|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768 pixels|
|Processor||1 GHz C-Series Dual-Core C-60|
|RAM||3 GB SO-DIMM|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Hard Drive||320 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 6290|
|Card Description||HD 6290 Graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
ASUS A53U-EH11 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Mocha)
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The shipment of the laptop was quick and free (thanks Amazon Prime)! Packaging was minimum, but definitely secured and padded the laptop, which is a bonus in my eyes.
Upon opening the packaging, the computer looked sleek. It seemed like it was made not as study as a MacBook Pro (my Mac side showing), but it also wasn't cheaply made. It's made with plastic, which allows for it to be lighter and hopefully more durable.
Windows 7 Home Premium came with it, which is a nice upgrade from the basic, but it came loaded with all the Asus add-ons and slowed down the performance greatly. On start-up, the computer was using about ~65-70% of the memory performance. There was A LOT of programs running that was bogging down the performance. The very first thing I did was install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and wiped the hard drive of all the nasty programs. The Windows 7 disc didn't come with the computer, so it may help to have a friend that has a physical disc and you can just load your OEM Windows key that came with the computer (on the box).
Once a fresh Windows 7 was installed, the computer ran like a dream. It is mainly being used for web surfing and light office work. I haven't received a call with any problems with it, so it's holding up!
If you are looking for a high-performing laptop for gaming or other CPU-intensive tasks, this obviously isn't the best choice computer for you. But for daily web browsing, word processing and less demanding CPU/GPU tasks, I recommend this laptop!
I highly recommend installing a fresh Windows 7 as soon as you pull it out of the box, and of course use protection! Windows has free software that works great for personal computers. You can't go wrong.
While it is a functional computer, this is one of the slowest laptops I have ever owned. It has several power settings, including one called "High Performance" but it is more realistically a "Slightly Below Average Performance." I first noticed the speed in how long it took to boot up and shut down. Later, when I would install a program, I would have to wait at least a minute before the InstallShield program would even begin. I'm not sure what goes on for a minute between clicking Install and the Install Program beginning, but I've never had a computer that was this slow.
A couple other annoyances:
1. The DVD drive sounds like an airplane is taking off when it's initially reading a disc - I let a friend use the laptop once to watch a DVD and he hollered at me in a semi-panic because of the noise of the DVD drive.
2. The computer seems to adjust the power settings on its own. I may have clicked on High Performance but the computer will just change into Battery Saver mode seemingly at random, which dims the screen and slows the programs. So I have to then minimize whatever I'm working on and put the power back on High Performance. It's not the end of the world but it's annoying.
I wish I could return the computer for a different one, however, I bought it before going to live outside of the country so now I feel stuck. For my first ASUS purchse, I feel a bit grifted.
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