Sunday, November 6, 2011

ASUS G53SX-A1 Notebook Review

ASUS G53SX-A1 offers fantastic performance, a large screen, sharp design, and even has a decent battery life, the most notable is the Nvidia GTX 560M graphics card with an enormous 2GB of GDDR5 high-speed video. Note also the Intel quad-core processor and 12GB of RAM. The only strange thing about specifications is the physical size and weight of the laptop, it's more like a 17.3 inch laptop rather than a 15.6 inch.

Specifications ASUS G53SX-A1 :
  • 15.6-inch anti-glare 1080p display (1920x1080 resolution)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor (2.0GHz, up to 2.9GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache, 45W TDP)
  • Intel HM65 chipset
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory
  • 12GB DDR3-1333 RAM (3x 4GB; supports up to 16GB - 4x 4GB)
  • 750GB 7200RPM Seagate hard drive (ST9750420AS)
  • 802.11n wireless network adapter (Atheros AR9002WB-1NG)
  • Internal Bluetooth wireless
  • Integrated 2.0MP webcam
  • DVD burner (HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT34N)
  • 2-year limited warranty w/ 1-year accidental damage protection
  • 8-cell li-ion battery (14.4V, 5200mAh, 74Wh)
  • Backlit Chiclet keyboard
  • Weight: 8.1 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 15.5 x 11.75 x 2.13 inches
  • Price: $1,399.99
Construction and Design
G53SX design is based on a military stealth bomber. The wedge-shaped frame is covered in black non-reflective plastic. Most of the visible surfaces have a non-slip rubber finish. The quality of plastics used is good, and not flexible, even when pressure is applied. The overall fit and finish of the laptop is good, but some angles of the edges are somewhat sharp.

The technology and the wedge shape of the notebook makes it cumbersome and difficult to handle. It 'probably the largest 15.6-inch notebook on the market, it is about a typical 17.3-inch laptop and heavier. The lid is attached to the substrate, pushing on the back does not produce ripples on the screen. It takes a very twisted. I wish that the screen is tilted back a bit 'over.

Update G53SX is not an easy task, involves removing the keyboard and palm rest is used for RAM and hard drive. This notebook is actually two hard drive bays, our Review Unit has only one station.

Ports and Features
Despite its size, has a variety of G53SX ports below average for a notebook of this size, there is no notable inclusion is a simple USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. G53SX lack an ExpressCard slot, eSATA and DisplayPort. All descriptions of the images are from left to right.

Screen and speakers
The 15.6-inch screen has an anti-reflection coatings and a full HD 1080p (1920x1080 pixels). The screen is bright and colorful. The contrast is good - it is not as good as on a white screen, however, alongside a good anti-glare screen is much more desirable. The anti-glare, annoying reflections mean, and therefore make this laptop more convenient for use in different environments.

ASUS is one of the only suppliers of laptop embedded color profiles on the screen, press the [Fn] + [C] or the Republic of players in the top left button to switch from one to another. Profiles of the display color warmer or cooler-wise.

There are two stereo speakers located above the keyboard. The sound is above average for a laptop, but not very heavy casualties in the department. In general, are useful, but an external audio device is preferable.

Keyboard and touchpad
The G53SX has a chiclet-style keyboard with separate numeric keypad. It is white LED backlight with adjustable brightness, which is nice practical and aesthetic. The keypad keys are about the size of two-thirds complete, and requires some further clarification. I like smooth and easy to handle key surfaces.

This keyboard, unfortunately, not enough tactile feedback, the main problem is that the key travel (the distance between the compressed and non-pressure positions) is too short to allow meaningful communication. The feather-soft and sensitive compound bow the lack of feedback. Although it is possible to type faster on this keyboard, the lack of feedback, and certainly not the promotion.

The large touchpad is easy to use thanks to its smooth surface. ASUS has made improvements to the buttons on the touchpad since the last time I checked the G53S (the G53SW-A1, to be exact), which are easier to press and the amount of pressure needed to drive the bottom line is consistent. Unfortunately, they are a little too noisy to click on my preferences.

Performance and Benchmarks
The high-end specifications of this laptop can perform almost any computing task with ease, including the latest games and the use of Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Benchmark Game
Our real-world benchmark consists of playing Crysis, EA increasingly demanding FPS game to hit a few years ago. We ran the game, "High" settings of 1920x1080 resolution. Although the game is playable with these settings, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics card in this G53SX seems to be slower than the previous generation of GeForce GTX 460M, which was the last iteration we checked G53S.

The heat and noise
This series of laptops ASUS G Series games, including G53 and G73 has excellent cooling systems. Two fans push the hot air at an angle slightly to the rear of the chassis. Button under full load G53SX becomes hot and the fans to maintain a low noise level. There is no whining fan.

Battery Life
The G53SX lasted three hours, 28 minutes in our standard battery test summary (Windows 7 the balance of power profile, screen brightness at 70%, wireless active, updating a web page every 60 seconds). It's a respectable time for a high-performance 17.3-inch laptop. In the past it would have been an unknown time by a machine.

ASUS continues to produce excellent portable game all-round G53SX is no exception. He was a fantastic success, a large screen, sharp design, and even decent battery life.

One area that needs improvement is the keyboard, has a bad impression with tactile little. On the positive side, it is backlit and has a separate numeric keypad. Another thing to keep in mind with this laptop is that it is bigger and heavier than most 17.3-inch portable housing despite a 15.6 inches - Travellers warned.

They generally have little to complain and fully recommend G53SX ASUS.

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