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Asus G73JH-BST7 Laptop with an Intel Core i7 Processor

The Asus (model G73JH-BST7) laptop features an Intel Core i7 processor, a 17.3″ display and Microsoft Windows 7.

Asus G73JH BST7 Laptop with an Intel Core i7 Processor

Asus G73JH-BST7 Laptop with an Intel Core i7 Processor

The processor inside this monster is the Intel Core i7-740QM processor. This is a quad-core processor with 8 operating threads.  Each core runs at 1.73 GHz but can rev up to 2.93 GHz with Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology. This is a 64-bit processor with 6MB of Intel SmartCache.  It’s built on a 45nm die and uses 45W. The notebook comes installed with 6GB  of DDR3 1066MHz memory, and can hold a maximum of 8GB.

The screen is a large 17.3″ LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display with a resolution of 1600×900.  That is a nice resolution on a screen this large.  The screen is driven by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics card.  It features 1 GB of GDDR5 dedicated video memory.  The engine clock speed on this chip is 850MHz. The card supports Microsoft DirectX 11 which is good for gaming today and in the future.

For storage you get a 640GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive rotating at 5400RPM.  That’s some spacious storage for all your music, digital photos apps and more.  The optical drive is a multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support.  The 8-in-1 media reader supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Smart Media and xD-Picture Card formats.

For networking you get a built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN adapter accessible through the standard RJ-45 port.  Just plug in your network cable and away you go.  If you don’t want to be fettered by cables you can use the integrated 802.11 b/g/n wireless adapter, or spring for a WiMAX subscription and get some 4G coverage (if you’ve got it in your area).

External ports include 1 x Microphone-in jack, 1 x Headphone-out jack , 4 x USB 2.0 ports and 1 HDMI port. Other features include a built-in 1.3MP webcam for easy video chatting.

The system comes installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition.  Other software includes Trend Micro Internet Security 2009/2010, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 , NERO 8 Essentials, and Power2Go.

The laptop measures 16.3″x12.6″x2.2″ and weighs 8.5 pounds.  It’s built for speed, not for portability.  The batter life is only rated for 2 hours and 27 minutes, so you’ll want to keep the AC adapter handy.

You can find the Asus G73JH-BST7 laptop for around $1400.

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