The Bottom Line
- Very Powerful Core 2 Duo Processor
- Large and Fast Hard Drive
- eSATA Port For External Storage
- Graphics Processor Has Limited Memory
- Heavy For 17-inch Notebook
- Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory plus 1GB Turbo Memory
- 200GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17" WUXGA (1920x1200) Wide Screen LCD with 1.3MP Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256MB Dedicated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
- Five USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.2" x 12.4" x 1.8" @ 9.6 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Nero 7 Essentials, Norton Internet Security 2007
Guide Review - ASUS G2S-B2 Desktop Replacement Laptop
1/18/07 – The ASUS G2S-B2 is a surprisingly powerful 17-inch desktop replacement notebook. The system is powered by a high end Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 dual core mobile processor that can power through applications. This is teamed up with three gigabytes of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory to prevent applications from requiring much virtual memory. ASUS also includes one gigabyte of Turbo Memory on the motherboard to work with Vista's ReadyBoost acceleration feature.
Storage is no slouch on the G2S-B2 either. The system packs in a very large 200GB drive that also features a blazing fast 7200rpm spin rate to give it outstanding ready and write performance. If that isn't enough, there is a USB port on the back that can also be used as an external SATA connector for the new high performance eSATA storage options. Like most notebooks, it also comes standard with a dual layer DVD burner for handling playback and recording of CDs and DVDs.
Graphics are the one area that the ASUS G2S-B2 has some failings. The 17-inch LCD display has an extremely high 1920x1200 resolution that provides a very large albeit hard to read at times graphics workspace. The real drawback is the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card that only has 256MB of memory. This limits its performance such that it can't really handle higher resolutions or many filter features making it a less than desirable option for gaming. It certainly can be used for PC gaming, just not as powerfully as other notebooks on the market.
One of the biggest problems for the system though is its size and weight. While note much bigger than the average 17-inch notebook, it does weigh several pounds more. This makes the ASUS G2S-B2 a bit more difficult to carry.