The ever-busy Asus has recently been releasing gaming laptops in the sweet spot around $1,500you don't pay thousands extra for multiple graphics cards and/or Intel Core 2 Extreme processors, but you can still play Crysis, albeit with some settings turned down. The latest entry in the company's lineup is the G73JH-X1, now available for $1,549.99 at Newegg.
It comes with the latest hardware from Intel and ATI in the form of a Core i7-720QM CPU and a Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics card. You also get 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a 17.3-inch LED-backlit screen. One thing that it does have in common with more expensive gaming portables: considerable heft. You'll be lugging around an 8-pound beast if you buy onethat is, if you ever bother unplugging it in the first place.