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The Asus G55VW – S1020V Laptop Review – It Packs a Punch!

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September 11, 2012

Taiwanese company, Asus has long been providing the world with great hardware and laptop. Their motherboards are found in the most extreme gaming desktops, as well as their video cards. They also have the Republic of Gamers brand, where different gaming products are marketed. In fact Asus laptops are of good caliber that people who wish to recycle it would rather trade it to another Asus laptop. The cash for laptops that Asus made are on the same level as those with Alienware etc.That’s a testament of how good they are.
Asus G55VW S1020V gaming laptop
They have monitors, accessories and gaming laptops of different sizes. Today, we’ll look at the G55VW – S1020V gaming laptop. It sells for 1600 dollars and features great performance for its price. Let’s go in – depth right now!

Asus G55VW Design

The G55VW gaming notebook is said to take its design inspiration from stealth fighters. Well, that truly seems to be the case here, as the laptop features angled corners reminiscent of the F117.

The body features sturdy construction. It’s made from brushed metal that feels elegant and all the hinges are tightly screwed. The brushed metal look extends towards the inside of the laptop.

For a 15 – incher, this laptop is quite bulky. Weighing in at 8.4 pounds, it’s not exactly something you’d like to bring around every day. Not only that, this laptop 2 inches thick. It’s best to leave this at home or travel with a car if you’re bringing it along. And if you plan to recycle this laptop, the next owner will surely do the same.


The G55VW makes use of a 15.6 – inch screen supplied by LG Philips. You get a wonderful 1080p HD resolution and thanks to its matte coating, there’s practically no glare.

Asus G55VW S1020V gaming laptop keyboard
However, this laptop makes use of TN technology, not IPS. Therefore, viewing angles are limited, but they are slightly better than other laptops of the category.

Hardware and Performance

The laptop makes use of the latest Intel Core processors. For this laptop, you’ll find the i7 3610QM, a great introduction to quad – core technology. Basefrequency is 2.3 GHz. However, we suggest you make use of Turbo Boost to 3.3 GHz and get more out of your processor.

In terms of graphics, you’re provided with the fourth best GTX card, the 660M. The 660 offers great performance for lower prices. This card allows you to get more frame rates without having to rob a bank.

To give you an idea, Skyrim runs at a playable 28 fps with everything set to ultra. The extremely demanding Batman: Arkham City also runs at a playable 31 fps. If you want to get more from the video card, you can just lower the resolutions and you’ll see a huge performance leap.

Memory comes at8 GB. It’s quickly becoming a standard, and is commonly offered among other gaming laptops.
Asus G55VW S1020V gaming laptop
To cut back on costs, you’re only offered one storage device. This laptop comes with a 750 GB hard disk drive, and everything is already installed there. Should you wish to extend the storage, you’ll have to purchase an external device.


This laptop contains the usual selection of ports you’ll commonly find today. There are four USB 3.0 ports, a VGA and HDMI port and a DisplayPort. There’s also a Kensington Lock and a 3 – in – 1 card reader.

All in all, this is a great laptop for those who want amazing support, design and performance in an affordable package.

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