The Good HDMI and E-SATA jacks; cool industrial design; reasonably priced gaming rig.
The Bad Merely average gaming scores; not for those who don't want a glowing eyeball on their laptops.
The Bottom Line Asus offers up a respectable 17-inch gaming rig with the Asus G2S. Its good looks, however, are offset by uninspiring gaming performance.
Asus regularly wows us with innovative products such as the ultraportable $399 Eee PC and experiments with secondary Sideshow displays, but how does the company fare building a typical 17-inch gaming system? While high-end gaming rigs from Alienware can run more than $3,000, the Asus G1 gives you a decent set of specs--a few steps down from the top-of-the-line--for a reasonable $1,999 (although the Toshiba X205 offers twin SLI GPUs and a slower processor for the same price). The G2's unique look is a nice change of pace from the corporate Dell/Gateway/etc. design philosophies, but serious gamers will need more video-card muscle than the included Nvidia GeForce 8600 will provide.
The G2S has a decidedly industrial flair, with a brushed-metal lid and wrist rest and black interior. The black keyboard tray, upon closer inspection, reveals a subtle crosshatch pattern, which adds some pleasing depth to the flat surfaces of the laptop. Metal accents in the lid on the hinges add an industrial flavor, but the red lights on the sides of the lid are a bit too bold for our tastes. Many of these design touches are the same as those found on Asus' 15-inch G1 gaming laptop.
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