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Asus G73Jh-TZ008V - Usability, Connectivity & Audio-Visual

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers


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So far, then, the Asus G73Jh looks and feels like a premium product, but what's it like to use? As with so many stylish laptops, Asus' latest uses an isolation-style keyboard. Its layout is spot-on and a full number pad has been included. Feedback is slightly shallow but still well-defined, and the huge sloped and textured palm-rests make for an extremely comfortable typing experience. There's some very minor flex in the keyboard's centre, but it does little to detract from the experience. Our only other disappointment is the lack of dedicated macro keys, as found on the Rock Xtreme 840SLI-X9100.

Like the keyboard, the large multi-touch touchpad is a pleasure to use. It's probably the roomiest pad we've come across barring the likes of the Apple Macbooks, and it's nice and sensitive. Unfortunately, the pad is rather badly let down by its buttons. Incorporated into a single rocker switch, they not only offer shallow and undefined feedback but are also very stiff; a combination that makes them almost unusable for more complex actions like dragging and dropping. The only mediating factor is that for gaming, an external mouse is mandatory anyway.

Connectivity is also somewhat disappointing. The G73Jh's chassis offers bucketloads of room for connections, but all you get is four USB 2.0 ports (two on each side), VGA and HDMI video outputs, 3.5mm headphone/digital audio and microphone jacks, a memory card reader and Gigabit Ethernet port. There's no sign of DisplayPort, eSATA or an ExpressCard slot, the latter two of which even the smaller Asus G60J managed to include! USB 3.0 would be a nice addition, too, especially as Asus has begun including it on some of its new models.

On the other hand, the G73Jh's audio performance is singularly impressive. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that this laptop's 2.1 system provides the best sound we've ever heard from a laptop (certainly for gaming and movies), making even more of an impact than the previous champion, the Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T. Not only do the stereo speakers provide a convincing soundstage with plenty of clarity without distorting at high volume levels, but the subwoofer adds substantial punch. While the resulting audio is slightly bass-biased, this is not a disadvantage for its target audience, and frankly everything from explosions to subtle background music comes across beautifully. It's all underpinned by the G73Jh's integrated EAX Advanced HD 4.0 sound chip, which helps to get the most out of compatible games.

Unsurprisingly, the 17.3in screen doesn't quite live up to the quality of its speakers, but is nonetheless a cut above many gaming laptops. Unfortunately it's just as reflective as most, though this does help improve perceived contrast and the G73Jh is not really the kind of laptop you'd be using outside anyway. On the topic of contrast, it does somewhat better than many rivals, displaying quite subtle dark gradations - albeit at the cost of white purity, but that's a sensible compromise on a gaming machine.

Colours also tend to be reasonably realistic, and it doesn't suffer from banding or obvious artefacts. Meanwhile its Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution means you get plenty of desktop real-estate and excellent sharpness, while ghosting was minimal.

On the negatives list, viewing angles are quite narrow, though they don't suffer as much contrast shift as many TN-panel based displays. There's some backlight inconsistency and edge bleed from the left-hand side, though this is only noticeable in a dark environment. It's a sad fact that if you want a really good display on a gaming laptop, Dell is still the only choice as far as we're aware, with an RGB LED-backlit option (like that on the Dell Studio XPS 16 we reviewed a while back) making its appearance in the company's Alienware M17x.

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June 12, 2010, 1:21 pm

An F117 is only about the size of a fighter aircraft. Now a B2 well that's a bit different!

Nice design though as its a gaming laptop but is very understated, well at least compared to an alienware! Shame there's no backlit keyboard.


June 12, 2010, 3:23 pm

On the first page, it says that there it is a blue-backlit keyboard.

I like the fact that this is a gaming laptop, that doesn't have any skulls or too many LEDs.


June 13, 2010, 12:56 pm

Probably a bit out the loop here, but if battery life is still this dire with in a laptop this big and heavy, which necessitates always being connected to a power source anyway, shouldn't the market be approaching this from the other angle and trying to miniaturise all-in-one PCs instead? Maybe it sounds stupid with more 'pieces' to carry but if they included like a little luggage-style case rather than a rucksack, that might be a better compromise. In the end, it seems the user just wants to be able to stash away one vaguely tidy, transportable item, so perhaps the desktop is a better starting off point, as the laptop form factor, no matter how big, doesn't allow enough thickness for the required graphics card and cooling components. Does this approach exist much?

Denis iii

June 14, 2010, 11:45 am

so tell me, why should I buy in the UK rather then import from that states all in for £1400+-?

Please explain why I'm paying 400quid more for a £ symbol on the keyboard.


June 14, 2010, 2:03 pm


Indeed, as Jesper pointed out, I mention in the review that this laptop DOES have a backlit keyboard (though the pictures don't show it). I agree with both of you about the appeal of the understated look, it's what I would want in a gaming machine.


A good point. With the constantly increasing popularity of AIO systems, I'm sure a manufacturer will bring out a gaming model at some stage (there's already a few coming to market that will at least play the latest titles, even if they might not handle Crysis at full detail).

Also 'hardcore' SFF (Mini-ITX-based) gaming systems seem to be slowly gaining in popularity (keep an eye out for reviews soon).


Much as I would like to say there's a good reason...

-Oh, I remembered: there's the larger Enter key ;)

Denis iii

June 15, 2010, 5:09 pm


as much as I'm pissed off at Asus for jacking up the UK price your larger Enter key comment made my day lol they must be very expensive to manufacture


June 15, 2010, 9:55 pm


Glad to hear it :D

Indeed - I wonder if they're even making any profit off the £400 after deducting the extra manufacturing cost of that larger Enter key...


March 19, 2013, 11:47 pm

This laptop has one huge flaw - it overheats something terrible and needs taking apart about every 18 months or less to have coolling gell renewed on the CPU otherwise it will constanly overheat and crash = major design flaw. Pity as this is a nice looking and running laptop otherwise. Yes you can run games on it - but it is not in a safe long term gaming rig.

Connor Stott

June 26, 2013, 4:27 pm

I ended up buying this laptop from Newegg and keep in mind this is refurbished. I have not had any problems with it overheating at all. Over all it has been a awesome laptop that has been keeping up with new high end laptop's. For $900 i think it was a hell of a deal.

Cons: the size of it is at times inconvenient but i knew this when i was buying it.

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