Asus G73jh review
Asus has released the G73jh (£1899 inc. VAT) – an aggressively and uniquely styled machine that looks fantastic and boasts great performance for gamers.
The Asus G73jh’s aggressive design – with angular lines and tactile matte finish – is inspired by the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Bomber, but there’s more purpose to the design than striking looks alone. The large exhausts at the rear of the chassis draw hot air away from the internal components and deposit it comfortably from the chassis’ rear, making this one of the quietest gaming machines we’ve ever tested. The angled design also means that the backlit keyboard is angled slightly towards you, improving comfort in use.
Unfortunately the isolated-key style board is disappointingly spongy, and the large touchpad means we were constantly brushing it while typing, leading to erratic cursor behaviour and spelling errors.
The latest and greatest components have been used when building the Asus G73jh, including a very powerful quad-core processor from Intel’s Core i7 range, alongside 8192MB of DDR3 memory. Everyday performance is truly stunning, and you can flawlessly run pretty much any application conceivable, including high end photo and video editing software.
This is largely thanks to the fact the processor is capable of automatically overclocking itself to an impressive 2.8GHz, providing extra power when it senses you most need it. Asus has also included an overclocking feature of its own in the Asus G73jh, however. When you need that little bit more power during frantic gaming, hit the hotkey above the keyboard and the processor’s clock speed can scream to up 2.97GHz for even more performance.
While performance is excellent, it’s also available elsewhere for considerably less money. Look around and you’ll find other Core i7 powered machines, such as Toshiba’s Qosmio X500, that include similar components and performance for less, so bear this in mind.
Where this machine justifies its price is in gaming performance. The DirectX 11 compatible graphics card provides stunning 3D power for running the latest games and multimedia applications.
The Asus G73jh’s 17.3-inch screen adds to its abilities. It’s not the brightest panel around, but colour reproduction is excellent, with contrast especially impressing. Blu-ray movies – using the integrated Blu-ray drive – and games look great in particular.
We like the G73jh a lot. It’s a great looking and uniquely designed machine that provides stunning performance, but for those – like many of us – who are really watching the pennies at the moment a similar experience – albeit with not quite as much style or graphical power – can currently be found for cheaper elsewhere.
Available now, the Asus G73jh costs £1899 (inc. VAT). For the latest reviews of Asus laptops make sure to check out What Laptop magazine each month. To buy the latest copy, find back issues or subscribe to What Laptop, click here.
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on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 5:06 pm under Buying Guides.
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