The ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS71 is one of the lower priced gaming machines. Yet, the machine delivers everything a gamer might want on his machine. The DS71 upgrades easily to Windows 10. So far, users have been more satisfied with Windows 10 than Windows 8. The book is still open on this option, however.
ASUS has designed this laptop to run very cool. If you use it on a desk or other cooling device, you don’t have to worry about the machine overheating during gameplay. Nor will it burn your skin if you decide to play with the laptop by positioning it on your lap. However, to remain cool, the laptop needs good ventilation and will overheat if used on a rug or bed.
This ASUS comes with one of the latest processing chips from Intel, the Intel Core i7-4720H. This processing chip can ran at speeds up to 2.6 GHz and in turbo mode it will reach 3.6GHz. The Intel Core i7 is a fourth generation quad core processor. Users of this computer have no problem keeping up with games, including multiscreen play.
The basic DS71 comes with a 16GB DDR3 chips. This laptop is limited to 16GB of DDR3 memory. The storage hard drive is a 1 TB HDD (7200rpm). If you want a 128GB SSD drive, there is a version of this laptop that includes a 1TB HDD and a 128GB SSD. If you play games that perform better with the SSD drive or are used to playing with this type of drive, look for these options in the DS71 family.
Graphics with the DS71 are top notch for this price range. This laptop features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5 graphics card. As any gamer knows, the NVIDIA GeForce graphic cards provide top graphics on any system. This laptop will let you play games without any lag time, whether you enjoy FPS or RPG games. The screen that comes with this laptop can deliver your games with 1080p. ASUS provides this model with a 15.6″ FHD (1920*1080) anti-glare TN display. The DS71 family of laptops offers touchscreens on some models of the DS71.
The keyboard is back lit in red, the traditional gaming color for those who like to play in the dark. The chiclet keyboard is larger than some laptops. For those gamers who enjoy WSAD, keys such as W are specially lit and highlighted with touch controls.
The sound system that comes with this ASUS laptop features ASUS’ SonicMaster technology. This sound system includes large speakers and resonance chambers to deliver more powerful sound with a driving bass. This sound system comes with ROG AudioWizard which lets you personalize your sound or choose from five preset choices.
Asus includes a one-year warranty with this laptop, along with 30 days Zero Bright Dot Guarantee, Free two-way standard shipping if you need to return the laptop, and 24/7 Technical Support. Asus also provides a one year accidental damage protection which includes drops, spills, fire damage and power surges.
Priced around $1,000, it is difficult to find another laptop with the qualities provided by the DS71. The DS71 comes with limited software. Software included is Netflix, Windows 8, McAfee and several ASUS apps. Customer reviews also indicate that this laptop does a great job on other types of applications such as databases, spread sheets or publishing applications. Battery life with normal use is four to five hours.