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ASUS G53JW-XA1 Republic of Gamers 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

by Asus
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  • Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
  • 6GB DDR3 1066MHz, 4 SODIMM Sockets, up to 16GB
  • 500GB HDD (7200RPM); Super-Multi Optical Drive
  • 15.6-inch LED-backlit full HD display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
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Product Description

Product Description

15.6" FHD (1920x1080) (LED)/Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz Quad-Core)/6GB DDR3 RAM/NVidia GTX 460M 1.5G GDDR5 VRAM/500GB HDD (7200RPM)/DVD Super Multi Combo Drive/Illuminated Keyboard/Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/802.11BGN/2.0M Pixel/Bluetooth/8 Cell battery/1 USB 3.0 port/3 USB 2.0 ports/8-in-1 card reader/1YR Global warranty/1YR Accidental Damage Warranty/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support

They'll Never Know What Hit'em

Every gamer knows that the latest games demands the best performance. But we don't believe in just meeting the minimum requirements, we believe in obliterating them. That's why we made sure that the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G53Jw-XA1 was jam-packed with one-of-a-kind innovation that propel mobile gaming performance to unseen levels.

Featuring the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics engine that comes with a massive 1.5GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the ROG G53Jw-XA1 leads in DirectX 11 gaming for advanced tessellation and faster graphics rendering. This gaming powerhouse, powered by the Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor, soars while performing several tasks simultaneously. And while others struggle to find the keys in dimly lit areas, the backlit gaming keyboard gives you the edge in the dark to put you ahead of the competition. The ROG G53Jw-XA1 showcases a stealth fighter-inspired design with a unique thermal design that promotes airflow and keeps the air away from you. Plus, its 15.6-inch LED-backlit full HD display lets you experience the latest in high-definition entertainment with brilliant 1080p playback. The ROG G53Jw-XA1 breaks from the heard of traditional gaming notebooks with built-in overclocking feature through the ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid utility – instantly giving you extreme power with a push of a button.

The ROG G53Jw-XA1 also boasts 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, 6GB DDR3 system memory, high-speed wireless N, Intel Turbo Boost technology, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1, HDMI connectivity, 2.0 megapixel camera, and Altec Lansing speakers with EAX Advanced HD 4.0 sound.

They'll Never Know What Hit'em

Key Features

  • 15.6-inch LED-backlit full HD display for immersive cinematic experience with resolution up to 1920 x 1080 (Learn more)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM for unprecedented DirectX 11 gaming(Learn more)
  • Intel Core i7-DD740QM processor with Intel Turbo Boost technology to automatically boost speed to your task at hand (Learn more)
  • ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid that innovatively saves battery life and delivers extreme performance (Learn more)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for quicker device charging and up to 10x faster transfers than USB 2.01
  • 500GB 7200RPM hard drive and 6GB of DDR3 system memory for smooth computing and ample storage for all your games and media files (Learn more)
  • Backlit gaming keyboard with ergonomic tilt-up design for comfortable control in any lighting environment (Learn more)
  • Altec Lansing speakers and EAX Advanced HD Audio for premium gaming sound (Learn more)

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Leading Gaming Power for the Next Generation

Leading Gaming Power for the Next Generation
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The ROG G53Jw-XA1 features the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics engine for unprecedented visual performance. With unmatched DirectX 11 support, experience a totally new class of virtual interaction for more dynamic gaming.

The ROG G53Jw-XA1 also features a 500GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive to store your movies, games, and pictures. Plus, the ROG G53Jw-XA1 offers 6GB of DDR3 system memory for incredible multitasking capability.

Definitive Multitasking

Definitive Multitasking
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The ROG G53Jw-XA1 gives you all the power you need to create digital video, 3D animation, or effortlessly play adrenaline-filled games with Intel's leading-edge processor. Powered by the Intel Core i7-740QM processor, the ROG G53Jw-XA1 outperforms other notebooks with massive memory bandwidth for the ultra-smooth multitasking performance. Featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology, processor speed is automatically adjusted to your needs by accelerating performance to your task at hand.

With a host of power profiles, this gaming powerhouse has a built-in overclocking mode via ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid that activates in a simple push of a button located above the keyboard that turns up system performance above its default level.

Enjoy Vibrant Media

Enjoy Vibrant Media
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Featuring a 15.6-inch LED-backlit full HD display, the ROG G53Jw-XA1 lets you enjoy the latest in HD playback for an immersive experience with sharp images, smooth video transitions, and brilliant clarity. With HDMI connectivity, turn this gaming powerhouse into your personal media center by connecting to an external monitor or HDTV and enjoy flawless 1080p HD playback. The ROG G53Jw-XA1 is complemented with Altec Lansing speakers and EAX Advanced HD 4.0 so you can hear every detail with enhanced acoustics.

Aerodynamic Design

Aerodynamic Design

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Based from the intelligent design of a US stealth fighter, the ROG G53Jw-XA1 showcases sleek design. Its internal components are specially engineered next to the rear air vents to promote air flow and system cooling.

Its gaming keyboard also illuminates to give you the competitive edge, so when others are fumbling for keys in the dark you're brightly lit keyboard keeps you a step ahead of the game. Angled at an ergonomically 5-degree tapered slant, the keyboard is also positioned for an ergonomic typing experience so you're comfortable after the longest gaming sessions.

Relax, ASUS Has You Covered

Ranked as the #1 most reliable PC brand by 3 independent sources2, readers and editors alike choose ASUS as their trusted notebook and netbook. ASUS relentlessly strive to exceed expectations of quality to ensure you an unmatched peace of mind every time you start your PC.

This model is also backed by a strong commitment with the industry's most comprehensive warranty.

1 Year ASUS Global Warranty3

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 Warranty (ADW)3

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

  • ROG G53Jw-XA1
  • AC Adapter
  • 8 cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 15.6-inch LED-backlit full HD display (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor (1.73 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz)
  • Chipset: Intel HM55
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz), Bluetooth v2.1
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 6GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM, 4 x SODIMM (expandable to 16GB)
  • Storage:500GB 7200RPM hard drive
  • Optical Drive: Super Multi DVD
  • Camera: 2.0 megapixel
  • Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers with EAX 4.0 sound
  • Microphone: Digital Array Microphone
  • Card Reader: 8-in-1 card reader (MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/Memory stick/MS Pro/MS-Duo/MS-Pro Duo)
  • Input / Output: 1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x Gigabit LAN, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Kensington Lock
  • Battery: 8 cell
  • Dimensions: 15.6 x 11.9 x 0.8 ~ 2.0 –inches
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs (with 8 cell battery)
  • Color: Black

© 2010 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.

1All figures theoretical values compared to USB 2.0 benchmarks for reference purposes. Actual speed depends on device and system status.
2Rated 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
3ASUS 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 ADW coverage. For complete details, please visit: and

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Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor1.73 GHz Intel Core i7
Hard Drive500 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorNvidia GTX 460M
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionGeForce GTX 460M
Graphics Card Ram Size1536 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameAsus
Item model numberG53JW-XA1
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight7.9 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.60 x 11.90 x 2 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#)2
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #36,275 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13 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 AvailableOctober 15, 2010
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Customer Reviews

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jimmi G on December 9, 2010
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*!*!UPDATE!*!* 6/15/11
On the 29th of May, the pin inside my DC-IN (where you plug the power into the laptop) broke off into DC power connector. This left me unable to charge my laptop (as I soon noticed on the next morning, waking to a powerless laptop). I called Asus on the 30th, filed an RMA, self-packaged my laptop, paid for shipping, and sent it off. They received it on July 9th, had it fixed, and sent it on its way back on the 10th. It looks like the motherboard was defective for my unit (unsure of this), as I heard on the phone and the website mention something about this, and they marked that they changed my motherboard. I haven't researched this, but if you already have this laptop, check around and see if you need to send your laptop in for a motherboard replacement. In any case, I was planning that I would have to literally call and bug them to get my laptop returned to me (seeing as how their customer service and repairs are somewhat infamous) and was surprised to have the job done so promptly. Other than that, I do not have much to add. The laptop is still working very well (like new, in fact). My only new complaint is that it is difficult to open. I have to take out about 16 screws from the top in order to take off the bottom. I added a 2nd hard drive into the my laptop (yes, there is room for two hard drives). Also, at this time, I had 2 hours and 15 minutes battery life with the laptop in battery saving mode, whilst browsing the net and pandora radio playing. I'm still glad I made the purchase for this laptop; I still recommend it.

*!*!UPDATE!*!* 1/11/11
So it's been over a month of use for my laptop and I am still impressed.
I have not had any problems with any of the hardware.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven Croy on December 7, 2010
You'll find it hard to beat the price on the G53JW-XA1 versus any other gaming laptop of similar capabilities. Speaking of capabilities, this laptop is more than capable of running all the games out there today at max detail levels (with a few exceptions, such as Metro 2033).

Some key points:
- The chiclet keyboard is a pleasure to type on
- Windows starts in about 30 seconds
- You can log-in to windows via facial recognition
- It looks and "performs" like a jet fighter ;)
- Perfect cooling system. I never even heard the fan, and never felt significant heat on my lap.

Some cons:
- As to be expected, there is a decent amount of "bloatware" installed by ASUS that I had to uninstall.
- The 2MP webcam has a sllllooowwww response time. May I suggest the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 with 1080p Video or the Logitech 2 MP Portable Webcam C905 / QuickCam Pro for Notebooks as amazing alternatives?
- Had to use my Netgear router's configure button to get wireless working. It works great now, however.
- The buttons on the touchpad are going to end up strengthening my finger muscles (read: the buttons require a good amount of pressure to click)

If you're at all waffling about purchasing this laptop then hold off. In Q1 2011 you'll start seeing laptops come out with CPUs using Intel's new Sandy Bridge architecture. These laptops will be coming in at a similar price point, but will be significantly more powerful (+40% performance according to early tests). If you can't wait, however, pick this bad boy up... it's well worth it.
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Asus may "Target 3 business day turnaround time for repair/replacement" but as they reminded me when I complained "we target 3 days...the actual repairs may take much longer". They RECEIVED my laptop for repair on February 10. It is now March 12. They still have not been able to give me a status on the repair. I've called 5 times. The last 2 times they assured me that a supervisor would call me back. I have yet to receive a call from anyone at ASUS let alone get a status on the repair. I just called again this evening and they said they don't have a status from the repair facility so I should call back on Monday.

Don't believe the 1 year warranty or the "1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty (ADW)" either for several reasons:
1) Asus classified the problem that occurred with my laptop as "Customer Induced Damage" and said that isn't covered by the regular warranty or the "1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty (ADW)".
2) Asus claimed that I never sent in the warranty card even though I sent it well within the 60 day window. To their credit, they allowed me fill out the form on the web site after the 60 days when I call them about the problem. Several weeks after I sent in the laptop for repair, they returned my warranty card (even though it was sent to the correct address, filled out properly, and sent in well before the 60 day deadline). The warranty card that was included with the laptop said to mail it in and did not mention a web site.

The problem I had with the laptop was that the power plug was loose when I got it. It worked fine for about a week. After the first week, the plug required a slight wiggle where it plugged into the laptop to make contact so that it would charge.
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