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ASUS G2P Gaming Notebook Preview
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Date: Oct 31, 2006
Section:Mobile
Author: Sean Pelletier
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Introduction

Recently, we were given the opportunity to take a look at a preproduction sample of a new gaming platform coming from ASUS. Dubbed the "G2P", this is a robust new product that combines the latest flagship mobile components with a unique new aesthetic and gaming-specific features in one convenient package. Although we've opted to wait a few weeks so we can review the complete retail package the notebook will ship with, we've taken the liberty of posting some images to whet your appetite in the interim.

At the heart of the ASUS G2P is a platform which utilizes a 17" LCD. The sample we were provided with features a 17" WXGA+ panel with a low 8ms response time to minimize ghosting when gaming or watching movies. In addition, the model also includes support for Intel's new "Merom" mobile variant of the Core 2 Duo architecture. Rounding out the graphics segment, we find an ATI Radeon Mobility X1700 with 512MB of memory. 2GB of DDR2 memory completes the package and solidifies the fact that this is a very capable gaming platform indeed.

ASUS G2P - Gaming Specific Notebook
Specifications
Processor
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_Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor
(2GHz)

Memory
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_Two SODIMM sockets
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_2x1GB DDR2 667 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
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_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 4GB

Graphics
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_ATI Radeon X1700 512MB

ATA
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_1 x DMA 100/66
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_160GB 7200rpm HDD
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_8x Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW

Communications
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_10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
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_Intel Pro 3945e(802.11a/b/g) Wireless LAN
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_56K v.90 Fax/modem

Display
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_17" WXGA+ TFT LCD (8ms response rate)

Audio
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_2 stereo speakers
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_24-bit High-Definition Audio

External I/O Connectors
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_1 x Power port
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_1 x Lock jack
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_1 x Ethernet port
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_1 x Modem port
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_1 x Headphone jack
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_1 x Microphone jack
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_1 x SPDIF jack
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_1 x Express Card PCIE slot
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_1 x Mini Firewire port
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_1 x TV-out port (S-Video)
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_1 x AV-IN port
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_4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
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_1 x D-Sub port
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_1 x DVI port
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_1 x 4-pin mini IEEE1394 port
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_1 x Multimedia (MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro) Card Reader

Dimension and Weight
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_1.65" x 16.25" x 12.25"
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_Weight Currently N/A

Software
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_Microsoft Windows XP Professional

  

One look at the G2P chassis and you get the feeling that this notebook could endure plenty of abuse. With a rugged faux-aluminum casing protecting the top of the LCD panel and a nearly overwhelming size, the G2P is built to survive countless trips and LAN parties. Make no mistake, this is a gaming notebook that is destined to reside on a desk and not often on one's lap.

 

As previously mentioned, the top of the ASUS G2P is covered with a rugged plastic panel with a faux-aluminum finish with the ASUS logo residing in the middle of the A-panel. Turning the system around, we find a large copper heatsink peering through a collection of vents. Moving our way from the left side of the system to the right, we also find an S-Video port, 15-pin VGA port, DVI port , and four USB ports. The addition of the USB ports in the rear of the system is key for gamers as it helps eliminate any clutter near the mousing surface caused by the mouse cable itself. Unlike the more common side USB ports, the cable can now be cleanly routed to the back of the system and out of the way of the gaming surface.

 

Turning our attention to the right side of the system, we find only a dual-layer DVD burner and the inlet for the DC power connector. However, turning to the left side of the system we find a wealth of ports and connectors. Here, we find a modem port, RJ-45 ethernet port, AV-IN port, audio headers, mini-Firewire port, and a 4-in-1 card reader. In addition, there is also an Express card slot for mobile expansion components as well as a switch for enabling the wireless radio. Although it may sound somewhat congested, the ports on the left side have a very clean and organized orientation which should not be a problem for most users. 

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Conclusion

 

Easily one of the most striking features of the ASUS G2P notebook would be what is known in the industry as the "C" panel. Here, there is a slick carbon fiber trim which surrounds the keyboard and gives the system an attractive aesthetic. Being that this system is designed specifically for gamers, it is a welcomed surprise to see that the keyboard has the common "WASD" key orientation color-coded to match the rest of the aesthetic. In similar fashion, the ventilation on either side of the keyboard also shares the same red color coding which further makes the carbon finish around the system stand off and "pop".

The touchpad of the ASUS G2P also features a carbon fiber finish, though the tactile feel of the touchpad has not been compromised in any way. Accompanied by two distinct buttons, the system also features the new logo for ASUS' gaming series. In operation, this new logo is also backlit by a red LED to take the aesthetic yet another step forward and further distinguish it from other notebooks.

The last key area on the system would be the 1.3MP camera which resides on the top of the LCD panel. Although it can certainly be used as a general webcam or to take still shots, the primary function of this component is to take advantage of key features within games that can utilize the image of the gamer. Along with real-time voice chatting, the ability to see the people you're gaming with takes the whole gaming environment to a new level.

All in all, we are very impressed with our initial take on the new ASUS G2P gaming notebook. Within a few short weeks, we'll be provided with a complete retail package and will be running the system through its paces to see how it stacks up against the other gaming notebooks on the market. At that time, we'll also be showing you a few tricks the ASUS G2P still has up its virtual sleeve. Until then, this preview should let you know that there is a new player in the enthusiast gaming notebook market. Although they have served as an ODM for several of their competitors in this segment, ASUS is now wanting a piece of the pie themselves and are taking this market seriously. Should our initial impressions of the G2P be any indication, the bar is about to be raised. In the end, that results in a net win for the consumer and some exciting times for the gaming community as a whole.

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