Review Asus G2Pc Notebook

G2P once again. After first impressions of the Asus G2P at the CeBIT, the opportunity to take a closer look at this notebook in our laboratory and make comprehensive measurements of the display and the emissions, was provided. Here you can read how Asus' flagship gaming notebook scores in our tests and what you can expect besides a striking design.

Asus G2Pc Logo

This link redirects you to our short review of the Asus G2, which was generated from our first impressions at the CeBIT 2007 in Hannover.

Case

After examining the Asus G2P gaming notebook's case again, we still agree on this:  this notebook looks rather fancy with its red inlays and its variety of surfaces, which differ regarding appearance as well as regarding haptics.

Even if the  "lights" at the edges of the displays are deactivated, the case looks uneasy. While there's no doubt that a whiff of aggression can be helpful at sports and computer games, we feel that the randomly red blinking lights at the case irritate too much.

But now enough from that, if you are annoyed by the lights, you can simply deactivate them with the Asus Direct Console by selecting "Asus Direct Flash" and continue playing games more relaxed.

In general the Asus G2's workmanship convinces. The big number of different parts, which differ in design as well as in choice of material, lead also to a high number of gaps, however, these are accurately assembled.

Also the pressure and flexural rigidity is sufficient. The only weak part is at the bottom side next to the optical drive, where deformations under pressure can be detected next to the edges. However, because a desktop replacement notebook is likely to be used most of the time at a fixed place, the demands regarding case robustness are rather limited.

The large display is attached by two seemingly stable hinges and an additional central support. Adapting the display's position is possible without facing any see-saw.

The displaycover is out of plastics, but with aluminum look, and rather flexural rigid. Although the cover yields a little bit under pressure, it still sufficiently protects the display.

The Asus G2P provides a variety of ports which are ideal for a multimedia use. Most of them are at its back side and at its left side. Among others, a DVI-D port, an optical sound out, and a video in are provided.

Front Side: No ports
Asus G2Pc ports
Left Side: Lan, Modem, USB, Video/TV, Audio, Firewire, Cardreader, ExpressCard
Asus G2Pc ports
Back side: Fan, Kensington Lock, S-Video, VGA-Out, DVI, 4x USB 2.0
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Right side: DVD drive, power connector
Asus G2Pc ports

Input Devices

First of all the striking A, W, S, and D keys with big red letters attract ones attention. For all those who are not game enthusiasts: These keys are usually used to control the hero and his weapons in virtual worlds, which are mostly populated by all kinds of dangerous, wicked characters, and all kinds of beasts. So, the G2 emphasizes its game character.

Besides that, the keyboard appears clear, because of its size, however, it is not especially structured in any way, besides a slightly separated cursor block. Nevertheless, the layout of the keyboard is ideal, the keys are ordinarily located.

Typing is soft, but, still with a clear point of action and  slightly elastic stop. This should make the keyboard even fit for forceful hits, which might occur during some computer games.

Right above the keyboard is the small standard Asus molding which provides some hot keys. These can be used to switch between different pre-defined performance profiles, or to easily deactivate the touch pad.

The touch pad works alright. It reacts well and allows a precise control of the mouse pointer. Its surface feels alright and user-friendly too, the same is true for its buttons.

Touchpad
Asus G2Pc Touchpad
Tastatur
Asus G2Pc Tastatur

Display

Farbdiagramm
Asus G2Pc Displaymessung

The measurements of the reflecting (Color Shine) 17 inch WXGA+ display with a resolution of 1440x900 pixels approved the first impression we gathered at the CeBit. A maximum brightness of 347.3 cd/m² measured in the center of the display's upper part is absolutely excellent. Also the average brightness of 293.9 cd/m² is perfect. Despite an illumination of 69.9% seems to be poor at the first glance, this is negligible, because of a brilliant minimum brightness of 242.8 cd/m².

Also the color diagram is alright. All three color curves are nearly ideal und ensure a colorfast picture presentation. All these aspects of the Asus G2P together with the integrated digital TV tuner (remote control and further equipment are provided) make it also a usable TV.

295.7
cd/m²
347.3
cd/m²
270.6
cd/m²
242.8
cd/m²
315.1
cd/m²
247.5
cd/m²
293.3
cd/m²
333.2
cd/m²
299.5
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 347.3 cd/m²
Average: 293.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 70 %
Black: 0.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 630:1
Distribution of brightness

The black value of 0.5 cd/m² (minimum brightness) and the excellent maximum brightness of above 300 cd/m² give a very good contrast ratio of 695:1.
Also regarding speed of reaction the Asus G2's display did not show any weaknesses during legibility and scroll tests.

Betrieb im Freien
Asus G2Pc Outdoor

The excellent brightness also allows an outdoor use. However, you'll face reflections in very bright environments like in the sunshine.

Besides refections at too acute angles the display is horizontally surprisingly stable to the vantage point. The display even scores very good vertically, which is usually rather moderate. While looking from top downwards hardly causes problems, you'll face the usual darkening looking from bottom upwards.

Video of the displays's stability to the vantage point

Performance

The Asus G2Pc is equipped with an Intel T7400 CPU with 2.1 GHz and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1700 video card. Although the G2P rates somewhat above-average regarding performance in comparison with the usual 15.4 inch multimedia notebooks, it is clearly outperformed by other 17 inch game notebooks.

The X1700 video card is the main cause of the lower performance. Alternative video cards available for this notebook class, e.g., a X1900 or a NVIDIAs 7900GS or even a 7950GTX, make the X1700 look rather pale.

Whilst the benchmark test are yet promising, especially, the performance during game tests could not completely convince. However, it is noteworthy, that error messages about problems of the "Catalyst Center" had an impact on these tests. Maybe, optimizing the driver and updating the ATI software can help improving the performance of the X1700.

The 160GB Seagate Momentus hard disk scored positive during the hard disk benchmarks. Above-average transfer rates and low access times argue for itself. A capacity of 160GB is currently definitely more than adequate.

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.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Asus G2Pc Benchmarkvergleich
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Asus G2Pc Benchmarkvergleich
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE12922 points
3DMark 037253 points
3DMark 054396 points
3DMark 06
 
2272 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Asus F3JM
 T5600, GeForce Go 7600
2262
Lenovo B575e
 E2-1800, Radeon HD 7340
2270
Asus G2Pc
 T7400, Mobility Radeon X1700
2272
Acer Aspire V5-431-887B4G50Mauu
 887, HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
2274
Dell Latitude E6500
 P9500, Quadro NVS 160M
2278
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
29496
PC Mark
PCMark 054718 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Apple MacBook Aluminium
 P7350, GeForce 9400M (G) / ION (LE)
4704
Acer Aspire 6920G-814G32Bn
 T8100, GeForce 9500M GS
4715
Asus G2Pc
 T7400, Mobility Radeon X1700
4718
Lenovo ThinkPad T61
 T7300, Quadro NVS 140M
4724
Sony Vaio VGN-FZ21E
 T7250, GeForce 8400M GT
4794
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
160 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 16.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 44.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 32.9 MB/s
Access Time: 16.3 ms
Burst Rate: 94.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.7 %

Emissions

Loudness

Even without load you have to accept a low noise level by this notebook. The fan runs all the time and causes a minimum noise level of 35.9dB, which is subjectively acceptable.

However, increased load causes noise levels of up to 44.4 dB, which are also clearly audible during playing games and rather annoying in quiet environments.

Noise Level

Idle 32.4 / 41.3 / 41.3 dB(A)
HDD 37.9 dB(A)
DVD 36.5 / dB(A)
Load / 41.3 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Under load we measured only a slight temperature increase at the top side of the notebook. At its bottom side we measured a maximum temperature of up to 43.8°C. In total, the temperature increase is alright, thanks to the hard-working fan.

Upper side

palmwrist: 31.3°C max: 40.2°C avg: 35.3°C

Bottom side

max: 43.8°C avg: 41.6°C

Speakers

The Asus G2P can convince by a good sound and volume. Even the basses are great. The maximum volume is sufficient, but, by no means sensational.

Battery Runtime

The solid hardware equipment and especially the bright display demand a lot of energy, also without load. In total, this causes a relatively poor battery runtime of a little more than one hour up to a maximum of about 2.5 hours. So, it is hardly possible to work without power adapter.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 32min
DVD
1h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 15min

Power consumption

Idle 42.1 / 51.3 / 54.6 Watt
Load 93.8 / 86.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Asus G2Pc
Asus G2Pc

In total the Asus G2Pc is a felicitous game notebook, whose design also contributes to appear like it. The workmanship is alright, even if the big number of differently designed surfaces makes the total appearance look uneasy.

Also the input devices are ideal for daily intensive game session, because they can also stand a somewhat ruder use, by gently absorbing shocks. The comfortable in use touch pad can also be deactivated by a hot key, e.g., to avoid interfering during playing games.

A special highlight is the very bright display with measured values of up to 347.3 cd/m². But, not only the brightness is excellent. Also the color representation and the contrast can hardly be criticized in any way. The stability to the vantage point is, too, note-worthy.

However, the performance could be better. Although the benchmark results are honorable, the video performance could clearly be improved. A X1700 video card is compared to other available video cards currently rather a middle class model.

While the temperature emissions are alright, the noise emissions, which are clearly audible under load, have to be mentioned. A maximum noise level of 44dB is acceptable, but absolutely not ideal.

Besides these undesirable noises the Asus G2P also provides you with a good sound. Sound playback convinces by a clear and saturated sound.

Good performance and a bright display take their toll: The battery runtime is rather poor. In total a battery runtime between a little more than one hour and somewhat more than 2 hours is possible, so, it is hardly possible to work without power adapter. However, this does not really mind, as the G2P should be used at the desk anyway, also because of its big weight of 4.4 kg.

Reviewed: Asus G2Pc
Asus G2Pc

Specifications

Asus G2Pc

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel 945GM
:: Memory
2048 MB, DDR2 PC5300 667 MHz SDRAM, max. 4096MB, 2x1024MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
17.0 inch 16:10, 1440x900 pixel, WXGA+ Color-Shine Glare Type TFT Display, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
160 GB - 5400 rpm, 160 GB 5400 rpm Seagate Momentus ST9160821AS: 160GB, 5400rpm
:: Connections
ExpressCard, Mikrofon, Headphones (S/PDIF), 5x USB 2.0, VGA-Out, DVI-D, S-Video Out, AV In, Firewire, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 47 x 411 x 316
:: Weight
4.38 kg
:: Battery
, 4800 mAh Lithium Ionen Akku
:: Price
1700 Euro
:: Additional features
HDD: 160GB, 5400rpm, Seagate Momentus ST9160821AS, Realtek ALC882/D/M HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) HL-DT-ST GMA-4084N,

 

However, a weight of 4.4kg has to be accepted first.
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The comprehensive equipment with ports is delighting.
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A Webcam, permanently attached to the display, is also provided.
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Not only does the design of the keyboard look interesting, it is also user-friendly.
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Despite reflecting surface, the display convinces by outstanding brightness and excellent contrast.
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This notebook is equipped with a X1700 video card and a Core 2 Duo CPU.
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Compared to other 17 inch game notebooks a better performance would be possible and desirable.
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While it can be stand in idle mode, it is really loud under load: G2Pc's fan.
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The temperature emissions are within a reasonable range.
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Behalf of a bright display: The battery runtime is rather short, between 1 and slightly above 2 hours are possible. However, this is yet sufficient for a DTR notebook.
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The Asus G2Pc was especially designed for gamers...
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...hence it got a striking, distinctive design...
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...which differs clearly from the rest of the Asus models.
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The variety of different surfaces appear uneasy...
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...,but, regarding workmanship the G2P can hardly be criticized.
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This notebook is very robust and solid...
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...and the workmanship is alright.
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Pro

  • Striking design
  • Robust case
  • Good workmanship
  • Comprehensively equipped with ports
  • Bright display with excellent contrast
  • Good sound
  • Contra

  • Comparable moderate game performance
  • High noise emissions under low
  • Moderate battery runtime
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    Asus G2Pc

    Bewertung

    Asus G2Pc
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    86%
    Keyboard
    88%
    Pointing Device
    88%
    Connectivity
    96%
    Weight
    51%
    Battery
    62%
    Display
    96%
    Games Performance
    88%
    Application Performance
    97%
    Temperature
    66%
    Noise
    70%
    Add Points
    86%
    Average
    81%
    87%
    Gaming *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-05-27 (Update: 2013-05- 8)