The Asus G73Jh-A1 I am looking at today has a 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a Blu-ray combo drive. The screen of the notebook is 17.3-inches wide and LED backlit with 1080p HD resolution. Other features include WiFi and graphics via an ATI 5870 GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM. The machine can be purchased on Amazon for right under $1600.
To test the Asus G73Jh-A1 I will be using my iTunes encoding test, Battery Eater Pro, 3DMark Vantage, and my movie encoding test. For my iTunes encoding test, I take my MP3 Stone Temple Pilots Core Test album and encode it to AAC with iTunes. It took the Asus G73Jh-A1 1 minute and 32 seconds to encode the album, a fourth place finish overall for all machines I have tested.
The next test up was my movie encoding benchmark where I use MediaCoder to turn the Magic of Flight video from WMV format to XviD. The Asus G73Jh-A1 took 212 seconds to encode the video, again placing it in fourth place for all notebooks tested. For the next test I ran 3DMark Vantage on default settings, the Asus G73Jh-A1 scored 8230 overall on the benchmark putting it in second spot for all the gaming notebooks I have tested. The final benchmark was Battery Eater Pro. With the notebook in power saving mode the battery lasted 79 minutes and in high performance mode, the battery was good for 66 minutes.
With the testing done, I sat about using the machine for my daily work. The big screen has great resolution and works very well for streaming content from websites like Hulu or YouTube. It has great color reproduction and image quality with nice black levels and no pixilation. The powerful GPU made for fluid video playback from Hulu in windowed and full screen modes. The downside to that big screen is that it is very glossy making for lots of glare when you are in a bright room.
The computer has a decent sound system packing in a 2.1 setup rather than only stereo. The bass the small subwoofer provides is better than you get on most notebooks and makes for more realism and enjoyment from movies and from video games.
One of the first things you notice about the Asus G73Jh-A1 is the style. Asus based the design of the notebook off the stealth fighter. The Asus G73Jh-A1 is all angles and is covered with matte black slightly rubbery feeling material. That coating means that fingerprints are not an issue on the outside of the notebook at all.
The keyboard on the Asus G73Jh-A1 is one of my favorite features, it is full size and has good typing feel. What I really like about the keyboard is that it is backlit for typing and playing in a dark room. The only thing I didn’t like about the keyboard was the smaller right shift key. The notebook has plenty of space; I don't see why the right shift key couldn't have been made correctly. The keyboard also has a full number pad with keys slightly smaller than the other keys on the keyboard. The trackpad on the notebook is large and has buttons that are easy to press. Accuracy is on par with other track pads as far as accuracy and usability.
The Asus G73Jh-A1 offers good performance for a gaming notebook and has a price that given its performance isn't out of line. If you want a unique gaming notebook, the Asus G73Jh-A1 is certainly worth a look.
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