a blazing combo and will start & run any software without issues. So if it’s a very decent gaming and power user laptop you want, I’m positive you’ve found the right one right here.

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3 thoughts on “ASUS ROG GL551JW-AH71(WX) Laptop Review

  1. Yoo

    I just purchased this particular laptop. You said there is a space that I can put an HDD in addition to the SSD that is already installed. It is so hard to find any information about this model of laptop. Is it true that I can add an additional HDD other than SSD?

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi, I had another look at this and it seems there’s no space for both HDD and SSD inside, unless you remove the DVD drive and place the HDD there.

      1. Lon

        I thought I read in the documentation that this notebook that Tech For Pennies was correct. You could add up to a 2TB drive if you take out the optical and put it there. I have been using USB external optical drives for years. It takes up too much room for the options you have. You have to buy an adapter for this. I like that I can have an option.


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