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ASUS A53E-AS31 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

by Asus
154 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i3 2350M Processor 2.3GHz
  • 4 GB DIMM, 6 hours of battery life
  • 750 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch LED Screen, Intel GMA HD Graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Color: Black | Style: Core-i3

Product Description

15.6" HD (1366*768) / Intel Core i3-2350M (2.3GHz) / 4GB DDR3 / Intel GMA HD / 750GB 5400RPM / DL DVD±RW/CD-RW / Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit) / 802.11BGN / 0.3M Pixel Camera / 6 Cell Battery / HDMI / 1YR Global/1YR Accidental Damage/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support

From the Manufacturer

Smart, Reliable & Efficient
ASUS A Series Notebooks

Uncompromised Quality and Unique Features with Affordability in Mind

Ideal for those who seek a highly reliable notebook for work or play without breaking the bank, the ASUS A Series is the perfect choice. With unique features and technologies, it is the ultimate solution for your productivity and entertainment needs while on-the-go.

Tried and Tested for Quality

ASUS is a global technology leader who focuses on the mastery of innovation and design perfection. Today, it is the world's #1 manufacturer of motherboards and is one of the world's top PC brands. ASUS embodies the passion to create products that truly enhance the computing experience. ASUS products are also strictly quality tested to surpass industry standards, surviving multiple drop tests, hinge tests cycles and LCD pressure tests, ensuring that every ASUS product you buy will be one of your best investments.

Reliability Matters

ASUS PCs finish near or at the top of the industry's reliability rankings survey after survey.1

Known for their unmatched reliability, ASUS products clearly offer you peace of mind and quality you can trust. Incorporating premium materials like the brushed Aluminum used in the notebook's chassis, ASUS aims to break the industry mold and deliver a product that is truly incredible. ASUS also offers the industry's best-in-class complimentary warranty and free 1-year accidental damage protection so you can sleep worry-free knowing ASUS has your back.

Innovation like No other

Designed with you in mind, ASUS equipped the A Series with innovative technologies that fit your needs. For instance, IceCool Technology helps keep the palm rest cool even after prolonged use. ASUS Palm Proof Technology prevents inadvertent cursor movement on the track pad when typing, thereby providing better accuracy while editing or creating a document.

The ASUS A Series delivers an immersive multimedia experience through its high-definition LED panel and SRS Premium Sound via Altec Lansing speakers. Log in to your laptop password-free with SmartLogon facial recognition technology. Plus, it offers peace of mind preventing unwanted access by other people, saving you time and keeping your laptop secure.

ASUS A53E-AS31 Immersive Visual ASUS Palm-Proof Technology SmartLogon IceCool Technology

Comparison Chart

  A53E-AS31 A53E-AS52
Display Size 15.6" LED (1366 x 768) 15.6" LED (1366 x 768)
Processor Intel Core i3-2350M (2.3GHz) Intel Core i5-2450M (2.5GHz) with Turbo Boost Technology
Memory 4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
Graphics Card Intel GMA HD Intel GMA HD
Storage 750GB 750GB
Battery With 6-cell battery With 6-cell battery

Relax, ASUS Has You Covered

1-Year Accidental Damage Protection- Covers accidental drops, spills, power surges and fire damage for the first year. One incident per laptop.

Key Features

  • Intel Core i3-2350M processor with built in Intel HD Graphics for faster, more energy-efficient computing
  • IceCool Technology keeps palm rest and typing surfaces cool even after prolonged use
  • ASUS Palm-Proof Technology prevents accidental input by distinguishing between palm and finger contact on track pad
  • Massive 750GB hard drive capacity means more storage for music, games, videos and files
ASUS A53E-AS31 side image


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 15.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2350M (2.3 GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel GMA HD
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 (1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 8GB SDRAM)
  • Storage: 750GB 5400RPM
  • Optical Drive: DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
  • Camera: 0.3 megapixel
  • Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers
  • Card Reader: 1 x 5-in-1 card reader : SD+MMC+MS+MS PRO SDHC (SD 2.0)
  • 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
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1 x USB 3.0 ports
    • 1 x HDMI port
  • Battery: 6-cell
  • Dimensions: 15.12" x 10.12" x 1.4"(W x D x H)
  • Weight: 5.72 lbs (with 6-cell battery)
  • Color: Black

What's in the Box

  • A53E-AS31 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • 6-cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card

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Product Information

Color: Black | Style: Core-i3
Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1366x768 pixels
Processor2.3 GHz Core i3-2350M
Hard Drive750 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorIntel GMA HD
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameAsus
Item model numberA53E-AS31
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight5.7 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.12 x 1.40 x 10.12 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeDIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDL DVD±RW/CD-RW
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #22,897 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.6 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.
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Date First AvailableMarch 24, 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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

128 of 130 people found the following review helpful By kellyzdude on April 15, 2012
Format: Personal Computers Verified Purchase
I bought this laptop after a few months of longing, a few weeks of research, and a few days of price hunting. My requirements were fairly simple. I wanted Windows 7 with an i3 or better, at least 4GB of RAM (upgrade-able to 8) and a 320GB drive or bigger. I also wanted to spend no more than $500.

The system arrived within a few days and I excitedly opened it and read through the instructions (this is out of character, but I understand the importance of first start up). The first step was running the backup (4 DVDs later..) and then I worked on removing the bloat. ASUS, like so many others, ships with a bunch of crap you don't need, though in this case it was less than I expected.

The system itself is nice and quick. I have had it playing Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (the new one) and it performs nicely. I've also had it running a Folding@Home client (see [...]) which nets around 2000 points per day. This compares to about 200-300 on my old Athlon64 Desktop machine.

Other notes:
- The power socket is on the left hand side about halfway between the front and the back, and the connector itself is a right-angle. This is a weird place, but is convenient. My wife's most recent Dell had a side connector and it was still damaged through leaning it on things it shouldn't be. I feel the design and location on this laptop would prevent a lot of those issues.

- The laptop feels very cool, even while pumping out very hot air through the vent. It's warm on the legs, but by no means hot like I've experienced with older laptops.

- The numeric keypad is nice, but is a little weird if you're used to the separated keypad on larger laptops or desktop keyboards. More than once I've hit the right-arrow while trying to tap zero.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Long-Suffering Technology Consumer TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 27, 2012
Style Name: Core-i3Color: Red Verified Purchase
The ASUS A53-AS31-RD is a very good general purpose laptop. It works well with productivity applications, web browsing and basic photo editing. It multitasks well (playing music and working on Office applications). The area around the keyboard and touchpad and the top are each textured; that and the dark red color keep this machine from being a fingerprint magnet: good design!

Ports include an SD media slot, a LAN connection, three USB ports and HDMI out. Battery life is average; around 3 hours out of the box, although you can probably coax more out of it with adjustments in the Windows 7 control panel or the included ASUS desktop power management gadget. Out of the box it was relatively free of unwanted bloatware or trial versions of programs (kudos to ASUS for that).

This computer does not ship with recovery media; you'll need four DVDs when you run its built-in utility to create your own recovery kit (do this first!).

Overall, this is a solid laptop that should serve well for all but the most demanding computing needs. The color breaks it from the packs of black, silver and white machines out there! Watch for deep discounts to make this unit even more attractive.

Note: this machine's default hard drive configuration includes two logical partitions, with about 75% devoted to a "D" drive for data. I used Windows disk management tools to shrink that volume and restore all the free space to the "C" drive. This is just my preference, but it can help avoid issues with applications that struggle to remember "non-C-drive" locations for storing data files.
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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 31, 2012
Style Name: Core-i5Color: White Verified Purchase
This item comes in i3 & i5 versions. The i5 isn't always available, though.

This A53e might be reasonably priced for what you get, but it's not quite what I think of as a 'budget' device.

A budget laptop has an i3 processor. I'm reviewing the i5.
A budget laptop has around 250-500gb memory. This has 750gb
A budget laptop doesn't have HD screen. This does
A budget laptop doesn't usually come w/HDMI or USB 3.0. This does
A budget laptop doesn't usually come w/face detection. This does

That said, the 4gb of onboard RAM is definitely budget, but also upgradeable to 8gb for only $23. The 0.3 megapixel webcam is also pretty low-rent. So, it's obviously not the top-shelf model either.

The i5 processor is the 2nd gen variant which is a significant step-up from the 1st i5, plus it has 'turbo boost' which variably kicks in. So, it's not a mid-range i5. It's closer to an i7 than an i3.

This is the coolest-running PC I've owned. The white version has a subtle design to it. I was happy to find little bloatware.

The description is inaccurate. This is an LCD laptop, not an LED. There is no onboard bluetooth. There is no dial volume control. Instead, you must click on-screen volume control & slide or use the function & f12 keys repeatedly which is less than convenient. You can't just lower the sound immediately. That *really* bothers me. Something to consider if you sneak peaks at porn in heavy rotation. The same applies to the brightness adjustments - 2 clicks & it doesn't always respond. The mouse clicker is too loud which seems kind of cheap. The speaker could be a bit louder. The webcam is below par. The screen started out bright, but seems to have gotten dimmer, even with brightness adjustment all the way up.
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