Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook Review - HotHardware

Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook Review

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Earlier this year, we attended the Asus 2010 CES Event in Las Vegas. While there, we caught a glimpse of several upcoming notebooks the hardware giant had in store. One of the most anticipated products we saw was in the Republic of Gamers line up. Dubbed the G73JH, it possessed a list of impressive specifications and an aggressive, stealth fighter design that spoke directly to enthusiasts. Thankfully, this powerhouse of a notebook made it to our lab and we had a chance to put it through our own testing. Ever since CES, we've been waiting to find out if the G73JH performed as good as it looked. Equally important, we aimed to determine where it fits in a market bursting at the seams with gaming laptops and desktop replacement notebooks.

We mentioned that the G73 had killer specs and here they are. At the heart of this monster is an Intel Core i7 720QM quad-core processor, clocked at 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost technology for increased single core performance (up to 2.8GHz) and Hyper-Threading for multitasking situations. We find 8GB of DDR3 RAM installed, along with 1TB of total storage, consisting of two 500GB Seagate hard drives. But the real draw is ATI's Mobility HD 5870 graphics card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and enough pixel pushing power to feed a 17.3" screen. In addition, Asus includes a full sized keyboard, Blu-ray drive, and a 2MP webcam, and a all of this comes at a relatively affordable price point. Interested? We thought so.  Read on to find out how fast the G73 really is, and if it has what it takes to be your next laptop.    


Asus G73JH-A1 Notebook

Asus G73JH-A1
Specifications and Features (as tested)

Model

G73JH-A1

Display

17.3" (1920 x 1080) LED backlit

CPU

Intel Core i7 720QM @ 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo)

Memory

8GB DDR3 1066MHz

Graphics

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5, DX11 Capable

Storage

1TB (2 x 500GB) 7200RPM Hard Drives

Optical

Blu-ray Combo Drive

Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Wireless

Intel 802.11 B/G/N @ 2.4GHz, Bluetooth v2.1

Webcam

2.0 Megapixel

LAN

10/100/1000 Ethernet

Ports

4 USB, Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, microphone, headset, 8-in-1 Flash Memory Card Reader
Weight

8.0 lbs with battery

Dimensions

16.4" x 12.6" x 2.3" (WxDxH)

Warranty

2 Year Parts / Labor

Price

$1645



Measuring in at 16.4" wide by 12.6" deep and weighing 8 lbs, the G73 does not qualify as thin and light. Don't get us wrong though, it is mobile enough for LAN parties and occasional travel, but much too large to carry on and use during a flight. Yes, the G73JH is smaller and lighter than your average desktop replacement notebook, but we feel that it is similar in that it begs to be stationary and plugged into a wall outlet.  

The hardware specs speak for themselves. This is a cutting edge gaming notebook with a powerful CPU, tons of RAM, and a high-end Radeon HD 5870 mobile graphics card installed. Let's take a closer look at the rest of the laptop, as well as the results of our benchmarks and testing.

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Where is my Source based game benchmark Sad

Beastly notebook none the less.

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bob_on_the_cob:

Where is my Source based game benchmark Sad

Beastly notebook none the less.

Agreed (on both points).  I really like the looks - I just wish it wasn't running an ATI video chipset.  That, of course, is just the Linux gamer in me speaking, I'm sure it's great for Windows games.

Great review!

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Where is my Source based game benchmark Sad

Beastly notebook none the less.

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What about then the Acer Aspire 8943G ?

Here are the specs comparison :

Acer 8943G (Max Spec : 728G1.28TWn) :

OS : Windows® 7 Family Premium Edition
Display : 18.4" Full HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED LCD (220 nits)
CPU : Intel® Core™ i7 720QM (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
Graphic Card : ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5850 1024Mo DDR3 VRAM
Ram : 8Go DDR3 (4 x 2048)
HDD : 1.28Tera (2 x HD 640Gb)
Blu-ray : Writer/Reader
Battery : Li-Ion batterie 8 cells
Lan : Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11BGN
WebCam : Crystal Eye™ 1.3 MP
Bluetooth : Yes
FingerPrint : Yes
TV Tuner + remote control : Yes
Keyboard with keypad : Yes
TouchPad with additional Multimedia integrated buttons : Yes
Weight : 4,6Kg

ASUS G73JH :

OS : Windows® 7 Ultimate Edition
Display : 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
CPU : CPU : Intel® Core™ i7 820QM (1.73GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
Graphic Card : ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 5870, 1G GDDR5 VRAM
Ram : 8Go DDR3 (4 x 2048)
HDD : 1Tb
DVD Writer/Blu-ray Reader
Battery : Li-Ion batterie 8 cells
Lan : Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11BGN
WebCam : 2 MP
Bluetooth : Optional
FingerPrint : No
TV Tuner + remote control : No
Keyboard with keypad : Yes
TouchPad with additional Multimedia integrated buttons : Yes
Weight : 3,85Kg

The difference is a better equipment for the Acer (screen size, hard drives, Blu-ray writer, TV Tuner, Bluetooth, Fingerprint...) versus a better performance (especially the graphic card, the CPU difference doesn't do much)

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Nice!

Looksalike a Stealth fighter, has a good size screen!

Yet for that price they could have included an illuminated keyboard instead of that strip light, like the Alienware counterpart.

At that price most can build a killer home system so you don't have to worry about getting robbed when you are playing killzone at the beach:P

Although, I guess for your average college student on the pops dime. This is probably a cool option.

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