ASUS G74SX-A1 Review – The ASUS G7 model
This ASUS G74SX-A1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop is fantastic! I have had this machine for a few weeks now (got it from an authorized ASUS reseller), and it absolutely is spectacular.
I have normally had my laptops for office, and only used my desktop for playing games.
This ASUS G74 model is truly made as a gaming powerhouse and also a real home computer replacing powerhouse of any laptops.
This ASUS G74SX-A1 comes with 2.0GHz second generation of Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor and combined with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3GB GDDR5 VRAM, the best processor and video card that are currently available.
The most amazing part is this machine manage getting 3-4 hours battery life without actually reducing screen brightness settings.
This ASUS G74SX-A1 does pack a punch, the 1,5TB at 7200RPM is notably a lot faster than a standard laptop drive.
It gave an extremely respectable boot-up speed, really fast so that you will not find a usual “post” screen, though you can still change this boot order, entering the system’s BIOS.
It comes with 12GB DDR3 SDRAM memory is more than enough although it will accept 16GB.
The capability is absolutely not restricted to playing games, I run Adobe CS5 Illustrator, and Photoshop at the same time, and it runs flawless, really top of the line specs.
The built-in 2MP webcam is great and crystal clear, and it is really nice that this unit has a full size backlit keyboard with the numeric pad.
The illuminated keys make easier to use when you are using the system in a low light environtment.
The audio quality on this ASUS G74SX-A1 laptop is the best quality of a laptop audio I have ever heard.
At first, I was a bit skeptical on a laptop’s speaker, but after I turned it up, it was surprisingly better. I have never got any distortions, you can immediately tell it has a subwoofer..
I have tried ANNO 1404, starcraft II and many games, it works great even with the highest settings, and did not get any heating problems.
The cooling process on this machine is the best I have known and is also really quiet.
Appearance wise, this ASUS G74SX-A1 has an excellent quality.
Solid case, the rubberized outer-shell feels good, and the ports as well as the jacks are really solid. The LED backlight screen is clear and bright, although it is a glare type.
The fact that this machine includes USB 3.0 port is also great, a faster transfer rate.
This laptop has a cool futuristic appearance, the logo on the back is attractive, and also has the capacity and specs to do the job smoothly, you will be able to play every modern games with max settings without warming issues.
The only thing that bugs me a bit is this ASUS G74SX-A1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop is relatively large and heavy, now the question, do you need to carry it around?
This machine works best on your desk, because it is heavy because of it has a whole lot gaming power inside a laptop.
However, this Asus G74 can be portable because it comes with backpack and not a case for a laptop, since you can transport more weight in a backpack. I would strongly recommend sending the warranty card which is packed with the machine.
ASUS G74SX-A1 Review – Specs
- Color: Black
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating system
- 17.3″ Full HD LED-backlit Display (1920×1080 resolution)
- 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.9 GHz)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3GB GDDR5 VRAM Graphics
- 802.11 b/g/n WLAB (@ 2.4GHz); Bluetooth v2.1; 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
- 12GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory (4x SODIMM Sockets up to 16GB)
- 1.5TB hard drive (2 x 750GB HDD) at 7200RPM
- Blu-Ray Combo drive Optical Drive
- 2.0MP Camera
- Stereo speakers with EAX 5.0 sound
- Digital Array Microphone
- 8-in-1 card reader
- Ports: 1x Mic in; 1x Headphone out; 1x VGA; 3x USB 2.0; 1x USB 3.0; 1x HDMI; 1x gigabit LAN port
- Size: 16.5 x 12.8 x 2.4 inches
- Weight: 9.4 lbs (battery included)
ASUS G74SX-A1 Review – Summary
All in all, this ASUS G74 machine – ASUS G74SX-A1 Republic of Gamers is definitely the best laptop for gaming, you got fast CPU and great video card, huge memory and hard drive capacity, full 17 inch HD display, handles blu-ray and features plus value that an Asus backpack as well as a Razer Abyssus gaming mouse is included.