by Rob Williams on October 15, 2007 in Mobile
Despite having a number of models available, ASUS is still not a name that’s synonymous with notebooks. But one thing is certain, they don’t push out poorly designed products. We are taking a look at a perfect example of what a quality notebook should be, with the G1S gaming series.
As always, please excuse the office in the background. I am not sure who put it there while I was snapping photos. As you can see from the below picture, the laptop is a modest size, with help of it’s 15.4″ screen. 17″ notebooks are far heavier, so the G1S is designed to offer a modest gaming experience while being portable at the same time.
Where carbon fiber was not used, black brushed aluminum was used in its place, including around the touchpad. It goes without saying… this is one of the best looking notebooks I’ve ever seen, and that’s one reason why I’m so hesitant to give it back to ASUS…
The logo found between the left and right touchpad buttons is what denotes this as a Republic of Gamers product. It itself is not an actual button, nor does it light up.
Below the touchpad are five buttons used for media purposes. You might imagine that these could be pushed accidentally while in the heat of battle, but you have nothing to worry about. These buttons are flush with the surrounding laptop, and pushing one requires more effort than a regular key-press. This will not be done by accident.
If the notebook is turned off, you can hit the PWR button here, which will turn it on and automatically launch Windows Media Center once Windows is booted.
Additional buttons are found to the top-right-hand corner of the notebook, which include the power, WiFi enable/disable, performance mode-change, touch-pad disable and e-mail launcher.
If there were doubts that the G1S is a notebook designed for gamers, then check out the WASD keys, which are colored green so that you will notice them quicker. Despite their appearance, these keys do not glow in the dark.
To finish up, here are three more pictures: The system stickers, the 1.3 megapixel webcam found atop the screen and also what’s found underneath.
As for connectivity, the left side of the notebook will offer the DVD-RW drive, while the right has firewire, audio, TV-out, modem and NIC. On the back, you will find four USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port and even an HDMI port, along with VGA-Out. While I do wish a DVI port was available, the inclusion of both the eSATA and HDMI is a smart move.
With all of the physical aspects covered, the next page will focus on the laptop specs and software.