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XoticPC’s G73JW: A Good Gaming Notebook Made Better?


By overclocking its GeForce GTX 460M, XoticPC brought us a G73JW-based gaming platform at a modest weight that stands up well against its heavyweight rivals. The added SSD proves less beneficial in our particular benchmarks, but we can tell you from experience that boot and application load times are certainly improved. Anyone who multitasks with RAM-intensive applications will certainly enjoy the upgrade from 8 GB to 16 GB as well.

While those upgrades are certainly things that most enthusiasts can do on their own, getting an overclock that’s supported by the seller adds a safety net not found in do-it-yourself tuning. Likewise, several more advanced customizations, such as added or upgraded background lighting, go beyond the mods most owners could easily implement on their own, giving this G73JW an appearance that stands apart from most user-upgraded systems.

The strongest and weakest points in XoticPC’s argument are price. While XoticPC charges $200 less than Newegg for a matching 8 GB RAM configuration, upgrades add up quickly. Lighting mods alone add up to $247, and big changes like the $1105 CPU upgrade and $211 for added RAM sent us back to Newegg to price shop. XoticPC charges nearly full price for its hard-to-replace processor, without a credit for the removed part. But the company still has to pay its technicians. On the other hand, memory is easy to install, and XoticPC charges double the market price for similar parts.

XoticPC offers performance and visual enhancements not available from the G73JW’s manufacturer, Asus. Yet, as with any custom build, buyers must carefully choose between the components they’d like installed by the seller and those they might be able to install themselves. After all, we're reminded that any time you pay someone else to install parts, overall value can take a hit.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • the_krasno
    Add another 460M in SLI and then you have the punch needed!
  • fstrthnu
    With all of the flair going on over Sandy Bridge, one might as well just wait till someone comes out with the Sandy Bridge gaming notebooks
  • adribhel
    The new Asus G73SW on Xoticpc has sandy bridge ;)

    I'm waiting for a possible "G73SH" with Radeon 6970m, though it might never happen. :/
  • Crashman
    fstrthnuWith all of the flair going on over Sandy Bridge, one might as well just wait till someone comes out with the Sandy Bridge gaming notebooksXoticPC just wanted to show off its custom work and sent this in December. We're looking forward to the G73SW to be delivered in a similar configuration in the near future, so please stay tuned!
  • joytech22
    That is a pretty amazing laptop, I could definitely use one of those for LAN's.
  • curtis_87
    Is it me or has the print button suddenly disappeared from these batch of articles?...
  • Is the problem a lack of strength? Or is it a heavy level of apathy? You can build the same machine in desktop form for significantly less.
  • kkiddu
    Although it's totally not fair to compare it with a desktop PC, but I've been confused on what to go for as I'm going to college next year, one option being the bare $1500 version of the G73, and the other being a netbook + a desktop. The problem with the desktop is that I'll have to haul it back home every vacation.

    But seeing that performance for $3000 is just 'good', I'm gonna stick with a $1400 desktop. I think I can get a 50% performance increase with half the price.
  • nevertell
    Why oh why didn't they fit a larger keyboard ? Look at the room on the sides of the keyboards, waiting to be filled with keys.
  • Big Daddy Rhino
    $3600? I literally LOL'd. Just built a Sandy Bridge, GTX 570 desktop that will smoke that laptop and I've got $2400 left over for hookers and booze.