CeBIT 2007: Review Asus G2P Notebook

Gaming light. Asus copes the high demand for gaming notebooks by offering the Asus G1 and Asus G2 series. We visited the CeBIT in Hannover this year again and reviewed notebooks which might be interesting for you - among others the Asus G2.

This review is a  summary of tests done on-site. We ask for some understanding that some of the measurements could, therefore, not be done.

Asus G2P Logo

Case

Already the design does not raise any questions regarding the planned use of the G2. This notebook looks coltish through a number of red elements, however, because of these, the notebook does not appear elegant at all.
The design seems disharmonious and confusing, because of the variety of colors and materials used. Unlike the XPS M1710, the competitor of the G2 by Dell, whose "show lightening" can be deactivated, the flashy design of the Asus G2 is always present.

The workmanship of the notebook seems alright. We could not detect any anomalies regarding gaps. The pressure resistance of the G2 is relatively good at its top side. However, you can detect clear deformations by applying force at the bottom side as well as next to the optical drive.
The flexural rigidity is also alright.

The display, which is attached by seemingly robust hinges, can be precisely positioned and a see-saw after adapting the position was not apparent. We could not clearly recognize the material used for the display's cover, but the stability of it lets assume that it is out of metal.

The ports are at the right side in the back region and at the backside of the notebook. So it is possible to connect the G2 to external devices without possibly disturbing cable spaghetti. The G2 provides you among others with 5 USB 2.0 ports and DVI port.

Asus G2P Interfaces

Input Devices

The keyboard seems clear, however, it is not especially structured besides separated cursor keys. The size of the keys is passably big. Some of the keys have red letters. E.g., accenting the A-W-S-D keys should stress the intended gaming use of this notebook.

The touch pad reacts good and precisely and has a surface with good sliding properties. Both of the associated buttons are user-friendly in use, however, the  Asus gaming emblem in between them disturbs a little.

Touch pad
Asus G2P Touch pad
Keyboard
Asus G2P Keyboard

Display

The Asus G2P is equipped with a reflecting 17 inch display with a maximum resolution of 1440x900 pixels. The display seems sufficiently bright and no  visible weaknesses regarding illumination got apparent.

Vertically, there are some weaknesses regarding the stability to the vantage point  outside a sufficiently big area of operation. Horizontally, the stability to the vantage point is good, but partly limited by the reflecting surface.

Asus G2P

Performance

The Asus G2P is offered with a variety of Core 2 Duo processors. The user can choose between a T5500 CPU up to the currently strongest T7600 processor with 2.3 GHz.

Adequate video performance is provided by an ATI Moblity Radeon X1700 video card, whose performance should be slightly above a X1600 and a Geforce 7600. Therewith the Asus G2P should have sufficient power for current games, but you might have to reduce the resolution or the number of details depending on the concrete game.

So, the performance of comparable 17 inch gaming notebooks with Geforce 7900 GS or 7950 GTX Grafikkarte clearly exceeds the performance of the Asus G2P.

Further information about the video card can be found here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core 2 Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Emissions

During idle mode the surface temperature stayed relatively cool. At the bottom side we could detect a moderate, but unexciting temperature increase. The fan of the Asus G2P runs even without load, and emits warm waste heat.

Battery Runtime

Unfortunately the Asus G2P was presented without battery. Up to further information, the G2 is equipped with a 4800 mAh battery, which should provide a runtime of about 2 up to about 3 hours with the equipment mentioned above.

Verdict

The Asus G2P's flashy design is a matter of taste. Some might like it, others might miss elegance. The workmanship is alright, and so are the input devices. 

Also the display seems passable, if one can make any statement about it without detailed measurements.

These notebook's performance can at best be called sufficient. Despite the X1700 video card ensures better performance than a X1600 or a Geforce 7600, it is still worse than one of the high-end video cards  (7900GS, 7950GTX). Considering the high price, the 3D performance should be better.

Asus G2P
Asus G2P
Reviewed: Asus G2P
Asus G2P

Specifications

Asus G2P

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel 945GM
:: Memory
2048 MB, DDR2 C5300 SDRAM (667MHz), max. 4096MB, 2x1024MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
17 inch 16:10, 1440x900 pixel, WXGA Color-Shine TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
160 GB - 5400 rpm, 160 GB 5400 rpm : 160GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
Expresscard, Mikrofon-Line In, Headphones-S/PDIF, 5x USB 2.0, VGA-Out, DVI, Firewire, AV-In, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 47 x 411 x 316
:: Weight
4.4 kg
:: Battery
, 4800 mAh (53 Wh) Lithium Ionen Akku
:: Price
1800 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 160GB, 5400rpm, , DVD +/-R (DL),

 

Red: Asus G2
Asus G2P
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Asus G1P

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