Gone are those days when the words gaming and laptop could not be used in a single sentence. Gaming on a laptop today is very much possible and you just need to have a right laptop for that. Also, when it comes to gaming on a laptop, there really aren’t many good options low the Rs. 70,000 price point. You could go ahead and buy a MacBook but well then the gaming part is not feasible, right?
In this post, we are going to review the Asus R510JX-DM230T gaming laptop which is priced just below the Rs. 70,000 point and comes with some great specifications. Let’s get started and have a look at the important aspects of this device.
Design & Build Quality
The laptop looks what a normal laptop looks like. Nothing new or exciting but it does have some really cool red and black design elements along with streaks of red color across the lid and body of the laptop. The lid of the laptop has a glossy finish which can pick up smudges but thankfully, the keyboard part of the laptop has a matte finish to it which prevents the laptop from getting fingerprints or smudges.
The build quality is also good. The first thing that you will notice after lifting up the lid of the laptop is how the hinges have been designed to perform well. There is no looseness in the hinges and it works well unlike many other laptops that fail to get this basic thing right.
When it comes to the keyboard, the keyboard is built well and is responsive as well. The touchpad placement is also good and overall the body is made out of good quality polycarbonate.
The laptop also has a fan for cooling purposes and it is situated on the left top corner of the body which is an apt place for the fan.
The USB 3.0 ports are on the left side of the body where you will also fund the HDMI, VGA and LAN port along with a 3.5mm audio jack. The right side houses the USB 2.0 port along with an optical drive. The ports are placed well and Asus has done no skimping when it comes to ports on the laptop.
Since this is a gaming laptop, it is important that the display on this thing is good and produces some really good visuals in order to give the best possible gaming experience. And, the 15.6 inch display on this laptop does not disappoint. It is a nice and crisp looking panel with good viewing angles. The color reproduction on this thing is really good and the display being a Full HD 1080p panel, looks really vibrant.
Hardware & Specifications
This is an entry level gaming laptop but it still manages to provide some of the best specification set in the laptop market in India. Take a look at the list below.
- Intel Core i7 4720 Processor – Up to 2.6Ghz
- 8GB DDR3L RAM
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M – 2GB VRM
- 1 TB 7200 RPM hard disk
- VGA web cam
- SonicMaster Audio Engine
Now, many people would think of GTX 950M as a mediocre graphics processor but this chip performs really well for an entry level choice. Throw some modern games at it and you will realize how well this thing actually performs.
One thing that you might miss on this laptop is the presence of an SSD. An SSD helps in the quick loading of games and other software but maybe it is a cost-cutting measure taken by Asus to keep the price in check.
Let’s talk about the battery life on this thing. First of all, the 0-100% charge time taken by the laptop is surprisingly less. The battery took just 2 hours to charge fully and it can last about 4 and a half hours on normal usage. The life will be relatively less when you play games on the laptop which is understandable.
Most important aspect of a gaming laptop is how it performs when it comes to gaming. The GTX 950M is an entry-level graphics chip which means gaming at 1080p will be a bit choppy but turn the resolution down to 720p and you will have a great gaming device.
Games like Just Cause 3 run smoothly with 40+ FPS at 720p resolution. You will also notice that your battery will deplete faster while you are gaming and you won’t get more than 1 and a half hour of gaming time on the laptop on battery.
Coming to the heating, you will notice that the cooling mechanism on this laptop is really good. The laptop will only get a bit warm while gaming and that too on the left side of the body and that is it. It clearly shows how Asus has worked on making sure the cooling on this laptop is done perfectly.
Coming to the keyboard, it is a nice and tactile keyboard which works really well. You can either connect an external keyboard or you can simply use the keys on the laptop and you won’t feel any difference in performance.
All in all, this is a great gaming laptop considering the price and features. The GTX 950M is a great entry level gaming chip that provides great gaming performance and in normal real life usage, this laptop will work well. So if you are looking for a gaming laptop under 75,000 INR then you can opt for Asus R510JX laptop.