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Asus G73JH review

This gaming laptop packs in a Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a DX11 GPU

Our Verdict

This laptop offers a lot of power and storage but the price is quite high for these cash-strapped times

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • powerful components
  • Nice screen
  • Stylish design
  • Blu-ray drive

Against

  • Keyboard is a bit spongy
  • Price

The Asus G73JH is an aggressively and uniquely styled machine that looks fantastic and boasts great performance for gamers.

The laptop's striking design – with angular lines and tactile matt finish – is inspired by the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Bomber, but there's more purpose to the design than 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 user comfort.

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, 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 conceivable application, 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, 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 up to 2.97GHz for even more performance.

While everyday performance is excellent, it's also available elsewhere for considerably less money, however. Some of the other Core i7 machines include similar components and performance for nearly half the price.

Powerhouse graphics

Where this machine justifies its price is in gaming performance. The DirectX 11-compatible ATi graphics card provides stunning 3D power for running the latest games and multimedia applications.

The 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 who are watching the pennies at the moment – a lot of us – a similar experience – albeit with not quite as much style – can currently be found for cheaper elsewhere.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5870
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyG73JH
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-720QM
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.2 cm (17")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height56.8 mm
Width420 mm
Depth310 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG73JH
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelG73Jh-TZ008V
Product NameG73Jh-TZ008V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberG73JH-TZ008V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Nothing fazes the G73 - it runs the latest releases in high detail, no more watered down versions. This beast has Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors that handle all comers with on demand overclocking through Turbo Boost, hurtling CPU speeds up to 3.33GHz. All it takes is one key press and extra power becomes available.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • G73Jh-TZ008V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year