The G55VW-DS71 from Asus is now ready for pre-order with starting price of just $1,475. This is the first laptop in the G55 range to be aimed at the gamer market and it should be ready for delivery by the end of this month.
However, before gamers head off down to their local computer retailer there is a word of caution here. The starting price is as mentioned $1,475, but this is the entry level and to get the laptop up to spec means picking from the huge range of options available, which of course all adds up, in fact if the buyer went for all of the top choices it could add $1,800 to the final price, you have been warned!
So, we know that the G55VW-DS71 is aimed at gamers and that there are some serious options to consider, but let us take a look at the basic machine first and the options can wait for another day!
It comes with a 15.6 inch Full HD 16:9 Glossy display with a 1920 x 1080 of pixel resolutions and there is a built in 2.0 Mega Pixel web camera. The entry-level machine is powered by the quad core Intel i7-3610QM Ivy Bridge processor with 2.30 GHz to 3.30 GHz clock speed and 6 MB Intel smart cache. While the graphics will be coming from the NVIDIA 2G GTX 660M GDDR5 graphics card.
The system memory is starts with the 12 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz RAM made up by 3 x 4 GB and storage is provided by the Seagate Momentus 750 GB 7200 RPM hard disk drive (HDD). There is a DVD+-RW (DVD+-RW) with EAX Advanced HD 5.0 and the THX TruStudio audio system. Networking is simple with the Integrated 802.11 b/g/n wireless, the 10/100/1000 Base T Ethernet and there is Built-in Bluetooth V4.0 too.
Other features include the three standard USB 2.0 ports, a single fast speed USB 3.0 port, an HDMI out with the RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert and a 8 in 1 MMC, MS, MS-Pro, MS-Duo card reader. The machine measures 41.5 cm (W) x 32.0 cm (D) x 1.89 cm to 5.69 cm (H) and weighs 3.85 kilos with the 8 cell 5200 mAh 75 Whrs battery pack installed.
The Asus G55VW-DS71 is ready for pre-order with a starting price of $1,475 and it is expected to be delivered starting from the 29th April.