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ASUS A53Z-AS61 15.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)

by Asus
160 customer reviews
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  • AMD A6 3420M Processor 1.5GHz
  • 750GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch LED Screen, ATI HD 6520G Graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, includes a DVD/RW Burner, integrated webcam and microphone, USB 3.0 port
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

15.6" HD (1366*768) / AMD A6-3420 (1.4GHz) / 4GB DDR3 / ATI HD 6520G / 750GB 5400RPM / DL DVD±RW/CD-RW / Wwindows 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 survey1

Known for their unmatched reliability, ASUS products clearly offers you peace of mind and quality you can trust. Using premium materials, ASUS aims to break the industry mold and deliver a product that is truly incredible. In addition, 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 writing 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 A53Z-AS61 Immersive Visual ASUS Palm-Proof Technology SmartLogon IceCool Technology

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

  • AMD A6-3420 APU with ATI Radeon HD 6520GB graphics delivers a realistic, lifelike gaming and multimedia experience
  • 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 the track pad
  • Massive 750GB hard drive to store music, videos, games and more


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 15.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768)
  • Processor: AMD A6-3420 (1.4GHz)
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6520GB
  • 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: Mocha

What's in the Box

  • A53Z-AS61 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • 6-cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card

© 2012 ASUS Computer International. All Rights Reserved. ASUS is a registered trademark of ASUSTeK Computer. 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. All trademarks are registered to their respective companies. ASUS shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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
Processor1.5 GHz A-Series Quad-Core A6-3420M
Hard Drive750 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorATI HD 6520G
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameAsus
SeriesA53 Series
Item model numberA53Z-AS61
Hardware PlatformPC
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 Count4
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 #16,948 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.9 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 AvailableMarch 29, 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

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bello on June 5, 2012
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I ordered this laptop and it was quite well packed in a huge box with massive amount of padding. Out of the box, it runs like a charm, fast and no issues whatsoever. It is NOT a gaming laptop, but you are able to play games on it like Starcraft 2 or league of legends on lower settings.

The Windows Experience Index results are...
Processor : 6.7
Memory(RAM): 5.9
Graphics: 4.5
Gaming Graphics: 6.1
Primary Hard Disk: 5.9

It plays HD videos quite well, obviously as it should...

Pros: Fast, cheap, best for the price, HDMI, USB3, Bright LED screen, easily upgradable to 8GB RAM, Large HDD, 1 year accidental warranty.

Cons: Speakers are a bit quiet, low resolution, I do not like the touchpad's functionalities for scrolling and zooming, which uses 2 fingers like apple products.

I HIGHLY recommend this laptop. I will update the review if anything goes wrong with it or I ever have any problems. In addition, I will answer any comments.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Lukens on July 18, 2012
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This laptop, at the right price, is a great machine. Asus is a quality manufacturer and it shows in this product. The build is solid, though could be considered a bit plastic-ish. They keyboard feels great and is responsive. I'm not in love with the touch pad and the clicking buttons, but they are acceptable. The screen is glossy so you will get glare, otherwise it seems nice and bright, colors seem true. Having a full sized keyboard is great. It has all the ports you'd want including hdmi and usb 3. The speakers are not good at all. Barely audible at full volume. I don't know many people who expect much from their laptop speakers but these are pretty abysmal. This laptop would have been massively improved with a 7200rpm hard drive, but surprisingly the slower 5400rpm doesn't seem too bad. Ram is fine for me right now and can be easily upgraded. Like others I'll eventually got to 8 gigs of ram and put in a 120 g SSD. The bloatware is a bit excessive but not bad enough that I felt it warranted a clean install. If you know what you are doing and uninstall the right things, it's no problem.

TL;DR At the current price, 500 bucks, I think it's too expensive. I got it for $429 which was much more reasonable. It's better than an Ipad and has more functionality at that price. For people who want a basic machine that does everything, this is it. Get it at around 400 or less and it's a great laptop for anyone from grandma and grandpa to a new college student. Your Mom and Dad should be buying laptops like this, not whatever garbage best buy is selling. Anyone who just wants to do the basic web browsing and email, they will get a great machine that has power to spare for when they do run into some kind of multimedia usage. This will not replace my desktop gaming rig under any circumstances, but it has enough functionality for when I am traveling or want to veg on the couch.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Kevan Kumar on May 22, 2012
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Bought this for a friend, the 6520G graphics blows Intel HD 3000 out of the water. MW3 runs @720p no lag medium high settings. Tested NFS The Run (Frostbite 2 engine) works on medium low settings. Its not a gaming laptop but its excellent for the price. 750GB HDD is plenty of space. Steal of a deal for such a price. Build quality is solid.. looks great.. ASUS - enough said. Best laptop in its price range.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Dixon on May 13, 2012
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Laptop feels solid, keypad feels very robust. I love that this model comes with usb3 support. I have no intention of running demanding 3d games on this laptop but it runs my productivity tasks very very well. the bloatware that comes with it slows it down so i will have to format this machine eventually. Overall, this is a great laptop, its quad core, 750 GB hard drive and the radeon graphics rns hd videos effortlessly. i highly recommend it.

Oh and the "ice cool" feature really works. my laptop is not burning my hands, its very cool
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. John on June 20, 2012
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I am currently very disappointed with this purchase. This a great looking value computer that was purchased for my wife who needed something simple for surfing the web and editing family pics. Based on these needs it was a great fit at an awesome price, $399! All was well out of the box and the initial usage was a breeze.

Unfortunately after 2 days the wireless NIC just stopped working. I know this a hardware issue because all my other wireless devices have no problem connecting to my network. I am also very familiar with computer hardware since I have built a few in my day and thought it would be an easy fix to get back up and running. I reset the router, modem, wireless card to no avail. Then I made sure the card was on at all times through the power management option. I also took the time to reinstall the drivers for the wireless card and still nothing.

Next, I contacted ASUS support through the Asus members website. Support to over over 2 days to respond and told me to try the options I already tried. I am now in support limbo and have a computer that doesn't do what I purchased it for. I am very disappointed with the response so far by Asus and would definitely hesitate purchasing from them again. Hopefully I will be able to update with a better review once they make things right.


Finally got this thing to work and I am glad that I took the time to have it fixed. ASUS support was great after dealing with my early frustrations. This thing is a huge value for the price and my wife loves it for general use like pictures, web browsing, and Office applications. I would purchase again in heartbeat for $400. Great value for non power users. Thanks ASUS.
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