ASUS ROG G551 - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 1000GB HDD
RAM
up to 16GB
OS
Windows 8.1
Battery
52Wh, Li-Po, 6-cell, 6-cell
Dimensions
383 x 255 x 28-32 mm (15.08" x 10.04" x 1.10")
Weight
2.70 kg (6 lbs)
Body material
Aluminum, Plastic
Ports and connectivity
  • 3x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI 1
  • Displayport mini
  • Card reader SD, MMC, MS
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio jack 2x 3.5 mm jacks for headset and external microphone
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

CPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the ASUS ROG G551 series.

Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the ASUS ROG G551 series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the 3DMark: Sky Diver (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

ASUS ROG G551 in-depth review

We continue the list of reviews on ASUS ROG products with the refreshed G551 series laptops that feature the new GeForce GTX 960M GPU which will add a marginal performance over last year's model and a bit better energy efficiency. Unlike most refreshed notebooks, this one also has a slightly better screen than 2014's model, but this might be more of a personal opinion on the matter. You will find out why in the "Display" section below. Before we begin, we would like to question the existe[...]

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Pros

  • Quality IPS panel without PWM
  • Good design
  • Comfortable touchpad and keyboard
  • Excellent heat management inside and out of the chassis
  • M.2 SATA SSD slot
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • The chassis leaves nasty smudges and fingerprints
  • Bulky (32.2 mm) and heavy (2.7 kg)
  • The GPU throttles during longer gaming sessions

 

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