|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|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1000 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
ASUS Republic of Gamers G73JH-A1 17-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)
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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
Cool unique look
and i can just keep going on and on..
Touch pad buttons I find hard to press down on
Number pad on keyboard feels squished
And as I said before this is the best!
Update after about 3 months
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.
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.Read more ›
-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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this laptop. Bought it new, still use it quite frequently. The hard drive did crash after 364 days of service, but it was covered & replaced under warranty. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon All The Things
Asus is a great company. Using this laptop for 5 years with zero issues. It is a powerful beast and it is still relevant. I would have thought it to become obsolete by nowPublished 13 months ago by Imran Razvi
I bought this laptop almost 5 years ago and it's still going strong. It has overheated a few times to the point it will almost burn you lol but this was fixed with a simple cooler... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris Conn
I love this laptop. It boots up quickly, keeps cool no matter what programs I run on it, and has fantastic graphics. Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by clarinetdan
I bought this a couple years back while I was in the Army. It does everything and it does it well. I would definitely suggest this for any 'gamer' looking for a PC.Published on February 20, 2014 by Adam
Bought this laptop several years ago and I'm typing this review on it right now. I am very, very happy with my ASUS G73JH-A1 laptop and I can safely say it is the best laptop I... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by TBKHomeworld
some battery wear and tear i was not aware of in purchasing this laptop, was able to replace the battery. unable to get audio feedback to function.Published on September 21, 2013 by kenneth maxwell immers
I bought this laptop not for gaming, but for video editing. After having it for about a year or 18 months, it would get really hot, then I would get BSOD. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by RockyMtnGal
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