ROG G74Sx: How to design the ultimate gaming notebook

James Kidder
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ASUS ROG G74Sx Gaming Notebook

Not everyone has the space for a full desktop PC set-up, but not everyone wants a nondescript notebook lurking in the corner of a room, either. Gamers in particular tend to pay close attention to a PC’s appearance, which is why ASUS pays equally close attention to the design of its gaming notebooks.

Later this year, ASUS will unveil the G74Sx — the latest model in its highly regarded range of Republic of Gamers high-performance notebooks for gamers. Extreme performance is a given with any ROG product and, with a choice of 2nd-generation Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® GTX 560M graphics, the ROG G74Sx promises to be a record-breaking portable.

ASUS G74 gaming notebook

ASUS G74 gaming notebook

Raw horsepower is just one area where the ROG G74Sx scores highly though, and its the array of innovative design touches that really make it stand out. Like previous models in the range, the ROG G74Sx’s exterior is inspired by the clean-cut, low-profile lines of stealth fighter aircraft and, together with the matter black finish, the overriding impression is of a notebook that packs an enormous amount of power, but that isn’t going to brag about it.

G74 Vents

G74 Vents

The wedge shaped profile looks like a natural part of this design idea too, but it also has the added advantage of tilting the laptop base upwards by a few degrees to put the keyboard at a more natural angle for typing. The metallic keyboard is both backlit and flex-free, and has both a separate numeric keypad and cursor key cluster for a desktop-like experience.

G74 Side profile

G74 Side profile

The ROG G74Sx also has a soft-touch wrist-rest to keep hands comfortable during marathon gaming sessions, but finger fatigue is only one concern for hardcore gamers. The other is heat, particularly on a notebook packing high-performance components that generate a lot of it. ASUS, of course, has given this problem plenty of consideration and its solution is as innovative as it is effective.

Rather than use air intakes on the underside that are prone to obstruction by whatever the notebook is resting on, the ROG G74Sx instead uses twin fans to suck cool air through vents at either side of the case. Warm air is then blown through exhausts at the rear, well away from any sensitive body parts that might be in the vicinity. Intelligent fan speed control keeps the ROG G74Sx quiet, too — some 12% quieter than the previous G73Sw model, in fact.

So, now that you know a little more about the design considerations that underpin the ROG G74Sx, you’re no doubt eager to find out about its specification. Alas, for that you’ll have to wait a little longer — and keep an eye on

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  • Jasvier Glovender

    i love Asus it is the best brand in the universe. what i love most about Asus is their ability not to give up in creating a high quality notebook that performs over the limit and does more than what humans require. Asus u rule

  • Vishal

    Cutting edge design with great air flow.I like it.

    Ai-inner circle

  • Anonymous

    with twin fans, i can my favorite game more longer without crush with my laptop

  • War Remo

    Is there any other words for “a little longer”? A simple date of availability and price will be a happiness for those who want and waiting for this, including myself.

  • Anonymous

    It’s this month for the US. I would assume other markets are close to release too.

  • The Sorcerer

    Reviews are already out: