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ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

ASUS has been launching various types of laptops in the market, and recently we got our hands on the new ASUS ROG G751 gaming laptop. We took it for a review and tested various high-end games on it. If I were to describe it in one sentence then, this is a compressed version of a Desktop gaming PC. Let’s take a closer look and find out if it’s worth buying.

ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

Design

The ASUS ROG G751 looks like a gaming monster as its heavy(around 4 Kg) and large in size(17.3 inch screen). It is not that portable as you may imagine while buying a normal laptop. If you plan to keep it on your desk most of the time while playing, then the weight may not be an issue. Keeping in mind that it is a high-performance gaming laptop I can compromise with the portability factor. The dual air vents are on the rear which looks like the exhaust vents of a jet engine. The top of the lid has a fine matte finish which provides a good grip while holding this beast in your hand. The hinge of the laptop is 1.5 inches away from the edge. On the back of the lid, there is a red lighted ROG(Republic Of Gamers) logo which gives it a cool look. The keyboard and trackpad are also well designed with W, A, S, D keys highlighted with red color. It has a red backlight keyboard which again maintains the color theme of the laptop. There are some custom keys to toggle ShadowPlay, Steam and three programmable buttons (M1,M2,M3). The Trackpad is also large enough and responsive to easily handle the navigation and the gestures. In a nutshell, the build is strong but we cannot term it as highly portable.

Display

ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

ASUS ROG G751 has a 17.3-inch display, which is quite good enough for gaming experience keeping in mind that its a laptop(Though in gaming the screen size is like – the more the merrier). It has 178 deg of viewing angle as promised by ASUS, and we can assure you that the viewing angles are great. The display is an IPS FHD with a resolution of 1920×1080 covered by a anti-glare coating.

Connectivity

ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

ASUS ROG G751 Ports

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  • 4 USB 3.0 ports (2 on left and 2 on the right)
  • 1 VGA port
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 1 Thunderbolt port
  • 3 Audio Jacks (Headphone, microphone and podcast)
  • 1 Lan Port
  • SD/MMC reader
  • Blu-ray reader and writer
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and Wifi

Performance

ASUS ROG G751 runs an intel i7-4710HQ processor clocked at 2.5Ghz with 24GB of RAM(23.9 User available). It comes with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphic card(2GB- NVIDIA, 2GB- Intel HD 4600) which is the soul of this beast. Because of the graphic card, we are able to output video to 4K displays and enhance the overall gaming performance. Talking about the memory we have 1 TB hard disk(HDD) out of which 256 GB SSD storage is available for the operating system. You can press the ShadowPlay button to record the gameplay which is supported by the new GeForce graphics cards. We tried various high graphics games like Shadow of Mordor, Watch Dogs, GTA V, Assassin’s creed unity, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare etc which ran very well without any lag. Performance wise the ROG G751 has no issues as such, and delivers the max performance. The dual fans with three copper pipes does a good job of cooling the laptop even when its overclocked. It comes with ASUS TurboMaster GPU overclocking which boosts the performance by 5%.

ASUS ROG G751 review subwoofer

ASUS ROG G751 SubWoofer

The speakers are placed near the hinge which face directly towards the user for enhanced sound output. The sound quality is good and the speakers are sufficiently loud. At the botton there is a low frequency subwoofer to enhance the overall gaming performance.

It comes with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled and some default software from ASUS and NVIDIA like ASUS smart gesture, gaming center, macro key, GPU tweak, web storage, GeForce Experience etc. You should definitely try these software to tweak the features of the laptop.

ASUS ROG G751 charging Adapter

ASUS ROG G751 charging Adapter

Battery and pricing

This is the point where the G751 doesn’t performs much well. You can hardly get 1 hour of battery backup while gaming and 3-4 hrs with normal usage. One more issues that I noticed was whenever the battery level goes below 50% while playing game, it will start to lag and you will have to connect it to a power source to solve the problem. May be the graphic card doesn’t get the required power to run efficiently. So you can’t expect much from the battery backup of G751 while playing games.

The laptop is available on Amazon for 2244$(including shipping), and for Indian Users its available on Ebay for Rs.206,175. There is a 1 year Internation warranty on the laptop with 1 year accidental damage cover.

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Tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets

Charging devices is a thing that every gadget user will hate but unfortunately it is necessary. You need to juice up your device after some interval depending on your battery life. One thing that we ignore is all the factors that decide the charging time. If your device takes much longer to charge, then follow our tips on fast charging smartphones or other gadgets. This will increase the charging speed and reduce the time it takes to charge battery. All the tips mentioned below will focus on smartphone, though some may apply on other gadgets like tablet, portable chargers too.

Tips on Fast charging smartphone and other gadgets

Tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets

Choose a Proper Wall charger

First thing, a wall charger will be the fastest source of charging as compared to Laptop USB port. You need to check the power rating of your charger. To do that, pick up your charger and search for the word OUTPUT then check the voltage (5V), current (mA or A) or may be power(Watts) where Power=(Volt*Current). So for fast charging I recommend you at least get a 5V 2A rating charger. If you experience slow charging then mostly your charger’s output current rating would be 1A or less. Most of the normal charger will have 5V constant voltage but the current will vary. Note your device will only consume the amount of current it needs irrespective of the input current you provide. So don’t worry you will not blow up your device with a high current charger. I recommend the Sony CycleEnergy Wall adapter which has a rating of 5V 2.1A. It also includes 1.5m good quality USB cable. Note you can charge all your smartphones/tablets/Portable Chargers with this device irrespective of the brand.


Nowadays most smartphones comes with a Quick charge feature introduced by Qualcomm which allows your device to consume more power and reduce the charging time substantially. To check if your smartphone is Quick Charge 2.0 enabled, download this LIST. If so then you can use the Qualcomm certified chargers like the Aukey 18W adapter given below which is costly.

If we see the list of portable chargers, ASUS Zenpower has the highest current rating of 2.4A followed by OnePlus and Xiaomi power banks.

Check your USB cable

Oh yes, the USB cable can also affect the charging time as it is the medium through which current flows. So if you have bought a USB cable from a local store, chances are, that it may limit the current flow. Try using another good quality USB cable which you can buy online. Remember USB cable more than 1.5m may slow down charging depending on the quality. Strictly avoid using USB cable extensions.

Avoid Laptop’s or PC’s USB port (Use USB 3.0 if needed)

Tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets

Laptop USB 3.0 Port

You should generally use Wall chargers instead of Laptop’s or PC’s USB port due to the current limitation. A normal USB 2.0 has a max current output of 500mA(2.5W) whereas the new USB 3.0(Blue color) supports upto 900mA current(4.5W). The dedicated USB charging ports supports upto 1.5A(6.5W) output current. So if need arises go for USB 3.0 or a dedicated USB charging port available in some laptops.

Perform these tasks before charging

Close all the running process/background apps on your smartphone or tablet. Turn off Wifi or Data if there is no need. You can also power down your device or switch on Airplane Mode to enable fast charging.

Let your device cool down

Never put a device on charging in direct sunlight or at high temperature. High temperatures may result in slow charging. You can additionally remove the case if the device is a bit hot. Always charge your devices at normal room temperature.

Proper Battery maintenance

There are some tips that you can follow to enhance the battery life of any gadget. Firstly perform a full charge cycle(0% to 100%) every month to ensure good battery life. Next tip never overcharge your device, or put it to charging full night. This is surely going to affect the battery in long run. Next try to keep your smartphone’s battery level between 40-80%. These all tips will surely add some more days to the overall battery life.

So these were the tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets. Let me know if I missed any point through the comment section below. Also if these tips helped you, do share it with your friends using the sharing buttons below.

Sony vaio flip hybrid ultrabook

Sony Vaio Flip hybrid laptop launched in India [Hands-on]

sony vaio flip modes

Hybrid laptops are the new fashion in the world of technology, and Sony has launched its new Vaio Flip models in India. It has 3 variants F13N, F14N, & F15N which differ in screen sizes and specs. The new Sony Vaio Flip can be transformed from laptop to tablet and has different views. All the laptop models have high performance and are made with the idea of sharing. Also the light weight of the Ultrabook makes it highly portable.

Design

sony vaio flip modes

vaio flip views

The unique design of the Sony Vaio Flip enables us to flip the screen and convert it into tablet. There are three modes viz. Laptop mode, Viewer mode, and the tablet mode. Each time you need to flip the screen to change the modes. While the laptop and tablet mode have now become common, but the viewers mode is quite unique and helpful to all types of users.

sony vaio flip chassis

vaio flip chassis

Despite of the flipping 2nd hinge mechanism, it is still highly durable. The chassis has a brushed aluminium hair line finish and diamond cut logo. Inside it has backlit keyboard, and large palm rest for comfortable typing experience.

Display

sony vaio flip triluminous display

Triluminous display

It is powered by a Triluminous Display which reproduces colors on screen to give more sharpen picture quality. The display is full HD along with Sony’s super resolution technology. You can see the display quality in the image above.

Hardware specs

All the three Vaio Flip models are powered by 4th Generation Intel i5 processor except the F15N17 model which has i7 processor. Storage consist of SSD for F13N and hybrid drives for F14N and F15N. The F15N has auto-switchable Nvidia graphics while others have Intel HD 4400 for high end gaming experience. The weight of F13N, F14N, and F15N is 1.31, 1.96 and 2.29 Kg respectively. All the model supports USB 3.0 and a HDMI port along with bluetooth,Wi-Fi, and NFC support.

Sound, Camera and Battery life

sony vaio flip camera

Back camera 8 MP

Vaio Flip is equipped with Sony’s unique sound technologies like Clear Audio+ TM, xLoud, Clear phase, S-Force front surround 3D. Along with it there is a sub-woofer attached at the bottom to enhance the sound experience. Talking about the camera, it has a Front facing camera, along with a back camera of 8MP for the tablet. Also there is a CMOS sensor on the back to reduce noise in the low light conditions. The battery life is quite good ranging from 5hrs to 7.5hrs depending on the model.

Additional features

vaio flip additional usb charging

Additional charging option

It has dedicated USB port for charging devices even when the laptop is at sleep mode or completely shutdown. The laptop adapter also has a slot for charging other devices which is quite new feature.

sony vaio flip

Sleep and charge

The touchpad supports multi-gesture which can perform functions like scrolling, zooming and rotating. It also has a quick boot feature with Rapid wake technology which can be seen in previous Vaio models. It also has accidental damage cover, international warranty and on-site warranty all free for 1 year duration.

Along with all this you get a complementary premium headphones MDR-XB910A worth Rs. 12,990/- (Limited time Offer). The sound experience was nice and specially the headphones were very comfortable.

Sony MDR-XB910A

MDR-XB910A

Pricing

Sony Vaio Flip models will be available from 29th January 2013 across selected Sony Centers and the pricing is as follows.

sony vaio flip price

sony vaio flip price

If you are looking for a stylish, portable, hybrid (laptop+tablet), high performance laptop, then you should definitely go for it. I liked the new Flip feature which sony has introduced newly in the market. Though the price is little high, but as always Sony has premium products.

Sony vaio flip modes

All models in all views

Vijaysingh Jaiswal - Head, IT Division, Sony India

Vijaysingh Jaiswal – Head, IT Division, Sony India

What are your views on this new Vaio Flip Models, do share with us in the comment section below.

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