This consumer review is for the ASUS G74SX notebook that was a gift to me this past Christmas. Initial reaction upon recieving it was as could be expected - I felt like a kid in a candy store! I was definately not expecting it, so I was completely caught off guard. I've had a few months to 'break her in' and I've yet to find any significant drawbacks that would warrant concern.
The display is massive at 17.3 inches which is perfect for online gaming or watching movies. This system is specifically designed with gaming performance, and I can confirm that both Skyrim and Battlefield 3 (currently some of the most resource intense games on the market) both pass with flying colors. The processor in the ASUS G74SX is the Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM processor. It has available space for up to 16 gigs of DDR3 ram, and comes standard with the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM! Basically, its fast. In both Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, I was able to run both games on ultra settings, and the G74SX didn't even blink. I was slightly concerned about long gaming sessions, as my previous laptop was prone to getting exceedingly hot; however I was in for a surprise. The think tank at ASUS designed the computer with comfort as well as power in mind, and at the back of the unit are two fans. Without effort, the laptop is able to dissipate heat from the unit without a blowing sensation on the knee's or sounding like a vacuum cleaner. Infact the fans are so quiet, you rarely even notice them. One setting I had to change rather quickly though was to disable the mouse pad on the laptop - a first world problem for sure, but it's too big! I would often find myself accidentally moving the mouse when I was typing, though its very easy to configure so that it is automatically disabled when you plug-in the mouse.
A big plus for me is the solid state drive on the G74SX. To be frank, if you have played Battlefield 3 you know that the loading time from the application page takes FOREVER. Though, the fast speed of the drive allow me to join games about twice as fast as my friends - I'm already on a kill streak before their even in the match! The weight of the laptop can be a consideration to some, it's heavy. Much heavier than you would expect at a glance, its approximately 10 pounds. You should keep this in mind when attempting to pick it up, as trying to do a 'One hand Grab' could potentially damage the screen if you pick it up incorrectly. Also, because of the high performance of the laptop, the battery life is severely limited. There are options that allow you to go into power saving mode which drastically increase battery life, though I would just suggest setting up your gaming lounge next to an outlet.
Overall I couldn't be happier with the gift, and though I wasn't responsible for paying it, the ASUS was definitely worth the price tag! I would avidly recommend it to any gamer out there looking to upgrade their system. This is one that will literally allow you to take your game wherever you want.
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