Hands on Use
Benchmarks only tell one part of the story when it comes to notebooks. The machine can burn up the benchmark charts, but it sucks when it comes to working and living in the real world. Thankfully, the G51VX is equally at home in everyday use as it is in playing a game of Crysis. After spending so much time with netbooks, the 15.6-inch G51VX seems gargantuan to use. The keyboard is my favorite part of the entire machine. It has smooth chicklet style keys backlit by white LEDs and the thing looks fantastic. The keyboard isn't all bling, though, it also has good typing feel, tons of function and multimedia keys and a full size number pad.
The track pad is very good as well with all the accuracy that you expect from a track pad, which for gamers isn't much. The buttons under the track pad are covered in aluminum and look fantastic. They have good feel and feedback and you can use them for gaming in a pinch. ASUS also bundles the notebook with a real gaming mouse from Razer; no cheap imitations here.
The screen of the G51VX is large, bright, has good color reproduction and works very well for gaming and for watching movies. The thing has gobs of glare, but we should all be used to glare with notebook screens today. Matte finish screens are rare. ASUS didn't scrimp on the sound system for the notebook either.
The bottom of the machine has a large subwoofer that takes up a large section. You aren't going to get massive levels of bass, but the bass you do get is head and shoulders above what most notebooks offer. The sound system has plenty of volume and you can easily hear your games and movies without resorting to headphones. ASUS also includes a very nice notebook backpack with the G51VX for carrying it, your gear and whatever else you can cram inside around with you.
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