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ASUS G1S-A1 Santa Rosa Laptop Computer /Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.20GHz) 15.4" Wide SXGA 2GB DDR2 160GB DVD Super Multi w / Light Scribe NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT DirectX 10, G1 Gaming NoteBook w / Windows Vista
The Asus G1 15.4" laptop was released at the end if 2006 and recently Asus has updated that model with the Santa Rosa based G1S. This G1S defies traditional categorization since it provides gaming performance while maintaining a mobile capability. Normally gaming notebooks are isolated to larger entertainment style laptops that have low battery life. However, the powerful Asus G1S can provide excellent multimedia and gaming performance while remaining portable with good battery life.
The laptop has a native resolution of WSXGA (1680 x 1050) displayed on a 15.4-inch TFT screen.
The screen is beautiful with a slight hint of imperfection. There is a touch of light leakage on the bottom portion of the screen. I am not overly sensitive to this and it's only really noticeable on a black screen and if you're looking for it.
There are no dead pixels on this screen, if there were Asus has a 30 day zero-bright-dot guarantee so you can be confident you could resolve such an issue anyway. There is no ghosting on the screen. I am very happy with the screen so far and it is a huge step up from my old inspiron 8600.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard has great tactile response and is quiet. The keyboard is well built and key placement is quite intuitive. I don't like how the "Home", "PgUp", "PgDn" and "End" keys are in a vertical row at the very end of the keyboard, but this will not be a problem in the long run as I get used to it. The palm rest for the keyboard is made of brushed aluminum which looks and feels great.
I really like the "feel" of the touchpad. Instead of a smooth texture, it feels almost rough, which gives great feedback when using the touchpad. The buttons are made of brushed aluminium and likewise feel solid and give great feedback when pressed. The buttons don't feel like a cheap plastic button that gets loose after a while, such as what happened on my Dell Inspiron 8600.
Specifications as reviewed:
• Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, 2.2 GHz 4MB L2 Cache 800MHz FSB,
• Santa Rosa Intel Mobile 965 PM Express Chipset ICH8M
• 2 GB RAM 667MHz (up to 4GB supported)
• Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT, 256 MB onboard, 512 MB Turbo Cache DX 10 Capable HDCP support for DVI port
• 160 GB HDD Seagate Momentus 7200.2, 7200 rpm SATA 300 (upgrade from 160 GB 5400rpm)
• 15.4" WSXGA (1680x1050) ColorShine TFT-LCD Asus Splendid Video Intelligent Technology
• 8X DVD Super Multi drive with LightScribe
• Intel Integrated HD audio (Azalia), Bluetooth v2.0
• Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11 a/b/g/n
o 1 x Express Card
o 1 x Microphone-in jack
o 1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
o 1 x Line-in jack
o 1 x VGA port
o 1 x DVI-D port
o 4 x USB 2.0 ports
o 1 x IEEE 1394 port
o 1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line
o 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
o 1 x TV-out(S-Video)
o 1 x eSATA
o 1 x HDMI
o 1 x Memory card reader (MMC, SD, MS, MS-Pro)
• Accessories Provided:
o 1 Optical Gaming Mouse (Logitech)
o 1 AC Adaptor
o 1 Targus Backpack
o 3 recovery CDs (1 for vista, 1 for drivers and 1 for Nero burning software)
• O/S and other software:
o Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)
o Assorted Asus Utilities