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ASUS N53SV-XE1 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Silver Aluminum)

by Asus
3.8 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i7 Processor 2GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Nvidia GT540M
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
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Product Description

Product Description

Turn up the volume on the 15.6-inch N53SV notebook and prepare to be impressed. Featuring ASUS SonicMaster technology-co-developed by world-renowned audio experts at Bang and Olufsen ICEpower-and a unique top-mounted speaker design, this multimedia powerhouse combines hardware and audio for an unsurpassed, ear-pleasing experience. Boasting new NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics, the N53SV excels when performing graphic-intensive tasks like video editing, DirectX 11-enabled gaming, and graphic rendering. And with ASUS VideoMagic 3-in-1 software package, you get image-enhancing programs like PowerDVD 9 with True Theatre that instantly scales DVD-quality to Full 1080p HD with smoother frame rates so you can enjoy videos and movies in the quality they deserve. Powered by the Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the N53SV delivers the multitasking muscle and smart performance that senses the tasks at hand and dynamically boosts the processor for a stutter-free experience. Specially built into the N53SV, the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine extends battery life via the ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid utility. The N53SV also comes with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 that charges USB 3.0-enabled devices quickly and transfer files from USB storage devices to your notebook up to 10 times faster than previous generation USB 2.0 speeds.The N53SV features a 2.0 megapixel webcam with security lens cover, ASUS Splendid technology, multi-touch trackpad, Express Gate, new wave keyboard, and a brushed aluminum design.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution 1366x768 pixels
Processor 2 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM 4 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB
Graphics Coprocessor Nvidia GT540M
Chipset Brand NVIDIA
Card Description GeForce GT 540M
Graphics Card Ram Size 1024 MB
Wireless Type 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Asus
Series N53 series
Item model number N53SV-XE1
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 6.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 4
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type lithium_ion
Power Source AC
Voltage 19 volts

Additional Information

ASIN B004KNVK84
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #30,782 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#6,730 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 9 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available March 12, 2011

Warranty & Support

Amazon.com Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from Amazon.com that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Amazon.com 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 unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. Amazon.com 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

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This machine was just what I was looking for... and for those of you who are like me, yes, this is the computer you want to buy. I have been in the market for a new laptop for almost a year and a half and have diligently considered all options within that timeframe... from MacBook Pro to Sony to Acer to Dell etc. You name it, I've looked at the specs vs. cost vs. reliability.

I was looking hard at the previous version of this laptop and almost bought it, but was truly sold when they updated it with the new Sandy Bridge processor. I have not added any RAM yet but I'm glad that I can add more.

My previous laptop was a 17" Dell Inpsiron 9300 bought in December 2005. I take very good care of my machines... probably did about 3 clean installs of Windows on it since purchase (including going from XP to Vista). If I wasn't worried about the hard drive going out on it, I would keep using it... serves me well, albeit slowly.

Pros
- The specs on this machine are great, great i7 processor, graphics card... this should be enough machine for many people.
- The price is very reasonable for the technology you're getting... you can find similar machines but they will downgrade you on something... be it hard drive RPM, RAM, or graphics card.
- Sturdy design
- Maybe more to come... haven't had it too long yet

Cons
- This is a big laptop, its very similar in size to my Dell but I don't travel with it much so that's fine
- All the ports are on the sides except power... again, this is only a con if you are using this primarily at a desk and don't plan on moving with it much.
- Screen resolution - this is not a huge con for me but its something to think about... I went from a 17" screen at 1920 by 1200 to this machine's screen.
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Got this laptop a week ago. I kept it running and it is not even warm!! (I just do some daily use, I do not play much game but I am always running more than 4 applications) The CPU usage never goes above 30%! The metal-made lip is also good-looking. I don't care the size of the hard drive but I do value the 7200rpm speed, in sense that many competitors are offering 5400rpm. (SSDs' speed is much higher but so is the price.)

I have considered other models in the N53SV series, and I finally decided on this one. The price is affordable, the inside power is more than enough! With the 15 inch screen I don't need 1080p resolution, which would make letters too hard to see ( and if I adjust the font, then it is meaningless to buy a full HD screen, and it would cause extra burden to the graphic card).

Pros:
1. Nice look, good quality design (you can't find any screws at the bottom)
2. Powerful processor and graphic gard
3. 4 USB ports including one 3.0, card reader is ok
4. Excellent temperature control, super silence
5. Number keys included in the keyboard
6. Support 16GB memory

Cons:
1. Kind of heavy
2. Only 4GB memory installed
3. Does not support Express Card
4. I would prefer the power cord port to be on the side rather than at the back
5. Buy it and tell me more :)

Overall I believe I made a right decision.
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So, I bought this machine basically to replace an aging desktop and to have a laptop for work purposes, since the laptop that my company provided me with was a total P.O.S. Before I start this review let me say that I spent nearly a month researching what I wanted; comparing processors (AMD vs. Intel), graphics capabilities, configurations, company reputation, price, etc...

INTERNALS - The internal hardware in this machine is absolutely top-notch. The Sandy Bridge CPU is amazing, the nVidia GT540 graphics are excellent, the DDR3 RAM and 7200 hard drive are top of the line. Everything "under the hood" is the best I've seen at this price. The fact that it only comes with 4GB of RAM is okay. Most people won't use more than this for 90% of their activities, though this motherboard is capable of accepting 16GB, which is more than enough. I have already run Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver with no problem. Additionally, have played games including Starcraft, Company of Heroes, and Dragon Age on full graphics settings with no problem.

EXTERNALS - The externals on this machine are, for the most part, excellent quality as well. The case is solid, hinge is nice and tight, brushed-metal outer shell looks great. The ports and jacks seem very solid (though I haven't put a ton of stress on them), and the screen is very sharp. The fact that this machine has a USB 3.0 port is very nice. One (very minor) observation I had is that all of the ports and jacks are on the left and right side of the machine. While this is by no means a huge issue, if you are attaching a lot of cords to it you could run into a lot of "cable clutter".

The only external part on this machine that is lacking is the keyboard. It is below-average... flimsy, to say the least.
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TLDR: Asus promised me a replacement laptop and then shipped me the old laptop back hoping I was an idiot and wouldn't check the serial number. Their service people are told to suggest you wait another 24 hours and then call back. They also hung up on me a few times, sent me to supervisors and let the phone ring for excessively long periods of time hoping I'd hang up, and basically tried to give me the run around for the last 26 days.

Let me first say that this has nothing to do with Amazon. Amazon has been great and they're letting me return this stupid laptop on the 30th day. My issue is with Asus. I'm a motion graphic designer and my boyfriend is programmer for Western Digital, so we both live on the computer and are not your standard pc users. This also is not our first Asus product, we have 3 of their systems in our apartment right now...luckily we just never had to deal with their service department before.

We got the laptop and created the backup disks when prompted. Then we left it installing all the windows updates overnight. The next night, we started to install basic programs like Firefox and AIM and the laptop hung up. No big deal, just do a restart, right? Wrong. The laptop took over an hour to shut down and then wouldn't re-boot and started prompting for the boot disks. After trying to get it to recognize the boot disks several times, we figured we'd gotten a faulty copy of windows so we just decided to do a clean install from another copy of Windows 7 that we weren't using. It took over 4 hours just to get it to configure set-up and at that point we realized that there was something wrong with the laptop and just abandoned the install.
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