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Asus G73 Gaming Laptop Review

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bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 10:17 Quote
im gobsmacked you decided to give this 4/10 for value. I'd be very interested to see any other laptop you could possibly show us with these specifications for under £2000, or perhaps even under £2200

Have a look at the box it came in also, does it say the memory is 1066Mhz also? mine did, both on the box, and on the site I got it from, yet it came with 1333Mhz.

I done a 5 part video review for casual users on youtube a week or so ago on this, and theres a ton of things you've missed out.

The fact this laptop comes with a republic of gamers branded Laptop Bag, ROG Branded Rubberised Gaming Laser mouse AND Steelseries headset means its a complete gaming center. Granted for the price these are brucie bonuses, and I'd like to see any other high end notebook companies who provide additional matched accessories like this. Plus to upgrade the global warranty to 3 years its only an extra 60 quid, have you seen how much this is to do this for other gaming laptops, even something like a Dell?

You can take my word for it that between Alienware, Rock, MSI, Toshiba Acer or Dell, for value for money (including the accessories), nothing comes close.
sb1991 2nd June 2010, 10:30 Quote
For a laptop with these specs the value is fine, but given the size, heat production and power consumption it's difficult not to remember that an equivalent desktop would cost about a third as much. Not to say that there isn't a market for these things, but £2000 laptop is never going to be good value and if you're buying one then value probably isn't your top priority anyway.
bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 10:31 Quote
A few other things missed out to readers interested in this, the keyboard is backlit (which can be turned on/off/dimmed via keyboard Fn's) The touchpad is multi-touch, and the design is based on a stealth figher, not a Lambo (apart from maybe the shape of the badge).
M7ck 2nd June 2010, 10:36 Quote
I am dissapointed that it only recieved 4/10 for value as well especially since you scored the Kobalt G860 an 8/10. Now I think the Kobalt deserved the 8/10 but I also think the £400 extra for the Asus is well worth it especially now that bigc90210 has pointed out the extra's you recieve with this laptop.
rickysio 2nd June 2010, 11:33 Quote
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If a product is awarded a four, we feel that it has some serious problems or has questionable appeal, but it’s not a completely broken product. Look for alternatives unless you have a real reason not to.
GiantStickMan 2nd June 2010, 11:48 Quote
I'm in the market for a new laptop but the new Alienware is my pick, can be specced up with a i7 920XM and dual 5870's. Granted you pay a fair price for it but the tachy lights and styling actually appeals to me more. I must have bad taste!
Denis_iii 2nd June 2010, 12:24 Quote
Bit-tech are correct in giving it a 4/10 value. Personally I would give it a 1/10 value.
It is a cracking laptop at a great price EXCEPT in the UK.
Bit-tech, please please find out from Asus why I can import a Asus G73JH-A1 from the states for £1400 all in but they are charging £1800 here?!? WTF!!!

Also, for any interested in the Asus G73 check out the new Asus ROG 17" and 15" versions annouced recently at Computex 2010 and prior to purchasing in the UK looks into importing from the states or EU.
bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
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If a product is awarded a four, we feel that it has some serious problems or has questionable appeal, but it’s not a completely broken product. Look for alternatives unless you have a real reason not to.

copying and pasting a quote from the scoreboard does just not justify its low score. or why there is so much information missing, most of which would indicate you are infact getting better value for money than the reviewer is leading you to believe. Underlining "questionable appeal" makes no sense either, i could do the same with most other scores.

After reading Giantstickmans comment, i thought id have another look at Alienware to make sure they hadnt adjusted their pricing in the last week or so. and the base model M17x, with a 3 year warranty (as thats the first upgrade option when its come to customising) comes up to more than the Asus, and it has:

an i5 CPU vs the Asus i7
4GB DDR3 1333Mhz vs the Asus 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz
a 1440x900p res screen, vs the Asus 1080p
No Blu-Ray player
a SINGLE 160gb hdd vs the Asus 2 x 500GB HDD
No Bag vs matching Bag
No Gaming Mouse vs matching Gaming Mouse
No Headset vs Matching Steelseries Headset

and so on.

For the same amount of money, i know what my first choice would be, and it would be going for the better value option. Does this mean the 17x would score a 1 in terms of value? Looking at Kobat and Rock, their pricing for component value is pretty similar too.

As mentioned before, line this up against others with a £1850/£1900 budget, and you wont find better, and if you do, please do tell, as i've spent months looking and im yet to see it!
xaser04 2nd June 2010, 12:37 Quote
Given this is a gaming laptop can I ask why only one game (at one setting) was tested? Surely as this will be primarilay used for gaming, more emphasis should be made on its gaming performance across a spectrum of games and settings (perhaps the same ones used for the Graphics cards reviews)?

Whilst I appreciate the time and effort that has gone into this review I do feel it somewhat lacking and 'light'.
M7ck 2nd June 2010, 12:44 Quote
I dont think its fair for you to mark it down for value because USA prices are lower (I 100% agree that it should be on a par with the US, but we live in rip off britain and im sure the taxes make up the difference) but value wise compared to other systems I think it is quite good. I specced up similar systems (without the headset and mouse that asus supplies) with Kobalt and Alienware and they came to £1900 and £2200 respectively. For a high end gaming laptop I think it is incredibly good value (albeit still far too expensive for the majority of us) and I dont think Bit was fair in awarding it a piss poor 4.
bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 12:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
Bit-tech are correct in giving it a 4/10 value. Personally I would give it a 1/10 value.
It is a cracking laptop at a great price EXCEPT in the UK.
Bit-tech, please please find out from Asus why I can import a Asus G73JH-A1 from the states for £1400 all in but they are charging £1800 here?!? WTF!!!

Also, for any interested in the Asus G73 check out the new Asus ROG 17" and 15" versions annouced recently at Computex 2010 and prior to purchasing in the UK looks into importing from the states or EU.

Thats due to the fact we live in the UK, and we get shafted on anything. If you were to mark this down on price, value to 1 for the reason you stated, you might as well do it for every other company, as they all do it. Have you ever looked at a UK alienware laptop, and looked at an american alienware laptop? Identical laptops on the store, yet ours costs a ton more. Its been like that for years incase you hadn't noticed.

Bringing it up now makes absolutely no differenece and is irrelevant to this review. Its a good topic in general, just not here, otherwise every gaming laptop would deserve a 1 for value.
Cupboard 2nd June 2010, 13:16 Quote
Considering that you could quite happily buy a high powered desktop and an ultra-portable for the same price as this, I would agree with the value score.

Gaming laptops are only any use for a very small subset of people that regularly need to move a semi-powerful rig around. Otherwise you would be better off with a combination of other computers. More powerful for gaming, lighter and with a longer battery life for carrying around and cheaper too.

If you need a gaming laptop then this is comparatively good value but if you just want a computer to play games on, it isn't.
rickysio 2nd June 2010, 14:25 Quote
My 'defensive buyer' radar has gone off, so I'm just going to ignore all your future posts in this thread.

It seems that Dell was onto something with Adamo - Asus likes the design.
bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 14:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
Considering that you could quite happily buy a high powered desktop and an ultra-portable for the same price as this, I would agree with the value score.

Gaming laptops are only any use for a very small subset of people that regularly need to move a semi-powerful rig around. Otherwise you would be better off with a combination of other computers. More powerful for gaming, lighter and with a longer battery life for carrying around and cheaper too.

If you need a gaming laptop then this is comparatively good value but if you just want a computer to play games on, it isn't.

Agreed, though with most people who buy these, its either usually their job/space/other confinements that force us to buy them. My previous desktop system was in the same price range, though I found myself barely having time to play on it with being on the move, so it spent more time gathering dust, while my XPS m1530 was my main games laptop, as its what i had with me at the time. From there I decided to go back into laptops for gaming, so for me and my situation it made sense to go down the route of a gaming laptop.

What you are not taking into account, that the value is not against other things such as a desktop, but other gaming laptops of the same niche market, and this (in my opinion) is where its value is, where if choosing one, its way better value than the likes of alienware, rock, Kobalt and Novatech. Against a desktop, its crap value, but all gaming laptops are.
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Originally Posted by rickysio
My 'defensive buyer' radar has gone off, so I'm just going to ignore all your future posts in this thread.

It seems that Dell was onto something with Adamo - Asus likes the design.

Well done, that is mature. Its not without flaws (indeed, i made a small article documenting how to bugfix 3 issues that asus supply the laptop with, including sound drivers that crash while gaming) but complaining about the british economy and prices here, and copy and pasting the scoring system are hardly a method to justify ones opinion, and your radar fits right in there.

I spent around 3 weeks creating spreadsheets of various high end laptops within my budget of £1900 which showed it was the best overall value among its competitors, so if you would like me to justify my opinion on value i could post them if you like? that way you would see it's not my "defensive buyer"'ness that your raydar has picked up, but my research instead.
Nature 2nd June 2010, 15:58 Quote
the bar graph for crysis seems a bit off. The average bar is bold and the minimum is faded but it reads that the average frame rate is 12 and the minimum is 27...
Denis_iii 2nd June 2010, 16:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigc90210
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
Bit-tech are correct in giving it a 4/10 value. Personally I would give it a 1/10 value.
It is a cracking laptop at a great price EXCEPT in the UK.
Bit-tech, please please find out from Asus why I can import a Asus G73JH-A1 from the states for £1400 all in but they are charging £1800 here?!? WTF!!!

Also, for any interested in the Asus G73 check out the new Asus ROG 17" and 15" versions annouced recently at Computex 2010 and prior to purchasing in the UK looks into importing from the states or EU.

Thats due to the fact we live in the UK, and we get shafted on anything. If you were to mark this down on price, value to 1 for the reason you stated, you might as well do it for every other company, as they all do it. Have you ever looked at a UK alienware laptop, and looked at an american alienware laptop? Identical laptops on the store, yet ours costs a ton more. Its been like that for years incase you hadn't noticed.

Bringing it up now makes absolutely no differenece and is irrelevant to this review. Its a good topic in general, just not here, otherwise every gaming laptop would deserve a 1 for value.

about a month ago the dell m11x which at time was similiar price in UK and USA factoring in config
differences
asus has doubled the uk rip off factor with the G73
Claave 2nd June 2010, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nature
the bar graph for crysis seems a bit off. The average bar is bold and the minimum is faded but it reads that the average frame rate is 12 and the minimum is 27...

Labels mixed up, thanks for flagging!
M7ck 2nd June 2010, 16:31 Quote
@ Dennis_iii

I had a look at newegg with a view to proving you wrong but the G73 is $1750 there which at todays exchange rate equates to £1200. Add in our vat at 17.5% and we are up to £1410. Now I agree with you that Asus is ripping us off on this laptop, however I still believe that this was tested as a gaming laptop and the scores that bit-tech gave it should reflect this. It is near impossible to get these specs for less than £1800 so the value is very good for a gaming laptop.
bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 16:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
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Originally Posted by bigc90210
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
Bit-tech are correct in giving it a 4/10 value. Personally I would give it a 1/10 value.
It is a cracking laptop at a great price EXCEPT in the UK.
Bit-tech, please please find out from Asus why I can import a Asus G73JH-A1 from the states for £1400 all in but they are charging £1800 here?!? WTF!!!

Also, for any interested in the Asus G73 check out the new Asus ROG 17" and 15" versions annouced recently at Computex 2010 and prior to purchasing in the UK looks into importing from the states or EU.

Thats due to the fact we live in the UK, and we get shafted on anything. If you were to mark this down on price, value to 1 for the reason you stated, you might as well do it for every other company, as they all do it. Have you ever looked at a UK alienware laptop, and looked at an american alienware laptop? Identical laptops on the store, yet ours costs a ton more. Its been like that for years incase you hadn't noticed.

Bringing it up now makes absolutely no differenece and is irrelevant to this review. Its a good topic in general, just not here, otherwise every gaming laptop would deserve a 1 for value.

about a month ago the dell m11x which at time was similiar price in UK and USA factoring in config
differences
asus has doubled the uk rip off factor with the G73

Yet it is still extremely competitive price wise in this country. Just because we have a rip off market in the UK and get ripped off as a UK consumer, does not mean it is a rip off. Of course its more expensive over here, but thats tough, we've had to suck it up for years and this is no different. If it was such a rip off, it would be more expensive for worse performance than its rivals, or worse overall at equal cost, something which it clearly isn't. If you were to buy just the optional accessories that came with this (non matching ones at that) you'd be looking around £100 on their own!
xaser04 2nd June 2010, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by M7ck
@ Dennis_iii

I had a look at newegg with a view to proving you wrong but the G73 is $1750 there which at todays exchange rate equates to £1200. Add in our vat at 17.5% and we are up to £1410. Now I agree with you that Asus is ripping us off on this laptop, however I still believe that this was tested as a gaming laptop and the scores that bit-tech gave it should reflect this. It is near impossible to get these specs for less than £1800 so the value is very good for a gaming laptop.

If all you want is a gaming laptop then you can* get a Mesh 17" gaming laptop with the following specs:

- Core i5 520m
- HD5870 1GB GDDR5
- 4GB memory
- 640GB HD
- Blu Ray Drive
- 17" 1680x1050 display
- MSI GT1722 chassis (very good)
- Win 7 HP etc

All for £999 inc VAT.

Whilst it isn't quite as well specced as the Asus in terms of all round ability, it will certainly be potent enough to keep up whilst gaming. The extra £800 in your back pocket is welcome as well.

* I say can as its available although I don't know how long the lead times are.
bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 16:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
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Originally Posted by M7ck
@ Dennis_iii

I had a look at newegg with a view to proving you wrong but the G73 is $1750 there which at todays exchange rate equates to £1200. Add in our vat at 17.5% and we are up to £1410. Now I agree with you that Asus is ripping us off on this laptop, however I still believe that this was tested as a gaming laptop and the scores that bit-tech gave it should reflect this. It is near impossible to get these specs for less than £1800 so the value is very good for a gaming laptop.

If all you want is a gaming laptop then you can* get a Mesh 17" gaming laptop with the following specs:

- Core i5 520m
- HD5870 1GB GDDR5
- 4GB memory
- 640GB HD
- Blu Ray Drive
- 17" 1680x1050 display
- MSI GT1722 chassis (very good)
- Win 7 HP etc

All for £999 inc VAT.

Whilst it isn't quite as well specced as the Asus in terms of all round ability, it will certainly be potent enough to keep up whilst gaming. The extra £800 in your back pocket is welcome as well.

* I say can as its available although I don't know how long the lead times are.

Thats actually VERY good value for money! shame they dont have a 3 yr warranty option, but still its an excellent choice for a budget of £1000
xaser04 2nd June 2010, 17:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigc90210
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Originally Posted by xaser04
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Originally Posted by M7ck
@ Dennis_iii

I had a look at newegg with a view to proving you wrong but the G73 is $1750 there which at todays exchange rate equates to £1200. Add in our vat at 17.5% and we are up to £1410. Now I agree with you that Asus is ripping us off on this laptop, however I still believe that this was tested as a gaming laptop and the scores that bit-tech gave it should reflect this. It is near impossible to get these specs for less than £1800 so the value is very good for a gaming laptop.

If all you want is a gaming laptop then you can* get a Mesh 17" gaming laptop with the following specs:

- Core i5 520m
- HD5870 1GB GDDR5
- 4GB memory
- 640GB HD
- Blu Ray Drive
- 17" 1680x1050 display
- MSI GT1722 chassis (very good)
- Win 7 HP etc

All for £999 inc VAT.

Whilst it isn't quite as well specced as the Asus in terms of all round ability, it will certainly be potent enough to keep up whilst gaming. The extra £800 in your back pocket is welcome as well.

* I say can as its available although I don't know how long the lead times are.

Thats actually VERY good value for money! shame they dont have a 3 yr warranty option, but still its an excellent choice for a budget of £1000

Indeed. The warranty is a bit of a negative but given the spec and the price I think its acceptable.

The only annoyance I would have is the inability to customize it. You can click customize but it just brings up the list of current components with no further options.
bigc90210 2nd June 2010, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04

The only annoyance I would have is the inability to customize it. You can click customize but it just brings up the list of current components with no further options.

Absolutely, though if i was spending £1000 on a laptop i would expect it to last 2 years before i require an upgrade, hence with this one im hoping to get 3 years before an upgrade is required, so its pretty relative as far as the price range to warranty goes
Denis_iii 2nd June 2010, 18:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
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Originally Posted by M7ck
@ Dennis_iii

I had a look at newegg with a view to proving you wrong but the G73 is $1750 there which at todays exchange rate equates to £1200. Add in our vat at 17.5% and we are up to £1410. Now I agree with you that Asus is ripping us off on this laptop, however I still believe that this was tested as a gaming laptop and the scores that bit-tech gave it should reflect this. It is near impossible to get these specs for less than £1800 so the value is very good for a gaming laptop.

If all you want is a gaming laptop then you can* get a Mesh 17" gaming laptop with the following specs:

- Core i5 520m
- HD5870 1GB GDDR5
- 4GB memory
- 640GB HD
- Blu Ray Drive
- 17" 1680x1050 display
- MSI GT1722 chassis (very good)
- Win 7 HP etc

All for £999 inc VAT.

Whilst it isn't quite as well specced as the Asus in terms of all round ability, it will certainly be potent enough to keep up whilst gaming. The extra £800 in your back pocket is welcome as well.

* I say can as its available although I don't know how long the lead times are.

now that 8/10 value, shame its in one of those hideous msi chassis
i've not looked at just the other msi gaming laptops i've seen are not to my taste whilst the g73 is
i'm waiting to see what gpu the asus g51/53 will be coming with, same design as g73 but 15 inch and nvidia it seems
Sheiken 3rd June 2010, 00:22 Quote
One of my close friends replaced his previous gen top-specced 17" unibody mbp with this as a desktop replacement, and it is indeed a very nice desktop replacement, and it performs great! BUT comparing the build quality of the two is like comparing a lada to a maybach! There is crazy flex in the body, and it does not feel that well built! I wouldnt buy this if portability is a big factor, alas it is more suitable as a desktop replacement! Although I might add that it is a wonderful desktop replacement, and it looks far better in the flesh than in pictures!
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