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Hello all, this is my small, formal review of Asus's G73SW-BST6. This will be a 3 part review: Overview and general features, Performance and gameplay, then final overview. This my first real review of a product so this is a work in progress and I hope I cover everything! so lets go ahead and get started with the general overview!
Edited by Emerican - 6/22/11 at 12:06am
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General Specs:

Type: Laptop / desktop replacement.
Processor: Intel Core i7-2630QM (Sandy Bridge)
Processor speed: 2.0 ghz (with turbo it can go up to 2.9 when needed)
Ram: 8gb
Weight: 8lbs
Screen type and res: widescreen 1600 x 900
Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 1024mb
Hard drive: 750gb (7200 rpm)
DVD Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
Other features: WiMax
Battery Type: 75 Whr (Watt hours)

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Look and feel:

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As you first look and touch it, it has a matte black look and ruberized finish to it which makes it feel nice and sturdy. Since it is 8lbs it is a little heavy but nothing you can not get use to (for me atleast)

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As stated above it does have a Core i7, Windows 7 Home Premium, GTX 460 1gb, and something I found interested (and not specified) was the Creative EAX 5.0 soundcard inside. When listening to music or doing general tasks you can definitely hear the difference (in a good way).

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Leading me to the next picture, it does include a small subwoofer (I honestly dont know the drivers of it, but does give a little punch, makes the laptop audio sound much better imo).

As we spin the laptop around, ill show you the connections. Starting from left to right:
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Standard ethernet (which i believe is 10/100/1000), USB 2.0, DVD Drive, USB 2.0, Headphone and microphone jack.

Then onto the back:
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You have the shiny Asus logo and under that the Republic of Gamers emblem, then as we go down we have two Massive vents that pushes out all the heat this thing pushes out:

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As we move to the other side, connections from left to right:
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SD card reader, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI out, VGA out, then power outlet.

Now as you finally get to have this beast on your desk or in your laptop, you will notice that the keyboard is fully back-lit with White LED's. By pushing Fn + F3 or F4 you can turn the brightness up and down to your personal preference.

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This laptop can max out at 16gb of ram and the hard drive is easy upgradeable / accessible. This is possible by removing the screws that reveal the mobo.

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And as quick "macro" buttons as I like to think of them. The first button turns off all the lights on the keyboard, second button changes the profile (performance, battery saver, quiet office, etc), the third button changes the viewing profile (theater, vivid, soft, etc).

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I believe that covers the general aspect of the laptop physically. As im typing this from this laptop, I am installing some games, and once it is done ill get on some benchmarks and gameplay screen shots!
Edited by Emerican - 6/22/11 at 12:05am
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Looks pretty beast, I can't wait to see the gameplay on it.
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Hi Emerican I am curious as I recently had a HP Laptop that died and with my Best Buy ADH or what I had in case I dropped it etc. I found that the ASUS G73SW-BST6 was the best to replace it with, I seen you mention the Creative EAX Advanced HD 5.0 Sound card is what you have? I have the EAX Advanced HD 5.0 sticker next to my Nvidia GTX 460M sticker but when I attempt to find anything to do with EAX I get nothing, I found the THX TruStudio Cystillizer I believe they call it but my sound card comes up as being a Realtek HD Audio.
Is the EAX Advanced HD 5.0 something that works only if using the HDMI audio or possibly the Headphone jack using digital output?
I must say I am very happy with it so far even though I am not a gamer I use it as my main Recording Computer Using Cakewalk X1 and a massive collection of Toontrack Drum programs.
1 more question I found 2 of the DDR Sockets loaded with 2 GB Sticks and since I have 8 GB ram there must be 2 more slots located somehwere although I cannot figure out where they and I do not want to start dissecting it to find them lol.
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Woooops, probably should have done a search first
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can somebody PLEASE help me? I purchased this PC a year ago, but I made the mistake of NOT creating a recovery disk, and my PC crashed before I could do so. I have another copy of windows installed in this PC atm, but the drivers are almost impossible to find. my PC is not how it was when I first bought it. If someone can be kind enough to create an ISO image of the ASUS g73sw-bst6 recovery disk and send it to me, It would really help me out. is this even possible? I've been looking for a year. hopefully one of you can advise me what to do.
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And?

It's not like I'm going to put someone ELSE down about making a review of their laptop if they have a Qosmio X505-Q892, but clearly he's raining on your parade. Grow up please. rolleyes.gif


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