Review Asus K73SV-TY032V Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/25/2011

Cool behemoth. The K73 is an affordable media all-rounder that is even suitable for a bit of showing off with its polished aluminum and handy feel. Find out what the expensive N series' little brother pull out of its hat. Gaming graphics and two HDDs are a good start.

ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Strong multimedia expert with aluminum profile
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Strong multimedia expert with aluminum profile

The manufacturer, Asus, particularly emphasizes following features on the product site of its K73SV: The IceCool technology allegedly keeps the wrist-rest cool by placing heat producing components in a perfect position. The second feature is the aluminum work surface that is supposed to be resistant against damaging. It also gives the 17 incher a quality, metallic look.

The technical specifications, consisting of an Intel Core i5 2410M (2.3 GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, correspond to the simultaneously reviewed premium 17 inch N73SV. The GT 540M promises good gaming performance, the i5 2410M should supply a midrange work speed with the 500 GB hard disk.

Find out in this review, where quality stops at a price starting of 745 euros. Is the WXGA++ screen from the same poor quality as in the N73SV? Is IceCool a gag or a real advantage? All answers in this review.

Case

Underneath the base plate
Underneath the base plate
there is room for two
there is room for two
2.5 inch hard disks
2.5 inch hard disks

The K73SV can be described as a plain looking laptop with quality materials. The lid is adorned by a stamped in and palpable pattern. This provides a pleasant grip and resistance against fingerprints, as well as scratching ring fingers. The same applies to the metallic and cool work surface made of brushed aluminum. It is resistant against scratches and lets fingerprints almost disappear.

The bulky case is very stable. We like the unyielding area above and beneath the DVD drive. We can hardly twist the case when we handle it with both hands. The wrist-rest can't be depressed anywhere, not even with force.

However, the lid is pliable. We can twist it by a few degrees without effort. But not anymore. Pressure on the lid's center area generates a clear dent with little force, but not any pressure marks on the front.

The hinges keep the lid tight in place and they don't allow teetering. The maximum opening angle is large: approximately 160 degrees. The high weight of 3385 grams contributes to the robust looks.

The base plate, made of simple plastic, doesn't dent anywhere. A larger maintenance cover leads us to the hard disks (2x HDD, optional), the main memory (2 slots, 1x 4GB inserted) and the WLAN module.

Connectivity

Interfaces aren't the K73SV's strength. The four USB ports are enough for printer, mouse or external hard disk. eSATA, USB 3.0 or ExpressCard34/54 (expansion cards) aren't available. The buyer has to opt for Asus' N series for a USB 3.0 option.

Right-handed users might find themselves on collision course with the USB, as well as HDMI or VGA cables when using a mouse. Ports placed in the left and right side's rear would prevent a cable mess on the desk (right). But this way, the right USB port is only practical for connecting memory sticks. The desk would massively be cluttered by cables with anything else. Rear-positioned interfaces unfortunately usually belong to a dream in multimedia notebooks.

Front: No interfaces
Front: No interfaces
Left: DVD burner, USB 2.0
Left: DVD burner, USB 2.0
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces
Right: Headphone, microphone, 3 USB 2.0s, HDMI, cardreader, VGA, Ethernet, AC, Kensington
Right: Headphone, microphone, 3 USB 2.0s, HDMI, cardreader, VGA, Ethernet, AC, Kensington

Communication

The Atheros AR9002WB-1NG supports WLAN in the latest draft n standard. In order to use the high bandwidth of this standard, you naturally need a draft n router. There is also a Bluetooth module (3.0 +HS) installed. If you want to link the K73SV up with the gigabit switch at home, there is a corresponding LAN card, AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Adapter, for this.

Supplies

There are no recovery data carriers included for Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit). Buyers should therefore burn an according DVD with the AI Recovery Burner. The built-in webcam is weak. It can only take pictures in 640x480 pixels (VGA). Image noises and streaks are quite intense.

Warranty

Asus bids a 24 month warranty with pick up & return service (1 year on battery). A warranty extension from two up to three years is available for 80 euros. The warranty extension has to be activated within 90 days.

Asus Live Update
Asus Live Update
Manual on the desktop
Manual on the desktop
Supplies in the box
Supplies in the box

Input Devices

Keyboard

The somewhat slippery keys fit tight on the surface (except for outer left), even over the DVD drive. The keys have a firm stroke, a clear pressure point and a medium key drop. The fingers type a bit disorientated corresponding to the smooth keys (without a conic concavity). The typing feel is all right due to the crisp pressure point.

The keyboard is generous, in regard to the gaps (4 millimeters). The minimized keys, including the crowded arrow keys, could prove to be annoying – in particular with large hands. Prolific typists could however get used to the keyboard.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is slightly submerged into the wrist-rest. The pad is made of a hard, smooth plastic, which is unfortunately a bit dull in use. The surface is touch-sensitive up to its edges. The Elan SmartPad doesn't have any vertical or horizontal scroll bar (one finger use). It also can't be enabled in the software (v5.1). The user can alternatively scroll vertically and horizontally with two fingers (multi-touch).

The keys click fairly quietly, but have a very short key drop and pressure point. Consequently, the silver keys having a very poor feedback when they are clicked.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Number pad
Number pad
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The 17.3 inch screen is a representative of the low cost standard typical for the market. The screen (Samsung LTN173KT01000) has a resolution of 1600x900 pixels (WXGA++; 16:9). The high resolution contributes to the overview; lower resolutions would be to coarse for a 17.3 incher.

The screen has its weakness in the very small contrast of 164:1. The glare-type screen pretties up the contrasts optically, though. Thus, a crisp color impression is visually implied. However, the screen isn't suitable for professional picture editors since the color spectrum doesn't even cover sRGB (t). Moreover, the screen isn't AR coated. We have placed the good consumer display of the Vaio beside it for comparison (picture 3).

ICC Asus K73SV vs AdobeRGB(t)
ICC Asus K73SV vs AdobeRGB(t)
ICC Asus K73SV vs sRGB(t)
ICC Asus K73SV vs sRGB(t)
ICC Asus K73SV vs Vaio EB4X FHD(t)
ICC Asus K73SV vs Vaio EB4X FHD(t)
195
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 225 cd/m²
Average: 212.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 225 cd/m²
Black: 1.37 cd/m²
Contrast: 164:1

The brightness assessment shows acceptable results. The luminosity has an average of 212 cd/m2. Our Gossen Mavo Monitor measures up to 225 cd/m2 selectively. The illumination is quite even with 87 percent. Is the brightness high enough to work in daylight despite the glare type screen?

If you set up the K73SV in the sun and want to play a round of Battlefield, you should look around for a shady place to avoid reflections. Our pictures were partly taken in the shade and maximum brightness. The result is quite viable since the 17.3 incher maintains its brightness in battery mode. Nevertheless, reflections could get annoying depending on light incidence.

Lateral view, shade
Lateral view, shade
Lateral view, sun
Lateral view, sun
Frontal view, sun
Frontal view, sun

The Samsung display corresponds to the majority of laptop screens (TN) in terms of viewing angles. The horizontal viewing angles are poor. We can only recognize unaffected colors up to a deviation of about 50 degrees from the front. Beyond that, an intense inverting develops. The colors already invert at 15 degrees when looking down or up onto the screen (vertically).

Viewing angles: Asus K73SV-TY032V
Viewing angles: Asus K73SV-TY032V

Performance

The brand new Sandy Bridge CPU, i5-2410M (2x2.3 GHz) has a turbo rate of 2.9 GHz (single core). The CPU can, depending on the temperature, also clock beyond that within the range of Turbo 2.0. That is provided the cooling has enough reserves. The CPU calculated consistently with 4x2.693 MHz in our tests (2 virtual HT cores).

The graphics chip, HD Graphics 3000, is incorporated in the processor (650 – 1100 MHz). Nvidia Optimus in connection with the Geforce GT 540M makes it possible. One of the two HDD slots is equipped with a Seagate ST9500325AS (500GB 5400 rpm). One of two RAM slots is empty and a 4096 MB PC3-10600S module is inserted into the other.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ Intel HD 3000
System info GPUZ Geforce GT 540M
DPC Latency Checker: rarely any latencies in idle
DPC Latency Checker: temporary latencies in WLAN on/off
 
System information: Asus K73SV-TY032V

Is the i5-2410M (2x2.3 GHz) sufficient, or should you better look around for a Core i7 2720QM (4x2.2 GHz)? The 2410M achieves 3682 points when calculating with one core. A 2720QM would achieve 4138 points (Cinebench R10 Single 32 bit). The quad core only has a small advantage (+11%).

The same picture in Cinebench R10 Multi 32 bit. The i5-2410M (4 threads) scores 9659 points. A 2720QM (8 threads) achieves 14272 points (+38%). The former mentioned single core calculations are hardly ever an issue in routine work. If you benefit from multi thread computing power (e.g. video rendering, picture editing), you are better served with the Sandy Bridge quad core. Asus however doesn't sell any K73 version with a quad core. The buyer would have to change to the N series.

4.7
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3682
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7937
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5614
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4621 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9659 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5536 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.19 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.57 Points
Help
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage5734 points
Help

PCMark Vantage finishes with 5734 points. This is a poor result in comparison to new Sandy Bridge laptops. For example, the Dell XPS 15-L502x achieves 6442 points with the same CPU. The reason: a faster rotating HDD of 7200 rpm. SSD systems, such as the XMG A701 Advanced, can even achieve 14000 points in this benchmark. Apart from that, quad core alternatives, such as the Asus N53SV (HDD, i7-2720QM) are positioned at 8548 points.

3D Mark
3DMark 0320210 points
3DMark 0515560 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
7861 points
3DMark Vantage4147 points
3DMark 11979 points
Help
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
Transfer Rate Minimum: 7.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 80.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 61.4 MB/s
Access Time: 18.6 ms
Burst Rate: 62.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

The rotating hard disk provides rather weak data throughputs. The hard disk (500 GB) from Seagate reads with 61 MB/s in sequential read (HD Tune). CrystalDiskMark shows a somewhat better 68 MB/s in read and write. PCMark Vantage's HDD sub score is 3370 points. First faster 7200 rpm hard disks achieve 3500 to 4000 points. SSDs reach up to 25000 (!) points in the HDD sub score.

HD-Tune 61 MB/s read
HD-Tune 61 MB/s read
Crystal Disk Mark 68 MB/s read
Crystal Disk Mark 68 MB/s read

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

The GeForce GT 540M (1024 MB DDR3) belongs to the upper graphics midrange. It supports DirectX11 and GDDR5 memories. However, a 1024 MB DDR3 video memory is soldered into the device as usual. As a feature of the Asus barebone, it clocks with 900 MHz (core). Acer, for example, relies on 800 MHz (Aspire).

Risen

The graphically detailed adventure from 2009 can no longer be played consistently smooth in high details. We aren't even talking about the native resolution (1600x900) in this case, but about 1366x768. In any event, medium details have to be selected.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

The action shooter from the beginning of 2010 proves to be less demanding than the older Risen. High resolutions and details are possible, whereas the GT 540M again can't manage the native resolution smoothly.

Risen
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1366x768all on/high, 4xAF25 fps
 1024x768all on/med, 2xAF39 fps
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in comparison
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007 (min)
 987, HD Graphics 2000
7.8
   ...
Sony Vaio VPC-SE1Z9E/B
 2640M, Radeon HD 6630M
24.8
Asus VivoBook S550CM-CJ038H
 3317U, GeForce GT 635M
24.94
Asus K73SV-TY032V
 2410M, GeForce GT 540M
25

 A8-3850, Radeon HD 6550D
25
Fujitsu Lifebook NH751
 2630QM, GeForce GT 525M
25.6
   ...
(max)
 990X EE, GeForce GTX 580M SLI
140.2
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1366x768high, HBAO on, 1xAA, 4xAF32 fps
 1366x768medium, HBAO off, 1xAA, 1xAF44 fps
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in comparison
HP 630-LH384EA (min)
 P6200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
5
   ...
Acer TravelMate 5740G-524G50MN
 520M, Mobility Radeon HD 5650
43.76
Gigabyte P2532N
 2630QM, GeForce GT 550M
44
Asus K73SV-TY032V
 2410M, GeForce GT 540M
44
Acer Aspire 7551G-N934G64Bn
 N930, Mobility Radeon HD 5650
44
Toshiba Satellite L550-207
 330M, Mobility Radeon HD 5165
44.24
   ...
(max)
 990X EE, GeForce GTX 580M SLI
198.8

Gaming Verdict

The world of games can be entered with the Geforce GT 540M (@900MHz). Provided that the native 1600x900 pixels aren't used, most games can be played in medium to high details (up to 1366x768). However, if you're always out for the newest games and aren't satisfied with medium details, you should look around for an alternative with a GeForce GT 445M/GT 555M or Radeon HD 5850/HD 6850.

low med.high ultra
Risen (2009) 3925fps
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 4432fps

Emissions

Vent

System Noise

Asus' 17 incher shows itself from its best side in terms of noise. The fan is never inactive in idle, but it rotates almost silently at its lowest speed. We measure 32 dB(A) in idle mode. The noise that our noise meter detects doesn't come from the fan, but rather form the hard disk. Its level of 32.1 dB(A) is never louder than the fan, not even when it starts to click quietly.

As expected, the fan whirs more evidently during CPU load or games. However, it doesn't go beyond 34 dB(A) during a computer game or 3DMark2006. The fan first turns up to an audible 37 dB(A) in the stress test (Furmark & Prime95). But you can't say it's noisy. A constant CPU stress test (Prime95) lets the fan whir along with 34.3 dB(A). The fan always rotates in both idle and during constant load steadily.

Noise Level

Idle 31.8 / 32.1 / 32.3 dB(A)
HDD 32.1 dB(A)
DVD 33.9 / dB(A)
Load 33.9 / 37 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Stress test: Temperature data HWinfo is an estimation
Stress test: Temperature data HWinfo is an estimation

Temperature

The bottom's average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius in idle. The wrist-rest areas are cool with 25 degrees. The picture only changes marginally in sporadic office applications.

The waste heat during stress only changes the blue graph at few points. The average stays almost unchanged at the top and bottom. On the top, the thermometer records 34 degrees selectively during maximum load. The wrist-rest doesn't heat up beyond 26 degrees. The waste heat is at most noticed in the fan's vicinity on the bottom. While we measure lukewarm 37 degrees there, the area underneath the wrist-rest stays cool with 25 degrees.

Max. Load
 29.9 °C32.9 °C32.9 °C 
 28.3 °C33.5 °C33.8 °C 
 22.7 °C23.5 °C26 °C 
Maximum: 33.8 °C
Average: 29.3 °C
29.8 °C30.6 °C37.0 °C
28.5 °C27.0 °C28.2 °C
24.4 °C23.2 °C24.3 °C
Maximum: 37.0 °C
Average: 28.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.1 °C | Room Temperature 18.1 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Both stereo speakers are located above the keyboard beside the Altec Lansing logo. A gaming suitable laptop should have a good sound so that users are equipped for movies, games or music. Asus doesn't build in a subwoofer. The sound emphasizes the midranges intensely, while high ranges and low pitches are neglected. Consequently, the sound makes an undifferentiated and frayed impression.

The volume is adequate for a 17 incher, There is no scratching at the maximum. External headphones can be connected via the headphone out or the optical SPDIF. The sound can also be transmitted digitally via HDMI in combination with a television.

Battery Life

17 inchers also have the chance of good battery runtimes since the Arrandale/Sandy Bridge CPU generation. The manufactures don't even have to invest in expensive 9 cell battery packs. The usual 56 watt hours (5200 mAh) batteries like used in 15.6 inchers suffice, as in the Asus K73SV.

The K73 SV achieves very good 4:46 hours in the WLAN test. The 17.3 inchers can stand in the office for a whole 6:47 hours in idle. You can manage easily with 3:29 hours if you insert DVD movies on the go. We remember the Asus N73JQ with a quad core CPU that was drained after only two hours in the WLAN test.

56 Wh, 6 cells
56 Wh, 6 cells
WLAN surfing: 286 min.
WLAN surfing: 286 min.
Idle: 407 min.
Idle: 407 min.
DVD movie 209 min.
DVD movie 209 min.
Load: 87 min.
Load: 87 min.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 47min
WiFi Surfing
4h 46min
DVD
3h 29min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 27min

The low power consumption of 16 watts in idle (idle minimum) confirms the good office runtimes. The multimeter climbs to 21.9 watts in high performance mode (wireless on, maximum brightness). In comparison: Asus N73JQ-TZ087V (740 QM) – 19.3 to 29.5 watts.

The K73SV proves to be fairly greedy in the CPU and GPU stress test (Prime95, Furmark) with 77 watts. 63 watts are consumed when only the GT 540M is calculating (Furmark; @3DMark2006: 60 watts). Thus, the 90 watt adapter is adequately sized. The power adapter's temperature didn't exceed 50 degrees even after the stress test of several hours.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.5 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 16.1 / 19.5 / 21.9 Watt
Load 60.1 / 77.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Verdict

The Asus K73SV, version TY032V (from 745 Euro) fuses many advantages with just as many drawbacks. Consequently, the rating is remote from a very good but better than a satisfactory.

The stable case with the aluminum work surface and lid's matt haptics make a work suitable impression. The reflective WXGA++ screen spoils working on pictures and the enjoyment of contents with a low contrast and narrow viewing angles. A higher quality screen could have improved the total impression considerably, especially for the purpose as home studio or entertainment machine.

The input devices might not deter undemanding office workers, but in particular the stiff touchpad keys are unfavorable. As to the interfaces, the second HDD slot (upgrading, not RAID) is a highlight. Asus however saves on USB 3.0, just as on rear-placed ports or an ExpressCard34 for expansions.

The battery life of 3:30 to 4:30 hours is, alike the gaming performance, on a moderate level. The latest games can't be played natively with 1600x900 pixels, but in return in medium to high resolutions up to 1366x768 pixels.

The promise of low emissions didn't turn out to be a gag. We couldn't tease deafening noise out of the K73SV even during maximum load. The fan is only just audible during games. The IceCool wrist-rest keeps its promise and never gets warmer than 26 degrees (hardly changes between load/idle).

ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Solid midrange technology in a stable case
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Solid midrange technology in a stable case
In Review: Asus K73SV-TY032V
In Review:  Asus K73SV-TY032V

Specifications

Asus K73SV-TY032V

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM65
:: Memory
4096 MB, 1x4096MB Hynix PC3-10600S
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M - 1024 MB, Core: 900 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 266.86
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, SAMSUNG LTN173KT01000, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS, 500 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
4 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line out, microphone, Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS,
:: Networking
Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9002WB-1NG Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 3.0+HS Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT34N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 38 x 420 x 280
:: Weight
3.385 kg Power Supply: 0.36 kg
:: Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cell 5200mAh 10.8V
:: Price
799 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.3MP VGA, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Looking for a resistant and stable desktop replacement?
Looking for a resistant and stable desktop replacement?
Core i5-2410M and GeForce GT 540M allow playing the newest games, but high performance looks different nowadays.
Core i5-2410M and GeForce GT 540M allow playing the newest games, but high performance looks different nowadays.
Rare: There is only one single 4096 MB Hynix PC3 RAM module (not 2x2GB).
Rare: There is only one single 4096 MB Hynix PC3 RAM module (not 2x2GB).
The WLAN module, including Bluetooth, is also inserted.
The WLAN module, including Bluetooth, is also inserted.
The capacity of 56 watt hours supplies almost 5 hours of battery runtime.
The capacity of 56 watt hours supplies almost 5 hours of battery runtime.
The heavy 90 watt adapter can even be left at home now and again.
The heavy 90 watt adapter can even be left at home now and again.
The power adapter is adequately designed for the laptop's maximum consumption of 78 watts.
The power adapter is adequately designed for the laptop's maximum consumption of 78 watts.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Room for two 2.5 inch hard disks.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Room for two 2.5 inch hard disks.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Polished aluminum on the work surface.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Polished aluminum on the work surface.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Somewhat clattery, but at least with a solid bottom.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Somewhat clattery, but at least with a solid bottom.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Palpable texture on the surfaces.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Palpable texture on the surfaces.
Users shouldn't have too high expectations in terms of performance, either.
Users shouldn't have too high expectations in terms of performance, either.
USB 3.0, eSATA or ExpressCard aren't installed.
USB 3.0, eSATA or ExpressCard aren't installed.
There are only few interfaces for the living room or the desk.
There are only few interfaces for the living room or the desk.
The Asus K73SV places a bulky and very stable case on the desk for just 745 euros.
The Asus K73SV places a bulky and very stable case on the desk for just 745 euros.
The lid's surface is matt and has a good grip (palpable pattern)
The lid's surface is matt and has a good grip (palpable pattern)
The surface doesn't dent anywhere on the bottom. The lid isn't quite as stable.
The surface doesn't dent anywhere on the bottom. The lid isn't quite as stable.
We can only provoke yielding by applying force on the vents.
We can only provoke yielding by applying force on the vents.
The handy and scratch resistant pattern adorns the entire base plate up to the sides.
The handy and scratch resistant pattern adorns the entire base plate up to the sides.
The sunken hinges hold the lid tight and allow an opening of about 180 degrees.
The sunken hinges hold the lid tight and allow an opening of about 180 degrees.
Details like the power button are installed with quality workmanship.
Details like the power button are installed with quality workmanship.
The only glossy surface is the display bezel and the 17 inch screen.
The only glossy surface is the display bezel and the 17 inch screen.
Despite the feasible brightness, the display is expelled
Despite the feasible brightness, the display is expelled
for use in the sun.
for use in the sun.
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Core i5-2410M and GeForce GT 540M
ASUS K73SV-TY032V: Core i5-2410M and GeForce GT 540M

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Pro

+Always cool case
+High-end materials
+Robust base unit
+Always quiet
+Good performance
+Good battery runtimes
+Low power consumption
+Entry gaming
+4GB RAM bar
+2nd HDD slot
 

Cons

-Few interfaces, no USB 3.0
-Stiff mouse keys
-Poor contrasts
-Narrow viewing angles

Shortcut

What we like

Stable behemoth for the desk at home. The keyboard is better than that of the expensive opponent, Asus N73SV.

What we'd like to see

A display with better contrasts. A smoother touchpad and interfaces on the rear.

What surprises us

The good battery life in a heavy 17 incher. 

The competition

Sony Vaio VPC-EB3Z1E/BQ: less performance, but very good consumer Full HD screen; Packard Bell EasyNote LX86: more gaming with HD 5850; mySN XMG P500 PRO: more fps with the GTX 460M; Asus N73JQ: three RAM slots, very good sound; XMG A701 Advanced: speedy with SSD; Dell XPS 15-L502x: plus subwoofer

Rating

Asus K73SV-TY032V
05/20/2011 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
67%
Weight
65%
Battery
82%
Display
67%
Games Performance
84%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
93%
Noise
91%
Add Points
82%
Average
80%
80%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2011-05-25 (Update: 2013-06- 6)