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Asus G74SX review

The price is high, but as a gaming laptop it's peerless

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core

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For

  • Excellent performance
  • Build quality
  • Storage space
  • Graphics power
  • Good screen
  • 3D Vision and Blu-ray drive

Against

  • Heavy
  • Design a bit boring

If you're after a machine to play Battlefield 3, Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3, look no further. The Asus G74S is a mammoth gaming laptop, which has the power to play all the latest titles, and while you might not get as much for your money when compared with full form desktops, it's up there with the best.

Buying a gaming laptop offers fantastic pay offs in terms of space and portability. If you don't have room for a hulking desktop system, or like to have the option of taking your laptop away from your home, the Asus G74S is perfect.

The G74S is a whopping 17.3" and features a full HD screen, which makes games look great. The screen is matte, so no pesky reflections will ruin your experience. While this technology takes the life out of images, the full 1920 x 1080 resolution keeps things looking great, and is just as adept at playing movies too.

Bright and beautiful

The panel is stunningly bright – great for gaming in dark rooms, and it's also 3D-enabled, using Nvidia's 3D Vision active-shutter technology. This means the panel has super-swift refresh rates, which makes day-to-day tasks feel snappier too.

It's one of the slickest integrations of 3D tech we've seen, and with the receiver built into the body of the G74S, there was no fuss getting it working. All the content we tried looked fantastic.

To play the latest games you need the latest technology, and a top-of-the-range mobile Intel Core i7 2630QM processor is included here, which aced our lab tests. It's up there with the biggest and baddest systems, and is the same chip found in the more famous Alienware M18x.

Anyone who makes a large gaming laptop will immediately be compared with the Alienware, but we think that the Asus is more than a match for its extra-terrestrial rival. There's 8GB of RAM, which is double that found on the stingy M18x.

TechRadar Labs

tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 86 minutes
Cinebench: 16914
3DMark 2006: 15270

The hard drive is also a whopping 1.5TB (that's 1500GB) which, in today's terms, means almost unlimited space. The Alienware M18x ships with just 250GB, which gives you an idea of the great value offered by the G74S over its competitors.

What's more, there's also a Blu-ray drive to boot, so you can play the latest movies in high-definition.

At 4.6kg, you can get some idea of the build quality of the Asus G74S. It weighs the same as four Toshiba Ultrabooks, and is as solid as any laptop you'll find.

Looks are uninspiring, and there's no keyboard back lighting, or flashy extras, but that's no great loss. The Asus G74S is a fantastic, power-packed gaming machine, which will also appeal to movie lovers looking for a desktop-replacement system too.

The screen and built-in 3D, as well as the colossal storage, make it good value buy, in spite of the high price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity1.50 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 560M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyG74
Processor Modeli7-2630QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells8-cell
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)4.28 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height62 mm
Width420 mm
Depth325 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG74
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelG74SX-91131Z
Product NameG74SX-91131Z Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberG74SX-91131Z
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing InformationPortable Gaming Redefined

Housing the power of a tricked out desktop gaming PC, the G74Sx redefines what portable gaming means. Full resolution gaming and high definition multimedia is compacted down in to a notebook that allows you to dominate the competition while on the go.

Stealth and Strength

Like its predecessor, the G74SX design was inspired by sharp polygonal shapes, but this time inspiration came from the US Navy's Sea Shadow stealth ship and modern day aircraft carriers. Like the stealth ship, opponents will never know what hit 'em, and like an aircraft carrier, the G74 has the firepower to shock and awe the competition.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Package Contents
  • G74SX-91131Z Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter