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Help me decide - G46

zaranoff
Level 7
So I just made an account to post this question, hope you can give me some advice.

I returned my msi ge60, was not satisfied at all with it. I've always wanted a sub 15" gaming laptop so the gods answered my prayers and brought me this, the asus g46.

Now I have been reading all threads in here about the screen res this and that and can honestly say that I would rather get the 1366x768 over 1600x900, even if I had the choice between those two.

On the other hand we have the Clevo w110er wich is an 11.6" beast. I will not be hooking up my laptop with an external monitor.

Do you guys think it will be comfortable to game on a 11.6"? Or should I get the g46? I am really torn between these two machines. Aside the screen res on the g46, is it good overall?


I know that this is the ROG forums but please could you give some unbiased advice/opinions?

Thanks in advance!
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Nivaku
Level 9
I personally have the m11x and the G46. I think the G46 is a better choice in terms of gaming because you get a better video card, and the cooling in the system is excellent. The G46 is a very light notebook that packs a punch in terms of performance. I got mine upgraded with the i7 though and upgraded the HD to 7200RPM instead of the 5400RPM. The only problem with the G46 is with the powerbrick I got, man it's massive. Anyways here's my 10 cents my .02 cents is free

JwPwns
Level 10
sub 15" gaming laptops i would prefer G55 if you don't have to carry it around everyday, I have my G46 for few months now and i carry it on campus everyday, it's portable enough that i don't feel anything extra in my backpack. As far as gaming notebook goes, this one is impressive with the cooling. I upgraded mine too with i7 3820qm and it didn't break a sweat, everything just plug and goes. however if you want the best experience with the G46 i recommend upgrading it with Msata SSD or a huge SSD because the stock drive for current versions are PTA. The screen display doesn't bother me much because at the 14" catergory it's hard to find better screen res. anyways have fun with your future G46 =P
Asus G46 vw
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3820QM processor
16GB-DDR Corsair Vengence 1600
128GB Samsung 830 Msata SSD + 750 GB HDD
GTX 660m + Windows 7 ultimate db Windows 8 pro

Thanks for your input guys! I'm leaning towards the g46.

So far I have found the g46 and clevo 11.6" to be the top gaming notebooks under 15". Do you know any more that I could take a look at?

The only criteria being 14" at max.

zaranoff wrote:
Thanks for your input guys! I'm leaning towards the g46.

So far I have found the g46 and clevo 11.6" to be the top gaming notebooks under 15". Do you know any more that I could take a look at?

The only criteria being 14" at max.


There is the alienware m14x, but that is slower than the G46, and costs more. If you choose 14", the G46 is the only choice. The 11" mandates the clevo. I would advise 14", that way it has a usable screen on the go.
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Zygomorphic wrote:
There is the alienware m14x, but that is slower than the G46, and costs more. If you choose 14", the G46 is the only choice. The 11" mandates the clevo. I would advise 14", that way it has a usable screen on the go.


Oh yeah I forgot the m14x! But I'm not a fan of Alienware, and I looked at the specs... What an outlandish price for that kind of system.

So my choice is basically: m14x, g46 and clevo? Not many gaming notebooks under 15" I might say! Everything points at the g46 though, the only negative thing I found about it is win8. I honestly cannot express in words how much I hate it.

Thanks for the help!

Zygomorphic
Level 17
I have the G53SX and it is a heavy computer to carry around, but they have been getting lighter with subsequent revisions. They are all really powerful, so from a performance standpoint, you can't get much better. The 11" will be hard on your eyes, so if you go with that, get an external monitor for doing all the productive tasks like typing (or browsing the forums). My G53SX has a 1080p panel, which means that I can get two windows side by side.
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DRAKON
Level 7
Well I wouldn't recommend you to get under 14 inch laptop for gaming. Even if you have external monitor at home I would imagine you want to carry it around otherwise you would easily get 15 or 17 inch. Just 11 inch laptop is not for gaming... in my opinion they are not even for anything. My girlfriend has 11 inch laptop ( of course she loves it as it's very light and the battery life is incredible ) and I can't work with it's keyboard - it's so broken and the monitor is too small. Can't really enjoy gaming on it.

As for the G46 from the specs and reviews I notices some things that could be problematic:

1. The battery is not removable. I totally prefer to be able to remove it when my charger is plugged in. The batty performance is getting a worse a lot faster when it's always in. Do not want to get into technical details but in general the batteries that are used only when needed have much larger life span.
2. No DVD reader. Now in the internet age it's not really used all the time but I still prefer to have on just in case.
3. The screen resolution is kind of low. Well compared to other 14-15 inch laptops it's not low at all as most laptops are using the same. I'm talking about the 1366x768 one. The 1600x900 seems good if available.
4. Windows 8... I really do understand you pain with it. The good news is that when you learn the important key combinations you will only see the ****ty metro interface when you boot up and after Win+D it disappears. The Win+Q leads to application search - basically start menu on your whole screen. Win+F leads to file search. The control panel is a little bit harder to find compared to the win 7 start menu but you are not going to use it all the time anyway. So in the end it's not the end of the world ( even though Microsoft tried to go that far ).

rewben
Level 13
@DRAKON, win+x brings you straight to control panel and other admin stuff.

JwPwns
Level 10
the non-removable battery is removable but takes long time lol i don't recall the last time using dvd on my computers though, if i want play blueray disk i would be playing them thru the home theater, other than that i see no need for dvd-rom anymore. But that's just my opinion and to get rip of windows 8 is pretty easy, i did that the 2nd day i got mine. All you have to do is create a bottable usb drive and throw window 7 install files, go to bios disable secure boot and enable csm launch then you are set to go.
Asus G46 vw
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3820QM processor
16GB-DDR Corsair Vengence 1600
128GB Samsung 830 Msata SSD + 750 GB HDD
GTX 660m + Windows 7 ultimate db Windows 8 pro