Asus X75VC Laptop Review: Average On Gaming

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Asus X75VC Laptop
Large 17.3in laptops are often home to expensive gaming components, but the Asus X75VC is one general purpose laptop that won't break the bank. At £600, it's one of the cheapest 17.3in laptops we've seen, and the X75VC hasn't had to compromise on processing power in order to get
there either.

Asus X75VC specs:

The laptop's dual-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-3230M processor is naturally a lot slower than the one found in your typical quad-core gaming laptop, but it can Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz when there's enough thermal headroom for a significant boost in speed. This gives you plenty of speed for everyday tasks and paired with 8GB of RAM, the X75VC scored 54 overall in multimedia benchmarks. This outperforms almost every Core i7 Ultrabook tested last year, so it should be able to tackle more demanding tasks that require image and video editing as well without too much trouble.

The X75VC also has a dedicated graphics chip for playing games. Its 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 720M chip won't blow anyone away with its speed, but it managed a respectable 31.1fps in Dirt Showdown test on High quality at a 1,280x720 resolution. This is a good score for a mid-range laptop, but you'll have to adjust the settings if you want to edge closer to a perfect 60fps. Unsurprisingly, heavy-duty games like Crysis 2 are out of bounds for the X75VC, but you should still be able to play most modern 3D games at a good speed as long as you're not too fussed about having the best graphics.

Asus X75VC display:

The large 17.3in display certainly provided plenty of room for lots of windows onscreen, but its overall image quality left a lot to be desired. Colour calibrator revealed it was showing 69.4 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut, which is around average for a laptop screen, but its high concentration of yellows meant the screen looked a little washed out at times. Its blue and purple coverage was particularly lacking, which had a knock on effect in solid colour image tests.

Greens looked good, but blues and reds weren't deep at all and they were all missing a certain level of vibrancy. This is partly due to the display's matt finish, but solid blacks showed the lower part of the screen was also much brighter than the top half, which sapped the richness out of colours even further, making it a poor screen to show off your photos. Its black levels were very high as well. Ideally, black levels should be as close to zero as possible, but the X75VC had a black level reading of 0.98cd/m2, so blacks appeared quite grey.

The X75VC's contrast levels weren't very good either. We recorded a contrast ratio of just 260:1, which is below average even for a laptop screen, but some of the test images fared better than others. Areas of dark shadow detail in night shots were almost non-existent, but lighter images with less pronounced shadows showed more detail than we were expecting. We wouldn't recommend it for fine-photo editing, but it's perfectly fine for web browsing and writing office documents.

Asus X75VC keyboard and battery:

This is a shame, as the X75VC is perfectly comfortable to use and type on. We were a little worried by the amount of flex in the keyboard , but it didn't affect typing and all the keys had plenty of travel and tactile feedback. They're not quite as well spaced as Chiclet-style keyboards, but once we'd got used to their position, you will be typing at full speed within minutes. The rounded edges of its keyboard tray didn't dig into wrists either, and there's enough room on the right hand side for a numeric keypad. The large all-in-one touchpad was responsive as well, and multi-touch gestures and Windows 8 shortcuts worked perfectly. Battery life was average, clocking in at 5 hours and 5 minutes in light use test with the screen set to half brightness. This shouldn't be too much of a concern, as the X75VC's 3kg weight and bulky dimensions mean that you're unlike.

A larger chassis means there's more room for ports and the X75VC has plenty of them. As well as a Blu-Ray drive, you'll find three USB ports, an SD card reader, VGA and HDMI outputs for connecting the laptop to an external display, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a combined headphone and microphone jack.

Asus X75VC conclusion:

It's a shame the Asus X75VC's screen isn't better, but there's still plenty to like about this general purpose laptop. It's powerful for the price, and it's more comfortable to use than other similarly priced desktop replacements. It doesn't quite match the slightly more expensive Best Buy-winning Acer Aspire V3-772G in terms of value, but if you want a large laptop for less than £600, the X75VC could be for you.
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