G73SW-XA1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop (Black)
ASUS G73SW-XA1 is the recent hottest gamers laptop from Asus, and it is my best gaming laptop after owning several laptops in the past.
The G73SW-XA1 comes with i7 2.0GHz Sandy Bridge Technology (the new one), with a big screen which is 17.3-inch, so really great for gaming.
I have played tried Rift, and Civ V as well as Left for Dead 2 with the highest settings, and it worked flawless.
If this is not enough for you, it packs 8GB RAM, so it absolutely has screaming performance to game for hours, while you also have many windows opened for another work.
I am very satisfied with the 2.0GHz i7 processor, because gaming needs much power of CPU, and needs a graphic card which is really powerful.
The ASUS G73SW-XA1 has 1.5GB Video memory! It has bigger video memory than another gaming laptops that are available out there.
Be prepared though, this laptop is heavy, but it did not surprise me when I bought it, because it is a gaming laptop, it packs more stuff than regular laptop. It is also a bit hard to find the laptop bag.
Another annoying stuff, is the quality of the sound card, it is a Realtek with a very awful quality. It also will come with lots of “junky” bloatwares, I doubt they will be useful for you, as I have un-installed most of them.
Though it was very easy to uninstall but it did still took my times to uninstall its useless applications.
Furthermore, ASUS G73SW-XA1 does not include a recovery disc, so I had to burn my own backup disc myself that took about 2,5 hours with five DVDs.
ASUS G73SW-XA1 . Price and Specs
Price: $1,399.00 Save 7% here.
- Intel Processor i7 2.0GHz Quad Core NEW Sandy Bridge Technology
- 8GB DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz, expandable up to 16GB (but it is very expensive!)
- 1.5GB Nvidia GTX 460M Graphic video memory
- 750GB Hard Drive at 7200RMP
- LED 17.2-inch 1920x1080px Full HD Display
- Other features: 1.0M Webcam, Illuminated Keyboard, and 1xUSB 3.0
- Size: 16.6 x 12.8 x 2.3 inches
- Weight: 8 pounds
ASUS G73SW-XA1 Bad, Good Reviews, and Summary
- Awful sound card
- Glossy screen that becomes very bright if it is used outdoor.
- It can’t be used to watch 3D movies or play 3D games since it has only 60Hz screen monitor (for 3D, you will need the ASUS G73SW-3DE)
- Very fast gaming laptop, and it is not hot even running for hours
- Heavy, but it is not surprising, since it is a 17″ laptop which packs its cooling system
- It has backlit keyboard
- Good battery life
ASUS G73SW-XA1 is a solid gaming laptop with the best price for its specs, such as i7 new sandy bridge technology, 17″ screen, 750GB HDD, and 8GB RAM, really solid laptop for gamers.