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ASUS A53U 15-Inch Laptop [OLD VERSION]

by Asus
103 customer reviews
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  • AMD E Series Dual Core E 450 Processor 1.65GHz
  • 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6320
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

15.6" HD (1366x768) / AMD E-450 (1.65GHz) / 4GB DDR3 RAM / 320GB 5400RPM / DL DVDRW CDRW / Windows 7 Premium (64Bit) / 802.11BGN / 0.3MP Camera / 6 Cell Battery / HDMI Port / 1YR Global Warranty / 1YR Accidental Damage Protection / 30-Day Zero Bright Dot / 2-Way Free Shipping /24-7 Tech support

From the Manufacturer

Not Just another Pretty Face

Smart, Reliable & Efficient

Not Just another Pretty Face

Featuring the AMD Fusion E-450 0 mobile processor with the ATI Radeon HD 6320G graphics, the ASUS A53U-ES21 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-ES21 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 Fusion E-450 Mobile processor with ATI Radeon HD 6320G graphics, the A53U-ES21 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-ES21 has an array of built-in features that are specialized for ease of use. It features a chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad and multi-touch track pad to effortlessly type documents or navigate through your mobile world. The A53U-ES21 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-ES21 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-ES21, 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.

Key Features

  • AMD Fusion E-450 Mobile processor with ATI Radeon HD 6320G 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 Fusion E450 (1.65Ghz)
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6320G
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 Storage: 320GB 5400RPM
  • Optical Drive: 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

Relax, ASUS Has You Covered

Ranked as the #1 most reliable PC brand by 3 independent sources, 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 Warranty

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)

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

What's in the Box

  • A53U-ES21 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • 6-cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card

Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1366x768 pixels
Processor1.65 GHz E-Series Dual-Core E-450
Hard Drive320 GB
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6320
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand NameAsus
Item model numberA53U-ES21
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight5.7 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.12 x 1.40 x 10.12 inches
Color Mocha
Processor BrandAMD
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDL DVDRW CDRW
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #15,980 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 AvailableFebruary 1, 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 Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Dot on February 10, 2012
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I recieved this computer yesterday and I am impressed with it's speed for the price. I purchased based on the reputation of Asus as a quality brand/manufacturer and will use it primarily for web surfing, streaming amazon prime, and light home office use. It is a very dark brown almost black color. The outer shell is a matte textured surface which is a nice change after my very shiny and fingerprint covered dell netbook. The screen is a glossy screen and is very bright and clear. The keyboard has a nice feel and includes a number pad which is a great bonus. The touchpad works well for me but I like touchpads. It started up quickly and only included a few nonesscential programs which I promptly uninstalled. Internet explorer opened quickly for the first and only time as I downloaded chrome right away. A quick test video loaded and streamed well and other websites such as facebook loaded quickly. As of right now I would recomend this Asus as the price is right and the hardware is good enough for my purposes. This is all the info I have for now but I will update with more info later.

Today I was busy installing software and uploading music into itunes and everything ran smoothly. I was able to multitask without slowing things down. The audio quality isn't amazing but it is adequate. It does not get super loud and it doesn't have great sound quality. For listening to music I would recommend headphones or plugging in some speakers. For watching streaming video it will suffice. The battery lasted for about 4.5 hours with the screen dimmed. The fan is very quiet and the palm rests really do stay cool. It also starts up, shuts down, and comes in and out of hibernation quickly. Still very happy with my purchase.
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Johnston on February 11, 2012
First of all, I got the -xa1 flavor of this machine about 5 months ago, but spec wise their identical. I actually purchased this computer for a friend of mine, I have the N71jq series and I knew he didn't need anything like this, but wanted him to have the ability to play some games and enjoy his computer, while also getting good battery life and productivity on the go.

I'm impressed. I was really leery of the APU especially one with low clock cycles such as this but I was way off. This is an impressive computer! Start-up and shutdown are very quick, it runs DX11 games (with moderate settings) very well, web-surfing, watching movies, and listing to music simultaneously is not a problem. I work in IT for a living (I'm obviously not a writer) and I'm very familiar with what you get at the bottom end of the laptop market. Pentium D or dual core, or dirt slow Amd equals... those processors don't cut the mustard in today higher end programs, this thing handles them well.

To sum it up... If your looking for a gaming laptop spend $1400 on a high end laptop and spend a few hundred more to stuff an SSD in it (it's worth it.) If you're on a tight budget and need a laptop that can get it done, look no further.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By gadgetman on March 9, 2012
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I will preface this review by saying that I have been an HP guy for the last 7 or so years.

I was looking for an affordable, well built unit at a good price for my father to use. When I came across this unit at the $369 price point I could not help but order it.

First, the unit has a very solid feel. Unlike the glossy laptops out there, this unit does not show the finger prints on the case.

The unit stays extremely cool both on the wrist rests as well as on the underside.

Screen is absolutely gorgeous. Very clear, and the clear isn't especially an issue because of the gloss.

I was impressed with how little crapware was preinstalled. I got used to HP which simply loads down every machine with copious amounts of crapware that need to be removed prior to use.

Keyboard is quiet and the keys have a very nice feel when pressed.

I would certainly recommend this laptop to anyone who is looking for an entry level laptop for basic web browsing and video viewing.

Will provide updates as our use progresses.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Smith on March 8, 2012
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I purchased this for someone in desperate need of a new laptop, and she's pleased.
It's not a surprise to me, as I've gotten several AMD Fusion-based machines before this and it makes for a great overall platform for general use.
The Fusion platform doesn't win benchmarks. What it does do is allow low-cost computers to do everything pretty well.

Overall the best term to describe this laptop is "adequate."
That remark sounds negative, but it's not at all. Adequate in the sense it has enough to do everything well enough, as opposed to being too weak or lacking in any area where you have to prioritize your usage expectations in order to buy a laptop that fits into the lowest possible budget.

It looks and feels like a quality machine and has enough of everything to do well by most. The build of the casing, the keyboard (not so much the trackpad :P), the LED monitor all would feel perfectly in place on a $1000+ machine.

The included MS Office starter edition (Word and Excel) runs great.
I cannot give anything less than 5 stars to a well-built, nice looking laptop that runs everything from MS Office to games for the asking price of this one.
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