Good looks and performance, but does it underwhelm?
That said, the N61Ja is a big and slightly heavy machine, so you’ll be using it plugged in for the most part. So without further delays, here are the screens that really matter. We have used the recent HP Pavilion dm4 and the Toshiba Qosmio X500 in our comparison benchmarks.
As you can see the Core i7-620M really helps crunch the numbers, and the ATI 5730 manages to muscle out some performance during games. StarCraft II in particular was an interesting one to benchmark.
These were the settings used for StarCraft II (v1.1.0) which gave an average of 41fps; quite impressive indeed for an entertainment laptop. And not once during any of our benchmarks did the N61Ja start whirring the fan at top speed, or maybe it was on top speed, but we never noticed it. Basically the fan never gets annoying no matter what we threw at it. As far as heat is concerned, it did get warm near the top left side underneath, and the palm rest area rose a few degrees, but nothing that would keep the laptop unbearably hot for your laps.
All in all the ASUS N61Ja is a great laptop if all you’re into occasional gaming but still want a sizable laptop that can easily run heavy applications without hurting the bank balance. It looks classy, stays quiet and keeps its cool. If you can live with the lower than average resolution on a 16″ screen, then this is a decent buy.