Asus G73SW ‘” 540 Review

The Asus G73SW is one of the best laptops 2010 and is currently at the third generation of laptops with this name and it’s a step up in terms of performance, even though the previous versions already were very strong mobile computers. The purpose of these laptops is to give the user the experience of a desktop but in a mobile form. Whatever your needs might be, from encoding a Blu-ray video to playing at high detail settings or doing some office work, the Asus G73SW is designed to help you achieve it. You could safely say that this laptop is more of a desktop replacement than a truly mobile laptop.

Even though we say that it’s a desktop replacement, if you take a look at the components you will find that it’s even better than what the regular PC offers. The Asus G73SW comes with a quad core processor from the Sandy Bridge line which runs at 2 GHz, 8GB of Ram, a graphics card from NVIDIA and two hybrid drives from Seagate which take advantage of SSD technology to run faster. Plus, if you have the money, the number of upgrades available can drive the price quite high.

One of the things you will love about the Asus G73SW is that it comes with its own mouse, to use during LAN parties, a mouse which is called R.O.G. laser mouse.

At boot-up, the time that took the laptop to start the Windows OS was just 48 seconds, a good time, that is possible thanks to the policy of not installing too many useless programs, something that many other manufacturers tend to do. Shutting down the laptop took 21 seconds, which is also quite good. The quality hardware and the hybrid Momentus XT drives with solid state technology certainly helped in this regard.

The laptop’s battery only lasted for about an hour during heavy use tests, but considering that this is a desktop replacement, the number is acceptable. Just don’t expect to use it during long flights. This is a portable machine but not an extremely mobile one.

The Asus G73SW comes with some solid components. This 17 inch laptop uses the latest Sandy Bridge architecture from Intel, 8GB of RAM, hybrid HDD’s from Seagate and the GeForce GTX 460M graphics card. It’s a laptop that was built for gaming but it’s also quite good at being a multimedia model. While the graphics card isn’t quite capable of running the latest games at maximum quality settings, it does handle all other situations very well. This isn’t just a gaming netbook, since you can do almost anything on it. You can design on it, you can program and in general you can do anything that requires processing power and lots of RAM.

The style of the machine is quite aggressive and it will attract looks. It’s perfect for gaming sessions but it’s quite heavy at 8 pounds and it’s not designed for carrying around at business conferences.

When everything is considered, this is a wonderful machine and despite the high price point, it’s well worth the investment if you want a desktop replacement laptop. The design is very good, the performances are also quite good and you can carry it around when needed (just not all the time).