Our testing of the G73 consisted of everyday tasks such as word processing, internet surfing, email, and music playback, in addition to a slew of benchmarks you'll see later. All told, this powerful notebook did not break a sweat in these areas, and we found multitasking performance to be excellent, as running multiple programs did not effect the working environment. Of course, we did not expect any issues with a high-end quad-core processor and 8GB of memory installed.
To give you a better idea of the notebook's abilities, we ran the integrated benchmark found in Windows 7 where it scored a 5.9 Windows Experience Index. A closer look at the scoring breakdown reveals the G73's impressive performance in every category, with the exception of hard drive transfer rate, which was still very good. An SSD would have improved this subscore significantly.
Once we installed Blu-ray playback software on the laptop, watching high definition movies on the G73 was an awesome experience. We watched several movies on this notebook and came away very satisfied. Although the screen was limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, we didn't encounter any problems with motion blur or ghosting. Video quality was clear and vibrant, while the audio was replete with crisp highs and lows. In general, notebook speakers are notoriously bad, but the ones found on the G73 are the exception.