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ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS74 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M Discrete Graphics - Free Upgrade to Windows 10 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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ASUS ROG GL551JW-DS74 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M Discrete Graphics - Free Upgrade to Windows 10
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 428 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 8.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.5   average
Setting4.4   above average
Speed4.4   average
Quality4.0   average
Battery3.9   average
Boot3.2   below average
Power2.6   below average
Color2.5   mediocre
Windows2.3   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"As for software issues, the only problem I had was trying to run Adobe Premiere off battery and not enough power was getting to my video cards causing the system to crash."
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"the only problem wint this computer its the battery its dead and i buy it 10 days ago, i cant use it anymore for asus, i use amazon because the asus suport dont letme send a massege."
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"Great quality, nice looks, extremely nice performance, decent battery life (if not gaming), very nice cooling."
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"I am running the laptop after detaching the battery :-) When i ordered this laptop, there was only one review and it was hard to make a decision."
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"- Battery pops off for easy swap if you have a spare."
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"which means HEAVY yet less battery life than the 551.I give this laptop the best bang for the buck."
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"Very quick to boot, great feel, battery energy is acceptable, and processing and graphics processing prowess are pretty solid (and the 7200RPM HD helps also, as opposed to standard 5400RPM laptop HDs).One warning, when Windows 10 is installed, it will render the mousepad useless, and you will need to plug in a mouse."
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"Battery is reasonable to excellent especially if you're comfortable getting into your power management advanced settings."
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"This thing boots incredibly fast and the battery life is impressive."
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Boot

Boot:
"good build material for the price fast boot up no errors the only problem i faced that the surface is fingerprint magnet other than this this laptop is perfect for the price"
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"Well, it's dead right now (boot drive failed), and I don't have the money to RMA it right now because I'm a college student, and I'm having difficulty in my classes because I have no method of mobile production, and missed out on an internship because I couldn't show my portfolio to a gentleman from Bent Studios."
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"All of a sudden, out of nowhere, it will be unable to find any boot loaders, and BIOS will reveal the motherboard isn't detecting the hard drives."
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"Boot time out of the box was painfully slow, so I looked into the issue."
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"After doing this i had more problems with hard drives not showing up on boot up."
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"The very first time I started this laptop it hung up during initial boot and that had me pretty worried, but I restarted it and for the past week it has run well for me."
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"good build material for the price fast boot up no errors the only problem i faced that the surface is fingerprint magnet other than this this laptop is perfect for the price"
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"It worked great until one day it crashed and won't boot up past safe mode."
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"Games work very well on it and the boot times are very fast."
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"Very quick to boot, great feel, battery energy is acceptable, and processing and graphics processing prowess are pretty solid (and the 7200RPM HD helps also, as opposed to standard 5400RPM laptop HDs).One warning, when Windows 10 is installed, it will render the mousepad useless, and you will need to plug in a mouse."
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"Well, it's dead right now (boot drive failed), and I don't have the money to RMA it right now because I'm a college student, and I'm having difficulty in my classes because I have no method of mobile production, and missed out on an internship because I couldn't show my portfolio to a gentleman from Bent Studios."
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Color

Color:
"I made the mistake of not calibrating my colors properly (hopefully you wont do the same)."
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"Not as nice as my iMac, I feel like it dulls the colors a bit and I don't like whatever anti glare coating they have on it but it's nothing most people would likely notice or care about."
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"The display is not the best so, while it has beautiful colors, the brightness is very uneven."
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"Another problem, and one that I failed to notice before buying this laptop, is the excessive presence of the color red in the computer's outer casing scheme and keyboard."
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"I hate the color red."
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"So, if you are colorblind to the color red, I do not recommend getting this computer as it's literally a strain on the eyes, as if the annoying DPI display wasn't enough."
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"If you plan on purchasing this for photo editing, make sure you purchase or use a color calibration tool as well."
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"colors are amazingly accurate, brightness if awesome!"
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"Unlike the first, the replacement has flawless color calibration and perfect gamma with no needed adjustment."
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"The only good thing I can say about the display is that it's very high-quality and does not have any color brightness distortion relative to the angle at which it faces your eyes."
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"And what I want to say is go with the model with IPS display and SSD, because the IPS display is what we get used to on phone and tablets, the color is more brilliant than normal display."
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Power

Power:
"The machine works very well when it works, but research power state failures on this one and you'll see it's a very common issue."
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"First day, and I already got a bluescreen Driver Power State Failure."
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"The location of the power button is in a weird place and can easily be pressed."
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"Some of the complains I have are:Power button is inconveniently placed directly on the top-right of the number pad, which means if you were crunching numbers, you may accidentally hit the power button."
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"First connection kept getting disconnected and 2days after that, the BSOD Driver Power State Failure kept happening every 30 minutes."
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"There is something wrong with the power key and the left ctrl key."
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"The machine works very well when it works, but research power state failures on this one and you'll see it's a very common issue."
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"The keyboard feels great, the display is colorful and bright, the audio through a headset is spectacular, and it's got the power to run any current games."
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"Great, fast and high power laptop."
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"The location of the power button is in a weird place and can easily be pressed."
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"This is annoying if you often use the End key but prefer numerical mode on your numpad.3) The power block is pretty heavy and adds significant weight when carried with the laptop."
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Price

Price:
"good build material for the price fast boot up no errors the only problem i faced that the surface is fingerprint magnet other than this this laptop is perfect for the price"
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"For the price, it's hard to beat as a budget gaming laptop."
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"I quickly found in my research that I was not alone, (GOOGLE ASUS SSD ISSUES) that ASUS uses cheap and faulty hardware for even their premium laptops."
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"Well, it's dead right now (boot drive failed), and I don't have the money to RMA it right now because I'm a college student, and I'm having difficulty in my classes because I have no method of mobile production, and missed out on an internship because I couldn't show my portfolio to a gentleman from Bent Studios."
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"Despite dropping a good chunk of money on it, I actually haven't been able to use it for much of the time I've owned it, because it's been shipped back so many times."
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"Instead, they content themselves with simply waiting out the expiration of the warranty period, after which point the customer is out of luck, while ASUS keeps all of the money they have spent for a now useless machine."
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"This laptop seemed to have the best specs for the best price I could find at the time (6 months ago) and definitely glad I purchased it! "
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"good build material for the price fast boot up no errors the only problem i faced that the surface is fingerprint magnet other than this this laptop is perfect for the price"
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"This is a great product for the price."
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"It is both seamless, affordable, and possessing the following traits: 16GB ram, 4GB videocard, backlit keyboard, 1TB harddrive, and intel core i7."
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Quality

Quality:
"That is really the only thing wrong with it quality wise."
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"Very good quality, ignore what people says that its faulty and stuff, mine was in perfect condition when it arrived."
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"Needless to say it is very frustrating and raises concerns over ASUS quality."
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"I am extremely disappointed in the quality."
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"Only complaint is the screen quality."
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"One other problem this laptop has is the poor speaker quality, but honestly that doesn't cause much of an issue since I usually wear headphones when using the computer anyway, and you can always attach external speakers to it to carry the sound for you better."
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"I wanted something that would last long, was able to play games with ease and output great video quality."
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"The build quality is exceptional and the appeal gives off a serious look, separating it from the crowd (ahem, Mac)."
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"Very good quality, ignore what people says that its faulty and stuff, mine was in perfect condition when it arrived."
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"Build quality seems great."
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"The IPS screen has good viewing angles, and of course has decent image quality."
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Setting

Setting:
"It ran fast, boot times were low, and it handled some graphically intensive games at high settings, all while remaining surprisingly cool.2 weeks in is where the problems began to crop up."
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"I works well, runs skyrim,fallout 3, cities skylines all on ultra graphics settings the only real complaint I have is about the charging port."
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"I had to google the problem and tweak tons of random settings in my display options menu to get things to appear right."
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"It handles everything perfectly on ultra high settings."
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"Battery is reasonable to excellent especially if you're comfortable getting into your power management advanced settings."
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"playing FNV heavily modded on full graphics settings (as well as some other stuff)."
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"I have to say, this laptop is a real power house and I didn't know Arma 3 could look so good (Mostly Ultra and some high settings) ...and at 60 FPS."
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"I was able to get decent gaming performance with COD AW by setting everything to nromal at 1440 x resolution."
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Speed

Speed:
"good build material for the price fast boot up no errors the only problem i faced that the surface is fingerprint magnet other than this this laptop is perfect for the price"
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"Before I made this switch I had the usual crashes and speed problems."
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"Ive had no crashes or speed problems."
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"Boot time out of the box was painfully slow, so I looked into the issue."
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"CONS: It would blue screen constantly, feel slow and other minor problems."
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"Hard drive speed- the hgst drive that came included with my laptop simply had unacceptable performance."
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"excellent product, my item shipped fast."
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"i love this computer, its very consisten in the performance."
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"good build material for the price fast boot up no errors the only problem i faced that the surface is fingerprint magnet other than this this laptop is perfect for the price"
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"Great, fast and high power laptop."
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"The size is perfect, it performs perfectly."
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Windows

Windows:
"it comes with windows 8, onl thing i hate."
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"Most other problems are related to Windows 10."
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"Very quick to boot, great feel, battery energy is acceptable, and processing and graphics processing prowess are pretty solid (and the 7200RPM HD helps also, as opposed to standard 5400RPM laptop HDs).One warning, when Windows 10 is installed, it will render the mousepad useless, and you will need to plug in a mouse."
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"I ran into some windows OS problems, and I called Asus if i could get a CD to re-install Windows, and all the did is to kick me over to microsolf who wouldn't do anything about it and left me in a situation that I couldn't even start the computer."
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"That, and like many people, I dislike windows 8."
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"Windows 10 looks great on it."
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"This is my 2nd time I have bought this laptop.. 1st one is 5 months old, used daily for games and working great...The 2nd one is the ssd version, windows 10 upgrade was quick and painless, everything working great as well."
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"I immediately upgraded to Windows 10 with no problems whatsoever."
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"Remove GPT part-ion style when it tells you that you cant install windows 7 on the drive (threes a youtube video, Please note that you will have to press the command multiple times.... i had to do it about 30 times before the command prompt finally popped upSee[...]Find all the right drivers."
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"7- 15'6 screen = easy to carry8- windows 8.1 is not that bad when you get used to itI think its a great one it can handle games for the next 2 years (hopefully)"
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