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Asus G53Jw review

A strikingly designed, high-powered 3D laptop, but it's not without some notable flaws

With its odd combination of highs and lows, the Asus G53Jw sits in an awkward place in the current 3D laptop market. While its stunning performance, striking design and cutting-edge technology mean there's no denying that this is a unique and highly capable 3D multimedia machine, its somewhat limited usability and flawed screen mean it's not the top of the range world beater you sense it was intended to be.

If you can live with its niggling flaws and you absolutely must have 3D capabilities, you'll find a level of power and style all too rare in the modern laptop market, but if you want the best multimedia powerhouse you can get for your money, and don't mind sacrificing the 3D screen, there are many better machines than the Asus G53Jw.

We liked

With its striking Stealth Bomber inspired chassis, the Asus G53Jw is one of the most differently designed laptops we've seen. And it's not style over substance either, because the large exhausts at the rear prove highly effective at keeping the laptop cool and comfortable to use.

Powered by cutting-edge components, the Asus G53Jw delivers fantastic levels of performance for even the most demanding tasks. While its not the most powerful laptop we've seen, few people will feel shortchanged by the stunning levels of power on offer here.

By building the Nvidia 3D Vision receiver into the chassis rather than using an external USB receiver, the Asus G53Jw is one of the easiest 3D laptops to set up and use on the move. And the 3D effect is truly startling, bringing photos, videos and games to vivid life.

We disliked

With its poor viewing angles, it can be very tricky to get an adequate view of the Asus G53Jw's 15.6-inch screen. While the panel delivers decent levels of brightness, colour and contrast, the screen is just too flawed in use to be truly effective.

As with other Nvidia 3D Vision capable laptops, the active shutter glasses used by the Asus G53Jw render the already flawed screen even dimmer when viewing 3D content. This would be a problem on even the best screen, so here it only serves to increase the problem.

While usability of the Asus G53Jw is generally good, the slightly spongy keyboard and overly firm mouse buttons make this laptop a little awkward to use at times. Thankfully the spacious keyboard and backlit keys compensate somewhat, but we recommend you try before you buy.

Verdict

Despite a few missteps along the way, the Asus G53Jw has enough notable strengths to make it a viable rival in the growing 3D laptop market. With its strong performance, striking Stealth Bomber design and comprehensive specification, you certainly get a lot for your money.

However, the flawed screen and slightly limited usability prevent it from truly excelling and, if you can live without the 3D screen, there are plenty of far better rival multimedia and gaming laptops you could spend your money on.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 460M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
eSATANo
FireWire/i.LINKNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
DisplayPortNo
Product FamilyG53
Processor Modeli7-740QM
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.73 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.50 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
3D Type3D Ready
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height50 mm
Width391 mm
Depth297 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG53
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelG53JW-IX162V
Product NameG53JW-IX162V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberG53JW-IX162V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

To match the realistic 3D, the G53Jw features full EAX and THX audio support, delivering true surround immersion for dedicated gamers who want their in-game environments to come to life. Movies and music sound spectacular, as well.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • G53JW-IX162V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year