The Asus N53SV is a speedy 15.6-inch laptop that's definitely an all-purpose machine as it has a broad range of features and the speed to back it up. You'll find all of the necessary connectivity options, including USB 3.0 and eSATA. However the design of the keyboard is rather frustrating and leaves us scratching our heads in confusion.
The Asus N53SV measures 15.6 x 10.6 x 1.6-inches and weighs just about 6.5-pounds, which makes it rather large and almost a desktop replacement machine, but not quite. The chassis of the laptop is a flat-gray color that looks and feels quite well.
Asus designed the keyboard and mouse touchpad to have quite a bit of space, which makes for a comfortable experience, until you try to work with the custom keyboard layout they used. The cursor keys are oddly placed and as a result, the right shift key is extremely short in width. Also, Asus toyed with the location of frequently used keys, like the Delete button, which is in a very non-traditional location. While these quirks are not major, they are quite challenging to get used to.
The 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen has a native resolution of 1366 x 769-pixels, which qualifies as 720p high-definition. The screen quality was quite good and delivered excellent viewing angles.
One of the selling points that Asus is using for this laptop is the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower audio technology that is inside the N53SV laptop. Audio quality was pretty good too, especially in the loudness category and it sounded crisp and clear as well. It wasn't anything "mind blowing", but it certainly did the job.
In terms of connectivity, you'll find three USB ports (one is USB 3.0), eSATA, gigabit ethernet, VGA-out, HDMI-out, a 5-in-1 memory card reader and the usual audio ports. There is also integrated 802.11b/g/n wireless with Bluetooth V3 connectivity. There is also a built-in TV tuner that supports both analog and DVB-T signals.
The internal specifications of the Asus N53SV include a very powerful Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU (2.0GHz), 4GB of DDR3 memory (upgradable to 16GB), a 750GB 7200RPM hard drive, a DVD super multi dual-layer optical drive, Nvidia GeForce GT 540M video card with 1GB of dedicated RAM and a 2.0-megapixel webcam. Asus pre-loads Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) onto this laptop.
We really liked the combination of a powerful Intel processor with 4GB of RAM and a powerful video card. This trio gives you ultimate performance from a laptop and especially from a 15.6-inch laptop as opposed to larger notebooks with 17-inch displays. The 750GB hard drive is of the speedy 7200RPM type, which means you get lots of storage space that's also readily accessible for smooth performance.
The Nvidia GT 540M video card allows you to play today's demanding 3D video games with ease and the Asus N53SV does just that. You definitely won't be let down in the performance category with this notebook and that makes it well-worth the moderately-priced price tag.
Asus does include a lot of their customized software on this laptop, but they do give you some pretty handy programs too, like a Live Update application to make sure your computer's drivers are always up-to-date. They also pre-install Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition, which is an ad-supported version of Word and Excel.