Summary: I purchased this laptop in October 2010. I was looking for a portable computer suitable for mobile software development, some scientific computing, and the occasional game. It appeared as though this machine was a perfect fit with a perfect price. It has been great for me as a graduate student. Prior, I would use a desktop at home for heavy duty activity and bring a small laptop to and from school/work daily. This ASUS has essentially replaced both.
Summary: Amazing laptop. It is also HUGE. I can't look at a normal laptop anymore without thinking its a netbook. This laptop came with everything in the listing. (Bought new that is.) Everything meets what it says. The graphics are amazing, and the speed is amazing. The graphics card is sometimes not noticed by a game. For example, in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the graphics card was "undetected" and I had to set the graphics manually.
Summary: edit 11/27/2011: I needed to point out that Asus support did honor the warranty, and my laptop was back in about a week, all fixed. After months of daily use, I have not noticed any ill effects of my dropping, so they truly fixed it. And, in my case, I didn't lose any data on the hard drive (even though I had backed everything up and removed personal data).
Summary: Overall a very solid laptop computer. While running it stays quite cool, and the overall shape of the computer is very well designed. The only two complaints I have is that... 1. I still can't run the newer games on the highest graphics. 2. Just setting up the computer proved itself to be a difficult process (many bugs with the updates/OS not being installed properly).
Summary: I really liked this laptop for it's specs, look and feel. Unfortunatley I had problems with it starting on day 1. While sycning my iphone to itunes it crashed and caused my iphone to crash as well, making it un-usable; after rebooting the laptop and recconecting the phone, it would not even recognize the device to let me do a restore. I had to bring my ipone to an apple retailer to restore for me, losing all my data.
Summary: I just got this product the other day. The best part of this product is its video card. It is meant for gaming and entertainment. Although i'm not familiar with the brand, I'm very satisfied with the purchase. I owned 3 HP laptops, 1 Macbook Proo, and 2 Netbooks before this. And honestly, this laptop is the best so far with it has. I've been using it for past 2 days now.
Summary: Great Machine for gamer, high specs at fraction of costs. however.... if you are looking for something that reliable save your self the trouble and look else where. Pro: -Costs. -Truly built for gamer, you can toss every game at this beast and it will chew it up and ask for more! -Did I mention screen is big and crisp? -Quite, almost silent alike, even under full load. -Two hard drive bay, G73-XA1 version comes with just one hard drive.
Summary: UPDATE- XA-1 CANNOT handle games such as world in conflict, witcher and crysis on highest settings out of the box. You have to overclock the GPU (download MSI afterburner). It should run smoothly after that :) SHORT VERSION- 1) Screen sucks (you WILL get the characteristic LCD shades of grey for black) 2) Windows 7's features are annoying because it eats at hard disk usability. 3) The graphics card on the p.c.
ASUS G73JW-XA1 Asus Review - Will be updated for at least a year
Duhkgeorge "Bashfull user", Amazon
11 November 2010
Summary: One of the things I find frustrating are reviews that say "this is wonderful" right out of the package without giving ongoing experiences. As this is a lovely little laptop that I would expect to be around for a while I'll be updating for a year with check ins about once a month. Ratings (created: 11.29.10): After playing with it for 20 some days I'm ready to add ratings.