Asus ROG GL551JM-DH71 Reviewed – A 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop with GeForce GTX 860M

Published on October 6th, 2014 | by Peter Paul

Are you looking for a fast and decent gaming laptop that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to buy? Asus has released a new gaming laptop, under the ROG or Republic of Gamers branding that is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M discrete graphics processor and an Intel Core i7 Quad Core Haswell processor, – the Asus ROG GL551JM gaming laptop. The Asus ROG GL551JM-DH71 is a 15.6-inch gaming machine that is built with gaming centric features and has the enough processing power to play your favorite PC games while on mobile. It’s not as fast or the best in terms of looks and muscle power like its bigger brothers, but the good news is it’s much more affordable than its high end counterpart. Learn more about the Asus GL551JM-DH71 below and find out if this is a worth buy gaming laptop for you.


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Asus ROG GL551JM-DH71 Features

Currently, the Asus GL551JM-DH71 is one of the most popular gaming machines in the market. Unlike the ASUS G750JZ-DS71, this one is relatively cheap but it is built with the essential hardware and components for you to play your favorite games. It doesn’t have a slim body design and its thickest point is 1.3-inches, and it weighs around 6.0 lbs. But it features a sleek aluminum brushed finish with ROG signature chassis and majestic red accents.

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It features a nice 15.6-inch full HD display at 1920×1080 resolution with anti-glare coating for high quality visual experience. It also features an ultra-responsive one-piece backlit keyboard with a long travel key-press for instant response and better typing experience. All keys are backlit and the WASD are highlighted for better gaming experience.

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Under the hood of the Asus ROG GL551JM-DH71, it is powered by the latest Intel Core i7-4710HQ Quad Core Haswell processor with clock speeds of 2.5GHz up to 3.5 GHz Turbo, paired with a 16GB DDR3 RAM. It is also powered with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M discrete graphics processor with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM and Optimus Technology. This means that if you are not running any graphics intensive applications or games, the built-in Intel HD Graphics in the processor will be used to save energy. But when it’s time to play games or run some graphics intensive applications, the GeForce GTX 860M will take over.

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Aside from the processing power, you will also get 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, which I think is very nice, since other “gaming laptops” just offers a slower 54000 RPM hard drive. It also has a Dual Layer DVD Read/Write and ReWriter and a 720p HD Webcam. As for wired connectivity options, it features 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI port, 1x Headphone/Mic combo jack and Gigabit Ethernet Port. For wireless connectivity options, it features WiFi 802.11 a/g/n with Bluetooth 4.0.

Check out the rest of its specifications from the table below.
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Asus ROG GL551JM-DH71 Specifications

Specifications ASUS ROG GL551JM-DH71
Operating System Windows 8.1 64bit
Chipset Intel HM86
Processor Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.50GHz
Memory 16GB DDR3L
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB GDDR5
Display 15.6-inch Full HD at 1920x1080 with anti-glare
Hard Drive 1TB
Optical Drive DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
LAN Port Gigabyte Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless 802.11a/g/n WLAN with Bluetooth 4.0
USB 3x USB 3.0
Video Ports 1x Mini DisplayPort
1x HDMI port
Audio Port 1x headphone / mic combo jack
Dimensions 15.0" x 10.0" x 0.6" - 1.3"
Weight 6.0 lbs.
Color Black Aluminum
Features Touchpad
Illuminated Chiclet Backlit Keyboard
SD/MMC/MS Card Reader
720p HD Web Cam
Batter 6-Cell Lithium Ion
Battery Life Up to 5 hours

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Price and Where to Buy

The Asus GL551JM-DH71 is now available with a currently retail price of $1,099.00. It comes with 1 year accidental damage protection with 30 days Zero Bright Dot Guarantee. You can also extend its Drops and Spills warranty for up to 3 years simply by adding it in the option before you checkout. You can order one from B&H Photo Video here.

Another variant, ASUS GL551JM-EH71, that comes with a 256GB SSD instead of a 1TB hard drive is also available for $1,199. You can order the ASUS GL551JM-EH71 from B&H Photo Video here.

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