A laptop for gamers must meet high requirements to be accepted among their special community. Asus G73SW-A1 is certainly strong enough to be a gaming laptop, no question about it. It is also attractive enough to suit anyone’s sense of fashion. The price, though, is steep enough to make one ask what’s so special about this one. Gamers are not so likely to lay their cash on the table without getting a good explanation. So let’s have a look.
The insides are the 2nd Gen Core i7 and the graphics are made of the Nvidia GTX 460M. Also, the screen at 17.3 inches does impart a feeling of value, but the big question is why the price is so high, $1700.
The laptop is a bit heavy at 8.8 pounds, which doesn’t constitute portable, really. The size is likewise not small, at 16,6 x 12.8 x 2.3 inches. Granted, it does weigh in less than the Qosmio X505 by Toshiba, which is 10.6 pounds, and the power source itself is 2 pounds. Put it all on your back, because it is too heavy to tote like a briefcase.
The lack of color detracts from the aesthetics, but the sculpted look gives it a cool appearance. The subdues ASUS logo can make you think you are in a James Bond car, in fact. There are no blinding lights under the lid and this does add a small bit to the mystique.The feeling of the rubber on top and on deck provides a satisfying tactile interaction with the machine. This and the double outs in the back keep the machine cool to the touch. A quarter hour of streaming a video does not even heat it up over 90 degrees.
The biggest let down on this model is the keyboard. Its design does not take into account advances in keyboard molding. The keys are flat, rather than arched to fit the finger, which slows down any frenzy, whether work or gaming. The keys are overly crowded and lack the tactile feedback laptops usually give to keep the user from pounding. It is clear that the extra 1.5 inches around the keyboard could have better used. In addition, the keys on the numeric keypad are too small. These are critical gaming keys too.
The touchpad is quite large, at 4.4 x 2.2 inches, and it supports multi-touch gestures, but the laptop lacks a power button to quickly disable the touchpad when preferring a mouse. Mistakes will surely follow without disabling the touchpad for mouse use. This could interfere with a game at a critical moment or destroy important work.
One of the nicest elements on the ASUS G73SW-A1 is the screen. It is 17.3 inches and produces an impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution. The viewing angles are wide enough and the images are quite sharp all the way across. Any kind of media you wish to view will not be slowed down by the machine. While the colors are not so bright, they can and should be corrected when you first use the laptop.
The ASUS G73SW-A1 has superb graphics capabilities to manage running any game available today or in the near future. The style is sleek and the playback firm, but the one drawback is the keyboard. That is a major oversight in a so-called gaming machine.
Source: Laptop Mag