The Bottom Line
- Strong Intel Core 2 Processor
- Higher Performance GeForce 9800M Graphics
- Uses DDR2 Memory Instead of Faster DDR3
- Hinged Doors Covering Side Ports Feel Like They Could Easily Break
- Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17" WUXGA (1920x1200) Wide LCD With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS Graphics With 512MB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth 2.0
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 8-in-1 Reader
- 16" x 11.6" x 1.8" @ 8.5 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Guide Review - ASUS G71G-X1 17-inch Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
1/7/2009 - The new G71G-X1 is ASUS' latest desktop replacement sized gaming laptop that tries to introduce a bit more color into the series with its red color accents to its very glossy black case. The glossy sheen of the case means that it easily shows fingerprints compared to more matte finishes.
Gaming is about performance and the G71G-X1 is very good albeit with a flaw. The Core 2 Duo T9400 dual core processor provides it with some very strong computing performance. The problem is that ASUS decided to go with the slower but more affordable DDR2 memory technology compared to the faster DDR3. This puts the system at a disadvantage to other desktop replacements using the newer technology in memory intensive applications.
Storage is provided by a very fast 320GB hard drive that spins at 7200rpm. Those hoping for Blu-ray drives will be disappointed to learn the G71G-X1 only uses a dual layer DVD burner. The more entertainment A1 and A2 models feature Blu-ray.
Since the system is designed for gaming, graphics are quite important. The 17-inch LCD display features a very high 1920x1200 resolution. To drive the 3D graphics, ASUS chose to use an NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processor with 512MB of memory. This is a fairly strong graphics processor and definitely improves performance over more traditional 9600M GT graphics. The downside is that it is the lowest level of the 9800M series and might have problems with some newer games at the extremely high resolutions.
The port layout for the G71G-X1 is interesting. While some ports like the eSATA, HDMI and Ethernet reside on the back to keep clutter down, the majority of the ports reside behind plastic doors on either side of the laptop. While this keeps the design clean, the plastic doors feel quite flimsy and are likely prone to breakage.