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ASUS N53JF-XE1 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Silver Aluminum)

by Asus
3.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i5-460M Processor 2.53GHz with turbo boost up to 2.8GHz
  • 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM, 2 slots, 8GB Max; Nvidia GT425M graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
  • 500GB Hard Drive (7200 RPM); Blu-Ray Combo Drive; Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
  • HDMI Port; USB 3.0 port; 2.0MP Webcam; eSATA; 5-in-1 card reader
  • 15.6-Inch Full HD (1920x1080) LED Display; Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
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Product Description

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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 1920x1080 pixels
Processor 2.53 hertz Intel Core i5
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB
Graphics Coprocessor Nvidia GT425M
Chipset Brand Intel,NVIDIA
Card Description GeForce GTX 425M
Graphics Card Ram Size 1024 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Asus
Series A52 series
Item model number N53JF-XE1
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight 6.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 16.8 x 11.5 x 1.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 16.8 x 11.48 x 1.6 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type Blu-Ray
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type lithium_ion
Power Source AC

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3.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #42,262 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#9,260 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 9.2 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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I couldn't pass up this notebook when I read the specs. This is simply the best notebook that you can get for the price.

I've built around 8 desktops for myself and family members over the past several years and have used Asus motherboards exclusively. The only issue I've run into was a NIC failure on one of them, around 4 years into the life of the computer. It was probably due to a surge, either through the cable line or a faulty modem, so I can't necessarily blame it on the board. That problem was easily and inexpensively solved with a PCI-based NIC.

Choosing an Asus notebook seemed like a logical step.

What this computer has that others in the same price range don't:
- Full HD (1920x1080) display
- Blu-ray drive with DVD burning capabilities
- USB 3.0
- Dedicated graphics with 1GB dedicated VRAM
- a relatively large 7200rpm hard drive
- 1-year warranty INCLUDING accidental damage

Other nice-to-haves:
- Core i5 processor
- 64-bit OS
- 4GB Memory
- Wireless N
- Gigabit LAN
- HDMI port
- a number pad
- webcam lens cover

Please note, at the time of this review, there are a couple things in the "Product Description" that are incorrect:
- The display is indeed 1920x1080 as stated in the "Technical Details" section, not 1366x768.
- There is no ExpressCard 34 port.

Some not-so-great things:
- No FireWire
- No ExpressCard slot
- Comes with Home Premium and not Professional or Ultimate
- LOTS of pre-installed applications and trialware

I consider myself well-versed in computers.
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Having owned or used HP, ACER, ASUS, & Apple PowerBook laptops, I can say that I am reasonably pleased with the ASUS N53JF-XE1. The display is beautiful and you won't be disappointed watching Blue Ray discs in full HD on this machine. As an engineer, I have some pretty intensive spreadsheet and CAD drawing programs I use that really drive my need for the 1920x1080 display, all that worked flawlessly with the I5 CPU. Not rocket fast, but not rocket hot either, besides I wanted the better battery life of the i5-460. Unfortunately, battery life on this machine is inexcusably horrid. Less than 2 hours if you are watching online video or a DVD with the standard 6 cell battery. I did manage to eek 2hrs in battery saver mode with the brightness turned all the way down just doing spreadsheet time (no audio and minimal use of the hard drive...but leaving WiFi on).

Keyboard is easy to type on with a good tactical feel and spacing for my medium sized hands. I'm a light typist, so the keyboard flexure was not even discernible to me. Although it's not a true chiclet keyboard, I think I like this one better for it's more tactical feel. The outer brushed aluminum finish is exquisite. Unfortunately, ASUS designers couldn't break completely free from their love affair with high gloss plastic and still used it on the screen bezel (frame) and the singular touchpad rocker button. This means your fingerprints are instantly on the bezel the minute you open your laptop and on your touchpad rockerbutton as soon as you start using it. Annoyances more than anything. Why they didn't use a full 16 inch display is beyond me, since there is an overly large amount of bezel real estate around the screen.

The USB3.0 worked well, not quite 10X the speed of a 2.
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I'll start off by saying that I love Asus as far as PC brands go. My desktop is an Asus as is my netbook and in both of those cases I have nothing but good things to say. That being said I was rather underwhelmed with this notebook.

Like a lot of you I was starry-eyed about the inclusion of the blu-ray drive and the i5 while keeping the price tag under $1000. What that price does not include is software for actually playing blu-ray discs. Sure, they include a trial version of PowerDVD 9 but it's only good for 15 days from activation and after that it'll cost you $99 for the LOW END version. The high end will set you back $149 (although I honestly don't know the difference). Plus, the first few times I tried to run the thing it either crashed or froze my system. It wouldn't even play my Seven Samurai disc and only played Akira after two false starts. (There's a PowerDVD 10 available now but I wouldn't hold my breath on it being any better.) This was a HUGE disappointment for me as a large part of the reason I bought the thing was for the blu-ray player being included.

Also, the dimensions were a problem. A minor thing to be sure but it made finding a bag an annoyance and I ended up having to go with a bag made for a 17" laptop in order to get the beast to fit. I had to pass up on my first choice for a bag (Timbuk2) because their 17" laptop bags are way too big.

The other thing (and this will not apply to everyone obviously) is that the hardware (the sound card in particular) is not supportive of Linux out-of-the-box. I eventually got working drivers for it but had to go through a few different distributions before finding one that worked at all (Fedora 13 FYI) and then from there had to make several tweaks.
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