Asus G50VT-X5 Gaming Notebook Review

Asus G50VT-X5     If there was one con of notebooks before, it was that they weren’t suitable gaming PCs. Due to the amount of hardware needed to power the latest games, they were either too expensive, too bulky, or both. While people at Nvidia have tried to lower the price standard through the Geforce 9400M, a high-performance integrated graphics chip for notebooks, its power output wasn’t enough to make it a true gaming computer. Just recently, however, Asus has released a new notebook that has finally broken that price barrier for a true portable gaming experience.

     Before we head unto price, let’s see first what the G50VT-X5 comes equipped with. It comes with the following specifications:
-A 15.6″ Display up to a resolution of 1366 x 768
-Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz with Wireless-N technology
-Nvidia Geforce 9800M GS with 512MB GDDR3 dedicated memory
-4GB DDR2-800 SDRAM
-320 GB  7200RPM Hard-Drive
-3-5 hour Battery Life
-Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit Edition)
-Altec Lansing Speakers
-DVD Burner with Lightscribe

     The G5oVT-X5 also come with some interesting features. On the hardware side, it comes with with integrated gaming keys and a small secondary display. What is extremely useful about the secondary display is that it allows you to read incoming email and instant messages without you having to minimize the game or let the messages clutter up your gameplay screen. On the software side, it comes with some proprietary software from Asus that allows customization from how the secondary display works to safely-controlled overclocking.

     However there are some downsides to the computer. The biggest complaint I can find with this model is that the battery isn’t very durable. Even with the hardware that it comes with, it shouldn’t justify the need for gamers to charge very often. The battery also sticks out at the back, which might annoy some people. Another thing to look after is that it’s a quite heavy at 7.7 lbs. Also the resolution is slightly lower than the the majority of 15-inch models, especially since it’s starting to near 16-inches. But these are just minor issues that can be overlooked since this notebook is still great.  

     So how much is this portable gaming device? Asus managed to compile all of this hardware and software into an astonishing price of only $899.99. Online, I compared the Asus G50VT-X5 with an Alienware m15x that was customized with almost similar specs. The price gap was huge, with the customized m15x at least $600 more expensive. Asus did a wonderful job at creating a really affordable, yet powerful notebook. However, as of now, this notebook is only available at Best Buy, and I do hope it will be available internationally in the near future. For those eager for an affordable notebook, this is probably the biggest steal yet. You can check out more info here.

Design              4/5  (A gaming-themed case, gaming keys and a secondary display are
                              excellent. Media control and Bluetooth are absent, however.) 
Performance     5/5  (A 9800M GS isn’t exactly an extreme graphics chip, but it’s still
                              really powerful and 4GB of Memory and Intel Core 2 Duo will
                              ensure a lag-free gaming experience in today’s games.) 
Portability        3/5  (It’s pretty big and heavy and the extended battery sticks out at
                              the back. Battery is good for a DX10 games, but could be better.)
Price               5/5  (Asus did well at breaking the dreaded $1000 price barrier, and
                              with great performance as well. More gaming notebooks should
                              be at this range.)
Overall            4/5   (It’s missing some stuff that are now standard in notebooks, but
                              if you’re just in for the games, it’s the biggest steal under $1000.)

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~ by Ian on April 18, 2009.

One Response to “Asus G50VT-X5 Gaming Notebook Review”

  1. i purchased this laptop in late feb 2009 , so far i am very pleased with it and have had no issues in the almost 4 months since i purchased it, i have always trusted Asus as MOTHERBOARD manufacturer as i have been building my own systems for the past 10 yrs, i purchased mine at best buy of course but i payed $999 back in feb, still a great deal, the specs say it maxes out @ 4 gigs of ram, but reading thru other forums people have upgraded to 8 gigs without any issues, also i understand the cpu is also upgradable but still a bit pricey ( $500 or better ) anyway i could go on and on about this lil monster, long story short i am very happy with my choice!!!!!!!!!!!!

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