Some vendors say ASUS X751LX-DB71 is a gaming laptop. This might be true, after all there’s a dedicated GeForce GTX950M speeding your games up. Also other specifications aren’t too shabby, the laptop boasts Core i7 processor and 8GB RAM under its hood. But can such a low-cost gaming machine really keep up with the requirements of new, resource-intensive titles? And does the laptop work fine for all of your programs? I’ll try to answer those questions here.
The processor of ASUS X751LX-DB71 is Core i7-5500U. It’s a dual-core chip offering 2.4GHz clock speed and 3.0Ghz turbo. Before you think it’s the fastest processor there is (as some i7s are), I must tell you it’s very different from the “top-notch” i7s. See, this model has the U suffix, meaning lower power consumption and less heat, but in exchange performance is halved. This is clearly seen in benchmark tests, with CPU Mark giving the i7-5500U around 4000 points while high end i7s like the power-hungry i7-4720HQ get around 8000. Still, any i7 is good for basic and heavy software. Besides, if you’re a gamer, graphics card – which is rather decent here – is more important than the processor.
The notebook has 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory installed. It seems 4GB is soldered on board while another 4GB is installed on a stick, occupying the only memory slot on the mainboard. Thus, you can upgrade the memory to 12GB by replacing the 4GB stick with 8GB. However, keep in mind that eight gigabytes is perfectly fine for now and near future.
ASUS X751LX-DB71 has a 1TB SATA hard drive, the only real disappointing thing in this notebook. A lot of storage space is offered, but in the era of Internet streaming and cloud services many people don’t need that much local storage. Instead, they want a speedy computer, and mechanical hard drive doesn’t really help with that. A solid-state drive would, you can always put one in, but you’ll have to take the current hard drive out first.
Comments about the screen
ASUS X751LX-DB71 is geared towards gamers and folks after a desktop replacement. The screen is big, 17.3 inches, and offers a proper 1920×1080 resolution for added screen estate and comfort. The display does not have touch support. IPS (In-Plane Switching) is the panel type, that kind of solution means almost 180 degree viewing angle and more realistic colors compared to cheaper screens.
Gaming in nutshell
There’s a good reason to get this notebook for gaming, at least if you’re on budget. Its graphics are handled by the GeForce GTX950M (2GB GDDR5) card, offering sufficient oomph to play many games with a lot of eye candy on. GTA 5 for Windows has hit the market, and if you wanted to play that game, this system would give ~60FPS played on normal/high settings and 1366×768 resolution. But not many games are as heavy as GTA 5, types like Tomb Raider, Counter-Strike: Go and Minecraft you can easily run on high details and Full HD.
ASUS X751LX-DB71 doesn’t have any special connections but all the essentials are there: three USB 3.0 ports for your peripherals and VGA+HDMI outputs for monitors. Internet can be reached with Gigabit LAN port or 802.11b/g/n WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0 will work too.
Transferring data to the laptop is effortless, there’s an internal DVD burner on the right. SD card slot is available on the front, it’s good for certain devices such as digital cameras.
There’s a VGA webcam decent enough for video chatting now and then.
ASUS X751LX-DB71 features a 4-cell 37Wh battery. With the big screen draining some power I don’t think you’ll get more than 4 hours operating time under light workload.
The unit weighs 6.2 pounds, together with the bulky 17.3″ frame it’s not the best friend for a road warrior.
Despite being an expensive model, there’s no backlit keyboard. Numeric pad is still available on the right.
The notebook has an aluminum casing.
Summing it up
ASUS X751LX-DB71 is not a bad laptop at all. As suspected above, it can indeed run most games – even those heavier ones from 2015 – with medium, or even high details and Full HD on. Furthermore, no software should be too much for this rig: despite having a low voltage (a.k.a. less performance) i7 processor, the chip is still quite a capable one and 8GB RAM is backing you up. The large Full HD screen is ideal for gaming and graphical work, although carrying the laptop is bit challenging because of large dimensions. The only real drawback I can see is the lack of a real SSD; if you can live without that (or put one in), this notebook should be worth its price. But if you want quite a similar setup with a solid-state drive and cheaper price, the other ASUS might also be worth checking out.