November 14, 2011
- USB 3.0 & Bluetooth
- Good value for the money
- Solid performance, including gaming
- Bulky, heavy design
- Touchpad is too small
The Asus G53SX is one strong performing laptops thanks to its Intel Core i7 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a discrete Nvidia graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory. It has a bulky, heavy design but if you're looking for solid performance and great gaming performance without having to spend a lot of money, this might be the laptop for you.
The Asus G53SX measures 15.4 x 11.9 x 2.2-inches (wdh) and weighs just over 8-pounds, so it's quite heavy and large and is definitely a desktop-replacement laptop. Not only is it large and heavy, but it's also bulky too, especially on the backside, where there is a 2-inch long, thick lip that extends past the display's hinge. Don't expect to carry this laptop around with you anywhere further than a different room in your home. The whole machine looks like a piece of alien space technology with its angular design and matte-black finish.
The keyboard is a chiclet-style keyboard with a numeric keypad. The QWERTY keyboard was decently sized, but the numeric keypad did seem to be crammed into what little space there was left. The keys were comfortable to type with and didn't offer much uncomfortable flex. The multitouch trackpad was fairly undersized in our opinion and the two discrete mouse buttons were stiff as well.
Asus includes a 15.6-inch matte-finish LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, which is full 1080p HD. Despite having a matte finish, the colors looks vibrant and crisp and viewing angles were also good.
The selection of ports on the G53SX included one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, gigabit Ethernet, the usual audio ports and a multiformat media card reader. There is also a SuperMulti DVD+/-RW optical disc drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth too.
The Asus G53SX's specifications include an Intel Core i7-2670QM CPU (2.2GHz w/ TurboBoost 3.1GHz), 12GB of RAM, a 750GB 7200RPM hard drive and discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory. We really appreciated the 7200RPM hard drive alongside the high-powered Intel Core i7 CPU and a whopping 12GB of memory.
Overall performance is very good when compared to other similar desktop-replacement laptops. Gaming performance was also very respectable as all of today's 3D games are definitely playable on this laptop thanks to the discrete graphics card. If you're a gamer that wants a hint of portability, then this is the laptop for you.
Battery life with the included 8-cell battery was about average for a computer of this caliber: approximately 2.5-hours.