ASUS G74SX - The Stealth Bomber

Launch SRP: S$2998

Ports, Display and Audio

More Ports Please!

While the G74SX has most of the essential ports, compared to other notebooks of a similar size (or even smaller) it's relatively lacking. A few extra USB 3.0 ports would definitely have helped.

Most of the ports are on the right, where you’ll find: a 4-in-1 card reader, A single USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port each, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45 and power jacks. Look at how much unused space there is between the card reader and the USB 3.0 port - surely more could have been added.


The left side has two more USB 2.0 ports as well as headphone/microphone jacks sandwiching the Blu-ray drive.

The back of the unit is port free, but sports two massive cooling vents which look like the front grille of a sports car. It’s actually one of the more interesting design elements on the notebook, so it’s unfortunate that it’s facing away from you most of the time. They are designed to ensure heat is quickly and efficiently exhausted away from the critical internals with ducting and guides in place with active fans.

The car grille cooling vents look great but you don't see them much since it's facing the rear.

The underside of the G74SX has an easy access plate. A screw with a coin-sized groove on it secures the plate in place. Removing the plate will give you access to four RAM slots (our unit had 8GB of RAM) and two hard drive bays (our unit was configured with dual 500GB hybrid SSDs). With a little poking around, you can also access the wireless network module from here.

The easy access panel on the base of the notebook can be removed with the help of a coin.

Plenty of upgrade options here.


The Display Quotient

With seemingly every notebook today fitted with displays of various levels of glossiness, the matte, non-reflective screen on the G74SX was most welcome. We were also happy with the image quality, which was bright, crisp and with relatively wide viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. 3D movies through NVIDIA’s 3D Vision glasses required a few settings tweaks (most significantly, depth of stereoscopic vision, which we reduced to 10%) but ran smoothly after that.

Finally! A non-glossy screen for a gaming notebook.

No reflections here!


Audio Matters

Audio on the G74SX comprises of a single speaker bar located above the keyboard. Sound was quite disappointing overall, especially considering the size of the unit. The lack of a subwoofer (which there's definitely room for) also left audio sounding thin and tinny, and the volume was also underwhelming.

Audio is provided via a single speaker bar found above the keyboard.

To make up for the poor audio, ASUS has included a black Steelseries Siberia V1 headset with the G74SX, one of the better quality gaming headsets out there (although it would have been nice if ASUS had opted for the updated V2 model instead). We were a bit surprised that they didn't package their own line of gaming headsets.

The bundled Steelseries Siberia V1 headset is a much better audio option than the notebook's own speakers. 

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