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Asus G74SX

alaTest has collected and analyzed 357 reviews of Asus G74SX. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and screen are overall positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. Opinions about the energy efficiency and size are mixed, and many are critical about the touchpad and battery.

performance, usability, price, screen, reliability

portability, sound, battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Asus G74SX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Asus G74SX

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Asus G74SX from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the image quality and design. The performance and reliability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the size and price.

usability, reliability, performance, design, image quality

price, size

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ASUS G74SX Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop, Full HD (1920x1080) LED Backlit Display, Intel Core i7-2630QM (Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up toASUS G74SX Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop, Full HD (1920x1080) LED Backlit Display, Intel Core i7-2630QM (Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up to

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Asus G74SX

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Asus G74SX from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Comments about the price and screen are generally positive. The reliability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the touchpad and battery.

performance, usability, reliability, screen, price

portability, battery, touchpad

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: G74SX-XR1 17.3" Notebook BlackG74SX-XR1 17.3" Notebook Black

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Review Update Asus G74SX Notebook

 

G74 reloaded. After already having taken a closer look at a US va

High quality display; Moderate volume; Keyboard backlight; Very good performance; Matte surfaces; Good manufacturing quality; Large touchpad; Blu-ray drive; Two hard drives; Cool case; 3D presentation; Good audio quality

CPU throttling under load; Unfavorable port locations; Restrained battery life; Meager selection of interfaces; Bulky and heavy; Lots of bloatware; No Optimus

17 inch gaming notebooks such as the Alienware M17x, the DevilTech Fragbook, the MSI GT780R, the Schenker XMG P701 PRO or the Toshiba Qosmio X770.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

Review Asus G74SX-3DE Gaming Notebook

 

New strengths. The new Asus G74 was already seen at the Cebit this year in Hanover, even if as a mock-up. It also hardened initial suspicions regarding the use of the new Nvidia GTX 560M graphics solution. Now the time has finally arrived and the...

High-end case impression; Pleasant and generous keyboard; Excellent display; 3D function; Good application/gaming performance; Very quiet during load; Always very low surface temperatures

Always very audible in idle mode; Touchpad's stubborn multi-touch function; Scanty interfaces supply; Throttling during extreme load; No GPU-Switch (Optimus)

The predecessor's very quiet office noise. Any device can be loud and deliver performance, but maximum performance with minimum noise emissions was Asus G series' figurehead until now. That's too bad, even if the G74SX is still unrivaled quiet during load

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

Preview: Asus G74SX 3D Gaming Notebook under Review

 

The empire strikes back. Asus' G-series attracted many mobile gam

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Asus G74SX-A2 - Core i7-2630QM 2GHz - 17.3-inch TFT review

 

After a season of wafer-thin ultrabooks and pocket-sized ultraportables, there's nothing quite like a giant desktop-replacement gaming rig. Despite making a name for itself with the original Eee PC Netbook and the new Zenbook, Asus has always had a...

The Asus G74SX packs gamer-friendly components into an understated case, and includes a large 160GB SSD and plenty of RAM.

It's very expensive, while some parts still feel cheap, and higher-end boutique laptops beat it on performance.

Asus has built a very nice sideline over the years with its gaming laptops, including the G74SX, which is a strong, if expensive, quad-core rig that works fine, but looks like it should cost less.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Asus G74SX-A2

 

The Asus G74SX-A2 holds its own against top gaming laptops with its quad-core processor and Nvidia graphics, and its stealthy cooling system kicks in when those components get hot.

Quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 560M GPU makes for a powerful component combination. Wide-set, backlit keyboard is one of the best available to gamers. Asus' cooling system keeps temperatures low without being noisy. 1080p display and...

Mild speaker hiss. Slightly outgunned by other quad and hex-core systems.

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Sep, 2011

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Daniel Howley (laptopmag.com)

ASUS G74SX-A2

 

With a full HD display, SSD, and a Blu-ray player, the ASUS G74SX-A2 is a gaming rig that can hold its own against the category's best.

With the G74SX-A2, ASUS has updated its desktop gaming notebook in all the right ways. While the changes to the chassis are subtle, the design feels fresh and is comfortable to use for long stretches. Inside, the SSD, quad-core CPU, and one of Nvidia's...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Asus G74SX-BBK8

 

The G74SX-BBK8 has an angular look, with polygonal shapes and sharp angles inspired by the Navy's stealth ship, the Stealth Shadow. Like previous Asus Republic of Gaming models, the G74SX-BBK8 is covered with matte-black rubberized paint, which...

Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M GPU. Design combines imposing looks with ergonomic comfort. 1TB dual-drive offers lots of storage space. Wide-spaced, backlit keyboard. Asus' cooling system is whisper-quiet

No Blu-ray. No 1080p resolution. Some games choke on highest settings

The Asus G74SX-BBK8 has the menacing look of a gaming machine, and backs it up with competitive performance numbers. On top of all this, its price won't break the bank, making it a solid choice for new gamers.

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Asus G74SX-BBK7

 

The G74SX-BBK7 comes with not one, but two 500GB (7,200rpm) hard drives. One acts as the primary drive (C:) were your operating system is stored on and the other acts as a secondary (D:) drive to store any miscellaneous multimedia files or software.

Excelled in gaming with its Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip. Powerful Core i7 processor. Backlit keyboard. Great typing and mouse experience. WiMAX. USB 3.0. Huge 1TB of hard drive space

No Blu-ray. No 1080p HD resolution. Battery life leaves something to be desired. Speakers are buzzy

The Asus G74SX-BBK7's huge exterior speaks volumes: Intimidating to the casual consumer, but speaks to the gamer saying, "The bigger I am, the better I game."

Expert review by: James Lu (hardwarezone.com)

ASUS G74SX - The Stealth Bomber

 

Ever wanted to know if more VRAM or if those hybrid HDDs with built-in SSD cache really work for gaming needs? We investigate with the ASUS G74SX, a 17.3-inch gaming notebook with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M GPU and 3GB VRAM, Core i7-2670QM (2.2GHz)...

Non-reflective screen ; Bundled Steelseries Siberia Headset and ROG Mouse ; Decent battery life

Mid-range GPU ; Mushy trackpad buttons ; Weak audio subsystem ; Very heavy

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...

Dec, 2011

GOLD AWARD!

Expert review by: Stuart_Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

ASUS RoG G74Sx 3D Gaming Laptop Review

 

In the world of enthusiast and gamer laptops there is probably one name that consumers are familiar with and that is Alienware. Whether it is because of a review they have seen, or various appearances of the distinctive Alien head on shows like 24 or...

In the world of enthusiast and gamer laptops there is probably one name that consumers are familiar with and that is Alienware. Whether it is because of a review they have seen, or various appearances of the distinctive Alien head on shows like 24 or...

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:EAX / EAX Advanced HD / EAX Advanced HD 5.0 / EAX Advanced HD 5.0, THX TruStudio / HD / THX TruStudio
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:5200 / 74 / 76
Battery capacity (Watt hours):74 / 76
Battery life (max):3
Battery performance:5200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 8

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Plastic
Market positioning:Gaming
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / Y
3D compatibility:No / Yes
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 17.3
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
Display response rise/fall:8
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:6.3
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:120 / 150

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1.5 / 2 / 3
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:3.072
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:12 / 16 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory form factor:On-board + SO-DIMM / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 3 x 4 / 4 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 3 x 4 / 4 x 2
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: No

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / Blu-Ray RW / DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW

Other Features

Audio system:EAX / EAX Advanced HD / EAX Advanced HD 5.0 / EAX Advanced HD 5.0, THX TruStudio / HD / THX TruStudio
Compatible operating systems:Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate \nGenuine Windows 7 Professional \nGenuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):16.5 x 12.8 x 2.44
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Ethernet interface type:Fast, Gigabit / Gigabit
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Internal modem: No
Plug and Play: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz / 100 - 240V / 100 - 240V AC / 100-240V
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Weight:8.6 / 9.44
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / 802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n / Wi-Fi / Wireless LAN

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:No / Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:No / Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:6.3
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:120 / 150

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Compatible processor series:Core i5, Core i7
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.1
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:8
Stepping:D2
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219 / 53470
Processor code:SR02S / SR02Y
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD / BIOS, HDD, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD / BIOS, HDD, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS Duo, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS Duo, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1500 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:160
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 1500 / 500 / 640 / 660 / 750 / 910

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.14 / 12.8 / 16.5
Depth (imperial):16.5
Height:2.44
Height (front):0.787 / 0.823
Height (front) (imperial):0.82
Height (rear):0.787 / 2.44
Height (rear) (imperial):2.44
Weight:8.6 / 9.44
Width:12.8 / 13.4 / 13.9 / 16.5
Width (imperial):12.8