Asus – Republic of Gamers G74SX-A2 Review
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Recently, ASUS began breathing life back into the PC Gaming scene with the launch of the Republic of Gamers PC computing style brand. ASUS has always been a strong component brand for PC Gamers and PC builders. Coming off from successes in the netbook industry, they pressing forward in solidifying ASUS as a powerhouse maker of full systems as well as a component manufacturer. To date, their top end Portable Gaming Rigs get high reviews in performance. Their price range keeps them off of big box shelves like Best Buy and FutureShop but lower end versions of the systems do appear there. After comparing their top end system to the budget versions, I can’t help but feel that the lower end versions being the only accessible units at the larger retailers is actually hurting the brand and is counterproductive to the initiative as a whole. That said, those gamers keen enough to do the research and find the top end , G74 series models will be well rewarded. Not being a huge fan of current 3D tech and itching to try the SSD model, I grabbed the A2 for the review.
Equipped with a powerful quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 560M GeForce graphics with 3GB of RAM, and two hard drives, one of which is a 160 GB SSD this is the stuff of dreams. The trade off from the A1 model is a $200 higher price tag and the drive configuration of 160GB SSD and 750GB HDD vs. a single 1.5GB HDD in the A1. Impressive as the Tech specs are, the real points go to style and design. The wrist pad is rubberized and dust resistant, the keyboard face is backlit and finished with fingerprint resistant brushed aluminum with good spacing between the keys and a standalone numberpad. The unique airflow design pulls air evenly from across the front and out a massive vent in the back. The result is cool to the touch, near silent operation even when running the latest titles at max resolution. The is especially true when running exclusively off of the SSD. The Altec Lansing Speakers put out satisfactory sound but with this size of a rig, I expected better resonance and clarity.
Portability is a convenient feature but don’t expect it to be as light as your iPad or Netbook. It’s a good thing it comes packaged with its own custom fit Targus backpack. Buyers be sure to check that retailers aren’t stealing the pack and trying to resell it to you. It comes in the factory sealed outer container. The unit also comes with an ASUS ROG gaming mouse that is comparable with some Razer models.
Bottom line: this is a fantastic, ultra silent gaming rig that take on today’s best titles and provides great value at its current price tag.
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- Asus’ Republic of Gamers G74Sx 18.4″ 3D laptop is for serious gamers (zdnet.com)