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Welp, I got an Asus G73SW

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As the title says, I got me a G73SW. I'm gonna post a little, nothing too fancy, review of it. Basic thoughts before, if you don't want to read it. I like it!

So, here we start with the box, nothing fancy, but the box looks nice, it's got a certain red/black color scheme going, which I find is nice on cardboard.
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When you first open up the box, you notice kinda lame packing. But at least it's better than Dells packing..
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First impressions when I opened the box:
  • It smells nice

First thing I noticed when I opened the box, was this, Asus ROG thing. Looks cool.
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And that the styling of it seems as if they took an F-117 as inspiration for it. Quite the fancy design, I'm very happy with what it looks like. As I do not think you could have something with a more beautiful design.
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See the resemblance? I do!

Couldn't wait to open this guy up, even though I saw it in the store... I wont mention which store, because I'm ashamed of myself for going there. I can how ever say the price I paid for it, I felt was a decent price.
First thing I noticed when I popped the lid open on it was the chiclet keyboard. I think it's very nice, but it does have some flex when you're typing at a high rate of speed, or typing with lots of pressure. This however does not bother me, the French on the keyboard however, does.
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The battery, when I first took it out of its box, was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, but it seems to hold a charge fairly good.
When I first booted it up, I decided to not install my copy of Windows 7 Pro 64bit... Just yet... I wanted to give Asus a chance to deem themselves worthy with proving to me they don't put all this dumb bloatware. At this point in time, I had not installed my SSD yet, though it'll go in a bit later.
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The back lighting on the keyboard, is acceptable. When you sit like me, and the laptop is on a desk.. much like a desktop, yet in the form of a laptop, the lights from the keys, which don't go all the way down into the keyboard assembly doohickey until fully depressed, emit a rather bright white light from the LEDs under each key. I think I can spot about 4 tiny LED's per key on average.

After I determined Asus did not surprise me with their lack of bloatware, I then nuked that OS install. Chucked in my SSD, nuked the OS on there and put a nice clean install of Windows 7 Pro X64 on it.
Didn't have time to do benchmarks last night, as I got most of this done around midnight, and I have work today, and I'm posting this from work, but the WEI (Windows Experience Index) was a pretty impressive score!
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Final verdict:
Asus has come out with some great laptops recently. And this one is by far no exception to that. It's styling, performance, noise, and overall feel of the laptop is unsurpassed from what I've seen in its price range.
The feel of the laptop is unique in the sense that it almost feels like Asus has put a rubber coating all over the laptop, in hope to absorb radar signals to maintain its stealth appearance, and perhaps maintain its observation that it's a fast laptop, as it would be undetectable to radar... I don't know, I'm just posting my thoughts.

Pros:
Powerful
Sleek design
17.3" screen
i7 2630QM, 4 cored 8 threads @ 2.0GHz
GTX460m
8GB of ram, which I find to be totally unnecessary, as my old laptop was running almost fine on 2GB of ram.
Quiet
USB3.0
750GB 7200rpm hard drive
Cons:
The keyboard has some flex, but as I said, it doesn't bother me, though it bothers some.
The keyboards back lights do bother me, but if you sit with it on your lap, chances are, you wont notice it.
The screen is very nice, but the resolution is only 1600x900, which is better than my old one, at 1440x900, but I'd rather have 1920x1080.
8GB of ram is by far overkill, but overkill doesn't hurt.
No IEEE 1394 (FireWire) at all frown.gif

Final pictures of it sitting on my desk:
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I hope you enjoyed my review, however bad it may have been.
I'll post some benchmarks later in the thread when I get home from work.
Edited by caraboose - 3/16/11 at 9:03am
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Dude nice laptop man drool.gif
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Well, someone is a baller.
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Higher WEI than my rig.
Stupid HDD.
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keyboard lighting is unacceptable, other than that, nice
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It looks so much better in real life. I've got to see if my local store has this. Gotta touch one!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alpengeist;12759177 
keyboard lighting is unacceptable, other than that, nice
It's nice to have when you type in the dark though but that's why I like the Illuminated.
It has 5 different strength of lightning and always turns off the light l remove my hands from it with a tone down effect.smile.gif
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These are sweet machines. I have a JW and it is quite amazing, though I wish I had held out for the SB version.

I find it strange that you don't have 1080p though, thought all the G73s did, and it was the G53 that had the lower resolution.
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Thread Starter 
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Got a 3dmark Vantage test done. Quite impressed.
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The Kb lighting on my G73 doesn't bother me at all. If its too bright maybe change the kb lighting to a dark blue or whatever your pref.
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