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Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF Notebook Review

Sven Kloevekorn, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/04/2015

All-rounder with minor drawbacks. The new, relatively low-priced desktop replacement laptop from the AsusPro series does not have any really striking features. It is not a specialized device, but rather a solid multimedia all-rounder with some business qualities, which is also suitable for gaming and does everything quite decently, but nothing exceptionally well.

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Asus' AsusPro Essential P751JF is a 17-inch, 3 kg (~6.6 lb) heavy multimedia laptop from the AsusPro series that is normally aimed at business customers on a tight budget. This target group has been kept in mind despite the apparent focus on multimedia with the addition of a gaming suitable graphics card, DVD burner, and limited mobility. Although the mandatory fingerprint reader and advanced security features, such as Intel's Anti-Theft, have been omitted, a G-sensor for protecting the hard drive, a TPM chip, and optional password protection for hard drive and BIOS are included.

The laptop we are testing is the only known and available version of the T2007G, priced at about 700 Euros (~$773) in this country at the time of testing. However, on Asus' product page other models with different CPUs, Windows versions and storage devices are mentioned. We cannot say whether they will ever reach the German-speaking market.

For our test comparisons we have selected 17-inch multimedia rivals with similar price and performance. These include the attractive Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G with an IPS screen, the HP ProBook 470 G2 with an AMD graphics card, and the cheaper HP Pavilion 17-f217ng. As with the AsusPro, they are all equipped with a dedicated graphics card. There is no direct precursor.

Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G (ASUSPRO Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 930M - 2048 MB, Core: 928 - 941 MHz, Memory: 1800 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 345.05, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, 1600 MHz, 2 RAM banks, 1 filled
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, AU Optronics AUO149E / AUO B173RW01 V4, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630, 500 GB 
, 7200 rpm, 7200 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio in/out, 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Sensors: G sensor (HDD protection)
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
Matshita DVDRAM UJ8G6
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31 x 415 x 270 ( = 1.22 x 16.34 x 10.63 in)
Battery
47 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V / 4400 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Asus: Live Update, Smart Gesture, ATK Package, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.01 kg ( = 106.17 oz / 6.64 pounds), Power Supply: 334 g ( = 11.78 oz / 0.74 pounds)
Price
749.00 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Matching the price range, Asus has made cutbacks in the casing and opted for solid plastic. The wrist rest, display's back and the underside have a slip-proof wave pattern that attract difficult to remove fingerprints which will cover the laptop after a short period of use. The situation is similar in the slightly lowered area around the keyboard with a brushed metal texture. The other surfaces, such as the sides and display bezel, are simple black plastic with a non-slip, roughened surface. Glossy rims envelop these and set a highlight. The author believes that the design is acceptable for a plastic device, and that it does not follow the severe simplicity that is seen in many low-cost Acer laptops and their perpetually identical casings. However, the choice of materials does not incite excitement.

The base can be warped slightly with some force, but barely produced noises. The instability of the optical drive area where the casing can be dented without much effort and the creaking noises ruins the overall solid impression. The far too flexible screen that is clearly audible when twisted tends to contribute to a poor score. Although the screen instantaneously responded to every deformation with image distortions, it proved quite pressure resistant. Manufacturing flaws are not immediately apparent, but they exist. For example, some edges do not close quite flush with the adjacent components, the gaps are slightly irregular in some places, and the battery protrudes slightly on one side. We have seen a better workmanship in even cheaper devices. The hinges keep the screen firmly in position and rock for about 2 seconds after jerks (mobility factor). Aggravating: The lid cannot be opened without counter-pressure despite the base's relatively heavy weight.

Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF
Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF
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Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF
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Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF
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Connectivity

Blunder: Asus has squeezed all its ports onto the front left side. Since most people use external mice with their right hand, the cable will always have to be routed around the casing's back or under the device. This can significantly limit the range of short cables. This drawback is in no way counterpoised by the fact that there are no interfering cables or USB flash drives on the right. Due to their habitually short cables, external hard drives can only be placed behind or on the left of the laptop, which is not always possible. Overall, a crackpot idea for which we make the corresponding deduction.

 In terms of interface diversity, three USB 3.0 ports are at least positive. However, Thunderbolt or DisplayPort are not installed. On the other hand, VGA, the veteran among common monitor ports and occasionally needed (old projectors in meeting rooms, etc.), is installed. Fortunately, HDMI is also on-board. The card reader is on the front. The USB ports recurrently lost the connection to a Verbatim V3 MAX Store'n'Go 64 GB USB 3.0 flash drive that has until now, functioned impeccably with the tester's other laptops and devices. We also observed the transfer performance of the ports while transferring large files against this background. With good rates of roughly 80 Mbps, they are short of the expected almost 100 Mbps that the author usually achieves with his external USB 3.0 HDD.

Right: Power, vent, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 3x USB 3.0, audio in/out
Right: Power, vent, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 3x USB 3.0, audio in/out
Left: DVD, Kensington
Left: DVD, Kensington

Communication

The proven Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n/ac) with Bluetooth 4.0 had some issues with transmission interruptions in the immediate vicinity of the router in the tester's personal test setup. However, we could not reproduce them reliably so that we do not want to go out on a limb. In addition to the less congested 5 GHz band, it also transmits at 2.4 GHz and supports Gigabit Wi-Fi ac. Of course, Bluetooth 4.0 is integrated.

Accessories

In addition to the power supply and the usual warranty and instruction notes, two DVDs with software and drivers (one for Windows 7 and one for 8.1), and recovery media for Windows 8.0 were included in the box - great.

Maintenance

Although the fan cannot be accessed via the maintenance hatch secured by two very tightly pulled screws, the hard drive and memory banks, one of which is filled, are accessible. The battery is easy to remove.

Warranty

Asus includes a 24-month manufacturer's warranty with pick-up & return service. Details can be found in this flyer. An upgrade to three years costs approximately 85 Euros (~$94).

Input Devices

Asus Smart Gesture
Asus Smart Gesture

Touchpad

The responsiveness of the sleek, keyless ClickPad in our shop sample showed some minor flaws. Fast gestures were sometimes ignored; drag and drop via double tapping did not always function reliably. However, the inconspicuous accuracy made a better impression. The touch-sensitive surface is smaller than it looks; the mouse cursor does not budge when gliding closely along the edges without touching them. The replacement mouse keys are beyond reproach. They feature a crisp pressure point with very audible feedback, and a pleasantly balanced resistance. The screenshots on the right show the good configuration options for gestures with up to three fingers.

Keyboard

At a first glance, the keyboard gives an average quality impression, but it can barely be dented. We find the key bed made in piano black plastic, senseless. Every dust grain is visible and the spaces between the keys are difficult to clean. The unlit keys are completely flat, roughened, clearly lettered, with a distinct pressure point and very soft stroke, and low noise level while typing. The standard layout does not reveal any surprises, and the surfaces of frequently used keys, such as Crtl and shift, are also enlarged. Once again, the tester has to reproach the unnecessarily scaled-down number pad atypical of Asus. It has ergonomic drawbacks, especially for larger hands. There would have been enough room for a full-sized pad, Asus!

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Display

In view of the reasonable price of the AsusPro, it is not surprising that a low-cost TN screen is used that has some drawbacks, but is at least matte. It has a resolution of only 1600x900 pixels, which is far too low for its 17 inches (16:9). This leads to a somewhat outdated pixel density of 106 ppi, which is below the visual discrimination of an emmetropic human eye at a normal viewing distance of almost half a meter (~20 in). The minimally pixelated reproduction might annoy sharp-sighted users; however the tester found the image sharpness to be impeccable. It is a pity that the pixel grid becomes visible when moving closer to the screen.

The maximum brightness (center) is only slightly below the average of 287 cd/m² of multimedia laptops tested in the past eight months. However, a considerably larger number of brighter screens than darker screens are recorded here. Since our Asus laptop belongs to the less expensive member of its category, we can accept the screen's feasible brightness. Subjectively, the marginally below average illumination of 84% looks largely homogeneous. We did not see any screen bleeding or light spots in our review sample.

295
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
268
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 295 cd/m² Average: 269.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 270 cd/m²
Contrast: 474:1 (Black: 0.57 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.54 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 12.47 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.32

TN screens have some drawbacks, but a rather too high black level is usually typical of the otherwise superior IPS technology. The 0.57 cd/m² of the AsusPro Essential P751JF is too bright against this background. An impression of rich black does not evolve even subjectively. The contrast is calculated as the ratio of the black level to the maximum brightness. It is rather weak with 474:1 here, and is clearly below average. The coverage of the large AdobeRGB color space, primarily important for (semi) professional image editors, is almost exactly on the average of the multimedia field defined in the last section. When taking the much smaller and wider spread sRGB color space as a benchmark, it still covers 84%.

Looking at the comparison laptops in this test shows that the Full HD IPS screen of the also relatively inexpensive Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV is superior in every aspect. This is also true of the color accuracy where the other devices, including the AsusPro, cannot boast with DeltaE rates of just below ten. This looks particularly bad in HP's Pavilion 17-f217ng with a significant bluish tint in factory state (TN, 1600x900 pixels), which definitely needs calibrating. Our ICC color profile for the AsusPro is provided above as usual.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
AsusPro Essential P751JF vs. AdobeRGB (52 %)
AsusPro Essential P751JF vs. AdobeRGB (52 %)
AsusPro Essential P751JF vs. sRGB (80 %)
AsusPro Essential P751JF vs. sRGB (80 %)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007GAcer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MVHP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
Screen
32%
-2%
-9%
Brightness middle
270
353
31%
224
-17%
234
-13%
Brightness
270
333
23%
215
-20%
227
-16%
Brightness Distribution
84
90
7%
82
-2%
88
5%
Black Level *
0.57
0.44
23%
0.56
2%
0.47
18%
Contrast
474
802
69%
400
-16%
498
5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.54
6.12
42%
9.08
14%
13.66
-30%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.47
5.97
52%
8.79
30%
16.8
-35%
Gamma
2.32 95%
2.48 89%
1.95 113%
2.34 94%
CCT
16579 39%
7210 90%
9185 71%
32955 20%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
52
57.5
11%
48
-8%
48
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF outdoors
Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF outdoors

The photo on the side was taken on a bright, cloudy day. The sun was just hidden. The tester tried to capture a worst-case scenario in this light. It is evident that the matte, sufficiently bright screen would have remained easily legible in a more favorable position.

While the loss of contrast and brightness occurs only in horizontally shifted viewing angles, and the color mostly remains accurate, the vertical movement in front of the screen is extremely restricted even for TN ratios. A black image is only completely black in the center or at the upper edge, but never over the entire surface. The usual milky impression is seen when looking from above, and significant inverting effects set in even when looking from below. This is not fun at all; most other TN laptops in the same price range do a better job nowadays.

We had to connect Asus' AsusPro Essential P751JF to an external monitor (Eizo FS2333) via HDMI for the Full HD test runs in the course of the gaming benchmarks. For some unknown reason the image flickered occasionally.

Performance

The AsusPro Essential is naturally suitable for all conceivable tasks from the office sector. Thanks to the strong i5 dual-core with Hyperthreading, it should even have enough power to cope with demanding Photoshop sessions with multiple big levels. The latter is supported by the brand new Nvidia GeForce 930M with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR3 memory and a generally adequate 4 GB of RAM. However, the somewhat tight memory might slow down accessing the swap file (no SSD!). Fortunately, it can be easily upgraded to a more suitable 8 GB when required. Newer, graphic-driven games often benefit from four or more physical cores, but the graphics card already sets limitations in such scenarios so that the CPU's performance in the possible settings is unlikely to be the bottleneck.

Processor

CPU clock rates Cinebench R15
CPU clock rates Cinebench R15

Although the installed Intel Core i5-4210M CPU (2x 2.6 - 3.2 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 37 W, 22 nm processing) still comes from Intel's Haswell generation now replaced by Broadwell, it does not yet have an immediate successor. The new processors with a TDP of 37 watts, which are only suitable for 14-inch or larger laptops, are first planned for the next generation, Skylake. Their main difference compared to ULV CPUs with a TDP of 15 watts is their higher base and Turbo speeds. The performance of the higher classed Core i7-5600U (2x 2.6 - 3.2 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 15 W, Broadwell) corresponds with that of the i5-4210M. 3.2 GHz is only achieved for a short time on a single thread, and the limit is 3.1 GHz when both cores are loaded. More details and benchmarks about multiple mobile CPUs can be found in our FAQ section.

The performance is exactly on the expected level compared with other laptops based on the same CPU. As can be seen in the screenshot on the right, the cores could still hold the specified Turbo of 3.1 GHz for most of the time in real-life load via the Cinebench R15 multi-core test, and only occasionally dropped to 2.7 GHz for a short period. The higher drops in the chart were due to the breaks between the single runs. The performance is maintained in battery mode. Compared with both ULV CPU based laptops in the test, the 4210M as well as the faster, soldered i5-4210H (2x 2.9 - 3.5 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 47 W) in Acer's Aspire Nitro take a clear lead. However, in practice, the differences in the test field will only be noticed at best, in very computing-intensive tasks.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Intel Core i5-4210M
1.39 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Intel Core i5-4210H
1.52 Points ∼62% +9%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Intel Core i5-4210U
1.18 Points ∼48% -15%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.26 Points ∼52% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Intel Core i5-4210M
3.31 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Intel Core i5-4210H
3.66 Points ∼14% +11%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Intel Core i5-4210U
2.61 Points ∼10% -21%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.81 Points ∼10% -15%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Intel Core i5-4210M
124 Points ∼58%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Intel Core i5-4210H
129 Points ∼61% +4%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Intel Core i5-4210U
105 Points ∼49% -15%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
Intel Core i5-5200U
108 Points ∼51% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Intel Core i5-4210M
304 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Intel Core i5-4210H
331 Points ∼11% +9%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Intel Core i5-4210U
240 Points ∼8% -21%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
Intel Core i5-5200U
260 Points ∼8% -14%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4590
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10227
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5823
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.39 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.31 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
46.4 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
56.2 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
124 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
304 Points
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System Performance

We could only use PCMark 7 for assessing the system performance because PCMark 8 repeatedly stopped installing with an error message. Compared with the few laptops based on the same CPU and otherwise similar configuration in our database, the performance is within the expected range (total score). The storage device's impact and to a much lesser extent the graphics card's impact on the score shows that, for example, Nexoc's M514 with 4210MGTX 850M, and a fast Samsung SSD can take a lead of 90%.

Subjectively, the laptop operates smoothly; the somewhat tight 4 GB at most slowed down multitasking with multiple opened tasks in the storage-devouring Chrome. Compared with SSDs, the review sample's conventional hard drive strikes with a somewhat delayed program start when the software has not been previously opened and is still stored in the memory. Our Nitro's slower hard drive is probably the reason that it does not succeed this time. The third place that is occupied by HP's ProBook 470 G2 is also logical as it has weaker components in terms of CPU, graphics, and HDD.

PCMark 7
Entertainment (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2656 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2626 Points ∼25% -1%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2773 Points ∼26% +4%
Productivity (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1816 Points ∼17%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1681 Points ∼15% -7%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1390 Points ∼13% -23%
Score (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2878 Points ∼33%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2800 Points ∼33% -3%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2586 Points ∼30% -10%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3677 Points ∼56%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4052 Points ∼62%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
3762 Points ∼58%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2858 Points ∼47%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2949 Points ∼48%
PCMark 7 Score
2878 points
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Storage Devices

We use all laptops based on a conventional HDD as a comparison basis for the hard drive benchmarks and will start with the average transfer rate measured using HDTune. The 500 GB Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630 (7200 rpm) adroitly places itself in the upper quarter here. The same drive in HP's EliteBook 755 G2  achieves 7% more and is thus among the Top 10.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 confirms the good result in this sector, but also points to a rather atypical weakness for the Travelstar in reading small, random data blocks (4k reads). The model in our review sample places itself in the lower half of the field with 0.37 MB/s, while the same HDD in Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300 transfers 76% more data with 0.66 MB/s, and takes one of the top places. Nevertheless, in the field of our comparison devices, the AsusPro can place itself up front in every sector. The HGST Travelstar 5K1000 in the low-priced HP's Pavilion 17-f217ng is by far the slowest model.

HD Tune Transfer Rate Average - --- (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
96 MB/s ∼4%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
81.7 MB/s ∼3% -15%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
88.2 MB/s ∼4% -8%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
79.5 MB/s ∼3% -17%
HD Tune Access Time - --- (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
17.1 ms * ∼7%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
18.2 ms * ∼7% -6%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
17.4 ms * ∼7% -2%
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read 4k QD32 (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.818 MB/s ∼0%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.784 MB/s ∼0% -4%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.753 MB/s ∼0% -8%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
0.577 MB/s ∼0% -29%
Read 4k (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.374 MB/s ∼0%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.365 MB/s ∼0% -2%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.327 MB/s ∼0% -13%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
0.25 MB/s ∼0% -33%
Read Seq (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
111 MB/s ∼3%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
99.31 MB/s ∼3% -11%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
87.91 MB/s ∼3% -21%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
77.16 MB/s ∼2% -30%

* ... smaller is better

Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Transfer Rate Minimum: 47.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 127.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 96 MB/s
Access Time: 17.1 ms
Burst Rate: 200.1 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Maxwell graphics cards introduced over a year ago is now going into the second generation, includes the new GeForce 840M that in terms of architecture and performance, is similar to the lower clocked GeForce 930M in the review sample. The mid-range GPU supports DirectX 11.2 including the level 11.0 features. Its energy efficiency in particular has been improved compared with the former Kepler generation, which means lower consumption and waste heat at the same performance. The present combination of a GDDR3 clocked at 1800 MHz (2 GB, maximum upgrade) and fast 64-bit memory interface has a narrow memory bandwidth. Nevertheless, the 930M can outperform the older, very popular GeForce GT 740M by approximately 30%.

The new model cannot quite keep up with the 840M in the Nitro. The advantage of 14 to 23% in the 3DMark 11 and 2013 benchmarks  are negligible. However, our gaming benchmarks usually show lower differences.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
2153 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
2511 Points ∼5% +17%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
AMD Radeon R5 M255
1784 Points ∼3% -17%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
1998 Points ∼4% -7%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
1435 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
1705 Points ∼4% +19%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
AMD Radeon R5 M255
1084 Points ∼3% -24%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
1420 Points ∼3% -1%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
8538 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
9691 Points ∼5% +14%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
AMD Radeon R5 M255
6164 Points ∼3% -28%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
8238 Points ∼4% -4%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
71008 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
87016 Points ∼12% +23%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
AMD Radeon R5 M255
47445 Points ∼6% -33%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
NVIDIA GeForce 830M
57453 Points ∼8% -19%
3DMark 06 Standard
11760 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
7274 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2247 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
57411 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5685 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1267 points
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Gaming Performance

Nvidia's GeForce 930M can only render current smash hit games, such as "Evolve", "Ryse: Son of Rome", and the older yet still splendid "Crysis 3", in minimum settings. However, there are also a number of equally classy games that run smoothly in medium presets, which is also often attractive. Even more is possible in race games and games with isometric reproduction like "Fifa 15" or "Anno 2070".

Evolve
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
23.9 fps ∼11%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
26.6 fps ∼12% +11%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
21.5 fps ∼10% -10%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
33.4 fps ∼12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
36.4 fps ∼13% +9%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
29.5 fps ∼11% -12%
Fifa 15
1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
47 fps ∼16%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
27.5 fps ∼9% -41%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
42.1 fps ∼14% -10%
1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
66.9 fps ∼19%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
56.2 fps ∼16% -16%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
62.8 fps ∼18% -6%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
19.8 fps ∼14%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
21.4 fps ∼15% +8%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
25.9 fps ∼18%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
26.7 fps ∼18% +3%
1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
39.9 fps ∼27%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
35.1 fps ∼23% -12%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
21.1 fps ∼14% -47%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
13.6 fps ∼5%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
14.7 fps ∼6% +8%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
40 fps ∼13%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
43.8 fps ∼14% +10%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
27.21 fps ∼9% -32%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
49.6 fps ∼14%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
53.5 fps ∼15% +8%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
34.25 fps ∼10% -31%
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32.5 fps ∼6%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
37 fps ∼7% +14%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
22.7 fps ∼4% -30%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
31.3 fps ∼6% -4%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
60.9 fps ∼11%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
68.2 fps ∼12% +12%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
36.2 fps ∼6% -41%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
55.4 fps ∼10% -9%
low med. high ultra
Anno 2070 (2011) 6337.518.2fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 37.721.7fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 60.932.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 49.64013.6fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 45.835.521.2fps
Dota 2 (2013) 59.326.3fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 6240.727.1fps
Thief (2014) 39.925.919.8fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 75.836.616.6fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 66.947fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 39.324.6fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 66.742.421.2fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 32.821.9fps
F1 2014 (2014) 815934fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 7619.5fps
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) 64.630.1fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 25.2fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 41.829.2fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 46.532.4fps
Evolve (2015) 33.423.9fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 56.239.716.9fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 53.527.5fps

Emissions

System Noise

The AsusPro's fan ran permanently even while idling, which however was only audible at close range. It sped up gently under Prime95 load, but could still hardly be discerned from normal ambient noises at a distance of one meter (~40 in). Although this changed when FurMark was added, it never produced more than a well-tempered, restrained noise. Since the keyboard is also quiet, Asus' AsusPro Essential P751JF is even suitable for noise-sensitive surroundings. Despite its marginally weaker graphics performance, the review sample was considerably quieter under load than Acer's Aspire V17 Nitro as well as the other weaker configured rivals in the test.

Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
Noise
-8%
-11%
-12%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
31
30.6
1%
33.8
-9%
32.2
-4%
Idle Average *
31
30.6
1%
33.8
-9%
32.2
-4%
Idle Maximum *
32.4
33
-2%
36
-11%
33.6
-4%
Load Average *
34.8
39
-12%
37.4
-7%
43.6
-25%
Load Maximum *
36.6
46.2
-26%
43.7
-19%
45.2
-23%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 31 / 32.4 dB(A)
HDD
33 dB(A)
DVD
26.3 / dB(A)
Load
34.8 / 36.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

CPU clock rates Prime95
CPU clock rates Prime95
CPU clock rates Prime95 + FurMark
CPU clock rates Prime95 + FurMark

The surface temperatures never exceeded a harmless 41 °C (~106 °F/ underside) even during high permanent load. The wrist rest did not even come close to body temperature. A few vents are located on the underside, which would only be partially covered with the rare use of the laptop on the lap, and will hardly affect the unproblematic thermals. Our Aspire Nitro temperatures were up to 19% higher on the upper side, and up to 11% warmer on the underside without infiltrating critical regions. Both other slower devices remain even cooler than the review sample.

The tester has not yet encountered a laptop that recurrently shows the same characteristic in CPU clock rate during the different load levels (Cinebench, Cinebench loop, Prime95 solo, Prime95 + FurMark). The i5-4210M also fluctuated in the latter, extreme stress test between 2.7 and the specified maximum Turbo (2 cores) of 3.1 GHz. It is not as if the occasional, short drops in frequency happen more often after adding Prime95 than with only Prime95, or even in the less loading Cinebench R15. Thus, both the CPU and GPU always come close to the limits of their theoretical maximum performance in all thinkable scenarios when required.

Max. Load
 36.2 °C
97 F
35.8 °C
96 F
30.4 °C
87 F
 
 33.8 °C
93 F
37.6 °C
100 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
 28.3 °C
83 F
31 °C
88 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
26.8 °C
80 F
30.6 °C
87 F
41 °C
106 F
32.2 °C
90 F
32.8 °C
91 F
33.4 °C
92 F
26.7 °C
80 F
27.5 °C
82 F
26.9 °C
80 F
Maximum: 41 °C = 106 F
Average: 30.9 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.7 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 24.2 °C = 76 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.6 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F, ranging from 21.5 to 82 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33.5 °C / 92.3 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (-4.3 °C / -7.7 F).

Speakers

Considering the price range of the AsusPro, the sound of the downward-transmitting speakers is very satisfactory. The tester was presented with a mid-heavy, but never piercing, clear, relatively dynamic sound lacking bass. Instruments could not be distinguished decently, but some bass-heavy tracks with several E-guitars and drums tended to sound slightly compressed. The maximum volume could have been slightly higher for our taste. It is just enough to fill a 15 m² (~49 ft²) room with sound properly. There are no configuration options in Conexant's sound solutions that apparently supports only stereo, which go beyond the Windows standards. Speech in movies was very intelligible; the audio backdrop of games effective and, above all, it was never annoying.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Except for the minimum idle load state, the consumption rates roughly reflect the performance of each laptop in the test. The Nitro always guzzled the most power starting at average idle. The higher consumption added up to 38% more than the AsusPro Essential under maximum load. An overall comparison is not possible since we do not have any other devices with the GeForce 930M in our database yet, and models based on the i5-42010M are also rare.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 9 / 9.2 / 12.6 Watt
Load midlight 46 / 62.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The review sample managed almost 5 hours in the real-life Wi-Fi test of our new 1.3 version (Our test criteria) with a still limited database. This is a very good result for a 17.3-inch device and a medium-capacity battery of 47 Wh. More would be possible only with a higher battery capacity and/or a ULV CPU with 15 watt TDP or less. The maximum possible runtime of 484 minutes determined in minimum brightness and disabled wireless modules using a text script in energy-savings mode point in the same direction, and 70 minutes under full load using maximum brightness and enabled consumers. The ratio of capacity, performance, and runtimes is impressive throughout. However, it will be secondary for most users in a not very mobile desktop replacement situation.

Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
484 min ∼INF%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
524 min ∼INF%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
492 min ∼INF%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
min ∼NAN%
Load (sort by value)
Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G
GeForce 930M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
70 min ∼INF%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
61 min ∼INF%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
80 min ∼INF%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
min ∼NAN%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 04min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 31min
DVD
2h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 10min

Pros

+ Overall solid, non-slip casing
+ Easy to remove battery, maintenance cover
+ Recovery media
+ Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 license
+ 24-month pick-up & return
+ Decent, quiet keyboard
+ Dual-band Wi-Fi ac
+ Quiet, cool, frugal
+ Good Turbo utilization throughout all load ranges
+ Feasible speakers

Cons

- Extremely susceptible for fingerprints ...
- ... that are only difficult to remove
- Minor manufacturing flaws
- Lid can only be opened with both hands
- No fan access
- Very awkward interface positioning
- Scaled-down number pad
- Very viewing angle dependent screen
- HDD slows things down somewhat

Verdict

In Review: Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
In Review: Asus AsusPro Essential P751JF. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

Setting aside the drawbacks mentioned in the test, the buyer gets an adequate counter-value for the only existing version of the T2007G currently priced at 700 Euros (~$773) in the form of Asus' AsusPro Essential P75JF. The business user finds a TPM chip, BIOS and hard drive protection, a decent keyboard, and more than enough performance. Casual gamers will be satisfied with the practical mid-range graphics card, Nvidia's GeForce 930M. The overall solid casing suffers from minor manufacturing flaws. We find the questionable and the uncomfortable interface positioning more severe. We also have to criticize the fact that Asus has not installed a more viewing angle stable TN screen as a minimum. The vertical freedom of movement is extremely limited if the user does not want to struggle with tremendous image reproduction errors.

Of course, the similarly low-priced Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV with a much better Full HD screen often mentioned in the test does not have much to counter the review sample. The business features, and both superior energy efficiency and thermals have to be named here. The AsusPro always consumes less power with a similar gaming performance, and it remains quieter and cooler under load than the classy Nitro.

Asus Asuspro Essential P751JF-T2007G - 06/29/2015 v4(old)
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
73 / 98 → 74%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
73%
Connectivity
66 / 81 → 81%
Weight
56 / 20-67 → 77%
Battery
80%
Display
77%
Games Performance
80 / 85 → 94%
Application Performance
74 / 92 → 80%
Temperature
89%
Noise
91 / 95 → 96%
Audio
65%
Add Points
-1%
Average
69%
78%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sven Kloevekorn, 2015-07- 4 (Update: 2018-05-15)