The Bottom Line
Sep 18 2010 - The ASUS G73JW boasts a gorgeous display and decent graphics. This new model features an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics card and 8GB of memory for smooth gameplay. If you're a gamer looking for a desktop replacement that is highly capable of running the latest titles and supports USB 3.0, the ASUS G73JW-A1 offers aggressive performance and style for $1,799. For those seeking ultimate performance, though, the ASUS G73JH-B1 with the ATI Radeon HD 5870 (sister model to the G73JW) might be a better choice.
- Brilliant Display
- Quad-Core Processor
- Blu-ray Drive
- Great Cooling
- Lack of RAID
- G73JH-B1 with ATI Radeon HD 5870 May Perform Better in Certain Games
- Intel Core i7-740QM Quad-Core Processor
- 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory
- 1TB Storage (2 x 500GB 7200 RPM Hard Drives)
- NVIDIA GTX 460M Graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5
- 17.3-Inch Full HD (1920x1080) LED Display
- 2 Megapixel Webcam
- 8 Cell Battery
- 8 in 1 Card Reader
- Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
- One USB 3.0 Port, Three USB 2.0 Ports, One HDMI Port
- 16.6 x 12.8 x 2.3 inches @ 8 pounds
- Windows Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
- 2 Year Limited Warranty, 1 Year Accidental Damage
Review - ASUS G73JW-A1 Gaming Laptop Computer
The latest addition to ASUS' popular G73 line is the G73JW-A1 laptop. What differentiates this model from the G73JH is the inclusion of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics card versus the ATI Radeon HD 5870 card in the G73JH. While the ASUS G73JH has also been refreshed (G73JH-B1), this review is dedicated to the NVIDIA model that is brand-new.
The form factor and sleek matte black case remains the same as the previous G73JH model. Designed to look like a stealth fighter, this notebook is aggressive both inside and out. This system is a perfect desktop replacement for gamers on the go, offering portability without sacrificing performance.
Under the hood (per se), you'll find an Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor with Turbo Boost that runs at 1.73GHz. Overclocking is a breeze, however, with a one-click overclocking function. Run the latest games with 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3, and you'll find gameplay to be ultra-smooth. The NVIDIA GTX 460M with 1.5GB of GDDR5 offers updated graphics with advanced performance. This graphics processor is based on Fermi technology with native DirectX 11 graphics, which allows the G73JW-A1 to run games at higher settings compared to other laptops in this price range. However, many users have found the ATI Radeon HD 5870 in the G73JH-B1 to perform slightly better, although the G73JW with the NVIDIA GTX 460M card typically runs cooler.
The ASUS G73JW-A1 is packed with goodies for a great multimedia experience. Support for 3DTV Play from NVIDIA allows you to project HD images via HDMI 1.4 onto a compatible 3DTV. A Blu-ray combo drive is also standard, which is a great attribute considering the screen is incredible. The 17.3" full HD LED-backlit display offers brilliant clarity for games and movies. Rivaling even Mac displays, this laptop offers the best of both worlds for gamers: visual beauty and high-end performance.
Another positive feature of the ASUS G73JW-A1 is storage. Two 500GB 7200 RPM hard drives are offered for 1TB of total storage. This is essential for avid gamers that have many games installed at one time. Unfortunately, the G73JW does not support RAID. Although this system is heavy in the laptop world, weighing in at a little over 8 lbs with the 8 cell battery, it is essential to know that this model is designed to be a desktop replacement instead of an ultraportable notebook.
Next up is cooling. If you're a gamer, odds are you've been "burned" by a hot machine. The ASUS G73JW-A1 is surprisingly cool, even while playing graphic-intensive games. The palm rest doesn't get hot, and two large venting exhausts shoot out air on the back of the machine. The backlit keyboard is situated at a 5 degree angle, which is more ergonomically-friendly for gamers, according to ASUS. The surfaces are made of a rubber material for a unique feel that attracts less fingerprints.
It's definitely easy to immerse yourself in games and movies when using this notebook thanks to EAX and THX sound. Overall, the ASUS G73JW is a powerful laptop that is perfect for gaming. Retailing at $1,799, the G73JW-A1 packs a lot of features for the price. A backpack and gaming mouse are even included for the ultimate gaming package. If you're shopping for a desktop replacement, the ASUS G73JW-A1 is highly recommended. It is also worth checking out this laptop's sister model, the G73JH-B1 with the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, which offers similar features.