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ASUS 15-Inch A53U Laptop (OLD VERSION)

by Asus
64 customer reviews

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  • AMD C Series Dual Core C 50 Processor 1GHz
  • 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6250
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Not Just another Pretty Face

Not Just another Pretty Face
Smart, Reliable & Efficient

Featuring the AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 mobile processor with the ATI RadeonTM HD 6290G graphics, the ASUS A53U-ES01 notebook easily handles multitasking and entertainment on its brilliant 15.6" LED-backlit HD display. HDMI ready, you may supersize your high-definition media to an HDTV for up to 1080p visuals and 8-channel surround sound. The A53U-ES01 is also engineered with ASUS IceCool technology with hairline brushed aluminum to maintain a low temperature on the keyboard and palm rest area for comfortable computing even after prolonged use.

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Reliable Multitasking Performance

Powered by the AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 Mobile processor with AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics, the A53U-ES01 handles an assortment of daily tasks with ease. ASUS Power4Gear is an assortment of power profiles selectable via the Power4Gear hotkey above the keyboard that optimizes the system for your task at hand—giving the most performance or maximizing battery life.

Comfort and Control Included

The A53U-ES01 has an array of built-in features that are specialized for ease of use. It features a wave keyboard with numeric keypad and multi-touch track pad to effortlessly type documents or navigate through your mobile world. The A53U-ES01 has a spacious palm rest with ASUS Palm-Proof Technology where the track pad intelligently distinguishes between your palm and finger to prevent errors for a worry-free typing experience.

With its sunken-hinge screen design, you will be able to enjoy wider and more ergonomic viewing angles, enabling greater clarity and comfort. Plus, the ASUS Power4Gear utility controls the fans noise level so you can relax with a virtually silent computing experience anywhere you go.

Head-turning Style and Convenient Portability

Compact and light, the A53U-ES01 shows off a new streamlined design with ASUS Infusion Technology to give this notebook a scratch-resistant coat with eye-catching style. Opening this mobile wonder, you will notice a highly durable premium aluminum texture around the keyboard to retain its looks and quality even during extensive, prolonged use.

The power button has a built in light indicator so whether you're in light or dark areas you always know where to find it. With the A53U-ES01, you get a chiclet style keyboard that was recipient of the iF Product Design Award—a coveted award given to products with outstanding quality and design. The chiclet keyboard is more than just looks. Its uniquely-spaced layout and key cap design effectively protects it from dust and crumb buildup and makes it easier to clean.

Relax, ASUS Has You Covered

Ranked as the #1 most reliable PC brand by 3 independent sources,1 readers and editors alike choose ASUS as their trusted notebook and netbook. ASUS tirelessly strives to exceed expectations of quality to ensure you an unmatched peace of mind every time you start your PC.

This notebook is also backed by the industry's most comprehensive warranty.

1 Year ASUS Global Warranty2

Offers a level of coverage that would add hundreds of dollars to the price of competing laptops:

  • 1 year global warranty
  • 30 day Flawless Display Guarantee
  • 2-way free standard shipping
  • 24/7 tech support
1 Year Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)2

Whether your notebook is damaged by accidental spills, drops, electrical surges, or fire, ASUS will fix it or replace it for you during the first year after purchase.

  • Covers accidental drops, spills, power surges, and fire damage
  • Target 3 business day turnaround time for repair / replacement; not including receiving and shipping time
  • 1-way shipping (from ASUS to the user) at no additional cost
  • 24/7 toll-free phone support

Key Features

  • AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 Mobile processor with AMD Radeon HD 6250  graphics for a powerful and faster yet energy-efficient computing performance (Learn more)
  • ASUS Power4Gear optimizes system performance for increased performance and longer mobility (Learn more)
  • IceCool Technology makes use of superior component engineering combined with the aluminum surface, keeps palm rest and typing surfaces cool
  • ASUS Palm-Proof Technology prevents accidental input by intelligently distinguishing between palm and finger contact for better accuracy (Learn more)
  • Altec Lansing speakers enhanced with SRS Premium Sound produce crisp, clear audio reproduction


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 15.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768)
  • CPU: AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1.0GHz)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6250
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 3GB DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 8GB SDRAM
  • Storage: 320GB 5400RPM
  • Optical Drive: DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
  • Camera: 0.3 megapixel
  • Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers
  • Microphone: Microphone
  • Card Reader: 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO SDHC (SD2.0)
  • Input/ Output: 1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 3 x USB 2.0 ports;
  • Battery Pack: 6-cell
  • Dimensions: 15.12 x 10.2 x 1.4 –inches (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 5.72lbs (with 6-cell battery)
  • Color: Mocha

What's in the Box

  • A53U-ES01 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • 6-cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card

© 2012 ASUS Computer International. All specifications and terms are subject to change without notice. Please check with your supplier for exact offers on selected models. Products may not be available in all markets. Product may not be exactly as shown in photos.

1 Rated number 1 Windows-based PC maker in's Service & Reliability Report 2010. Rated number 1 PC brand according to SquareTrade, the leading direct-to-consumer warranty company (for more information visit ). \ Rated number 1 reliable PC maker in Q2 2010's RESCUECOM report

2 ASUS reserves the right to exclude certain SKUs; check with your retailer to confirm coverage of specific models. Valid for notebooks purchased in the US and Canada only. Certain retailers do not participate in ADP coverage. For complete details, please visit:

Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1366x768 pixels
Processor1 GHz C-Series Dual Core C-50
Hard Drive320 GB
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6250
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand NameAsus
SeriesA series
Item model numberA53U-ES01
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight5.7 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.12 x 1.40 x 10.12 inches
Color Brown
Processor BrandAMD
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDL DVDRW CDRW
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #18,213 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJanuary 21, 2012
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 24, 2012
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I needed to upgrade my tech for a low cost and this fit the bill. I considered Chromebooks and netbooks which were around the same price point. At the price I paid, $350, I got a full laptop. The screen is great, I was surprised that the size of it and that the keyboard had a numeric keypad.

Very nice entry-level laptop; something I don't have buyer's remorse about. I would not hesitate to purchase another one, should the need arise.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dabuck on March 14, 2012
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I needed to replace my 3 yr old Acer Netbook. I thought I liked small, but the old eyes didn't agree. So when I was visiting my brother and the Acer Wifi wouldn't work, I needed to upgrade. I actually bought an HP Compaq that came to a total of $338. Then I saw this one on Amazon for $349. It had more memory and a bigger HD. PLUS it had a numeric keypad on the keyboard. So I returned the HP and ordered this ASUS. I am so glad I did. This is an excellent Laptop for the price. I burned my backup DVD's and configured my WIFI at home and it works flawlessly. I just have to learn Win 7, all my other PC's run Win XP. I will admit I based my purchase on just a few excellent reviews, but there were NO iffy or negative ones and I can now add my own positive recommendation to them.
03/21/12 Update: I've been using the laptop for about 10 days now, there are simply no problems with it. Just a note..the "mocha" color is barely noticeable, it actually looks dark gray. You need to look real close to notice the slight brownish tint. So don't let the "mocha" color deter you.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Powell on March 11, 2012
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This is a good computer for doing basic things for home usage and school work. However,if you are into playing a lot of computer games, it would be advisable to make sure you have sufficient memory and excellent graphics. I enjoy playing and downloading a lot of computer games and most if not all of them weren't very compatible with this system. So keep that in mind and just read every detail about the description of a computer system before you buy it. Overall,for the price I paid, it was an excellent deal.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Van Cura on March 25, 2012
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This is a amazing bargain, excellent wide screen and feel of far more expensive laptops; like my work system, but without the thousand dollar plus price. I also own a small netbook that also cost < $400 and it's not even close to this in features such as nice keyboard and display.

I installed Ubuntu Linux 64 bit 10.04 and everything worked great. Probably the cleanest Linux install I've experienced. Wireless, touchpad, CD/DVD, my external USB keyboard, display etc. all work with this flawlessly. Only had to download and add the driver for my Brother printer.

I take off one star because of the horrible bundled Windows OS and collection of unneeded and useless features. I retained the Windows partition just in case the Linux install did not go well, but I found this notebook to be highly compatible and that latter precaution is not necessary. However I do recommend burning the recovery set in case you decide to sell the system. I would welcome an OS free or pre-installed Linux purchase option.

Not powerful enough for extreme gamings, but overkill for Web users, Photo, Music, Social Networking users etc. Good choice for student too.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Cook on March 14, 2012
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my husband (who is a computer tech) recommended this particular laptop for me as it was in the price range I was looking for and did what I needed. I mostly use a laptop for web browsing, office 2010 and storing photos.I have to say that after 2 days I am extremely pleased with this item! The keyboard is fantastic, easy to use than the other laptops I have tried. I love the seperate number pad and the responsive touch pad is excellent. The resolution is good, the sound is good and I am extremely satisfied with this purchase. i would recommend this for anyone looking for an entry level laptop.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sneakers 53 on March 21, 2012
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After our cats sent our $800 HP laptop off of the table , I decided to replace it with a more economical option. I had recently purchased an ASUS Tablet and have been very pleased with it, so I decided I would try out this Note Book. This machine is well built, and has everything that is needed for a 'home computer'. It is extremely light and as well as fast. I am extremely pleased with this machine, especially for the price and I would recommend it for home surfing and email.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WizdomWarrior on March 30, 2012
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I have had it for two days so far and I am very pleased with my purchase. When you consider all the features you get for your $329.00 and in my case no Ca. sales tax and free shipping I call it a screaming deal. At this price to have the DVD drive and the HDMI port in addition to the 320 gig hard drive it was everything I was looking for. Now that I have been using it I am very impressed with how solid it feels compared to my old Toshiba which died in less than a year. I love the idea of the one year accident coverage being included at this price. The only challange I have had so far was when I first tried to watch Netflix streaming it was a little sketchy. After a quick call to the support line at 1:00 in the morning they showed me how to change it from Battery save mode to high performance mode and its worked perfectly every since. I have also enjoyed some of the free streaming movies and the free shipping that comes with my mo. of free Amazon prime.

Pros; Incredible Value, You have got to love the 2 gig ram and the 320 gig hard drive with the big screen. Excellent picture quality.

I love the look and the solid feel along with the fingerprint resistant surface.

I like the fact that it comes with a CD-DVD recordable drive and a HDMIi port to hook it to mt big screen

Cons; it was preloaded with a lot of the usual crap you dont need but I suppose thats expected now days. took about 2 hours to clean it up and load a good free anti virus to replace their pre loaqded free trial bs.

Yes it's true what I read about the mouse being too clicky and obnoxious but I easily fixed that with a $18 logitech wireless mouse from amazon which I highly recommend., It even has a off button so you dont waste batteries when your not using it.
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