Asus's ROG (Republic of Gamers )line up of products have always had an air of exclusivity to them, whether it was a motherboard, graphics card or laptop. These were somethings any enthusiast would kill to possess and today's G73JW gaming laptop is no exception. This thoroughbred laptop is at the pinnacle of high-end and packs in every feature one can think of today into a stunning package.
The G73 is available in two other flavors; the G73JH, which comes with an ATI Mobility HD5870, and the G73SW that features the same GTX 460M that we have in our review model but is not bundled with Nvidia's 3D vision kit. All three laptops have the same build and finish, the only differentiating factor being the specifications and the bundle.
The G73JW has a stealth fighter inspired chassis that houses a Core i7 740QM processor which is a multithreaded quad core CPU running at 1.73GHz. To keep that CPU company is 8GB of DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz. For storage we have two 500GB 7200rpm hard drives in RAID and for graphics, a GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory. Along with that we have a 4x Blu-Ray combo drive, WiFi 'n', 8-cell 75Whr battery and a 17.3" full HD 3D screen.
Unlike the G51Jx, where you had to carry around the 3DVision transmitter everywhere, it's built into the G73JW, so all you need is the 3D glasses and you're good to go. This is a very good move by Asus as the whole setup is a lot neater without wires running all over the place. There is one immediate issue that we see with this set up though, there's no way to adjust the depth of the 3D image while gaming as there isn't any toggle button or scroll wheel on the laptop like on the transmitter. Let's see if that really becomes an issue when we test it.
Apart from one bloke who thought it looked like a scanner (don't worry, he's been taken care of) we absolutely loved the look and design that surpasses the Alienware as well. The entire exterior is covered with a rubber finish with just the Asus logo in chrome. The stealth look goes even further once you check out the rear vents. It reminds you of the taillights of a Lamborghini, it's a shame they don't light up. The cooling system of the G73JW is designed in such a way that cool air is sucked in through the front and only escapes through the rear vents, so even if you were to use it on your lap, it wouldn't get too unaffordable. Well if the heat doesn't do it, the weight surely will - how does 3.8kg sound? This is anyway a desktop replacement and not meant to be used on a lap.