Asus might be one of the leaders in the netbook market but their G74SX Republic of Gamers Laptop, as you might guess from the name, is one for the gamers and all about high-end performance. Just because this PC is portable, Asus doesn’t expect avid gamers to miss out on the best-quality gaming experience possible.
And make no mistake, this is an absolute beast. Everything about the G74SX has been geared towards effortless, high-spec performance that allows you to enjoy the latest games as the programmers want you to: with game speed, size and detail whacked up to eleven.
The second-generation Intel Core i7 2630QM Processor sets the tone and the NVIDIA GTX 560M GPU, 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM and DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM (with room to add four more Quad-Core chips) don’t let the fireworks stop. The 17″ screen is full HD, which means you don’t lose
any of the quality visuals this computer can handle, and EAX Advanced HD 5.0 gaming audio allows you to get even more immersed.
Portability is where this machines falls down slightly. This has been designed and built – very successfully – as a desktop replacement machine. Weighing in 4.28kg it is not light and the size of the screen means it’s quite chunky when folded down.
That is not to say there aren’t positives to the design, however. Other laptops of a similar spec might produce a lot of heat and noise, but Asus have developed a venting system to get hot air out of the machine, keeping the user cool and preventing the ambient noise from creeping up. In addition to that, the inclined keyboard and rubberised palm rests are very comfortable indeed, and the trackpad is responsive.
Asus claims the machine gives users the best 3D ecosystem for PCs, and offers 3D content creation and editing and the ability to stream to 3D TVs. As an overall package, the G74SX is not just a great choice for gamers but also for freelancers and students looking for a portable machine to do multimedia programming and processing or someone looking for a multimedia entertainment hub. Provided you have carried out a broadband speed test and know you have a quick enough feed, you will have no problems streaming videos, audio and games smoothly and very quickly as well as taking advantage of the brilliant speeds offline.
If you are after a portable machine to carry out basic tasks on then this machine is wildly over specified and might be too sizeable. Where it comes into its own, and it really does outshine the competition, is as a high-performance desktop replacement that can carry out resource-sapping tasks in an instant. Whether you are editing, mixing, programming, enjoying the latest games in all their glory, or streaming effortlessly this laptop will blow you away.