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Hands-on with Newly Unveiled Asus G60Vx

As this is a pretty big machine one would expect plenty of connectivity options and this is definitely the case. Starting on the left you'll find a VGA out, a USB port, an aerial input, mini-FireWire, a combined USB and eSATA port, an HDMI output, the memory card reader and a 54mm ExpressCard slot.

Moving to the right are a trio of audio jacks. One for a microphone and two line-outs, one supporting S/PDIF. Then there are two USB ports, beside which sits the Blu-ray ROM drive.

There's more on the back, too. Another USB port brings the total to four. It's joined by the Gigabit Ethernet port and the power input.

On paper the G60Vx should be a very quick machine, though the Intel Core 2 Quad in the sample system is only the Q9000. This may have the benefit of four cores but it's only clocked at 2.0GHz, which isn't especially fast. How this will affect system performance, particularly gaming performance, remains to be seen. It's safe to assume, though, that it will depend on the application and game - those optimised for quad-cores will be happy, but others maybe not so much.

A 64-bit install of Windows Vista Home Premium should keep the 4GB DDR3 RAM well occupied, while the system supports dual hard drive configurations. This means a potential 1TB of capacity, though we can't confirm whether this will be the standard configuration.

For graphics you'll get an nVidia GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB dedicated memory. We haven't had the chance to becnhmark a system using this card just yet, but if it performs anything like nVidia claims it will (not a given), it should deliver ample performance for the latest games.

That just leaves pricing and availability. Asus was quoting an £1,499 SRP, which isn't too bad for a high-spec system and premium chassis, with models due to go on sale in mid-July. Overall our initial impressions of the system are pretty positive. For a gaming laptop it's relatively compact and its design is unobtrusive, with only the backit keyboard adding a little panache. We'll be sure to give our verdict next month when it goes on sale.


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