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ASUS G73JH

There is good news for avid gamers. The ASUS G73JH, the latest gaming notebook with a power-packed performance, from the ASUS family is available in the market. It comes configured beforehand only, with the exception of some dealers including XoticPC who offer limited customization.
The chief configurations of the laptop model are:

1>    It has a 17.3-inch 1080p (1920×1080) display provided with LED backlighting
2>    The operating systems installed is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
3>    It has been built around an Intel Core i7-720QM processor (1.6GHz/2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB L3 cache)
4>    It also contains a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 graphics card.
5>    It has a 8GB DDR3-1066 RAM with two 500GB 7200RPM hard drives (Seagate Momentus 7200.4/ST9500420AS) (Non-RAID)
6>    The laptop has been fitted with an Atheros AR9285 802.11n Wireless LAN adapter
7>    It also has in-built Bluetooth 2.1+EDR  and 8X DVD Super Multi drive
8>    The model comes with a two-year limited warranty (one year on battery pack)
9>    8-cell battery pack (14.8V, 5200mAh, 75Wh)  provides good battery life
10>    It weighs approx. 8.5 pounds  with a dimensions of 16.3” (W) x 12.6” (D) x 1.8” (H)
The ASUS G73 has a unique shape with sharp lines influenced by modern stealth aircraft.
The physical size of the G73 is large, compared to other 17-inch notebooks. The rubberized shell helps in gripping the notebook more efficiently and gives it a very sleek and elegant look-and-feel.

The G73 has been strongly built feeling pretty solid when being held. It is made entirely of high quality plastic. The lid is supported by two large and strong display hinges. The display is also not affected by any ripple appear when any sort of pressure is applied from behind the screen.

The display has a glossy surface making colors appear more vibrant, but consequently , also suffers from reflections. It is very useful for gaming and multimedia and looks attractive.

It has two stereo speakers located below the display and a small subwoofer which get reasonably loud with distinct bass.
An island-style backlit full-size keyboard with a separate numeric keypad with the keys raised above the keyboard surface having more than usual spacing is also available. The soft, rubbery feel makes it user-friendly. The large touchpad is located lightly off-center to the left of the chassis with an elegant matte surface, easy to track on irrespective of the fingers being moist or dry. The touchpad has a dedicated scroll zone to its right requiring an unusual amount of pressure to use. The different input and output ports are: Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, optical drive, USB 2.0, microphone and headphone jacks, Media card reader, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, and AC power, Vent, battery, Kensington Lock slot, vent and Status lights.

Asus Eee PC 1005HA (Seashell)

The all-new Asus Eee PC 1005HA (Seashell) promises to strike a perfect balance between being a lightweight elegant model and a functional one. It is touted as one of the best models in the Eee PC family.

The Asus Eee PC 1005HA (Seashell) comes with a one-year standard warranty and a whole lot of other exciting features like:

1>: Genuine Windows XP operating system
2> The powerhouse performer Intel Atom N280 Processor 1.66GHz (667MHz FSB) with 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (667MHz) memory, an internal storage of 160GB 5400 rpm SATA HDD plus 10GB Eee Online Storage
3> The display is a fascinating 10.1-inch diagonal WSVGA (1024×600)  with Intel GMA 950 graphics
4> For better connectivity, the laptop comes with a wireless: Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
5> There is a 4-in-1 media card slot and other ports and connectors like (3) USB 2.0 ports, VGA OUT, power connector, RJ-45/Ethernet (Gigabit), stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, 1.3 megapixel webcam
6> The dimensions are (H x W x D): 0.89-1.40 x 10.2 x 6.9 inches (including feet) with a weight of 2.8 lbs (not including weight of AC adapter).
7>It has a 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery (5600mAh, 63Wh) fitted to it. It is a high-capacity removable battery.

Design

The Eee PC has a clamshell chassis design with a solid built, is a little thicker with a removable battery. All its ports are easily accessible. The plastics in glossy black doesn’t suffer from flex and the keyboard is very firmly built.

There is an easy-access RAM cover. For upgrading the RAM in the laptop all that is required is the removal of one screw on the access panel on the bottom of the netbook.

Screen

The machine has a display panel with a 1024×600 native resolution with standard LED-backlights. The glossy screen provides a good color scheme and excellent contrast, but glare and reflections occurring indoors in strong lights and outdoors in direct sunlight can be problematic. Average vertical viewing angles, with minimal color distortion when observed from below and some over-exposed colors observing from above are also experienced. Horizontal viewing angles are better with colors staying accurate at extremely wide viewing angles.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The 1005HA Seashell has a 92% of full size keyboard where keys are slightly smaller than the keys on an average notebook with the spacing between them limited.

The Synaptics touchpad allows users to use multi-figure gestures. The Synaptics control panel in Windows also lets them customize these gestures. The touchpad surface is covered in dots making it too rough for fast finger movement. The touchpad buttons have extremely shallow feedback, so it isn’t always easy to detect whether you have pressed a button or not.

Audio Quality

The in-built speaker is excellent producing good volume with minimal distortion even at higher volume levels. The speakers lack much bass, but the range of highs and midtones are decent.

Laptop manufacturers try and take on the iPad with the Ultrabook

The iPad’s dominance of the lightweight computing market could soon be in doubt as laptop manufacturers come up with ultra thin laptops with everything a computer offers that can be taken everywhere.

Dubbed the Ultrabook by Intel, this new form of laptop could be a serious threat to Apple as it gives the functionality of a laptop combined with the weight benefits. These computers will be especially popular with business travellers, and could see the end of the line for the Netbook.

The first Windows based Ultrabook which has been announced is the Asus UX21. It’s very lightweight – 3mm at its thinnest point and just 7mm at its thickest, and has an 11.6” screen.

The UX21 is due to be released in September.

Acer, HP and Dell are also rumoured to be planning their own Ultrabook to try and take on Apple’s iPad and MacBook Air.