ASUS X751MA-DH01TQ looks so tempting. It is barely budget laptop, but we wanted to take a look at it. It features quad-core Intel CPU, 8 gigabytes of RAM and 17.3″ touchscreen. The price point hovers around 500 bucks. The obvious question is: Is it good for everyday use, or would only power users find joy in it? Let’s try to figure that out below!
The processor of this laptop is Intel Celeron N2930. It’s not advertised too visibly that it is indeed a Celeron. That brand many associate with slow performance, perhaps rightly so, but professional tests indicate that for home users this CPU is nothing to be afraid of. Many missing features, like hyper-threading, would only do good for day-to-day power users, and doing the heavyweight stuff occasionally with this processor is perfectly fine.
The installed memory is 8GB which is also the maximum memory this system supports. But that is not a problem, 8 gigabytes RAM meets the need of any computer user. To give you an example, I sport an old self-assembled desktop with 4GB RAM and it works well for Photoshopping. With this laptop, you’ll have faster processor and double the RAM compared to my old rig. You’ll have nothing to worry about.
As expected for this price, ASUS X751MA-DH01TQ features lots of storage space. There’s a terabyte hard drive (5400RPM) installed. You usually see this kind of configuration in desktops. The 1024GB is so much that chances are you will never run out of space: even if you hoard huge files on your computer, you’ll be glad to know such a drive could host around 200 DVD movies alone.
Screen and graphics
The touchscreen is probably the most interesting feature of this Asus laptop. It works well with Windows 8.1 (64-bit) since you can use its touch features no problem. The glossy display is 17.3 inches big with acceptable resolution of 1600×900. It offers you lots of screen estate to work with, although limits the portability to a degree.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics chip is perfectly fine for everyday use, but there are many gamers who curse it. If you want to play new games full of graphics like Wolfenstein, Batman or Battlefield, most probably those titles will not run even on low settings. To name a few older or lighter titles, Minecraft, Sims 4 and World of Warcraft would reach playable FPS (over 20) but only on low to med settings.
ASUS X751MA-DH01TQ contains three USB ports, of which one is USB 3.0. All of the USBs are located on left side. Next to them, HDMI and VGA outs are available for HDTV or other external monitor integration.
To start surfing the Internet, you can connect this Asus to network either through wired or wireless adapter. There are both Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n WiFi installed, with the latter supporting Bluetooth 4.0.
Naturally also microphone and webcam are installed for Skype video meetings and such. However the camera has just 640×480 resolution so HD video calls are not possible.
As expected for a big laptop, there’s a DVD burner installed on the right hand side. Media card reader with SD/SDXC format support is also featured.
What else to keep in mind?
The portability of this laptop is so-so. The big 17.3″ screen combined with 6.2lbs weight don’t make it the most mobile notebook out there. 5 hours battery life is alright.
The non-backlit keyboard contains the 10-key numeric pad. Quick access to number keys is guaranteed, although some find the numeric pad just an inconvenience.
Summing it up
ASUS X751MA-DH01TQ is laptop for somebody who enjoys having big screen and better performance than the cheapest models can offer. The touchscreen is perfect partner for Windows 8, and quad-core CPU (albeit a Celeron) coupled with 8GB RAM will probably satisfy even some power users. There are of course tradeoffs to be made, like the reduced portability and lack of Full HD resolution, but for the price I can’t whine too much. So if you want to give a touchscreen laptop a try, and don’t plan to carry it a lot, you have a reason to consider this Asus.