asus-gaming51The search is on for a new laptop/notebook. The must have list is an ability to play games to some level; i.e. I expect to be able to do World of Warcraft level of gaming, i.e. I don’t want it choking on a simple 5-man raid with WoW’s cartoony graphics. I don’t expect unbelievable framerates and killer sound, but gaming requires a base level of horseppower that will be what I want from a new computer, the trick will be finding one at a reasonable price.

The Asus G51 notebook got a refresh to keep it up to date, getting a core i7 Intel processor and nVidia GTX 260M graphics. From a review at notebookreview.com:

The ASUS G51J has a few solid improvements over the older G51VX, most notably the shift from the Intel Q9000 to the Intel Core i7-720QM processor. This change shaved roughly 5 seconds off its wPrime score alone. 3DMark06 performance went up as well, but we didn’t see that much of a boost in actual gameplay. PCMark05 is also down, but it is hard to say if it was related to hardware or operating system differences. Overall users who are interested in purchasing this notebook should look at one item; the price. With specifications improving or staying equal, ASUS dropped the price $200, from $1,699 to $1,499.

here is a very recent video of Battlefield 2 running on a G51 (ostensibly):