Asus ROG 15" Laptop model: G551JW-DS71-CA

Asus ROG 15

Quick Description

A high-powered gaming laptop; it doesn't quite compete with the performance of similarly priced gaming desktops but it will enable to play (or complete other demanding tasks) while on the road.

It's on the thick and heavy side of the spectrum but that's the price to pay for such performance. Also, be aware that demanding tasks will drain the battery quickly.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (28.83% of the time to be exact).

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $1310.

Available at 2 locations, from $1200

Based on 1006 days of observation, the Asus ROG 15" Laptop usually costs ~$1410 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $1050.00. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus ROG 15" Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon or Newegg at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus ROG 15" Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price2.5/5
Durability4.5/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability0.5/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price2.5/5
Durability4/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory4/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability0/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price2.5/5
Durability4/5
Power3.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability1.5/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance4/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i7-4720HQ
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 750.00 GB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(141.21ppi)
Dimensions: 38.30 × 25.50 × 3.30 cm
Weight: 2.70 kg

The features

  • Upgradable and Maintainable
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • DVD
  • Fixed storage: 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort (mini)
  • HDMI
  • USB 3
  • USB Type-A
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Paired Memory

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement10/10Easy DIY project
Memory Upgrade8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Data Storage8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 2/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (6 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (8 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (2 / 2)

3D and CAD (6 / 8)

Music Production (5 / 7)

Photo Editing (3 / 3)

Video Editing (6 / 8)

Video Games (14 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (41 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (25 / 47)

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