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Asus G71GX-RX05 review: Asus G71GX-RX05

Juice box
Asus G71GX-RX05  
Off (watts) 1.3
Sleep (watts) 3.3
Idle (watts) 46.5
Load (watts) 98.6
Raw (annual kWh) 200.4
Energy Star compliant No
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $22.75

The G71GX-RX05 ran for 2 hours and 11 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included eight-cell battery. That's not great but is expected for a system of its caliber. Our battery drain test is fairly demanding, too, so you can expect longer life while Web surfing or doing general productivity tasks. Compared with the two other performance laptops in our 2009 retail back-to-school roundup, the Asus has high power demands. It's also not Energy Star qualified.

Asus includes a two-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system; however, the battery is only covered for one year. The company's support Web site has improved much over the past few years, and includes easy-to-find driver downloads and manuals, along with a brief FAQ section. Retail stores offer a variety of extended warranty plans with your laptop purchase, but they're generally expensive and hard to use, so we do not recommend them.

This system is available from Best Buy only. With PC purchases after June 26, Best Buy will provide a free, full version of Windows 7 when it becomes available in October. The laptop must be running Windows Vista Home Premium, Ultimate, or Business to qualify and will receive the corresponding Windows 7 program.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Unreal Tournament 3 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x800, 0X AA, 8X AF*  
1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF  

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations:

Asus G71GX-RX05
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700; 6,144MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

HP Pavilion dv7-2185DX
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad-Core Q9000; 6,144MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Sony Vaio FW480J/T
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350; 6,144MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650; 400GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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