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Asus N53SV-SX303V review

A powerful specification at a decent price from this desktop replacement machine

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Dedicated graphics
  • Battery life
  • Quality screen
  • Blu-ray drive

Against

  • Quite heavy
  • Screen not full HD

Asus is best known for its dinky Eee PC netbooks, but also produces some excellent multimedia laptops. The N53SV-SX303V packs in an impressive specification for the price, making it a strong desktop replacement choice.

If your needs are demanding – for instance, you wish to run complex design software that would make most computers weep – the Asus is a great solution.

The Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor can run several resource-hogging applications at once, backed up by 6GB of memory. Performance came very close to the Lenovo W520 and Toshiba Satellite L755-15R.

Even with all this power, multimedia software such as video editing suites would struggle without a dedicated graphics card on board. The Asus packs an Nvidia GPU, like the Lenovo and Acer. This can easily run any creative software and features Optimus technology, which shuts the GPU down when not in use to conserve battery power. The resulting five hours is an excellent result.

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Benchmarks

Battery life: 307 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 290
3DMark 2003: 20,829

Despite having a 15.6-inch screen like most of the laptops here, the Asus is one of the bulkiest devices in the group. At a whopping 3kg, it's almost as heavy as the 17.3-inch HP Pavilion DV7-6002sa, so the Asus is best left on a desk at home, despite boasting a durable build and an excellent five hours of battery life.

Thankfully, that extra space is well used by the keyboard. The board is just as firm as the chassis and comfortable to type on for long sessions, with a dedicated numeric keypad for data entry. We also liked the smooth touchpad, which supports multi-touch gesturing.

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Reasonable screen

The screen is reasonably bright and produces colourful images, like most of the displays here. It does the job if you're editing photos or video and you can hook up an external monitor or television via VGA or HDMI if you need a bigger screen.

When your creative juices dry up, you can kick back and enjoy a high-definition Blu-ray film. Movies sound surprisingly good, thanks to the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers, which blast out music and explosions at an impressive volume. You can also play the latest games thanks to the dedicated graphics.

The 640GB hard drive provides plenty of space for all of your files and applications, and is only narrowly beaten by the HP's 750GB of storage.

Although lugging the N53SV-SX303V around with you isn't recommended due to the bulky and heavy chassis, it makes a great desktop replacement machine for the creative enthusiast. Tons of power and excellent dedicated graphics make short work of even the most demanding design suites.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 540M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
GPSNo
FireWire/i.LINKNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
eSATA/USB ComboNo
DisplayPortNo
WimaxNo
Product FamilyN53
ThunderboltNo
Processor Modeli5-2410M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.70 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height40.5 mm
Width391 mm
Depth266 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesN53
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelN53SV-SX303V
Product NameN53SV-SX303V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN53SV-SX303V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Superior computing performance
The most capable processors from Intel drive diverse, thrilling adventures, high productivity and memorable moments. With all new 2nd Generation INTEL CORE Processor inside, the N Series has the power and seamless capabilities to achieve and enjoy more with great efficiency and a smooth user experience.

Enjoy powerful audio entertainment through SonicMaster technology
ASUS exclusive SonicMaster features technology approved and co-developed by world-famous Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, bringing living audio to notebook PCs with the most precise processing protocols and codecs, superior speaker construction and large resonance chambers for impactful enjoyment - it's like going to a concert! The fidelity revitalizes vocals and every sound comes to life through advanced sound enhancement. No more tinny notebook audio and suffering from noise distortion - welcome to an era of true hi-fi on PC.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • N53SV-SX303V Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year