As far as notebook designs go, it is getting more and more difficult to create unique designs that stand out from the crowd. In our opinion though, Asus did a great job of giving the G73 aggressive angles that emphasize the Republic of Gamers theme. The look is understated in that there are no painted graphics or flashy LEDs on the outer shell of the notebook, but no one will confuse this for a basic workhorse model.
The G73 feels like no other notebook we've tested. The entire top cover features a rubberized coating that creates a unique experience as you handle the product. In addition, the palm rest is also lined with the same soft material. A downside to this feature is that it will show scratches and scrapes more drastically than standard plastic. But the huge advantage this rubber layer offers is the elimination of fingerprints and having to wipe them off your laptop all the time.
From left to right, we find an RJ-45 LAN port, USB 2.0 port, Blu-ray drive, another USB connector, microphone input, and headphone output jack.
Here we have a memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI connection, 15-pin D-sub VGA port, and the DC power input jack. The 8-in-1 reader supports the following types of flash media: SD, miniSD, MMC, Memory Stick (Pro, Duo, Pro Duo), and xD-picture card.
Along the rear of the G73JH, we find two exhaust vents, a Kensington lock port, and battery pack. The Kensington lock port allows the laptop to be secured using Kensington security products, which include a metal cable and lock combo that deters theft. During normal operation, we felt warm air escape from the vents but temperatures never reached uncomfortable levels.
Under the lid, the notebook sports a full size keyboard and number pad. We wouldn't expect anything less from a laptop this size. Every key featured good travel and cushion while providing a sufficient typing experience. Furthermore, the touch pad felt as if it had a bit more texture than we're accustomed to but was responsive and worked well. Like most touch pads, a scroll function is available along the right edge. In addition, the left and right mouse buttons are combined into a single row that integrates the rubberized film found on the palm rest. Its worth noting the mouse buttons required more pressure to click than we expected and will take some time to get used to.