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ASUS G73JW-XA1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)

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  • Intel i7-740QM (1.73GHz Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
  • 8GB RAM (DDR3 1333MHz), 2GB x 4 SODIMM Sockets, up to 16GB
  • Nvidia GTX 460M Graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5
  • 750 GB HDD; Super Multi Optical Drive; 802.11 b/g/n; 1x USB 3.0 port, 3x USB 2.0; Gigabit LAN; VGA and HDMI out
  • 17.3-Inch Full HD (1920x1080) LED Display; Illuminated Keyboard; 2.0M Webcam; Windows Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
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Product Information

Model: G73JW-XA1
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Screen Size17.3 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor1.73 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive750 GB
Graphics CoprocessorNvidia GTX 460M
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionGeForce GTX 460M
Graphics Card Ram Size1536 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameAsus
SeriesG73 series
Item model numberG73JW-XA1
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight8 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H16.60 x 12.80 x 2.30 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeSuper Multi
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Voltage240 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #12,336 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13.2 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 20, 2010
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Product Description

Model: G73JW-XA1

Product Description

17.3-Inch FHD (1920x1080) (LED)/Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz Quad-Core)/8GB DDR3 RAM/NVidia GTX 460M 1.5G GDDR5 VRAM/750GB HDD/Super Multi Optical Drive/Illuminated Keyboard/HDMI/Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/802.11BGN/2.0M Pixel/Bluetooth/8 Cell battery/1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports/8-in-1 card reader/1YR Global warranty/1YR Accidental Damage Warranty/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support

They'll Never Know What Hit'em

Every gamer knows that the latest games demands the best performance. But we don’t believe in just meeting the minimum requirements, we believe in obliterating them. That’s why we made sure that the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G73Jw-XA1 was jam-packed with one-of-a-kind innovation that propel mobile gaming performance to unseen levels.

Featuring the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics engine that comes with a massive 1.5GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the ROG G73Jw-XA1 leads in DirectX 11 gaming for advanced tessellation and faster graphics rendering. This gaming powerhouse, powered by the Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor, soars while performing several tasks simultaneously. And while others struggle to find the keys in dimly lit areas, the backlit gaming keyboard gives you the edge in the dark to put you ahead of the competition. The ROG G73Jw-XA1 showcases a stealth fighter-inspired design with a unique thermal design that promotes airflow and keeps the air away from you. Plus, its 17.3-inch LED-backlit Full HD display lets you experience the latest in high-definition entertainment brilliant 1080p playback. The ROG G73Jw-XA1 breaks from the heard of traditional gaming notebooks with built-in overclocking feature through the ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid utility – instantly giving you extreme power with a push of a button.

The ROG G73Jw-XA1 also boasts 750GB 7200RPM hard drive, 8GB DDR3 system memory, high-speed wireless N, Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Super Speed USB 3.0 connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1, HDMI connectivity, 2.0 megapixel camera, and Altec Lansing speakers with EAX Advanced HD 4.0 sound.

They'll Never Know What Hit'em

Key Features

  • 17.3-inch LED-backlit Full HD display for immersive cinematic experience with resolution up to 1920 x 1080 (Learn more)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM for unprecedented DirectX 11 gaming (Learn more)
  • Intel Core i7-DD740QM processor with Intel Turbo Boost technology to automatically boost speed to your task at hand (Learn more)
  • ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid that innovatively saves battery life and delivers extreme performance (Learn more)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for quicker device charging and up to 10x faster transfers than USB 2.01
  • 750GB 7200RPM hard drive and 8GB of DDR3 system memory for smooth computing and ample storage for all your games and media files (Learn more)
  • Backlit gaming keyboard with ergonomic tilt-up design for comfortable control in any lighting environment (Learn more)
  • Altec Lansing speakers and EAX Advanced HD Audio for premium gaming sound (Learn more)

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Leading Gaming Power for the Next Generation

Leading Gaming Power for the Next Generation
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The ROG G73Jw-XA1 features the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics engine for unprecedented visual performance. With unmatched DirectX 11 support, experience a totally new class of virtual interaction for more dynamic gaming.

The ROG G73Jw-XA1 also features a fast 750GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive to store your movies, games, and pictures. Plus, the ROG G73Jw-XA1 offers 8GB of DDR3 system memory for incredible multitasking capability.

Definitive Multitasking

Definitive Multitasking
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The ROG G73Jw-XA1 gives you all the power you need to create digital video, 3D animation, or effortlessly play adrenaline-filled games with Intel’s leading-edge processor. Powered by the Intel Core i7-740QM processor, the ROG G73Jw-XA1 outperforms other notebooks with massive memory bandwidth for the ultra-smooth multitasking performance. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology, processor speed is automatically adjusted to your needs by accelerating performance to your task at hand.

With a host of power profiles, this gaming powerhouse has a built-in overclocking mode via ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid that activates in a simple push of a button located above the keyboard that turns up system performance above its default level.

Enjoy Vibrant Media

Enjoy Vibrant Media
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Featuring a 17.3-inch LED-backlit full HD display and Super Multi DVD drive, the ROG G73Jw-XA1 lets you enjoy the latest in HD playback for an immersive experience with sharp images, smooth video transitions, and brilliant clarity. With HDMI connectivity, turn this gaming powerhouse into your personal media center by connecting to an external monitor or HDTV and enjoy flawless 1080p HD playback on the big screen. The ROG G73Jw-XA1 is complemented with Altec Lansing speakers and EAX Advanced HD 4.0 so you can hear every detail with enhanced acoustics.

Aerodynamic Design

Aerodynamic Design

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Based from the intelligent design of a US stealth fighter, the ROG G73Jw-XA1 showcases sleek design. Its internal components are specially engineered next to the rear air vents to promote air flow and system cooling.

Its gaming keyboard also illuminates to give you the competitive edge, so when others are fumbling for keys in the dark you’re brightly lit keyboard keeps you a step ahead of the game. Angled at an ergonomically 5-degree tapered slant, the keyboard is also positioned for an ergonomic typing experience so you’re comfortable after the longest gaming sessions.

Relax, ASUS Has You Covered

Ranked as the #1 most reliable PC brand by 3 independent sources2, readers and editors alike choose ASUS as their trusted notebook and netbook. ASUS relentlessly strive to exceed expectations of quality to ensure you an unmatched peace of mind every time you start your PC.

ASUS backs a commitment to quality with the industry’s most comprehensive warranty.

1 Year ASUS Global Warranty3

Offers a level of coverage that would add hundreds of dollars to the price of competing laptops:
  • 1 year global warranty
  • 30 day Flawless Display Guarantee
  • 2-way free standard shipping
  • 24/7 tech support

1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty (ADW)3

Whether your notebook is damaged by accidental spills, drops, electrical surges, or fire, ASUS will fix it or replace it for you during the first year after purchase.
  • Covers accidental drops, spills, power surges, and fire damage
  • Target 3 business day turnaround time for repair / replacement; not including receiving and shipping time
  • 1-way shipping (from ASUS to the user) at no additional cost
  • 24/7 toll-free phone support

What's in the Box

  • ROG G73Jw-XA1
  • AC Adapter
  • 8 cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 17.3-inch LED-backlit Full HD display (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor (1.73 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz)
  • Chipset: Intel HM55
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz), Bluetooth v2.1
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM, 4 x SODIMM (expandable to 8GB)
  • Storage:750GB 7200RPM hard drive (1x HDD, 2x bays in total)
  • Optical Drive: Super Multi DVD
  • Camera: 2.0 megapixel
  • Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers with EAX 4.0 sound
  • Microphone: Digital Array Microphone
  • Card Reader: 8-in-1 card reader (MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/Memory stick/MS Pro/MS-Duo/MS-Pro Duo)
  • Input / Output: 1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x Gigabit LAN,  1 x HDMI, 1 x Kensington Lock
  • Battery: 8 cell
  • Dimensions: 16.6 x 12.8 x 0.08 ~ 2.3 –inches
  • Weight: 8 lbs (with 8 cell battery)
  • Color: Black

© 2010 ASUS Computer International. All Rights Reserved. ASUS is a registered trademark of ASUSTeK Computer. All specifications and terms are subject to change without notice. Please check with your supplier for exact offers on selected models. Products may not be available in all markets. Product may not be exactly as shown in photos.

1All figures theoretical values compared to USB 2.0 benchmarks for reference purposes. Actual speed depends on device and system status.
2Rated number 1 Windows-based PC maker in's Service & Reliability Report 2010. Rated number 1 PC brand according to SquareTrade, the leading direct-to-consumer warranty company (for more information visit ). Rated number 1 reliable PC maker in Q2 2010's RESCUECOM report
3ASUS reserves the right to exclude certain SKUs; check with your retailer to confirm coverage of specific models. Valid for notebooks purchased in the US and Canada only. Certain retailers do not participate in ADW coverage. For complete details, please visit: and

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The machine is built very sturdy and looks great.
All in all I have to say that I will not be needing to buy another laptop, ever again, and if I do, it will be an Asus!
Asus told me that I would need to send it in for a warranty repair.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

136 of 140 people found the following review helpful By LowerAmznCCRatesNow on October 10, 2010
Model: 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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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By S. Gilbertson on September 24, 2010
Model: 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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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Ninjawithagun on October 1, 2010
Model: 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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