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

by Asus
3.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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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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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

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 1.73 GHz Intel Core i7
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor Nvidia GTX 460M
Chipset Brand NVIDIA
Card Description GeForce GTX 460M
Graphics Card Ram Size 1536 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Asus
Series G53JW
Item model number G53JW-XA1
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight 7.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.6 x 11.9 x 2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.6 x 11.9 x 2 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type SODIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#) 2
Battery Type lithium_ion
Power Source AC

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3.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #38,194 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#8,362 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 13 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 Available October 15, 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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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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