G75VW

by Asus

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N53SV

by Asus

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XPS 17 3D

by Dell

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Envy 17 3D

by HP

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Pros
  • Attractive design makes it look sleeker than it is
  • Display is bright, with good viewing angles
  • Excellent performance
  • Large display
  • Stereoscopic 3D capability works well
  • Audio quality is transparent and pleasing
  • Audio quality among the best in laptops
  • Superb LCD display; excellent 3D Blu-ray visuals
Cons
  • General performance isn't very good
  • Speakers sound terrible
  • Only single-band, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
  • Weak touchpad and buttons
  • GPU a little limited for stereoscopic 3D gaming
  • Bulky and heavy
  • 3D gaming is frustrating and often doesn't work
  • Short battery life
At A Glance

This somewhat cheap gaming laptop has unimpressive performance and awful speakers, but it offers a beautiful screen.

If speed is your passion, you'll like this all-purpose unit from Asus, but its input ergonomics are weak.

Dell updates the XPS 17 with Intel's spiffy new Sandy Bridge CPU and stereoscopic 3D capability, but the latter is better for 3D Blu-ray than for gaming.

HP's Envy 17 3D offers robust 3D Blu-ray, but limited 3D gaming. While it's a solid addition to HP's line, problems with 3D gaming and battery life are a concern.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number G75VW-DS71   DNDOCF51 XG554AV

Processor

Processor type Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2300.0  MHz 2000.0  MHz 2300.0  MHz 1.6  MHz
Cache size 6.0  KB 4.0  KB 8192.0  KB 6.0  KB
Processor count 4 2 4 4

Display

Display size 17.3  inches 15.6  inches 17.3  inches 17.3  inches
Display type Matte LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1920 x 1080  pixels 1366 x 768  pixels 1920 x 1080  pixels 1920 x 1080  pixels

Storage

Drives included 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0
Drive size 1500.0  GB 750.0  GB 1000.0  GB 640.0  GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0  RPM 7200.0  RPM 7200.0  RPM 7200.0  RPM
Other storage Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|xD-Picture Card Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|xD-Picture Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive Hard Disk Drive

General Information

UPC Code 886227178032 884840802426 885116061042  

Ports and Connections

MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Available Interfaces Bluetooth|Thunderbolt Bluetooth Bluetooth|eSATA Bluetooth|eSATA
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps 10/100/1000 Mbps 10/100/1000 Mbps 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n/a/b/g 802.11 n/b/g 802.11 n 802.11 n
Video Interfaces HDMI|VGA HDMI|VGA HDMI|Mini DisplayPort HDMI|Mini DisplayPort|VGA
Slots Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|xD-Picture Card Memory Stick|SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card|xD-Picture Card
Firewire     0  
Audio Interfaces     RCA Digital Coax (S/PDIF)  

Memory

Memory size 12000.0  MB 4000.0  MB 16000.0  MB 6000.0  MB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0  MHz   1333.0  MHz 1333.0  MHz
Memory max 16.0  GB 16.0  GB   8.0  GB

Dimensions

Width 16.3  inches 15.4  inches 17.3  inches 16.4  inches
Depth 12.8  inches 10.5  inches 11.3  inches 10.9  inches
Height 2.1  inches 1.6  inches 2.3  inches 1.6  inches
Weight 9.5  pounds 6.5  pounds 8.3  pounds 7.3  pounds
Weight with Accessories 11.7  pounds 8.0  pounds 9.7  pounds 9.0  pounds

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo

Storage Media

Memory stick Memory Stick Memory Stick Memory Stick Memory Stick
XD picture card       1

Included Software

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software CyberLink Media Suite; Roxio CinePlayer CyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite CyberLink PowerDVD 9.6; Roxio Creator Starter; Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 and Premiere Elements 8.0; CyberLink DVD Suite; Roxio CinemaNow

Other Features

Docking Station Port No No No No
Devices Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Backlit Keyboard|Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam
Input devices Keyboard (backlit)|Mouse|Touchpad (multitouch) Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad Keyboard (backlit)|Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance

Worldbench Score

97.0      
Worldbench Version

7      
WorldBench 6 Score

  126.0 151.0 95.0

Battery

Battery Life

(hh:mm)

2:35 3:47 3:30 1:27

Start Up

Start Up

seconds (lower is better)

33.7      

Office Productivity

PCMark 7 Productivity Suite

score (higher is better)

1891.0      
Web Browsing

seconds (lower is better)

  226.0 211.0 382.0
File Compression

seconds (lower is better)

  190.0 162.0 229.0
Office Suite Use

seconds (lower is better)

    332.0 387.0

Web Browsing

Web Performance

Frames per second (higher is better)

15.4      

Storage Performance

File Compression

seconds (lower is better)

412.5      
Hard Drive File Operations

seconds (lower is better)

375.5      

Content Creation

Image Editing

seconds (lower is better)

186.2 339.0 307.0 420.0
Video Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

191.7 190.0 157.0 247.0
Audio Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

124.9      
GPU Graphics Rendering

seconds (lower is better)

  322.0 295.0 358.0
CPU Graphics Rendering

seconds (lower is better)

  233.0 223.0 372.0
DVD Burning

seconds (lower is better)

  293.0 126.0 415.0
Video Editing

seconds (lower is better)

  177.0 168.0 213.0

Gaming

Gaming Score

82.0      
Crysis 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

20.6      
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

30.8      
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

53.5      
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

84.2      
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

46.8      
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

78.3      
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

98.2      
Dirt 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

29.8      
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

62.9      
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

97.2      
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

138.2      
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

106.1      
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

166.5      
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

198.3      
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  155.62 193.91 133.6
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  124.72 160.28 133.1
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  113.73 136.58 82.1
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  101.36 119.65 80.9
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  46.3 63.8 61.2
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  37.1 53.3 50.7
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  76.8 95.7 83.4
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  65.6 83.0 77.9
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  56.1 75.9 64.1
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  43.2 60.1 55.8
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

  124.9 149.2 90.7
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

  98.9 130.9 90.5
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

    88.97 94.9
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050

Frames per second (higher is better)

    74.69 76.3
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    30.8 28.8
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    53.2 55.6
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    32.5 34.8
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    65.0 69.0
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    32.0 34.1
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080

Frames per second (higher is better)

    27.7 25.8

Power Usage

WorldBench Green Score

56.0      
Working power usage

Watt hours

8.0      
Idle power usage

Watts

34.1 15.1 30.0 41.2
Sleep power usage

Watt hours

  1.7 2.2 1.3
Off power usage

Watt hours

  1.1 0.7 0.9

Multitasking

World Bench 6 Multitasking

  275.0 239.0 428.0