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Old 28-08-2010, 07:04 AM   #1
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ASUS G73JH REVIEW

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Asus introduce their new Gaming laptop the G73jh featuring some very impressive hardware specs.
Asus have been known for their gaming laptops for many years, while always offering latest in hardware.
Previous generation gaming laptops have in my mind always failed to delivered the desktop equivalent portable gaming rig,
we have all been dreaming of. When i first read up on the specs of this laptop i was very impressed but still had that
thought in the back of my mind will it still manage to keep up with a moderate gaming rig.






First things first, you will notice the size and weight of this laptop, it is almost intimidating. The black rubberized sleek
design & featuring a 17" HD monitor running a native 1920x1080 resolution. I will start off with everything looks amazing at these
resolutions the image is sharp and crisp. The back-lit keyboard really helps when playing in the dark, featuring the "chiclet" design
it is very comfortable to use this along with the keyboard is on a slight angle making it a more comfortable to use. There is also a track pad
to use but like all track pads they can be frustrating to say the least and that is still prevalent on this laptop.
This laptop comes equipped with all the general peripherals such as 802.11n wireless , bluetooth, 2 megapixel web cam & a blue ray player.
Asus have also bundled this all together with a carry bag, steel series headset and Asus gaming mouse.






When i first heard this laptop was sporting the ATI 5870m graphics card i had my initial reserves, ok mobile gpu means crippled in some shape or form and well I was right the specifications are closer to a 5770 with 700mhz core, 800 steam processor's and the memory is on 128bit bus. It also comes a i7-720QM cpu 1.6ghz to turbo mode 2.8ghz, paired up with 8GB of DDR3 1066mhz CL9 in dual channel and
2x 500GB hard drives. With this mind lets see how this handles in real world environment and gaming.

This Laptop reported a very nice 13433 marks in 3d mark 06 and 8026 marks 3d mark vantage.

wprime 32m came back with 15.046 seconds, super pi 1m calculation 17.784 seconds.

Gaming on this rig was a pleasure the graphics looked amazing on this screen with crysis on max settings for an average of 23.29 fps.

Roundup

Well to start with i am bloody impressed with this laptop it has delivered everything i was looking forward to in a portable gaming
rig, it games like a beast while always looking amazing and the sound is also great. I inadvertently gave this laptop the "DROP TEST"
accidentally on purpose dropping this unit from a height of 4 feet with the lip fully open, Well i can report it handled it a lot better
than i thought the screen went blank for second then sprang back to life The only damage to the laptop was a small crack in the
plastic near the lan port. So will give it the thumbs up for sturdiness. While reviewing this laptop i am struggling to find any
issues that would make this a bad investment it really did perform beyond my expectations i would definitely recommend this unit
for any LAN gamer or a desktop equivalent. Things i would like to see, support for would be RAID 0 capability but i guess you can
easily put a SSD drive in for better HD speeds & better battery life.



LAPTOP SPECIFICATIONS


Processor & Cache Memory Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 720QM : GHz - 1.6 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz;

Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, (64-bit)
Chipset Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
Main Memory 8GB (2GB x4) DDR3 1066 SODIMM SDRAM
Display 17.3" Full HD Resolution 1920x1080 , Color-Shine (Glare-type)
Video Graphics & Memory ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 5870, 1G GDDR5 VRAM
Hard Drive Dual HDD:
1 Terra Byte(500Gx2),7200rpm Dual SATA support up to 1TB (5400 rpm/ 7200 rpm)

Optical Drive Blu-Ray DVD Combo
Card Reader 8 in 1 card reader SD,MMC,MS,XD,Smart Media,mini SD w/ adapter,MS-Duo
Video Camera 2.0 Mega Pixel web camera
Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN Integrated 802.11 b/g/n Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.1+EDR (optional)
LED Status Indicator Power-on/Suspend
Battery Charging/full/low
Storage device access
Capital / Scroll / Number Lock
Wireless on status indicator
Interface
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
Hot Keys Function Keys:
Keyboard light down
Fn+F4 Keyboard light up
Fn+Ins, Fn+NumLK Scr LK on/off
Fn+F1 Suspend switch
Fn+F2 WLAN/Bluetooth switch
Fn+F5 Brightness down
Fn+F6 Brightness up
Fn+F7 LCD on/off
Fn+F8 LCD/CRT switch display
Fn+F9 TouchPad Lock
Fn+F10 Volume on/mute
Fn+F11 Volume down
Fn+F12 Volume up
Fn+Num Lk: Scroll Lock on/off
Fn+Del Scroll Lock on/off
Fn+Space Power 4Gear
Fn+C Splendid
Fn+↑: Stop
Fn+↓: Play/Pause
Fn+ ←:Skip to Previous Track
Fn+ →:Skip to Next Track
Audio Built-in 2.1 channel stereo speakersEAX Advanced HD 4.0
KeyBoard 348mm size
Battery Pack & Life 8 cells: 5200 mAh
AC Adapter Output: 16 V DC, 4.7 A, 150W
Input: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal (Intel® i7-720QM / i7-820QM platform)
Output: 19 V DC, 4.74 A, 120W
Input: 100~240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal (Intel® Core™i7-620M/ i5 / i3 platform)
Dimension & Weight 42.0 x 31.0 x 1.89~5.68 cm (W x D x H)
3.85 kg, (with 8 cell battery)
Supplied Accessories (Optional) R.O.G. Lacer Mouse (optional)
R.O.G. Backpack (optional)
R.O.G. Headset (optional)
Multimedia Software WinDVD8 BD
Virus & Tool Software Trend Micro Internet Security 2009/2010
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0
NERO 8 Essentials
Power2Go
ASUS Utility ASUS SmartLogon Asus Power4Gear Hybrid
Asus Live Update
Asus NB Probe +
ASUS Life Frame 3
ASUS Wireless Console
Virtual Camera
ASUS Splendid
ASUS Hotkey
ASUS Express Gate
Asus Screen Saver
Fancy Start
eManual
AI Recovery
Warranty & e-support 2-year limited global hardware warranty
*different by country
1-year battery pack warranty
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Microsoft Windows Vista) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting
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Old 28-08-2010, 07:25 AM   #2
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3.85kg One heavy laptop - well desktop replacement

Drop test - whoops

Definitely dual hdd bays would be highlight for me.

How's battery life and recharge time ? I know it's desktop replacement but good to know how fast the battery depletes
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Old 28-08-2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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Battery life in a performance setting is about an hour but you can switch to battery saving and get 2 hours , recharge time is 1 hour it has a 9 cell battery its just such a power hungry unit
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Old 31-08-2010, 12:01 AM   #4
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Damn good benchmarks for a laptop in this day and age. Huge display Almost 9lbs EEK!
This laptop would be a perfect desktop replacement and clear up alot of desk space for me. Who needs a 30 inch monitor anyways?

I'm just curious about the temperatures you seen on the laptop and how well it exhausted the hot air?
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Old 31-08-2010, 02:42 AM   #5
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temps are good man gpu max 80c, cpu max 70c exhausts well. I got rid of my desktop and replaced it with this
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:45 PM   #6
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Picked one of these up a couple of months back........Outstanding Gaming Laptop........Very happy with everything I’ve asked it to do..........

and its fun to bench...!!!!!!!
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:26 PM   #7
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I noticed you have all the gold cup for it on hwbot nice 1 man.

Super cooled ASUS Lappy review coming soon
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:02 PM   #8
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mmmmm cold ........Nice can't wait to see that...........dam i'm going to lose some points....
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