Summary: G74 reloaded. After already having taken a closer look at a US variant of the Asus benchmark gaming notebook several months ago, we are now providing a review update for the German version somewhat belatedly. Does the G74 still belong among the elite?
Pros: High quality display, Moderate volume, Keyboard backlight, Very good performance, Matte surfaces, Good manufacturing quality, Large touchpad, Blu-ray drive, Two hard drives, Cool case, 3D presentation, Good audio quality, Above all else the exceptionally good display.
Cons: CPU throttling under load, Unfavorable port locations, Restrained battery life, Meager selection of interfaces, Bulky and heavy, Lots of bloatware, No Optimus, A graphics switching solution and more interfaces.
Excerpt: Table of contents « Prev All Pages Next » Asus G74SX with 17.3" matte 3D display tested 2. Specification and Package 3. Design and Ergonomics 4. Desing and Ergonomics Continued 5. CPU and HDD performance 6. Gaming performance 8. Temperature and Noise 9.
Conclusion: As with the MSI GT780R, the Asus G74Sx-A1 offers solid gaming performance at a price well below those of today's boutique machines. It won’t come close to the performance you’ll get from high-end, high-cost gaming rigs like the Malibal Nine X7200 and Maingear Titan 17, but it gets the job done for a fraction of the price.
Pros: Solid performance for price, 1080p display, Includes Blu-ray drive, Runs cool
Cons: Bulky chassis, Light on ports, Disappointing battery life
Excerpt: The Asus line of G73 Stealth notebooks proved to be all-around solid desktop replacements, equally ideal for gaming, multimedia, and productivity. In fact, the Asus G53 and G73 line, from Asus' Repulic of Gamers (ROG) family, has been very successful in the market, praised by press and end users alike. We took a look at the previous generation 17-inch G73SW not long ago and it earned high marks with team HH as well.
Pros: Solid CPU & GPU combination, Excellent overall design, Plenty of storage, Beautiful display, Relatively strong battery life
Cons: Mediocre speakers, Some performance inconsistency, An SSD would be nice (although it is an option in other configurations)
Summary: With the G74SX-A2, ASUS has updated its desktop gaming notebook in all the right ways. While the changes to the chassis are subtle, the design feels fresh and is comfortable to use for long stretches. Inside, the SSD, quad-core CPU, and one of Nvidia's most powerful GPUs mean that gamers won't be wanting for performance, either.
Pros: Performance powerhouse, Sleek and comfortable design, Improved keyboard, Runs exceptionally cool, Solid audio quality with THX software
Cons: Heavy even for a desktop replacement, Lacks webcam software
Summary: New strengths. The new Asus G74 was already seen at the Cebit this year in Hanover, even if as a mock-up. It also hardened initial suspicions regarding the use of the new Nvidia GTX 560M graphics solution. Now the time has finally arrived and the gaming machine is slowly turning up in the first shops. Read here, how the 3D gamer fares in comparison to its predecessor, G73, and the current competition.
Pros: High-end case impression, Pleasant and generous keyboard, Excellent display, 3D function, Good application/gaming performance, Very quiet during load, Always very low surface temperatures, Top display brightness, top image contrast, matt display surface, 120Hz - 3D optional. Gamer heart (eye), what more could you want?
Cons: Always very audible in idle mode, Touchpad's stubborn multi-touch function, Scanty interfaces supply, Throttling during extreme load, No GPU-Switch (Optimus), The predecessor's very quiet office noise. Any device can be loud and deliver performance, but maximum performance with minimum noise emissions was Asus G series' figurehead until now. That's too bad, even if the G74SX is still unrivaled quiet during load.
Preview: Asus G74SX 3D Gaming Notebook under Review
28 June 2011
Summary: The empire strikes back. Asus' G-series attracted many mobile gamers in recent years. Now, we are reviewing the newest release of the " Republic of Gamers", the G74S with Nvidia Geforce GTX 560M graphics and Intel i7-2630QM CPU. Our first results would like to give you a taste of the detailed review coming soon.
Excerpt: This Notebook is on Stealth mode no more as I get my sweaty hands on her.. Armed with the power of Sandybridge and GTX560M, time to see if she can fly! Asus India sent a G74SX ROG notebook. To those who are not familiar: ROG series hardware (not just notebooks) are aimed specifically for gamers and hardware enthusiasts- and also achieved an unspoken reputation of being a generic choice to those who love “bling”.
Asus G74SX-A2 - Core i7-2630QM 2GHz - 17.3-inch TFT
12 January 2011
Summary: Asus has built a very nice sideline over the years with its gaming laptops, including the G74SX, which is a strong, if expensive, quad-core rig that works fine, but looks like it should cost less.
Cons: It's very expensive, while some parts still feel cheap, and higher-end boutique laptops beat it on performance.