Pros

  • Good value for its class
  • Speedy on games, even when eye candy is added

Cons

  • Heavy and a little clunky
  • Glossy screen is slightly distracting

At A Glance

Asus's G73SW high-end gaming laptop offers good game performance without breaking the bank.

Manufacturer’s Description

The popular G73 series has been updated with the recent release of Intel's 2nd generation Core i3/i5/i7 for an even faster notebook. With performance rivaling that of a desktop computer, the G73SW is ready for anything that you throw at it, from office applications to video encoding and gaming.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number G73SW-A1
Battery Information
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 17.30 "
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode Full HD
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Backlight Technology LED
Graphics Controller Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphics Controller Model GeForce GTX 460M
Graphics Memory Capacity Up to 1.50 GB
Graphics Memory Technology GDDR5
Storage
Hybrid Hard Drive Capacity 1 TB
Hybrid Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA/150
Optical Drive Type Blu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
General Information
Manufacturer ASUS Computer International
Manufacturer Part Number G73SW-A1
UPC Code 884840789253
Brand Name Asus
Product Name G73SW-A1 Notebook
Marketing Information

The popular G73 series has been updated with the recent release of Intel's 2nd generation Core i3/i5/i7 for an even faster notebook. With performance rivaling that of a desktop computer, the G73SW is ready for anything that you throw at it, from office applications to video encoding and gaming.

Product Model G73SW-A1
Product Type Notebook
Manufacturer Website Address http://usa.asus.com
Product Series G73
Memory
Memory Card Supported Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Standard Memory 8 GB
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory Standard DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Number of Total Memory Slots 4
Memory Card Reader Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • G73SW-A1 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Gaming Backpack
  • Gaming Mouse
  • Network & Communication
    Wireless LAN Yes
    Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
    Bluetooth Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Height 0.7"
    Width 16.3"
    Depth 12.6"
    Weight (Approximate) 137.6 oz
    Color Black
    Built-in Devices
    Webcam Yes
    Microphone Yes
    Processor & Chipset
    Processor Manufacturer Intel
    Processor Type Core i7
    Processor Model i7-2630QM
    Processor Speed 2 GHz
    Processor Core Quad-core
    Cache 6 MB
    Chipset Manufacturer Intel
    Chipset Model HM65 Express
    Software
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
    Operating System Architecture 64-bit
    Input Devices
    Keyboard Backlight Yes
    Pointing Device Type TouchPad

    Performance

    Overall Performance
    WorldBench 6 Score 128.0
    Battery
    Battery Life 3:22   (hh:mm)
    Office Productivity
    Web Browsing 251.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Office Suite Use 329.0   seconds (lower is better)
    File Compression 180.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Content Creation
    Image Editing 304.0   seconds (lower is better)
    GPU Graphics Rendering 301.0   seconds (lower is better)
    CPU Graphics Rendering 229.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Encoding 193.0   seconds (lower is better)
    DVD Burning 247.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Video Editing 177.0   seconds (lower is better)
    Power Usage
    Idle power usage 25.1   Watts
    Sleep power usage 1.6   Watt hours
    Off power usage 1.0   Watt hours
    Gaming
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 197.12   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 191.82   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 149.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 119.93   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 118.56   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 114.57   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 85.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 72.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 42.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 113.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 102.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 67.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 96.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 79.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 44.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 153.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 149.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 89.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 43.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 37.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
    Multitasking
    World Bench 6 Multitasking 303.0