Total Performance Rating
The TPR graph is a combination of all our benchmarks in which we test our netbooks and notebooks.
The TPR number is a combination of battery life in performance and power saving modes, iTunes encoding time, and movie encoding time.
Due to the nature of some benchmarks where scores having a lower is better result, we've had to change the way we do the numbers when compared to other products. Battery life numbers in performance and save modes are combined outright since higher is better. In iTunes encoding and movie encoding where a lower number is better, we have a base number of 2500. The score we get from the machine in iTunes and movie encoding are both subtracted from that base number and then added to the sum of the battery life scores for the final score.
For example: If the performance battery life score (in minutes) is 100 and the power saving battery life score (in minutes) is 125, those numbers will be totalled. The lower is better scores for iTunes in the example is 500 seconds and the movie encoding is 1000 seconds for a total of 1500. That 1500 would be subtracted from the 2500 base score to get 1000, which would then be added to the 225 in battery performance for the final score. That total score would be obtained by using the following equation: (2500 - 1000- 500) + (125 + 100) = 1225. 3DMark is not figured into this score to keep numbers comparable with machines that can't run that benchmark.
At the end of the day, if you look at the ASUS G73JH-A1 and compare it to all of the machines I have tested overall, this gaming notebook is in the top five consistently in all but battery life. When we buy a gaming notebook, we simply have to look the other way when it comes to battery life.
The ASUS G73JH-A1 is a very powerful notebook that borders on being too large to take with you. This is not the sort of machine a college student will want to buy to try to carry around campus. The machine is heavy and the battery will barely last through a class.
This is a machine best suited to the gamer that moves from one place to the other where there is always a power outlet and wants nice performance and the ability to watch movies and stream video when gaming has grown boring for the day. The ASUS G73JH-A1 is a very nice gaming rig with good looks and appeal. For around $1,600 you're getting a good amount of hardware and capabilities for the price.