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Asus N73J review

A well-built big-screen laptop with few flaws, but struggles to compete with some rivals

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Excellent build quality
  • Blu-ray drive
  • Sharp screen
  • Decent performance
  • USB 3.0

Against

  • Screen not Full HD
  • Awful battery life
  • Not great performance
  • Nvidia Optimus did not seem to work

Although the Asus N73J is a well built media centre, it doesn't quite hold up to the other big-screen laptops.

Build quality is excellent, with a strong metallic finish to the firm chassis that is immune to scuff marks. We liked the design, although the 3.7kg weight might be a bit much for some. Portability is further impaired by the 103-minute battery – one of the worst results we have seen in a while.

The built-in Blu-ray drive can be used to watch films and create discs. Movies are this machine's speciality.

The 17.3-inch display doesn't have the Full HD resolution of the Acer Aspire Ethos 8934G and HP Envy 17 3D, but it matches the Samsung RF710-S03UK for sharpness. Images are bright and vibrant and films look great as a result.

Designer speakers

Dedicated speakers from audio specialist Bang & Olufsen take up a sizeable chunk of space above the keyboard. Although volume levels and sound quality are good for a laptop, we were a little disappointed when compared to other laptops here and the Acer's speakers have more power.

As with the HP Envy 17 3D, an Intel Core i5 processor has been used, although the Asus has just 4096MB of memory. We found performance lacking – enough to capably multi-task with various applications, but not enough to offer much future-proofing.

Graphical power is also slightly lacking. The dedicated Nvidia GT 420M GPU can run the latest games, with support for DirectX 11, but you'll have to turn down detail levels for a smooth frame rate.

Nvidia's Optimus technology allows a basic integrated graphics chip to take control when dedicated graphics aren't required. This is supposed to save battery power, but appears to have very little effect here.

This laptop also has limited storage for a laptop of this size, although the 640GB hard drive is still enough for a huge media collection.

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USB 3.0 is available for speedy data transfer with external storage devices, which we've found is roughly twice as fast as USB 2.0.

There's also a feature dubbed ExpressGate, which boots the laptop into a basic operating system in seconds for browsing the web or photos.

We found the keyboard was slightly more cramped than the others and we prefer the isolation-style design used elsewhere, although it's still comfortable to type on. The touchpad is a reasonable size and smooth to use.

The N73J is a well-built laptop that does little wrong, but it struggles to compete with its rivals here for power and features. However, its low price makes it ideal for those on a tighter budget.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 540M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyN73
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.40 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height39.3 mm
Width426 mm
Depth290 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesN73
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelN73SV-TZ193V
Product NameN73SV-TZ193V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN73SV-TZ193V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Superior computing performance

The most capable processors from Intel drive diverse, thrilling adventures, high productivity and memorable moments. With all new 2nd Generation INTEL CORE Processor inside, the N Series has the power and seamless capabilities to achieve and enjoy more with great efficiency and a smooth user experience.

Dedicated GeForce - added!

The newly-introduced NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M discrete graphics processing unit makes a world of difference when it comes to smooth visuals. It drives performance, enabling detailed gaming with the newest titles on PC, plus it helps accelerate high definition video playback. By taking the strain off the CPU and providing considerable graphics processing muscle, this Fermi-based, DirectX 11 GPU upgrades your experience beyond the norm for a portable PC.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • N73SV-TZ193V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year