The Asus G73Jw I am looking at today has a Core i7-740QM processor, up to 8GB of RAM, a 17.3-inch full HD resolution screen, and 640GB of storage. The notebook also has a Blu-ray player, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. You can pick up the Asus G73Jw-A1 on Amazon for $1745.
To test the performance of the Asus G73Jw I will be using 3DMark Vantage, Battery Eater Pro, iTunes Encoding and my movie encoding benchmarks. The first test up is 3DMArk Vantage. I ran this benchmark because the Asus G73Jw is a gaming notebook. The machine scored 6132 3DMarks putting it near the bottom of the performance scale overall in this test. The next test up was Battery Eater Pro. In high-performance mode, the Asus G73Jw lasted for 72 minutes on a full charge. That makes it one of the longer lasting gaming notebooks I have tested.
The next test up is iTunes encoding where I take my STP Core album in MP3 and transcode it to AAC with iTunes. The Asus G73Jw was able to encode the music in 1 minute and 30 seconds, a very good score putting the machine in third place overall for all notebooks I have tested. The final benchmark was my movie encoding test where I turned the 1080p HD Magic of Flight video into1080 XviD format with Lame MP3 sound. The Asus G73Jw took 206 seconds to encode the movie. The score on this test put it in fourth place overall.
The Asus G73Jw has good performance in most of the benchmarks I testing it with and after the tests were done it was time for some hands on with the notebook. The first thing you notice is the attractive design that looks like the stealth fighter to me. It has a soft touch matte black finish on the outside that shows very little smears and fingerprints.
The notebook has a highly glossy screen with good resolution, realistic colors, and great contrast. The screen is certainly up to the task of watching movies from the Blu-ray player and streaming video online. The GPU in the notebook is powerful and can easily stream silky smooth video from Hulu. I noticed no stuttering or chop when streaming the video. The big screen is highly glossy with lots of glare.
The large chassis of the Asus G73Jw means that you can get a big keyboard. The keyboard Asus uses is fantastic. The keys are arranged well, sized well, and has great typing feel and feedback. The keyboard is even backlit for gaming and typing in a dark environment. The trackpad is placed well and has enough sensitivity and good accuracy. The buttons are easy to push and the trackpad does everything you expect it to without any issues.
The machine is large and heavy, which are certainly some of the downsides it offers. Asus does include a nice backpack with the notebook that will haul the Asus G73Jw and other gear when you are on the go. That Blu-ray player supports 3D films and games and the machine has a HDMI 1.4 output that will shoot that 3D content out to your TV.
The sound system is a step above most machines I test with EAX and THX surround audio. The volume levels are good enough to hear clearly in a noisy room. The bass is weak, but the sound is better than most machines. That GPU in the machine works well for watching video and movies and is up to the task of gaming at moderate settings without any issues.
The Asus G73Jw is a big, bulky notebook best suited to those who won’t travel with it frequently. The notebook offers great performance overall and will be at home gaming or watching movies in the home, office, or dorm.
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