Pros The Ram, which has 8GB of RAM the ATI MR HD5870 Graphics card, the price, I sold my G17x Alienware computer to get this one. I sold it, bought this ASUS, great gaming console
Cons The Touchpad, it has the worst touchpad i've ever used. but not all of them are like that, and they just came out with new driver software that hopefully fixes it. However, this is a GAMING machine, A mouse should solve the problem.
Summary I will admit that the touchpad on this computer isn't great, in fact from the factory it's Horrible, But, a new Driver came out for the touchpad just recently. If that doesn't correct it, go to control panel, click on Mouse and change mouse settings, then click on Device settings tab and then click on settings, I reccommend turning all Scrolling, horizontal, Chiral, all of them turned off, no scrolling, Then make sure it's on the 3rd or 4th line on sensitivity. Try didnt palmcheck settings but turning it up all the way into the red may seem counterintuitive, Basically go through all the settings and turn all of them off. BTW, Where the bottom left corner meets at a 90 degree angle, well a very small portion of that area always works, but, edgemotion has to be turned off.ngs wheich is under "mouse" on the control p o has thi friend whanel This is a gaming System, it's in which case you need a mous, that solves the touchpad problem, They also make a mouse for this particular model of computer, it's a mini cmouseThat has a retractabke cord that makes it where the area right of the touchpad the minimouse's mousepad. I much prefer the G9X Mouse but on trips or where there is no room for a mousepad However if you instal the new driver and tweak touchpad settings the touchpad will work for about 8 minutes, at which you press FN and the turn touchpad off button, F9, and then turn it back on, now you have another 8 minutes or so. If you purchased this laptop and you don't play Games suchas Call of Duty, you never should have purchased this computer in the first place. It is built for gaming, and you can't play games without a mouse, espcially games like Call of Duty, Even slower paced games liike world of warcraft you need a mouse. A gaming mouse, I have a RAZER Lachesis which has an extra 4 programable buttons, The G9X has 10. I still plan on getting mine fixed, I still on getting mine fixed, I bought the extra 3 year warranty which I'm glad to have gotten because it makes the warr anty process and trading in faster. I'm Just Scared that when I go there it won' mess up, since I tweaked the settings I can go hours before it starts messing up. If anyone is interested in the minimouse or how I tweaked the setttings that made it work 20 times better, but still messes up (the touchpad, not the minimouse) The mouse works perfect, The touchpad sucks but if your a gamer it doesn't matter. Not to mention I know how to fix the problem, but I can't with mine it would void the warranty. I should sell that service "For 100bucks I will make your Touchpad work perfectly 100% of the time.Like I said, I can't do on mine I have like 3 years of warranty left. I have another friend with the same model, but he's never had any tohpad problems. Yes t does tick me off when the touchpad doesnt work. because sometimes you do need it.My G73JH has NEVER missed a keystroke, so don't say all of them. Go to control panel, click mouse, then click on change mouse settings, click on Device Settings, then click settings, Turn Palm Check all the way into the red, or, there is also a checkbox that says "Disable pointing device while Typing" turn that on. With both of those you will never miss a key stroke.
Updated on Dec 11, 2010
Updated on Mar 7, 2011Well, It's been 3-4 months since my last review, absolutely NO GPU problems. Has not crashed ONCE while playing Wow or Starcraft. I don't even seem to have the missing keystrokes issue. however, the touchpad does suck, but, I never use it. I have a Razer Mamba and a Razer Deathadder. I like the Mamba because it can be used as a wireless mouse or it can be used as a wired mouse. When I took it to best buy the day after I got it for th touchpad, they wouldn't ackowledge the touchpad issues, however they said something was wrong with the keyboard and they completely replaced it. Maybe that's why It has never missed a keystroke. If I didn't have mine I would be leary of purchasing it due to the reviews, but I gues I got lucky and got a good one, Besides touchpad I can't say anything bad about it.
Pros The i7 processor with the Radeon graphics card cannot be beat at this price. The rubberized surface and look is great. No worry about the fingerprints you get with a glossy plastic surface. The backlit keyboard is excellent.
Cons The first one I received had a bad pixel smack in the middle of the screen. I was astonished at the great service from Best Buy. They sent me a replacement overnight. I have read where other people also had bad units out of the box.
Summary I travel alot and size does matter. This is a monster...not for sitting on your lap. I use a Logitech gaming pad, gaming mouse and headset when playing WoW. I can crank the video settings and have no latency. I see no need to pay for the higher priced model. 6 GB of RAM is perfect as is a 500 GB HD and the screen res is more than acceptable. Save your money and buy this model. Now...it did not fit in my Kensington case. After much searching I found the case that other G73 owners have found, the M.A.S.K. KOA Custom backpack from Slappa (www.slappa.com). Check it out and read the reviews. Yes, it is not cheap but its awesome. This computer is not a replacement for my home gaming PC. I invest much more money on that computer because I use it the most. But you cannot go wrong at $1199 for a gaming PC with these specs. Happy Gaming!
Pros Powerful machine, beautiful design, back-lit keyboard and games like Crysis 2, CoD Black Ops, Fallout, Avp, Bulletstorm, Starcraft 2 on ULTRA details and highest resolution didn't even break a sweat. Best possible performance for the price.
Cons Where do I begin. A month into purchase graphic card started to act up freezing, crashing to the point that playing a game became impossible and working on documents risky. Asus had no clue what the hell is going on and denied such issues. After hours of
Summary Way too many issues with this model that seemed like it was launched prematurely likely in order to get competitive advantage. Asus support is not much help and for the price of this model ***. Overall great machine and shame to ASUS for their support. Thanks to gaming community geniuses for the solutions and hope you are working on more.
Pros Simply put - powerful laptop with top graphics at a very affordable price. My processor is a i7 - 1.73, and it is powerful. I use mine more for processing photos than games. Adobe photoshop CS5 just "sails" with this laptop. True colors, and powerful pr
Cons Personally I haven't had drawback with my G73. It's a large laptop, I'd say it's really more of a desktop replacement. - for me that's not a drawback, but for some it might be. It's hard to find a laptop bag to hold it - she a big "girl"
Summary I bought my G73 at bestbuy in march. I know it's not the newest model, but it more than meets my needs. the ATI graphics card is very powerful.
I also own a ASUS G53JW-A1, and a Alienware m11x. The alienware, in the first month had problems. But my ASUS laptops work great. I think it's hard to go wrong with this laptop, especially for the money
Pros Extreme power and speed, comfortable to use for long periods, nice keyboard, great sound, fast bootup
Cons Poor color calibration on the monitor, occasional freezes requiring a cold reset, sometimes slow filesystem
Summary My PCs usually last about 3 years or so, so I wanted to get one powerful enough to last 3-5 without getting too obsolete. And the G73jh certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to power and speed. It's also very comfortable to use with a large keyboard (for a laptop) and soft wristwrest. The numeric keypad is small, but at least there is one, so I no longer need my external keypad. One really nice touch is that the keys are somewhat clicky; not as much as an old IBM model M keyboard, of course, but they give much better feedback than most laptop keyboards. The speakers are quite powerful and clear. I leave them turned down low so as not to disturb the neighbors and they still fill my office with sound.
The screen is large and bright, but unfortunately it has a distinct blue cast that I was unable to get rid of with any combination of settings and calibration (lowering the gamma, increasing the contrast, and setting it to gamma correction mode helps a little, but doesn't solve it). This, along with the powerful backlight, means that unless you turn the brightness all the way down, black is never really black and other colors all look weaker than they should. As with most modern PCs, it unfortunately has a glossy finish, so expect to spend a lot of time looking at your reflection and squinting through the glare if you use it in a bright room. The vertical angle of view is rather limited, although horizontal is good. This display has been my biggest disappointment so far. When doing graphics work or watching movies, I use my external monitor for better colors and sharper-looking images.
I've seen others report problems with the touchpad, lost keystrokes, and overheating, but I haven't had any of these problems. I detest touchpads, so turning it off was one of the first things I did. The G73jh actually runs much cooler than any of the other laptops I've used - no need to underclock it. I have had a few freezes where all response is lost with no way even to get to the task manager or soft boot the system. (Three to five times in 7 months.) I think that's likely due to a driver issue, but hasn't been enough of a bother for me to try to fix it yet.
One problem that I haven't seen mentioned by others is that I sometimes seem to have a slow filesystem. In fact, basic file operations (copy, move, delete) or installing programs can take a ridiculously long time. I think that this is due to Windows 7 rather than the hardware, but it's the only performance bottleneck I've seen on this otherwise superfast system, so worth mentioning. It worried me when things that took maybe 5-10 minutes on my old XP system took 45 minutes to an hour on this system. But it doesn't seem to affect normal program usage much, if at all, only large-scale batches of file operations.
A couple of ways to make use of its power:
* Plug in an external monitor and run Ubuntu in a full-screen VirtualBox on it, while using Windows 7 on the main screen. Put XP in a window using VirtualPC. Now you can program, play, and test on multiple platforms simultaneously, and the performance is fine.
* Setup WAMP and drop a large, complicated dynamic website on localhost. You can run a webcrawler against it -without having to throttle it- and it can still handle the combined load of the crawler and the servers while doing other day-to-day things.
* Large batch automated testing, OCRing, or other data processing can run in the background without affecting your normal work or play.
* And of course, put your favorite games on and finally you can crank the settings all the way up.