Asus is doing thing just right now. Even for the gaming market they have created a winner. At $1.399 it’s not cheap, but that’s not expected in this market. A post from PC Magazine: New Product Reviews gives you the story. Here is something from the post:
The bottom line for any serious gamer is hardware and performance, and here the Asus really shines. The Intel Core i7 CPU Q740 provides plenty of processing muscle, placing it alongside some serious contenders, such as the Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850
($1,899.99 direct, 3.5 stars) or the Editors’ Choice Acer Aspire AS8940-6865
($1,399 street, 4 stars). In the PCMark Vantage productivity test, the G73JH-BST7 scored an impressive 6,357, easily outpacing many of this season’s productivity-focused machines.
Though the G73JH-BTS7 includes some great hardware, a few sacrifices were made to keep the price down. Though other, pricier entries in the G73 line utilize Nvidia graphics, the G73JH-BST7 (a Best Buy configuration) opts for ATI hardware. There are some capability differences between the two, but the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 still packs a lot of punch.
The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics plowed through our toughest gaming tests without even blinking. It ran Crysis at 70 frames per second, and Lost Planet 2 at 90 fps, under medium settings. Even after ratcheting up the resolution the games ran smoothly, pumping out 26 fps in Crysis and 38 fps in Lost Planet 2 without so much as a hiccup.
Our 3DMark06 test generally makes even the sturdiest laptop struggle, but the G73JH-BTS7 blew past them with a score of 12,716 at native resolution. That’s better than the Alienware M17x’s score of 12,434 and Toshiba X505′s score of 6,607.
The G73JH-BTS7 also made a decent showing in our battery life tests. Though it has an 8-cell, 75Whr battery, it lasted 2 hours 12 minutes when running MobileMark 2007. Gaming systems tend to chew through batteries quickly, and the G73JH-BTS7 is no exception. By comparison, last year’s Asus G71G-Q1
($2,000 street, 3.5 stars) scored 1:45, and Editors’ Choice Alienware M17x scored only 1:25. While the G73JH-BST7 will have to be plugged in for an all-night gaming session, it provides enough life for one or two quick rounds on the road.
Between the polished, gamer-centric design and the hardware under the hood, the Asus G73JH-BST7 would be a strong competitor in any price range. Compared with the Editors’ Choice Alienware M17x, it offers similar gaming capabilities with a significantly lower price. At only $1,399.99, this unit offers serious gaming horsepower that even rookie gamers with a tight budget can get in on.