The chiclet keyboard offers all the comfort of a high-end laptop. The keys are well sized and positioned and provide comfortable typing with decent resistance and a long, yet precise travel. The touchpad is big and enjoyable to use and it accepts all of the Windows 8.1 touch gestures. It isn't ideal for gaming, but it's just right for productivity, web browsing, movie-watching, etc.
The keys have white backlighting that can be set to one of four levels of brightness.
The wireless connectivity consists of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which we measured as being fairly stable at -49 dBm from 5 to 10 metres away and -52 dBm from 20 metres away.
Hot air is expelled through the back, which helps keep the keyboard close to room temperature and allows you to set the G750 on your lap without having all that heat propelled onto your knees.
The G750 manages its heat fairly well considering the components that are inside. We picked up a maximum of 53.3°C (128°F) coming out the back-right air vent. But the best part of the cooling system is how quiet it is; the loudest fan noise we recorded was 38.9 dB.
The G750 sports an IPS display with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) whose matte surface reduces reflections and glare. We measured the maximum brightness at 334 cd/m², which is high enough to eliminate most of the remaining reflections, even outside in the sunlight. We found the average contrast to be 515:1, which is extremely low, especially compared to last year's model, whose contrast ratio was 1060:1.
Grey colour temperature
The colours are similar to last year. The Delta E, which measures colour fidelity, is a tidy 3.6, which is quite good for a laptop, giving it relatively natural tones. The colour temperature, however, is 8195 K, which is a good way off from the ideal 6500 K, and as a result the whole spectrum shows overt blue overtones.
The Asus G750 is one of those rare laptop computers to have separate jacks for the audio in and out. The out jack (for headphones) offers very good sound quality with lots of power and no distortion. The sound is well spatialised between the left and right channels, making the G750 a reference in this field.
The speakers aren't quite as good as the headphone output, but at least they're powerful. There's no bass whatsoever—despite the built-in subwoofer—and there's distortion in the high-end whenever you turn the volume up. Like the display, the G750's sound quality is a step down from last year.
Note: The model we were sent to review (the RoG G750JZ) features an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, 32 GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M graphics card, a 1 TB HDD and a 256 GB SSD. The comments above refer to all versions of the 2014 Asus RoG G750, whereas the sections below apply only to the model we tested (see inset below). Available configurations may also vary depending on the country/region in which you live.
On each of the 2014 models Asus reused the same processor from last year, the Intel Core i7-4700HQ. Fortunately, this processor is an awesome processor. It can handle even the most complex tasks at near-lightning speed, and the SSD speeds up startup and shutdown even further.
Of course, the biggest change this year comes in the form of the graphics card. Our G750JZ has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M with 4 GB of dedicated memory that boasts a GK104 GPU with 1,536 processing units clocked at 954 MHz (base). In other words, it's basically a renamed GTX 780M (823 MHz) from 2013, which itself was little more than a renamed 680X (720 MHz) from 2012. In desktop terms, it's roughly equivalent to a GTX 680 or 770, but with lower clock rates and memory.
In practice, the G750JZ breezes through most games, even with the settings on max, achieving more than 60 frames per second on titles like Tomb Raider (65 fps) and BioShock Infinite (61 fps). Even more complex games, such as Metro: Last Light and Crysis 3, run well, respectively at 40 and 30 fps.
Asus also allows you to overclock the card using GPU Tweak. This simple-to-use programme lets you increase the frequencies of the processor and graphics memory. We got our card to run stably with the GPU clocked at 1123 MHz and the memory clocked at 1500 MHz (instead of the default 1250 MHz). This improves the gaming performance by 10%. But remember, overclocking results will vary from one unit to another.
With the G750JZ's beefy hardware, we weren't expecting tons of battery life, and we were right. In our standard battery test (continuous video playback in airplane mode with the brightness at 100 cd/m², the keyboard backlighting turned off and headphones plugged in) it didn't last more than 3½ hours. This is, however, longer than the 2013 model, even though it has more powerful components.
- Quality build
- CPU + GPU performance
- Matte display
- Blu-ray player
- Lots of connection ports
- Display: low contrast
- Ineffectual subwoofer
- Chassis gets a bit toasty in places when running full throttle
The Asus RoG G750JZ reprises most of last year's winning formula: an abundance of ports, a high-end build and a reserve of power that will run most any game with the settings on max. Unfortunately, it loses its fifth star due to much lower contrast, inferior sound quality and overheating.