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ASUS G73JW-A1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)

by Asus
4 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz, 4 SODIMM Sockets, up to 8GB
  • 1TB (500G 7200RPM x2) HDD; Blue-Ray Disk Combo Drive; 802.11 b/g/n
  • Nvidia GTX 460M Graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5; Windows Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
  • 17.3-Inch Full HD (1920x1080) LED Display; 2.0M Webcam; Gaming Backpack and Mouse;EAX 5.0 Sound Thx True Sound
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17.3" FHD (1920x1080) (LED)/Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz Quad-Core)/8GB DDR3 RAM/NVidia GTX 460M 1.5G GDDR5 VRAM/1TB HDD (500G x 2 7200RPM)/BD Combo Drive/Illuminated Keyboard/Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/802.11BGN/2.0M Pixel/Bluetooth/8 Cell battery/Gaming backpack and Gaming Mouse included/1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports/8-in-1 card reader/2YR Global warranty/1YR Accidental Damage Warranty/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 17.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 1.73 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Hard Drive 1 GB
Graphics Coprocessor GeForce GTX
Chipset Brand NVIDIA
Card Description GeForce GTX 460
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Asus
Series G73 series
Item model number G73JW-A1
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 8 pounds
Product Dimensions 16.6 x 12.8 x 2.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 16.6 x 12.8 x 2.3 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type SODIMM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type lithium_ion
Power Source Battery

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4 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #31,852 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#6,992 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 17.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available October 4, 2005

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Model Number: G73JW-XA1 Verified Purchase
First, Amazon Prime is awesome. I received my computer in 1 day (28hrs) for $4 shipping (15lbs). Wow!
I researched a few weeks before deciding on the XA1. I liked the A1 also but for $300+ less I couldn't resist the XA1.

What I like:

1. The case is flat black and will never show fingerprints (finally a finish for gamer's (and diets))!
2. The illuminated keyboard is super handy.
3. This computer is FAST, COOL and QUIET. Excellent cooling out the back as described in specs.
4. Low profile decorative lighting.
5. The DVD drive is on the left side of the computer so doesn't interfere with my mouse (right handed).

What I don't like:

1. The DVD drive has no drive status or drive in-use light. You have to rely on the software to tell you it is in-use.
2. Since the cooling out the back is so agressive, all the ports (USB/VGA/HDMI etc.)are on the sides. This crowds the sides if you want to use a video cable.
3. I think the hard drive status light is hard to see as it is right under the touch pad.
4. At certain angles, one can see the LEDs under the keys on the keyboard and and they are bright and distracting.

Differences between the A1 and XA1:

1. Yes, it's verified, the XA1 does NOT come with a back pack or ASUS gaming mouse as does the A1.
2. The XA1 has 8GB of 1033Mhz memory as reported by the CRUCIAL memory tester program (although the outside of the box states 1333mhz). The A1 has 8GB of 1333MHz memory.
3. No blue-ray player in the XA1. The A1 has one.
4. Did I mention that the XA1 is more than $300 cheaper?
5. Only 1 year warranty but it is still covered for accidental drops and spills for that whole year (ASUS Global Warranty).
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Model Number: G73JW-A1 Verified Purchase
I sold my MacBook Pro to have this machine and Windows 7. I don't regret it for one moment.

I bought this machine primarily for gaming, but also to use it daily as my work computer. It's a champ at both jobs.

Some attributes:
--Fast: This machine never bogs down, and it has a fantastic video card. I can play Fallen Earth and Champions Online at full resolution with the details cranked up, and it's smooth as butter. Also, I can rip and encode videos quickly.
--Quiet: The loudest thing about this machine is the optical drive, and even that operates at a whisper. My MacBook Pro's fan and optical drive were both loud as sin. And that machine was nearly twice as expensive as this one!
--Cool: Run this machine as hard as you want -- it'll still be cool to the touch, thanks to the rear exhaust. My MacBook Pro constantly operated so hot that it almost burned my hands! I had to use an external keyboard all the time.
--Aesthetically pleasing: The chiclet keyboard is easy to use and feels great. The rubberized keyboard rest is very soothing as well. The machine is also just dead sexy to look at. The keyboard backlight, and other lights, are great.

Other bonuses:
--Bluray reader: heck yeah!
--Free backpack: This is actually a pretty nice backpack, and fits the laptop well (if snugly).
--Free gaming mouse: Ditto for this mouse: Pretty dang good for a give-a-way!

If you have any problems typing with the keyboard (i.e. missing keys when you know you hit them, especially when typing quickly), uninstall the Synaptics trackpad/mouse driver. This fixed this issue for me and others. This was the only problem I had with this machine.
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Model Number: G73JW-A1
I recently upgraded from my faithful G51J-A1 gaming laptop to this one. The main reasons for the upgrade were the larger 17.3 inch diagonal screen (vs. the 15.6 inch screen of the G51J-A1), the newly available NVidia GTX460M (vs. the GTX260M of the G51J-A1), Intel Core i7 740QM processor (vs the Core i7 720QM of the G51J-A1), the availability of 4 memory dimm slots (vs. the two DIMMs of the G51J-A1), and lastly the new cooler redesign that uses two dedicated fans; one for the CPU and one for the GPU (vs. the single fan design of the G51J-A1). These were all valid reasons for the upgrade in my opinion. I am happy to report that this laptop outperforms the G51J-A1 in every category except for space savings ;)

But, as with all reviews there are some drawbacks that come with the improvements that the G73JW laptop provides:


- Great performance for the money (similiar equipped Alienware will run $500 more...)
- Superior cooling design allows laptop to run quietly even when gaming!
- Excellent LED display - great for watching HD videos and Blu Ray movies
- Blu Ray optic drive is now a standard option - finally!
- Excellent sound from built-in speakers and subwoofer; way better than my G51J-A1's sound capability
- Support for EAX 5.0 finally! My G51J-A1 only has EAX 4.0 support
- USB 3.0 port; albeit only one :(
- Battery life is surprisingly good for the performance power this laptop provides (about 2 hours from an 8-cell lithium ion battery is pretty good)
- White LED Backlit keyboard w/variable brightness (still not an available option on most laptops - only Dell, Alienware, and Asus provide this so far...)
- Light weight for its size - most 17 inch laptops weigh easily over 10lbs - this one weighs in at 8lbs!
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