Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook Review - HotHardware

Asus G73Jh Gaming Notebook Review

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Accessory Bundle
What's in the box?



Asus includes a small bundle with the G73. Along with the notebook, we find documentation, a lint-free LCD cleaning cloth, power cable, AC/DC adapter, wired mouse, and software recovery disks. The good news is the notebook is ready to roll once powered on so only the power cables and 8-cell lithium ion battery are required right from the start. But we were disappointed in the user manual as it obviously was made to cover just the basic features of the laptop, in order to be used with several different models. Along with the drivers disk, there were several software utilities included.



It would be fitting if Asus included a game to go along with this gaming notebook, but no luck in that department. Instead, G73 owners get a sweet looking, black Republic of Gamers backpack that holds their new toy, with plenty of room to spare. It is actually much darker than the image above reflects, feels very sturdy, and appears very well built. There is light padding within the backpack for a small degree of protection, but we still suggest being very careful when transporting the G73.



Our G73 arrived with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit preinstalled, which can make full use of the 8GB of RAM. Asus also included a software bundle that some users may find useful. In a perfect world, the trial versions of CyberLink and Microsoft Office would be replaced with full versions. But a bigger disappointment came when we loaded a Blu-ray movie into the drive and tried to watch it. After some searching, we realized we couldn't. Windows Media Player can't do it natively, and the CyberLink programs installed won't do the job either. The G73 simply does not come with software to play Blu-ray movies even though it features a Blu-ray drive. Odd, isn't it?  You can find third party software on the internet for this purpose but its a surprising omission for this product.

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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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