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Asus G73jh Laptop Packs Core i7, Radeon HD 5870

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Asus revealed a meaty gaming laptop packed with Intel's Core i7 CPU and ATI's Radeon HD 5870.

Engadget reports from CES with news that Asus is sporting a smoking hot laptop branded with its infamous Republic of Gamers title. The Asus G73hj is apparently out to shame other wannabe gamer laptops by sporting Intel's Core i7-720QM CPU and ATI's Radeon HD 5870. That means gamers can bask in DirectX 11 goodness no matter where they go... or at least until the battery needs to be recharged.

In addition to the CPU and GPU, the portable gaming rig allows up to 8 GB or DDR3 RAM, up to 1 TB of HDD space (what, no SSD?), and 8-channel HD audio. To complete this armpit portable theater, the 17.3-inch display has a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. There's also a Blu-ray / DVD combo drive and a mini-VGA connector.

Other bells and whistles featured in the Asus G73hj include an 8-cell battery, a 2-megapixel webcam, an 8-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth 2.1, gigabit Ethernet, 802.1b/g Wi-Fi, and more. Windows 7 Home Premium is also the operating system of choice, rounding out a rather meaty laptop.

Currently the price hasn't been announced. Stay tuned as more is revealed that the show.

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    cctchristensen , January 5, 2010 10:05 PM
    I don't think "infamous" is the correct word to describe the ASUS brand of gaming laptops...Should have used a synonym of famous, not an antonym. Unless you actually mean that ASUS has exceedingly bad laptops. Whatever.
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    fulle , January 5, 2010 10:27 PM
    Don't worry, Kevin's just a bad copy paste journalist. The spec photo I found on the engadget article listed connectivity as 802.11N (b/g).
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    scytherswings , January 5, 2010 10:00 PM
    Why would they skimp out on the wireless with specs like that? No wireless n would be a dealbreaker for me...
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    twisted politiks , January 5, 2010 10:01 PM
    agreed with the article, no ssd? and why only wireless b/g?!?
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    cctchristensen , January 5, 2010 10:05 PM
    I don't think "infamous" is the correct word to describe the ASUS brand of gaming laptops...Should have used a synonym of famous, not an antonym. Unless you actually mean that ASUS has exceedingly bad laptops. Whatever.
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    fulle , January 5, 2010 10:27 PM
    Don't worry, Kevin's just a bad copy paste journalist. The spec photo I found on the engadget article listed connectivity as 802.11N (b/g).
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    curnel_D , January 5, 2010 10:33 PM
    I know it's an i7, but it's still only clocked at 1.6Ghz. This has CPU limited fps written all over it.
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    christop , January 5, 2010 11:03 PM
    nice but power hog bet!!!!
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    JustinHD81 , January 5, 2010 11:04 PM
    Curnel_D i believe that the CPU speed is fine, for a quad core cpu whilst on the go, when you plug it in, turbo boost will kick in and it will go up to 2.8ghz, which is pretty good really. You're not likely to be gaming on the battery anyway, as battery life would probably be measured in minutes. This sort of thing really shouldn't bother with a battery as no sane person would try to use it for mobile computing, portable computing maybe.
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    micky_lund , January 5, 2010 11:09 PM
    ahhh...the turbo boost is needed. with that, its epic.
    but if it didn't have it, Curnel_D would be on the mark
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    tacoslave , January 5, 2010 11:09 PM
    wow i guess you can game on a laptop. anyone rememeber their last laptop with a 4870x2. Man i love AMD/ATI.
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    blackbyron , January 5, 2010 11:09 PM
    I would say the price of this laptop costs about $4000 bucks. (correct me if I'm wrong).
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    Bolbi , January 5, 2010 11:13 PM
    "up to 8 GB or DDR3 RAM"? Should be "up to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM". Proof read, please!
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    Honis , January 5, 2010 11:15 PM
    fulleDon't worry, Kevin's just a bad copy paste journalist. The spec photo I found on the engadget article listed connectivity as 802.11N (b/g).
    I call it parrot reporting. They repeat someone else, but they sometimes miss parts.

    Quote:
    Engadget reports...
    You need to put the link and journalism credits at the end Kevin. People are less likely to read the original article and critique you on your parroting skills.
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    accolite , January 5, 2010 11:29 PM
    I'd love to have this
    Battery life wouldn't matter to me cuz I leave my laptop plugged in when I play anyway.
    Would be nice to have the full blown i7 in laptop form not a mobile version just for easy portability.
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    UbeRveLT , January 5, 2010 11:52 PM
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    agreed with the article, no ssd? and why only wireless b/g?!?


    When has any manufacturer come out with a laptop with the best of all worlds? Its either decent hardware and crap extras, or heaps of great extras and average hardware.
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    curnel_D , January 6, 2010 12:02 AM
    JustinHD81Curnel_D i believe that the CPU speed is fine, for a quad core cpu whilst on the go, when you plug it in, turbo boost will kick in and it will go up to 2.8ghz, which is pretty good really. You're not likely to be gaming on the battery anyway, as battery life would probably be measured in minutes. This sort of thing really shouldn't bother with a battery as no sane person would try to use it for mobile computing, portable computing maybe.

    Ahh, I wasnt aware that the turbo boost binned that high on these chips. But I've only had two chances to actually play with the new i7 mobiles, and both times were rushed because of low stock/backorder time.
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    walt526 , January 6, 2010 12:21 AM
    Looks assume, but (likely) too rich for my blood. I love my G51J, although heat and battery life are definitely issues. But it was a great value and am quite happy with it. I'm not sure why someone would refer to ASUS gaming laptops as "infamous." I'd definitely buy one again.
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    walt526 , January 6, 2010 12:21 AM
    er, looks AWESOME. Wish that there was an edit feature. Oh well.
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    njkid3 , January 6, 2010 12:24 AM
    im waiting for the mobile phenom 2 quad cores then this setup will be all worth it.
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2010 12:26 AM
    Cool, beastly laptop.
    Things that I would have liked.
    Wireless N
    SSD
    Intel Core i7 920XM would be nice with turbo boost to 3.2GHz
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2010 12:38 AM
    This laptop has been available for presale for the past couple weeks. It comes with 8GB (upgradable to 16GB) of RAM. It also comes with two 500GB HDDs which can (obviously) be replaced/upgraded to SSDs via online resellers or on your own. And yes, it has wireless N and a realistic battery life is < 1hr.

    Base price is $1645.00, that includes all of the above, the 720QM processor and bluray. They also did some nifty stuff with the cooling system that looks promising.
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