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ASUS G73SW-A1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)

by Asus
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  • Intel Core i7 Processor 2GHz
  • 8GB SO-DIMM RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • 17.3-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
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Screen Size17.3 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM8 GB SO-DIMM
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive1000 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorGeForce 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 numberG73SW-A1
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
Processor Count4
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Flash Memory Size500
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeBD Combo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC Adapter
Voltage230 volts
  
Additional Information
ASINB004I1J864
Best Sellers Rank #4,692 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight17.5 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 9, 2011
  
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17.3" FHD (1920x1080) (LED)/Intel Core i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz 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/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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Customer Reviews

These are very fast machines with a nice keyboard layout and overrall good performance.
jkrump
Asus created a RMA and I send them the machine and received it back 10 days later only to find the same issue.
Justin A. March
I have been wanting to buy a new computer for some time now but had never looked too deeply into it.
KratosPS

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By KratosPS on March 14, 2011
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First things first. This is the REVISED version of the Sandy Bridge chip-set. For all of you who are worried about the recall you don't have to worry when buying this laptop.

I purchased this laptop as a replacement for my old HP G60. I have been wanting to buy a new computer for some time now but had never looked too deeply into it. I originally wanted to build a custom pc and never thought that a laptop could keep up with a desktop. That is until I saw this computer. This computer is an amazing piece of hardware which manages to stay cool to the touch after hours of operation. Never would I have thought that I could find a laptop this powerful, let alone for under $1800.

PROS:
It has the new i7 Sandy Bridge which can tear through any task you throw at it.
The nvidia GTX 460M with 1.5 GB of DDR5. Windows tells me this card has 4GB total memory
Great speakers for a laptop. Never have I heard such sound come from a laptop.
The screen which as far as I can tell has about the same contrast as my 40 inch LED TV.
Can output 3D onto a 3DTV through HDMI
The keyboard has a great feel and the back light looks great every time I see it
The finish feels great to touch and does not show fingerprints.
This computer has BY FAR the best cooling I have seen on a laptop. It stays cooler than my old G60 which would power off if left sitting on a flat surface and would burn my hands.

CONS:
Honestly I dont have any cons that I can find. Just some problems that I am sure most people wont experience. After I installed virpe antivirus i got a BSOD and had to do a system restore to fix. However after the system restore I had to uninstall the drivers for the back lit keyboard and re-install them so they would work again.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Justin A. March on April 8, 2011
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I bought this computer because I am a budding photographer and casual gamer. I couldn't believe how much computer I got for the price. I purchased the computer 2/1/2011 and it arrived 2 days later. The first thing I tried to do was create the recovery discs only to find out the computer would not burn dvd's. I had called Asus before making the purchase to make sure the blu ray combo drive would burn dvds and i was assured that it would. Asus created a RMA and I send them the machine and received it back 10 days later only to find the same issue. I called and got another RMA and sent it to a different location and received a machine 10 days later that would burn dvd's.

Then I found out about the sandy bridge recall. I opted for the advanced replacement so I could keep my machine while they sent me a new one but the new machine I received would not burn dvd's. So now I have another RMA and hopefully they get the issue fixed on their first try this time.

While I had a fully functional machine I absolutely loved it. It is blazing fast and whisper quiet. My brother has the previous years version of the Asus ROG and it sounds like it is going to exploded while playing W.O.W. Everytime I have spoken with Asus customer support it has been a pleasant experience and the turn around on the repairs has been quick. Its an awesome machine but a frustrating experience.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James Goss on April 24, 2011
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First off, I ordered this from Amazon on April 6 and received the redesigned version. From the recent reviews, I can see that others ordering it around the same time were still getting bad models. This one came from Arizona. Once the nervousness of getting a bad model was gone, I could go to work.

First thing I did was a clean re-install of Windows 7. I used the guide at notebookreview.com (Google search "clean windows 7 asus", it will be the first result). Since the G73SW-A1 does not come with a Recovery disc, I had to acquire a (legal) Windows 7 Home Premium install disc. (Note: when activating a retail copy of Windows 7 with the OEM product key, Windows will make you activate it by phone, which is automated and takes 5 minutes) As long as it's the same machine and Windows 7 Home Premium, you can activate it with the OEM key infinite times.

The -A1 comes with 2 500GB hard drives. The first HDD is split into 3 partitions (hidden restore, Windows drive, spare) and the second HDD is split into 2 empty partitions. When I did the clean install, I wiped all drives and erased all partitions, leaving C and D drives. With Windows 7 and Drivers/Software discs in hand, a restore partition is unnecessary. Someday I will clone the C drive and replace it with an SSD.

Overall early impressions:

Pros:
-Very fast: 100% loaded in about 30 seconds from power-on
-Nice build quality: good screen hinge, rubbery wrist-rests feel good. Fingerprints not really an issue. I still get a kick out of the stealth fighter styling.
-Very bright LED backlight and clear screen (though it's a glare-type).
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sam Klein on January 22, 2011
I owned the previous model and the good thing is this came out during exchange period. i got this from a regular store and not amazon.

Clarification on specs: the hard drive is a hybrid drive meaning it has large cache and 4 gigabyte ssd built in. This should make it faster like an ssd. I haven't tested this yet so I cant say if it makes a difference.

First impressions:

pros: the build quality is superb!!! its is so solid with no give. the screen doesn't rock back and forth like many other 17 inch computers. It is cool and runs so smooth with minimal noise. The drive is still a bit noisy when it spins.
the built in video chip( within the processor) should improve battery life) not that this is an issue with a desktop replacement)

cons
-volume cant be raised or lowered by pressing 1 key. You have to press fn+ another key. annoying but not major.
- Vidoe camera not impressive at all. may 1 year old macbook pro isight is much much better.
- the finish feels great in your hands and doesn't attract fingerprints however i feel like it will collect stubborn dust over time unlike a metal finish.
overall this a great laptop very fast and responsive with minor issues but hey nothing is perfect!

Important update:
someone kindly posted in the discussion this link which i find concerning. there seems to be a flaw in the design of sandybridge chipset. I have not experienced any issues yet but i am considering sending it back. again actual laptop design is flawless but this seems like a serious issue with the intel chipset.
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