Another heavyweight contender from ASUS, the Asus G74 is here to risk it all for the title of best gaming laptop! It’s a part of the Republic of Gamers product line.
At a glance we can see some nice features present on this machine, like a 17.3 inch display, full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, an Intel 2nd generation Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphic card with an impressive 3GB dedicated video DDR5 memory, a whopping 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, two hard drives, 750 and 500 GB at 7200 rpm, 4 USB slots, card reader, VGA, HDMI, Webcam, Wireless N, Bluetooth, Gigabit LAN, an 8 Cell 74 Wh battery to provide for all your gaming needs. This bad boy weighs 9.42 pounds and measures 16.5 x 12.8 x 0.8~2.4 inches.
This machine looks like a stealth fighter! Sleek, sexy and powerful! What I really like about its design is the cooling vents and the smooth black plastic finish.
The keyboard is well designed and the buttons are not too small, plus they’re nicely distributed, of course it was only possible due to the fact that this laptop’s massive! The trackpad is accurate and responsive, adding to the pleasure of using this machine for all your gaming needs.
The sound provided by the EAX Enhanced stereo 2.1 speakers is excellent, the 8 Cell 74 Wh battery lasts only about two or three hours during regular usage and only one hour when running a game. The Wireless N, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 slot and Gigabit LAN add to the value of this laptop, connectivity-wise. The webcam and eight in one card reader are also cool aspects of this machine.
To wrap it up, the Asus G74SX boasts an excellent design, nice keyboard, impressive full HD 3D display, good price of around $1700 to $2000 for its value, rather decent battery life considering its technical specifications, and all round excellent materials. Beware though, some of you might not really like this Gaming rig due to a multitude of reasons which might include it’s super weight, meaning it’s rather immobile compared to other machines, and the price of course might be too high for your average day-to-day gamer.