Today ASUS is taking the wraps off of one new laptop and two refreshed models which fall under the Republic of Gamers stable. ASUS is adding a new 15.6 inch G501 laptop, which is one of the thinnest gaming laptops available. In addition, they are refreshing the G751 17.3 inch device, and the GL551 15.6 inch device. ASUS is targeting a wide audience with these selections, and each offers a different take and price point on the gaming laptop segment.

ASUS G501

The G501 is the highest priced offering of the three, and packs a lot into its 0.81 inch (20.6 mm) 4.54 lb (2.06 kg) aluminum chassis. The processor du jour is the Haswell based Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, which is a quad-core eight-thread mobile CPU with clock speeds of 2.6 GHz to 3.6 GHz and a 47 watt TDP. The G501 is well equipped for storage and memory, with 16 GB of DDR3, and a 512 GB PCIe x4 SSD. Yes, that’s correct. ASUS is one of the first to step up the SSD offering with a native PCIe device, and 512 GB should be plenty for your average gamer. ASUS has outfitted the G501 with the just launched NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. However the display should be a standout feature, with the G501 sporting a 15.6 inch 3840x2160 UHD IPS panel, for 282 pixels per inch. There is no touch option, and the panel has a matte coating. That is a lot of display for the GTX 960M to handle, so for gaming you will have to scale back somewhat depending on the game in question. ASUS has not forgotten about peripheral connectivity either with the G501 sporting 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, a SD card reader, and a Thunderbolt port. The G501 also sports a massive 96 Wh battery, so assuming the GPU has Optimus enabled, battery life should be very reasonable for such a thin and relatively light gaming laptop. The G501 will start shipping in April for $1999 USD.

ASUS G501

ASUS has outfitted the G501 with what they are calling Hyper Cool technology. As with many gaming laptops, there are dual fans, as well as copper heat pipes, but ASUS has tweaked the design so that the CPU and GPU are cooled independently. This will reduce the noise levels of the unit, but still allow maximum cooling for each unit as required. If we get one in for review, we can see how well they have done, so stay tuned for that.

ASUS ROG Laptop Specifications
  G501JW-DS71 G751JL-DS71 GL551JW-DS71/ GL551JW-DS7
CPU Intel Core i7-4720HQ 4C/8T 2.6-3.6 GHz 47w Intel Core i7-4720HQ 4C/8T 2.6-3.6 GHz 47w Intel Core i7-4720HQ 4C/8T 2.6-3.6 GHz 47w
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2 GB GDDR5
Display 15.6" IPS 3840x2160 matte 17.3" IPS 1920x1080 matte 15.6" 1920x1080 matte (TN or IPS)
Memory 16GB DDR3 16GB DDR3 16 GB DDR3
Storage 512GB PCIe x4 SSD 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD 1 TB 7200 RPM/128GB SSD + 1 TB 7200RPM
IO Ports 1x Thunderbolt, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD Reader 1 x Thunderbolt, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x SD Card Reader 1 x mini-DP, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD Card Reader
Wireless 802.11ac + BT 4.0 802.11ac + BT 4.0 802.11agn + BT 4.0
Battery 96 Wh 88 Wh unknown
Dimensions 15.07 x 10.04 x 0.81-inch 16.4 x 12.5 x 0.9-1.7-inch 15 x 10 x 0.6-1.3-inch
Weight 4.54lbs 8.4lbs 6lbs
MSRP USD $1,999 USD $1399 USD $1099/$1299

ASUS G751

The G751 and GL551 are refreshed versions of existing models. As we have seen from several manufacturers, the GTX 960M announcement has spurred on a model refresh. The G751 (specifically the G751JL since ASUS has several G751 models up to an including the GTX 980M G751JY) is a 17.3 inch model, and ASUS has taken the opportunity to refresh this model with the same Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor as the G501. It will have the 2 GB GDDR5 version of the GTX 965M GPU powering the 1920x1080 matte display. 16 GB of DDR3 is standard, and a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive provides storage. It also includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, a VGA port, a SD/MMC card reader, a DVDRW drive, and a Thunderbolt port. The 17.3 inch model will sport a 88 Wh battery in its 8.4 lb (3.81 kg) chassis, and will be priced at $1399.

ASUS G751

The GL551JW is basically the 15.6 inch equivalent to the G751, with the same CPU, but the GTX 960M GPU, powering the same resolution 1080p display, although it is not listed as IPS so it is possibly a TN version. 16 GB of memory is standard, and it can be had with either a 1 TB 7200 RPM drive, or a 128 GB mSATA plus 1 TB 7200 RPM drive. It also includes a DVDRW drive, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, a mini-DisplayPort, and a SD card reader, but unlike the previous two devices it also loses 802.11ac wireless and only supports 802.11n. The battery size is not mentioned, but the weight is 6 lbs (2.72 kg) which is substantially more than the G501. However to offset the extra weight of the laptop, you can keep some of the weight in your wallet, with the GL551 starting at $1099, and moving to $1299 for the SSD model.

ASUS GL551

It is great to see ASUS cater to both of the gamer markets with these models. Those who need mobility will certainly want to look at the G501, which is thin and light for a 15.6 inch gaming notebook. It is great to see them make the jump to PCIe based storage as well, and although the GPU is a bit underpowered to run it at native resolution when gaming, the UHD display should be excellent for the desktop, and a 96 Wh battery should make for reasonable time away from the power grid. For those that do not mind a bit more bulk, the G751 and GL551 both offer a good gaming experience for the money. Both have plenty of CPU power, and a GPU which should be fine with the native resolution of the displays.

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  • hanssonrickard - Sunday, March 15, 2015 - link

    Just buy an Ethernet adapter for the thunderbolt port, the way Apple handles it in their Macbook (pro/air). Works fine. Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Monday, March 16, 2015 - link

    +1.

    I can confirm this is correct with USB > Ethernet adapter also.
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  • Notmyusualid - Monday, March 16, 2015 - link

    FORTUNATELY for Apple, people like you exist... (and I do respect them for creating such a fan base as they have. Brilliant marketing)

    I've also noticed a recent trend in denying small chassis laptops a physical ethernet connector - and I'm not saying I like it, but after using one for some months, it is not a problem at all. USB3.0 > Gig Ethernet adapter still has amazing latency, which I definately expected it would not have. Nice to be proven wrong sometimes.

    Anyway, don't you have to getting along, and go collect your $17k smartwatch from somewhere?
    Reply
  • Wolfpup - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - link

    Are you saying having to use a USB Ethernet adapter increases latency?

    At any rate, I use Ethernet 100% of the time, and would be annoyed if a notebook doesn't have it. Heck, I've already got 5 USB ports + Ethernet, and STILL use a 7 port USB hub...even just the issue of having somewhere to stick it in would be bad...
    Reply
  • Earlmid - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - link

    apple still doesn't have usb type c on their macbook pro's, which is basically what this laptop is competing against Reply
  • Hrel - Friday, March 13, 2015 - link

    G751 should have a GTX970M in it, or be thin through the whole chassis with the GPU it does have. Glad there's at least one with a 1080p screen. Considering modern mobile GPU's only very recently started becoming able to run games at 1080p I'm really shocked that so many are coming out with above 1080p panels. I'm just over here like "modern GPU's struggle to run games at 1080p even 2 years after release, who the fuck thought it was a good idea to introduce resolutions even higher?!?!" Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Friday, March 13, 2015 - link

    It already comes with 970/980m options.

    "I'm just over here like "modern GPU's struggle to run games at 1080p even 2 years after release, who the fuck thought it was a good idea to introduce resolutions even higher?!?!""

    You know, you can run games at lower than native resolution. 4K allows for 1/4 scaling to 1080p. And you can still benefit from the higher resolution for everything else.
    Reply
  • Hrel - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - link

    Ofcourse you can lower it, but

    1. It doesn't look so good
    2. I don't want to pay for something I'm not gonna use.

    What benefit does the higher resolution provide for "everything else"? Absolutely nothing AFAIC. Makes shit so small you can't read it, fucks up the OS because the DPI is too high. Fucks up every program on the computer because the DPI is too high.

    Have you even actually used a 4k screen?
    Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - link

    "It doesn't look so good"
    It shouldn't look any worse than a native 1080p display. That was the point of my previous comment.

    "I don't want to pay for something I'm not gonna use."
    Then you shouldn't get one, especially you're that certain you won't benefit from it. Although I'm sure you're familiar with the general trend towards higher DPI display's. You're going to have less and less of a choice going forward, particularly with notebooks.

    "Have you even actually used a 4k screen?"
    Yes, although admittedly I haven't used a Windows machine with quite that high of a DPI. I've used a 24" 4K monitor and I've tried a Surface Pro a few times. I'm well aware of UI scaling issues throughout Windows 8, and web browsers, and content creation applications, and a lot of other things. I totally agree that it's not ready for prime time. But when scaling works, and when viewing native content at 4K, it looks amazing. I think it can offer a lot of additional fidelity over standard DPI displays, particularly for content consumption on desktop.
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  • Notmyusualid - Monday, March 16, 2015 - link

    Yep - QHD 28xx x 1400 is what I want in a gaming machine. Please nothing higher. The poor GPUs...

    4k on a laptop is very much a mixed viewing bag, I can attest. But yes, as the poster below states, when it works, its lovely.
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