ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review

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The Asus line of G73 Stealth notebooks proved to be all-around solid desktop replacements, equally ideal for gaming, multimedia, and productivity. In fact, the Asus G53 and G73 line, from Asus' Repulic of Gamers (ROG) family, has been very successful in the market, praised by press and end users alike. We took a look at the previous generation 17-inch G73SW not long ago and it earned high marks with team HH as well. This class of machine is definitely bulky however, though not that many gamers would mind. Now, the G73 is being phased out in favor of the Asus G74 series, the next step forward for the company’s family of desktop replacement notebooks.

We took a long hard look at the Asus ROG G74SX-A1, which features a second-generation Intel Core i7-2360QM CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M for graphics firepower, and 12GB of DDR3-1333 RAM.  The G74's 17.3-inch Full HD display (1920x1080) in concert with a Blu-ray combo drive and THX TruStudio + EAX 5.0 3D gaming audio should help make gaming and movie-watching an immersive experience.

The G74SX-A1 also sports a USB 3.0 port (in addition to three USB 2.0) and HDMI-out for connectivity. Storage is not a problem--the notebook boasts two 750GB 7200RPM hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration for a total of 1.5TB of space.

Like a lot of systems, the G74SX-A1 comes bundled with a pile of pre-installed software, including (take a deep breath) Asus Tools, Asus Vibe Fun Center, eManual, GameFast, Asus WebStorage, Asus Virtual Camera, Power4Gear Hybrid, Rotation Desktop For G Series, Asus Splendid Utility, a Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security trial, and more.

Asus G74SX-A1 
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Join us as we put the Asus G74SX-A1 through the paces to see if it picks up where the G73 series left off.

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infinityzen1 3 years ago

And still not worth upgrading from my G73jh it seems. Mine has a custom bios and video rom, with the video OC'ed a good bit. Shocking that the jh actually needs the video card to be OC'ed at least 5Mhz to be stable.

CDeeter 3 years ago

I hope they adopt this as their new design going forward and not just for this model. I really like the angles and textures they used. No glossy plastic to pick up finger prints. Plus soft rounded edges are getting old, time to move on. The exhaust vents are finally in the right place too.

Btw is that a matte screen?

ThunderBird 3 years ago

To me this is the ultimate Laptop, I trust Asus cause I know they make the best motherboard so you know the foundation is solid and everything else should fall into place.

I was impressed by the battery life as this is no slouch of a laptop we are talking desktop replacement here.

 

Realneil 3 years ago

No desktop killer, but a solid travel companion no doubt.

OptimusPrimeTime 3 years ago

[quote user="realneil"]

No desktop killer, but a solid travel companion no doubt.

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"Haha, yeah,it wont kill Red Fred, but it definitely beats out a lot of desktops that are out there, this bad boy has a lot of horsepower indeed."

 

rrplay 3 years ago

Sure like the way this one looks with the matte keyboard finish along with the hardware selection for gaming desktop replacement, laptop .I do not find it to be too bulky at all.Not all the concerned about some of the scores being a bit 'odd' maybe due to driver differences [likely] as mentioned in the review,Looks like good quality hardware selection with updated cooling and decent battery life .nice bundle included as well .I like it..A bit disappointed on adequate audio so would like to actually hear one of these to decide.Good solid review !

Thanks

ThunderBird 3 years ago

@ reilneil yea no desktop killer that's a bit much, but a good desktop replacement for those who want more gaming prowess than a tablet can offer.

Again for a laptop this would be my top choice.

dadodgeson 3 years ago

i finally chose this as my travel pc but bought the $1000. dollar model and installed a ssd and added more ram on my own because thats half the fun for me.

the ability to upgrade the machine is what sold me.

rrplay 3 years ago

this laptop would likely be on pretty short list for some desktop like performance on the go. would really appreciate the 17" screen quality

realneil 3 years ago

It seems to me that ASUS has a feel for what people want. Their entire product line is full of much better that average offerings. My ASUS GTX570 is a solid performer and runs cool too. My ASUS DVD Burners are reliable and I have yet to try any blank media that doesn't work in them. My 27" ASUS Flat panel has an exceptional picture, and I plan to buy more of them when I'm rich and famous.

Almost everyone agrees that ASUS Motherboards are of top notch quality, with all of the latest technology built into them.

They know what people want and they build that at reasonable prices.

gregzeng 3 years ago

Just bought the HP Pavilion DV7-5004-T. Has similar specs, & Bluray R-W, but did not get the 1080 option. Has similar overheating problems to my other HP Desktop replacements, but got it at a good price. Miss USB3, card-in slot, but got the eSATA.

The HP screen has poor angled viewing, so of the 24+ models over the last several years, I understand why you did not dare compare these foreign models against the USA brandname.

BSmith 2 years ago

One of the recent updates prevented Windows from communicating with the NVIDIA driver. Rolling back the driver did not work. Attempting to restore Windows to a previous update resulted in error messages. The only option was to create re-install discs and completely wipe the hard drive and re-install back to factory settings. Even creating the re-install discs took numerous attempts due to various error messages. Also, the 1 TB hard drive is composed of two 500s. Be prepared to remove one of these for this computer to accept your recovery disc.

Up until this point, it has been a phenominal machine. But at six months old, simple system updates should not cause unfixable problems such as this one. I would be very interested to know if anybody else has had a similar issue with this specific laptop.

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