Asus G60J Republic of Gamers Laptop: The Budget Alienware

Asus's new G60J laptop, in their Republic of Gamers line, is the company's first Core i7 laptop. It's packing the 1GB GeForce GTS 250M graphics card, dual-SATA HDD support, and a fancypants light-up keyboard like the pricier Alienware M15x.

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The G60J, a 15.6-inch laptop, has the quad-core "Clarksfield" Core i7 processor (8 threads total), though we don't have exact speeds yet, and discrete 1GB GeForce GTS 250M graphics (the Alienware M15x, for comparison, has the 260M). It's only available with 4GB of memory, which might be a problem for serious gamers, but it does have support for two SATA hard drives (up to 1TB total). It'll be available for about $1200 starting sometime this fall. [Asus]