SpecificationsNotebook: Asus G73J (G73 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 920XM
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 2400 euro
Average of 6 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus G73J
Advising whether or not you should buy this laptop is tricky – not least because Asus has supplied us with an arguably over-specced version. The 8GB of RAM and the pair of 500GB hard drives increase the price without adding much value. We also would have liked to see whether or not a dual-core Core i7-620M would have been a better bet for gaming too, as this CPU runs at a much higher frequency than the quad-core CPU Asus specified.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 90% features: 90%
We had high expectations for Crysis, which remains the most resource intensive Windows game – even after three years. We cranked all settings to high on 1920x1080 and had no lag at all, although it lowered frame-rates to a level just about playable - but still higher than many gaming laptops we've seen. This means that the G73J can play games COD Modern Warfare 2 without even cocking an eyebrow. But, it also shows that it’s only human after all.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Stuff TV
Matte-black and menacing, the design inspiration for Asus's G73 may be the technically invisible B-2 Stealth Bomber but this laptop is anything but subtle. It's big, eye-catching, the entire surface is rubberised and two enormous vents behind the screen glow a hellfire red, presumably making a visual reference to afterburners or something. If you're happy to pay the premium, it's absolutely the best choice for games right now.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: PC Authority
But this isn't a laptop you buy for the battery life. You buy it for its looks, and for its power, and on both those fronts, the G73Jh is a resounding success. It won't be for everyone, but if you lack space for a desktop, you can finally play Crysis as it should be played.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2010
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 40%
Source: Inside HW
All things considered, the impressions are very favourable. The G73J is the ultimate gaming machine, with no performance bottlenecks whatsoever, while remaining cool at all times. Although the suggested retail price of 1630€ is rather high, compared to other gaming notebooks, the G73J isn’t that expensive after all. The price-performance ratio is more than good, which means that the question isn’t really whether it’s worth it, but whether you can afford one.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% emissions: 80%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/02/2010
Rating: performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 90%
Source: Gamestar DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/08/2010
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 60% performance: 98% features: 80% display: 85%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/16/2010
Rating: performance: 90% display: 80% workmanship: 90% emissions: 95%
Source: Tinh Te VN→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 85%
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870:
High-end DirectX 11 graphics card based on a desktop HD5770. Models with GDDR5 are ideal but there may be a bottleneck due to the 128 Bit memory bus.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
920XM: Fastest Core i7 laptop CPU in 2009 but with a TDP of 55 Watt it is pretty power hungry. Due to the Turbo Mode, the CPU can run with up to 3.2 GHz. Because of the Extreme tag, the multiplier is not locked, and therefore the CPU is easy to overclock.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
83.67%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.