The folks over at PC Perspective finally got their hands on the Asus G2
gaming lappy we first saw all the way back in October
, and while it's got a couple trick features, it's also hot, heavy, and held back by a midrange GPU. Based on the massive Asus A7J
, the G2 bumps the processor to a 2GHz Intel T7200 Core 2 Duo and the GPU to a 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1700, repackaging the whole deal in a slick metal case with an integrated OLED screen (no SideShow
though, bummer), 1.3 megapixel webcam, and side-mounted red LED strips that throb with DirectX activity. Flossing all that gamer style doesn't get you anywhere if you can't run with the big boys, though, and that's where PC Perspective found that that X1700 just wasn't always up to the task, slowing down considerably during some of their tests. But despite this and some other potential dealbreakers (like being the heaviest 17-inch laptop PC Perspective has ever tested and requiring near-total disassembly to upgrade the RAM) the G2 left a favorable impression, offering competent, if not great, performance with more than a dash of style for $1900. Peep the read link for the full review.