Asus is an amazing brand for laptops and computer hardware in general and this laptop is no different. before this laptop i built my own personal desktop a couple years ago with some pretty top of the line parts and it ran great, but then i got this beast of a laptop and have essentially forgotten about my desktop. this laptop is as fast if not faster and more powerful than my desktop.
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This laptop will do practically anything anyone needs it to do. the hardware is very top of the line for laptops and i have yet to experience any slowdowns, lag, or freezing and i put this laptop through its paces with Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Zbrush all running side by side. The hyper-threaded quad core i7 is able to run several large applications at once with out a single hiccup. The 8gb of ram compliments the i7 processor ad allows the computer to process larger amounts of data for things like rendering. The large monitor is always a plus, allowing greater resolutions and a larger viewing area. The sound that this laptop puts out is also great. I have use this laptop to display movies on my TV several times and everyone that watches movies off with me think the sound is from my surround sound system. Anyone that loves gaming or is getting into game design and wants portability should definitely look into this laptop ass it meets most if not all needs hardware wise.
This laptop is huge, but still sleek and stylish. The outer surface of the laptop has a rubberized feel to it and is a matte black color. the inside is very nice with the blue light shining from the bottom edge of the monitor and the lights from the keyboard. These lights are great for using the computer at night. No more need to have the lights on or strain to see the keys while typing at night. Also if you would like to save battery you may turn off the lights. The touch pad is nice looking because its very nicely integrated into the design, but i personally dont like the functionality of it. The seamless left and right mouse buttons are hard to tell which one is being clicked and sometimes i feel like the touch pad doesnt register the movements of my finger correctly. The touch pad is fine for browsing the computer and internet, but subpar for any gaming or design software. Aside from those negatives there is a button that can be used to toggle the touch pad on and off which is very convenient when using and external mouse. Battery life is a little on the low side due to the amount of high power hardware but it does last for about 3 hours in power saver mode.
This computer is simply amazing for most needs. It has essentially 8 cores and comes with pre-installed software that automatically overclocks the processor as needed. The graphics card can handle the newest and most intensive games out there so far which is great for those gamers who love beautiful games. Nice big screen that's great for gaming, movies, design, and everything else. The laptop is a little bulky and heavy but its definitely worth it to have such a beast of a computer be portable. Once again I highly recommend this laptop to anyone who enjoys PC gaming, is going into some sort of design career, or just wants an amazing laptop.
Asus specialise in a number of different types of computers, but they are really only recognised for the gaming ones. They are an exceptional brand and they offer you a wide range of laptops and desktops which are usually customizable to suit your needs. If you are looking to buy one of these I assume you are an avid gamer, and all I can say really is that these laptops are perfect for running maxed graphics with a high FPS (frames per second).
""This product with me""
I am a keen World of Warcraft player and up until now I have been playing on a 3-4 year old desktop which has had to be restored to factory settings about 5 times. So I decided to invest in a new computer for gaming specifically, and use the other for school work etc. After searching around various sites and asking for advice from many people, I was told to have a look at Asus.
I wasn't sure whether I wanted a desktop or a laptop, and after a long debate with myself I decided to go for a laptop. I had a budget of about £1500 (it was a Christmas and birthday present from my whole family!), which can get you a very good laptop which will last for a long time. Although some of you may be thinking that £1500 is a lot of money to spend on a something which isn't needed, I thought the same, I am looking to go into game design as a career and a high spec computer like this will help improve my skills and will last me through university without the need to buy another computer at the time (considering everything is going up in price, it could of cost me a lot more).
I searched around on various websites to find the best model and deal for what I wanted (I found www.xoticpc.com the best website), and chose this model which originally came to about £1200 and was customizable, so I decided to add an 'IC Diamond Thermal Compound' to help keep the laptop cool for an extra £60 as I know that laptops can get very hot and uncomfortable after using them for a while. I then increased the RAM to a 16,384MB (16GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Kingston Hyper-X Dual Channel Memory (4x4GB) for an extra £270. Making the total cost of the laptop £1530 which was fine as all family members chipped in to pay for it (I have a big family!).
When I got the laptop I installed all the previous programs and games onto it, which was surprisingly simple considering how complicated it looked. It was just like a normal laptop, it operates on Windows 7 Home Premium which runs smoothly and efficiently, with the addition of looking great! You are given a manual to use if you happen to get stuck, but mostly everything is the same as a normal computer and is fairly self explanatory.
I was a bit sceptical of whether in would be of good quality as it was a relatively unknown brand and came from a different website. However I was shocked when I saw how well put together it was, everything fitted perfectly and there were no loose parts. I have had it for a couple of months now and it is still in the same great quality despite me dropping it a few times (I'm a bit clumsy).
As expected from a laptop this price, it is phenomenally fast and boots up fully in about 10 seconds, I can run the highest graphic settings possible on World of Warcraft with an average of about 40 fps, which is outstanding. My gaming experience has been improved significantly and is simply magnificent. The 17.3" glossy screen gives no pixilation what so ever and makes browsing the web a delight. With an Intel® CoreTM i7 processor every program runs smoothly, even those that require a lot of usage (like Internet Explorer, Windows Live Messenger, Photoshop, etc.). Also with the push of a button you make the whole computer faster (I am not sure how, it's too technical for me, but it's brilliant!), which when running multiple programs is a blessing. The 1 thing that shocked me the most is how quiet this laptop is, it is almost silent and you can very rarely here any of the components working away.
The keyboard on this laptop is smart, sleek and stylish, with a fairly basic layout it is easy to get use to and there is very little need to look at the keyboard even if your typing skills are average. The mouse pad is very responsive and is great for surfing the web, however when playing games I find plugging a mouse in much easier, simply because I have more control. One of the coolest things about the computer is the keyboard, you can make it light up in a variety of colours (with additional costs you can make it light up to look like your countries flag), which both helps you type in the dark, and gives you something to boast about to your friends!
""Aesthetics of chassis""
The laptop is black and is very intriguing, it is inspired by the F117 Stealth Bomber, which seems a little radical for a laptop, but it is fascinating. The elegant, matte finished G73JW is beautiful, the corners have shape to them which makes you feel like you are operating some sort of aeroplane (which is what they were going for I guess), which makes each and every experience with it a pleasure.
This laptop offers you a range of different features which allow you to get the most out of both gaming and browsing experiences, the technology statistically should last at least 4-5 years at an above average rate (declining each year as new technology is released). It is easy to get use to and using the keyboard and mouse pad is simple and responsive, unlike many available now. It looks outstanding, and has been both designed and assembled with care.
""Would I recommend it?""
I would recommend this laptop to anyone who is keen on gaming and is looking to buy a gaming computer. Cheaper versions are available (with the removal or certain features), in my opinion it is reasonably prices for what you are getting, however the disadvantage is being willing to spend £1500 on a laptop. But if you are keen on gaming, and have the money, this laptop is perfect, that is all I can say...