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ASUS G74SX-A1 review

ASUS G74SX - The Stealth Bomber

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Launch SRP S$2998

Overall rating 7.5/10
Design:
7.5
Features:
7
Performance:
7.5
Value:
7.5
Mobility:
6.5
THE GOOD
Non-reflective screen
Bundled Steelseries Siberia Headset and ROG Mouse
Decent battery life
THE BAD
Mid-range GPU
Mushy trackpad buttons
Weak audio subsystem
Very heavy


Conclusion

Conclusion

The Asus G74SX is a decent and reasonably priced gaming notebook that will handle most games just fine. If you’re looking for something similar to Alienware styling but without the S$4k price tag, this might be a consideration but if not, there are definitely better choices out there. While the exterior looks pretty awesome with its sports car grille and stealth bomber style, the interior is a ho-hum affair and not likely to draw any second looks. We appreciated the bundled peripherals, and both the ROG mouse and Steelseries headset are excellent, but in the end they just emphasize how lacking the notebook’s own track pad and audio are. Its battery life is quite decent, but it's notably heavier than other 17.3-inch notebooks, and there doesn't seem to be any solid reason.

ASUS opted for the mid-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M and packed 3GB VRAM into the G74SX. While impressive on paper, our benchmarks showed that the extra VRAM did very little to improve performance. We did see it more helpful while testing 3D gaming, as it scored a lot better than the Toshiba Qosmio X770 for the same test. However, it still wasn't powerful enough for smooth 3D gaming as we encountered performance dips that did make gameplay jerky occasionally. The compared Samsung Series 7 700G7A notebook on the other hand had no problems and managed smoother gameplay in 3D with its more powerful GPU. Also, the hybrid HDD drives scored well in our benchmark tests, but did not seem to have much effect on in-game performance other than speeding up loading of applications somewhat.

Ultimately, we expected more from the Republic of Gamers brand, with more unique features, better graphics horsepower and better audio from the unit among others. Besides the ROG branding, the ASUS G74SX does little to separate itself from the crowd, and in the end was a bit of a let down.