Laptop Reviews – ASUS G73JW-A1 Gaming Laptop
Wow! When I first saw the specs on the Asus G73JW-A1, I was blown away. A 17 inch monitor capable of full HD resolution (1920 X 1080); TWO 500GB, 7200 RPM Seagate hard drives; a Blue-Ray reader; a built-for-gamers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics card with 1.5GB DDR5 memory; the list just gets better. The specs read like a gamers’ rig but all these quality components are housed inside a notebook body!
Asus has long been known in the computer hardware arena for producing quality products. My first desktop had a sweet Asus Mobo that at the time was the envy of many (now it won’t even fetch 1 dollar). Asus notebooks also have the distinction of packing in as much top-of-the-line hardware as possible for a very decent price, and this new gaming laptop model is no exception. The motto of Asus’s success story seems to be ‘Minimum Price, Maximum Power!’.
The Asus G73JW-A1 is just under 9 lbs. in weight. While hefty, it does have a 17 inch screen and Core-i7 chip on board that comes with BOTH an overclocking function AND a TURBO option! However, the main reason for the size and weight is due to the cooling system that Asus designed for this notebook. Obviously aimed at gamers or those who are serious about the multimedia and entertainment capabilities of their machine, Asus’ cooling system allows you to keep your machine on and not experience any change in performance due to heat. There’s also the 8-cell Lithium Ion battery pack that gives you almost 3 hours of up-time. That’s a fantastic feat for a notebook for this size and specs!
Some might gripe that the Asus G73JW-A1 doesn’t have a multi-touch touch-pad that seems to come standard with many new notebooks there days. However, if you are a serious gamer, I bet you have a very expensive mouse like the Razer Naga MMOG Laser Gaming Mouse and will not lose sleep over multi-touch functionality on your touch-pad.
While it is not the fastest notebook/laptop out there, the Asus G73JW-A1 is definitely a serious contender. I would have to say that Asus got it right when it decided to put this together. Now I just need to scrape enough money together and convince my wife that this is THE computer our family needs; if we buy this, I we will be in Gamers’ Heaven.