I have been using this ASUS G74SX-XA1 gaming laptop for about a week now, and it is really pleasing.
I use it mostly for gaming but also for office work.
This Asus gamers laptop is really dedicated for gaming world.
I have played WoW on high ultra setting and it runs very smooth.
Appearance wise, this gaming laptop feels really great and nice to grip with the rubberized keys, as well as rubberized back. (see complete appearance details here)
Performance wise, the i7 processor combined with the 12GB of RAM makes the boot up lightning speed, and surely with my office computer applications, they are loaded very quick.
The powerful CPU combined with powerful GPU handle my games wonderfully.
Letdown? Well, the quality built is truly good, it does feel sturdy but this machine is pretty heavy, however I already knew it.
This gaming laptop weight a bit more than any other 17 inch laptops, but includes definitely more power in it, gaming performance in this laptop is better than any other laptops out there.
The 17.3 inch screen has excellent quality (with 1920×1080 resolution). It gives crisp pictures, WoW looks really great on it, but it is glossy like the most laptops nowadays.
The battery life does not really last long, with intensive use, I was getting about 3-4 hours, but it does not surprise me at all for a gaming laptop with so much power.
Overall, I am pleased with this ASUS G74SX-XA1 laptop, it surprisingly runs very cool and really quiet. I did not have any heating problems even I have used it for a couple hours on my lap. My older gaming laptop usually gets overheat so I always needed a pad, but this warmachine does not get hot.
The unit comes with responsive backlit keyboard, which is really nice to use, especially if you are in a low light place, no need to find a desk lamp to use your keys. The keys are well placed, and looks really cool, each key does not seem like its paint is going to rub off easily.
It is simply perfect solution and a perfect keyboard for gaming, you will not hit any wrong keys in the dark only because you cannot see it.
This Asus gaming laptop comes with 7200RPM Hard drive which makes great hard drive performance. Games load a lot faster than my old 5400RPM laptop’s hard drive, and transferring huge amounts of files is noticeably quicker.
The included ports, such as HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 etc are very handy if you want to transfer some files or even watching DVDs on your TV.
- Color: Black
- Windows 7 Home Premium edition (64-bit) OS
- 17.3″ Full HD LED backlit Display (1920×1080)
- Intel Core i7-2630QM processor (2nd generation ; with Intel TUrbo Boost 2.0 technology)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics (3GB GDDR5 VRAM)
- 12GB DDR3 RAM (expandable max 16GB)
- 750GB Hard Drive (at 7200RPM)
- DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
- 2.0 built-in webcam
- Ports: 1x USB 3.0; 3x USB 2.0; 1x LAN; 1x HDMI; 1x VGA; 1x Mic-in; 1x Headphone out
- Size: 16.5 x 12.8 x 2.4 inches
- Weight: 9.4lbs (including the 8 cell battery)
G74SX-XA1 Review – Conclusion
Bottom line, this 17.3-Inch gaming laptop is amazing, 12gb of RAM, 750 Hard drive at 7200RPM, USB 3.0, great graphics card are what gamers really need.
Gaming needs a lot of processing power, powerful graphics card, this ASUS G74SX-XA1 does have them all, and it is the best laptop I have spent my cash on.