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ASUS Republic of Gamers G73JH-A1 17-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)

by Asus
3.9 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
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G73JH-A1
  • Intel Core i7 Processor 1.6GHz
  • 8GB SO-DIMM RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • 17.3-Inch Screen, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
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Product Description

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Product Description

Take a giant leap ahead of the competition with the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) G73JH gaming notebook. The G73JH takes the latest games to the next level of realism with Full HD graphics at a blistering fast framerate. Featuring an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, graphics powered by an extremely powerful DirectX 11-enabled ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics processor with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM, and 8GB DDR3 of system memory, the G73Jh-A2 unleashes its hypersonic performance to render today’s and tomorrow’s most demanding games with ease.The G73Jh-A2 boasts 1TB of 7200RPM hard disk space (500GB x 2), high-speed wireless N (802.11 b/g/n @2.4GHz), ASUS CPU Level Up performance boost, Bluetooth v2.1, HDMI connectivity, a 2.0Mp camera, DirectX 11 support, and Altec Lansing speakers with EAX Advanced HD 4.0 sound. With a 3DMark06 score of 13,667 the G73Jh-A2 will help you obliterate your competition.Also included are a complimentary Republic of Gamers backpack and ROG laser gaming mouse (3200 DPI). The G73JH comes with a 2 year ASUS 360 global warranty and 1 year Accidental Damage Warranty with 30-day Flawless Display Guarantee.

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Technical Details

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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 1.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 1 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Chipset Brand ATI
Graphics Card Ram Size 1000 MB
Brand Name Asus
Series ROG
Item model number G73JH-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 4
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type BD Combo
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Power Source AC

Additional Information

ASIN B0039825JE
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #34,187 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#7,503 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 17.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available September 14, 2004

Warranty & Support

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Customer Reviews

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Style Name: G73JH-A2
In short this computer is amazing. You wont find anything else under $2000 that can beat this. It comes with a standard 2 year warrant and 1 year accidental damage warranty plus a 30 day zero bright dot policy. The included mouse and bag are also great. So far I have been playing crysis and bad company 2(a great game for your new computer) on near full detail with amazing frames with the ati radean 5870(best single graphics card for laptops), 8gb of 1066mhz ram, and the new blazing fast core i7 processor. Although the computer is the size of some 18 inchers, I found that it looked and felt amazing. The whole back, palm rest area, and keys are rubberized which provides a great feel and grip. The keys are also back lit and the speakers on the computer are very loud and provide good audio The one thing I did not like about this computer was the touch pad buttons (not the touchpad its self which is great) are combined under a plastic cover which is really hard to press down on.
Pros:
Best for the price
Back lit keyboard
rubberized feels great
Best single graphics card ati 5870 with 1gb gddr5 ram
8gb of ram is more than enough
Great processor
Cool unique look
and i can just keep going on and on..

Cons:
Touch pad buttons I find hard to press down on
Number pad on keyboard feels squished

Overall 10/10
And as I said before this is the best!

Update after about 3 months
of use
I have already lost nearly all the rubber feet which do not seem attached well (medium problem). The keyboard has a lot of light bleeding through under the ` key (minor). And the worst problems i have experienced, my computer overheats! It shuts its self down randomly and i do not believe that the fan over the CPU is working (very major). I have sent it in for RMA with asus and will post an update later.
If i could change my rating I would give it 3.5-4 stars.
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I had the G73JH-A1 for almost two weeks before it shutdown while playing a game. A web search for G73JH and shutdown showed it could be overheating problems. I installed desktop gadgets that monitored the CPU and GPU and tested by playing various games. While closely watching and frequently checking the GPU temperature, it was generally anywhere from the mid 90s to just over a 100 and at times would reach 107 degrees.

After reading more on the web, I downloaded the FurMark benchmark utility and tried the stability test. In less than 3 minutes, the laptop reached 110 degrees and shut down. If the GPU ran hotter than a "normal" 95 degrees, but remained at a constant 100 or 101 degrees without reaching critical temperature, it might have been acceptable. Perhaps by using a cooling pad and making sure the ambient room temperature wasn't higher than 90 I could do without having to send my G73JH for service. But the fact that a gaming laptop could overheat to shutdown with GPU intensive programs meant an unstable video card.

Just to make sure it wasn't the benchmark utility, I tested it on my desktop computer which has an ATI 5770. It ran at a constant 96 degrees for 15 minutes. A friend installed FurMark on her laptop with an nVidia 360m and it was stable at 85 degrees.

I'm glad this happened during my first 30 days. Instead of having Asus replace the video card or entire laptop with possibly a refurbished one even though I had just purchased it new, I had Amazon issue me a RMA for an exchange. Hopefully there's one in stock when it reaches them because I really did like this laptop and am willing to give it another chance.

Aside from the GPU overheating and having to deal with an exchange, there were some minor cons.
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You can find a ton of reviews regarding the hardware and you can compare similarly configured gaming notebooks and you'll see that this is HUNDREDs of dollars cheaper. I've had the machine for almost 2 weeks, gaming about 1-2 hrs a day.

Pluses
-have not had a single technical issue
-function keys for volume and brightness do not bring me to the desktop when playing games (like it did my previous HP)
-HDMI to HDTV is plug and play (video and audio)

Now for the Gaming part
I play around with AA (anti-aliasing) from highest and then bring it down until very smooth playability. These are the games I found to push the notebook the most (settings to be very playable at native 1920x1080, I don't use vsync):
Crysis/Crysis Warhead - no AA, almost all on High/Gamer settings
Batman Arkham - No AA, All Max
RE5 - All Max
Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions - HDR at medium, No AA, almost all at max
Prototype - All max
Wolfenstein - All max
Borderlands - All max
Red Faction Guerrilla - No AA, almost all at max
Just Cause 2 - No AA, almost all at max
L4D 1 and 2 - All max, even vsysnc

Every other older game (even newer ones), the G73 just breezes through, (such as GoW, UT3, Dark Void, L4D, TR:Underworld), I've found it handles the Unreal engine quite well.

I can't believe how this notebook handles games at 1920x1080. Stays cool and quiet. Audio is pretty decent, even takes care of Prototype's low volume issue (just crank it up!). I've been gaming on laptops for more than 12 years (no space for desktop rigs) and I've never had a gaming laptop, always had to compromise the graphics. Not anymore. Playing at 40-50 frames/sec is surely a welcome change.
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