- Product Dimensions: 41.7 x 30.5 x 5.6 cm ; 3.9 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 9 Kg
- Item model number: G72Gx-A1
- ASIN: B002WOR4OW
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Dec 9 2009
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,007 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
ASUS G72Gx-A1 Republic of Gamers 17-Inch Gaming Laptop - Black
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- Intel Q9000 Core 2 Quad Processor 2.00GHz
- 6GB of DDR2 RAM, 3 slots, 6GB Max
- 1 TB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM); BlueRay Disk Combo Drive
- NVidia GTX 260M Graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM; Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
- 17.3-Inch Full HD LCD Display; 2.0M Webcam; Gaming Backpack and Gaming Mouse Included
More than just a high definition entertainment notebook, the ASUS G72Gx packs the muscle to propel users into a world of immersive gaming and emerge victorious at the end of every encounter. Powered by an Intel Quad Core processor, the ASUS G72Gx is highly capable of delivering maximum entertainment enjoyment while out and about. The G72Gx features a NVidia GTX 260M Graphics Engine with 1GB DDR3 video ram. With a mind-blowing 3DMark (2006) score of up to 10,000, further complimented by NVIDIA PhysX, as well as CUDA, the NVidia GTX 260M provides users with an unprecedented visual extravaganza. Equipped with a 17.3-Inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and supported by ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, which provides users with 6 pre-set settings which enhances images, videos, and in-game graphics, the G72Gx is the perfect choice for those who want to be ready for any game anytime. The G72Gx also comes with a backlit keyboard perfect for gaming in any environment. The G72Gx comes with the ASUS 360 service program with a 2 year global warranty, one month zero bright dot guaranty, free two-way shipping and twenty-four hour tech support seven days a week. In addition,a One Year Accidental Damage Warranty is included, protecting your notebook from drops, fire, spills and surges. The package contains 2 year warranty card, notebook, gaming backpack, and gaming mouse.
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I'd normally rate this laptop a 4, because it has a few issues but to help counteract the ridiculous 1 star ratings I'm making it a five star.
I've had this computer for nearly a year now and it has been impeccable. I purchased this laptop at Best Buy during a special promotion in the $900 price range. It was just before the release of the new i-core Intel processors.
I've thrown a lot at this laptop, pushed it to it's limits and I've never had it shut down due to overheating. I've played graphic intense games with the game graphics settings on "best" or "ultra" and the laptop delivers as promised. I also have a tendency to fall asleep on the couch and I awake to find the laptop on the floor. So it's taken a beating, not to mention I travel with it at least twice a week and I've had no issues with the hard drives or any other component failing which can be a problem in some laptops that aren't well protected on the interior.
To address the heat complaints, what do you expect when you put a powerful processor and the GTX 260M into a small plastic "container"? An icy chilling feel down the back of your neck??? And the hot air blowing out of the back is a problem? Where do you want the heat released? Those comments are irrelevant and those reviewers need to purchase a basic eMachine PC for their word processing and stop gaming.
I do not like the trackpad, all laptop trackpads are useless (but you don't give a one-star review because of it), I don't like the integrated webcam, it's one of the worse I've experienced and I bought my own. Asus makes it seem as though this laptop has all-mighty wonderful sound which simply isn't true without external speakers. The integrated speakers sound like any other laptop...crap.
Point of this review, if you want a gaming laptop that doubles as an everyday PC, is sturdy, well-built and meets or exceeds other laptops at this price point with similar specs...the Asus G72GX should seriously be considered.
First, I'll address the whiners' issues:
1) Overheating issues happen when the heat sink behind the fan gets clogged with dust. You have to clean it out. That's normal for every computer. When the heat sink has no dust, the system cools normally.
2) The power cord is a standard brick that you will find with many electronics. Mine works fine, but if it goes out I can go to any discount electronics store and get one for pennies on the dollar.
3) The side hinges are actually sturdy as hell. They're magnetic, and I even bent one backwards on accident and it still works fine.
Now for my review (copied from another review I put on NewEgg):
Pros: Workhorse processor: The P8700 is one of Intel's Core 2 Duo immortals. It can't keep up with the current generation of multi-threaded multi-core monsters, but for anyone with moderate gaming and media editing needs, it will work its tail off and not complain. It definitely beats most dual-core processors that you would buy in brand new budget and medium range laptops today.
Solid dedicated graphics: If you're just going to use the 17.3" screen, the GTX 260M should give you the capacity needed to run most games on High settings. With some tweaking and processor overclocking, you can probably hit Ultra on some of the more popular titles from the past few years like Skyrim and Starcraft 2.
Amazing keyboard: It's sleek, tactile, and non-stick. Typing is a dream on this machine.
Sound: So many laptops have complete junk sound. This one delivers crisp quality (not a lot of bass, of course) both on the unit and through the HDMI into a TV as well. I've tested both and I'm very pleased.
Cons: 6GB DDR2 RAM: 6GB is an ok amount of RAM for a multitasker. But this is DDR2, so it's a slight step back. But given this is a classic gaming machine in its own right (dual-core processor, 200 series nVidia graphics), there's not a lot to complain about if you know what you're getting into.
Battery life: Gaming laptops don't sport a lot of battery life in general, but this one will only get you about an hour of true power. Seriously though, if you're a gamer using a laptop, you should always have the AC adapter handy.
Fan sound: The fan in this sucker starts quiet and then, depending on how hard you're pushing the resources, will spool up to sound like a model jet taking off. It can slightly overpower the onboard sound. Otherwise, it's normally fine.
Other Thoughts: First, I purchased this used several weeks ago. I just wanted a moderate-level gaming machine that would last about 2 years or so. The Core 2 Duo E8700 has fantastic reviews, and the GTX 260M will be nVidia supported until April 2016. So this fit perfectly.
I've played dozens of games on this unit since acquiring it. I've had no problems that couldn't be solved with a driver update. Once I did close the laptop in the middle of a Skyrim session, corrupting a lot of the data and causing a blue screen of death which had to be fixed through running chkdsk and Windows Startup Repair. That was my fault though, and everything works fine after fixing it.
If you can find this unit for a good price and you don't demand utter graphical perfection in every game, get this unit.
So heres what I hate about the computer.
It scratches easily.
The blue light on the case is so annoying, kinda cool. But annoying. I have to put it in hibernation mode or completely shut it off when I'm going to sleep or the blinking blue light would keep me up and drive me crazy.
Its blue... or it has blue sparkles in it... Yeah I can see it. I hate blue. Wouldn't mind if it was greem. But not really a huge problem.
The laptop eats power, but thats to be expected. But even after you close the laptop (with out putting it in hibernation mode or shutting it off) it eats power and could go dead if the cord is not in.
The two side covers that protect the usb ports and other stuff... are nice but completely useless. they'll partially break in no time... if not completely fall off.
The mouse pad is so sensitive... a tiny strand of cat hair could be lying on it and it'll start doing its two finger functions.
The speakers are very hard to clean...and I most definately do not like where the dvd drive is placed.
Oh and windows 7... i hate it!
Now for what I love about this computer.
I love that the keyboard lights up for some quality In the dark typing time. Although i wish it had a dimmer setting. It has these three setting... Bright, Brighter, and Brightest.
Another thing I love..... 500 gb hardrive, 6 GB Ram, Intel processor: 2.35 ghz
17 in wide screen.... MOVIES!!!
I haven't had any problems with the hard drive or power corrd which.... those happen to be my two main problem with my last laptop... especially the cord.
It locks. OMG it locks. Perfect for little two year olds that bangs and drools on keyboards.
The webcam is not entirely cheap, the picture and video quality from it are suprisingly decent.
Its came with the install cds. Well atleast mines did. Most laptops out there on the market no longer come with the install cd's... you have to call and request them, and then you have to pay shipping.
It was 600 dollars. Thats killer cheap, for a laptop with 500 gbs and 6gb ram, and 2.35 ghz with a 17 inch screen.... yeah thats pretty cheap to me.
I would definatly reccomend this laptop... But at a specific price range.
First off, let's start with the problems I've had with this laptop:
The keyboard is probably faulty as it tends to type up letters/space twice.
I had to buy a new hard drive within 6 months of use(that may just be me).
I've had the screen go white for quite a while now(might be a loose connection). I have to move the screen to get it back to normal.
The screen also does flicker, more-so when the laptop is running on the battery.
The CD/DVD drive gets stuck and will not read my recorded disks, only the originals(I don't know why it started doing this).
Recently, I've had the laptop shut off by itself! Probably due to the poor, poor design for the ventilation. It only has one area of ventilation and that's at the back(and it's small). A laptop with this much power should have more proper ventilation. It gets really hot!
An easy fix is to get a portable fan and place it behind the laptop to keep it cool(which is what I'm doing right now).
Other than that, minor issues include:
Is a finger-print/dust magnet. It also does scratch easily.
Battery life is expected to be short, but it still gets drained even without it being on.
It's heavy(as expected as it's a desktop replacement-yet still annoying to deal with when carrying).
The positives are of course, the specifications. It does well with games. The design is what brought me to buy this product as it looks very stylish.
I would not recommend this laptop or brand to anyone. I still have a 5 year old Toshiba laptop that still works and has had less problems than this laptop.