|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Core i5 6300HQ|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4 SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||512 GB Flash Memory Solid State Drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960|
|Wireless Type||802.11 A/C|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
ASUS ZX53VW 15.6" Gaming Laptop, NVIDIA, GTX 960M 4GB, FHD, Intel Core i5-6300HQ, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, Backlit keyboard, Microsoft signature image, Anti-Glare Matte Display.
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- 15.6-Inch wide-view Full-HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed
- Latest 6th generation Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.2 GHz)
- NVidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB discrete graphics
- Fast 512GB SSD with 8GB DDR4 RAM
- Extensive connectivity with HDMI/D-SUB/USB Type C, 802.11a/c WiFi, and SD Card Reader
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What's in the Box:
- Power AC Adapter.
- User E-manual.
- Warranty Card.
The ASUS ZX53VW is the perfect balance between gaming power and slim portability, letting you dominate your game anywhere you take it. With a brand new redesigned metallic chassis, ZX53VW is as stylish as it is powerful.
ASUS ZX53VW is powered by the 6th generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor, with a discrete NVIDIA GTX 960 graphics card with Full DirectX 12 support. SSD (available on select model only) gives ZX53VW superior load times and faster data transfers.
- •15.6-Inch wide-view Full-HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed
- 6th generation Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.2 GHz)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB discrete graphics
- Fast 512GB SSD with 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Extensive connectivity with HDMI/D-SUB/USB Type C, 802.11a/c WiFi, and SD Card Reader
Superior Multitasking and Gaming Performance
The ZX53VW features the latest 6th Generation Intel Core processor for completing tasks ultra-fast and 8GB of DDR3 RAM providing more headroom for superior multitasking and gaming performance.
Newly Redesigned Chassis
We completely redesigned the chassis for the new ZX53VW with a beautiful metallic finish for a premium feel, superior portability, and increased durability.
The ZX53VW features F-22 stealth fighter-inspired lines with an angled surfaces for a dynamic and powerful stance. The ZX53VW’s premium build quality and unique design will be sure to stand out from the crowd.
Strengthened, Seamless One-Piece Keyboard
A proper gaming laptop isn’t complete without a great keyboard. The ZX53VW’s keyboard feels great and is equipped with smart features to give you a competitive advantage.
The ZX53VW’s keyboard is reinforced with nearly 100 solder points for durability and a solid feel. It features red-backlit keys with 1.8mm of key travel. The specifically-designed WASD keys will help you anchor your hands when you’re ready to game.
Ultra-Fast M.2 SSD
ZX53VW is equipped with a 512GB SSD making for superior load times and gaming performance.
Full HD Wide-View Panel Without the Glare
A gaming laptop isn’t complete without a great panel to match its powerful components.
After surveying gamers, one of the common demands is a wide-view matte panel to allow for the best visibility regardless of the environmental conditions. The ZX53VW’s display provides vivid and accurate colors for gaming, creative work, and entertainment.
In addition, a matte wide-view display can help gamers see better in less-ideal conditions, such as when gaming outdoors or during the day.
Audio Excellence with SonicMaster Technology
ZX53VW pumps out rich, crystal-clear high-fidelity audio with exclusive SonicMaster technology, while the accompanying ROG AudioWizard provides up five presets tailor-made for popular game genres — immersing you in game worlds like never before.
Whether you’re gaming with the ZX53VW’s built in speakers, or your own gaming headset, SonicMaster enhances clarity and loudness while AudioWizard allows you to fine-tune the audio just to your liking.
ASUS GameFirst III Technology Reduces Lag
We know that lag is the bane of all gamers. ZX53VW is designed to mitigate the problems of lag through software and hardware optimizations.
GameFirst III technology prioritizes the flow of game data across your network. Gaming is smoother, and lag is banished — so your frags are always put first.
Your Always On-call PC Medics
ASUS 1-year Accidental Damage Protection* with 30 days Zero Bright Dot Guarantee is the most comprehensive coverage available. Gives you protection against drops, spills and electrical surges while ensuring a flawless display with zero bright dots. Something does happen, there’s a free 24/7 technical support line and 2-way free standard shipping for repairs.
*ASUS ADP program applies only to select ASUS branded notebook and tablet products sold within the United States and Canada from select Authorized ASUS Resellers. Products must be purchased in brand new factory sealed condition and not of refurbished or open-box condition. Units sold and purchased outside of the United States and Canada are not eligible.
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ASUS ZX53VW-AH58 15.6" gaming laptop NVIDIA GTX 960M 4GB Intel Core i5-6300hq 8GB DDR4 512GB SSD.
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There's not a lot of detailed information on this laptop so here's what I know:
* There is a USB C connector but it is not Thunderbolt so it can't be used for video (I was really hoping for this to work for a dual monitor setup.)
* There is 8GB of DDR4 laptop memory included. There are two memory slots and they support 16GB per slot for a total of 32GB. See my photo where I removed the 8GB chip and added two 16GB DDR4 chips for 32GB RAM. Make sure to buy DDR 4 laptop memory like Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 2133 MT/s (PC4-17000) SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT16G4SFD8213 for a total of 24GB RAM or Crucial 32GB Kit (16GBx2) DDR4 2133 MT/s (PC4-17000) SODIMM 260-Pin Memory - CT2K16G4SFD8213 for a total of 32GB RAM.
* There is a M.2 (2880) SATA SSD slot but it DOES NOT support NVMe. I tried a Samsung 960 EVO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW) and the card fits but there is an error: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE
* There is also a SATA III HDD bay where you can fit a 2.5" SATA III HDD. I took apart a 2TB external HDD I had an installed it into this drive bay. Note: 4 screws are included for mounting the HDD but there are no brackets so you have to get them separately.
*There are two graphics display adapters: Intel HD Graphics 530 (strangely the default) and the NVIDIA GTX 960M. You need to change the default display adapter to the NVIDIA GTX 960M. See the instructions below.
* There are 3 standard-sized USB ports (two are USB 3.0), a USB C (non thunderbolt) port, a HDMI output, speaker/headphone jack, RJ45 network outlet and a cable lock receptacle.
* There is a built-in camera, Blue Tooth, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers and a touch pad which can be disabled from the keyboard when using a mouse.
This computer is shipped with a 512GB SATA SSD in the M.2 slot. You can remove it and replace it with a SATA (not NVMe) SSD up to 2TB but you have to remove the existing 512GB SATA SSD first. There is also what I believe to be an SATA connector an enough space to mount a SATA SSD. I'm not using this connector yet but I have a 1TB SATA SSD I'm going to try next.
Keep in mind that I took a brand new computer and added 32GB of RAM and attempted to add a 1TB NVMe SSD which almost doubled the price of this computer. I ended up returning the Samsung 960 EVO because it didn't work. I now know there are different connectors for SATA and NVMe drives where the NVMe drive has more pins but is the same physical size.
I ordered and cancelled a MacBook "Pro" specifically because it was limited to 16GB of memory. While it was being built, I decided I wasn't going to settle for 16GB and that I couldn't justify spending several thousand dollars for a computer that didn't meet my needs. In the real world, professional computers for web development (like I use mine for) have a minimum of 24GB RAM so there's nothing professional about the MacBook Pro. The ASUS ZX53VW with the 4GB NVIDIA GTX 960M, 32GB RAM and a 2TB SSD is truly a professional setup and has ample RAM, storage and a fast display adapter.
This computer is not thin for numerous reasons. There is a lot of space inside to add a SATA SSD, and SATA M.2 card and there's a Blue Ray DVD player taking up space that most new laptops simply don't have anymore. The drawbacks are the lack of dual monitor support offered by a Thunderbolt 3 connector, an i5 CPU as opposed to an i7 CPU and the lack of Thunderbolt and NVMe support. (ASUS has other laptops that support Thunderbolt 3 but this one doesn't.)
I tested this "gaming" computer using Microsoft's Flight Simulator X Steam Edition and at full HD (1,920x1,080), it was pumping out 32 FPS. Using an external 4K HD monitor, flight simulator couldn't handle the increased resolution and was only capable of generating a few frames per second. I am using a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick as my controller and it works great. As for speed doing real world computing, I installed Hyper-V and three VMs using Server 2012 R2: A DNS server, a SQL server and a SharePoint 2016 Server. With all three VMs running, I still have excellent response times because I dedicated 4GB of RAM per VM. The VMs boot and run very fast and I can definitely use them for my job as a web developer.
The case is plastic and isn't as nice as some other laptops but it is metal-lined. The keyboard has a nice feel and is backlit with red LEDs. The angle I sit at makes the LEDs under the keys visible and they're a bit distracting because you can't see the letters as well as you would sitting above the keyboard.
The full HD screen looks great and the colors seem accurate.
Don't let the word "Gaming" in the title confuse you. It just means that this computer has a really good video card compared to other laptops. This is a perfect computer for the price and ASUS chose wisely when they designed this future-ready laptop.
Addendum: Changing the default display adapter to the NVIDIA GTX 960M
I ran UserBenchmark.exe (a free program) to test the performance. When it completed, I was shocked to find that my graphics were 3.3% and that it was using the Intel 530 HD Graphics and not the powerful NVIDIA GTX 960M. Personally, I don't rely on ASUS installed display drivers and always download them directly from the NVIDIA website.
After installing the drivers and related software, open the NVIDIA Control Panel from the system tray by clicking the ^ next to the battery icon near the time in the lower-right of the display and then right-clicking on the NVIDIA icon selecting NVIDIA Control Panel.
In the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on Manage 3D Settings on the left pane and then make sure the Global Settings tab is selected on the right pane. In the drop down list under Preferred Graphics Processor, select High-Performance NVIDIA Processor and press Apply.
In the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on Select PhysX Configuration in the left pane and in the drop down list under Select a PhysX Processor, choose GeForce GTX 960M and press Apply.
That's it and if you run the UserBenchmark.exe program again, you'll see that it is now using the right display adapter and is running over 10X as fast as before.
Note: The screenshot I included shows Windows 10 Pro as the current OS. The ZX53VW comes with Windows 10 Home and I changed the Product Key to the Pro version. If you do this, make sure to run Disk Cleanup to remove the 21GB windows.old folder left behind from prior installation of Windows 10 Home because there's no other way to delete it.
QUICK FEATURE SUMMARY: The ASUS ZX53VW has an Intel i5-6300HQ quad-core processor, and NVidia GTX 960M w/4GB dedicated RAM, 8GB of RAM, and a 512Mb SSD, DVD (yes!), 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB C port (smartphone), and SD card reader
CUT TO THE CHASE: If you want the power of an Xbox One or PS4, next-gen console, in a laptop, this is the most inexpensive solution—it is the cheapest laptop that outperforms gaming consoles. This computer is blazingly fast. It played Dark Souls 3 (again a graphics intensive game) at max settings 1080p/30-35fps, and at low settings 1080p/50-60fps. That's BETTER performance than that you get on an Xbox One or PS4.
Negatives? I don't see a pop-out for the battery so you might have to pop screws to replace.
Yes, buy this. Especially if you can get it for <$700 like I did during Black Friday!
The keyboard on this laptop is also fantastic -- it has a great, clicky feel which is fantastic to type on.
Everyone who has said that the touchpad isn't great is correct. The touchpad is not the best I have ever used. Maybe not exactly the worst, but not great. If you tap to click instead of pressing to click, it's much better. Pressing to click shows off a wobbly, loose motion that sometimes misregisters left clicks as right clicks.
That being said, if you're thinking of buying this to play games, I hope that you aren't wanting to do that using the touchpad (does anyone actually do that on a gaming laptop?!). The touchpad is perfectly adequate for navigating around the web and Windows, again, particularly if you don't press to click.
Finally, you might notice that oddly Windows shows this machine as GL553VW Signature Edition. The box mine came in and the sticker on the bottom of the machine both say ZX53VW; I'm not at all bothered by that since all the other specs are completely correct, and hey, it's a signature edition image! No bloatware, hooray!
The fan can get a bit loud when gaming, but it's fairly silent when just using Chrome or lighter tasks light that, and the keyboard and touch pad don't seem to get hot even while gaming, which is a huge plus for me. Even when the fan does get going, it's never intrusive.
Overall, love this machine. Nice rigid case, nice keyboard, and speedy without tons of bloatware (or actually, any that I could spot). Also a lovely screen. Not a perfect touchpad, but if Asus had to cut corners anywhere on this machine, I am so glad they decided to do it there instead of giving it a crummy screen, bad keyboard, or overheating problems, which this laptop has none of.
Update about a month later:
I just wanted to update this review now that I've had about a month with this laptop. I'm very, very happy with it! The screen is fantastic and really is IPS as confirmed by the part number in Device Manager. Dead Pixel Buddy shows NO dead pixels or other problems, and the screen, to me at least, is very bright and great to work on. I still love the keyboard and have zero complaints with it (well, OK, the number pad keys are half size, but Asus or anyone else couldn't squeeze a full size number pad into a 15.6" laptop without compromising the size of the main keys). This laptop plays all the games that I enjoy extremely well: Fallout 4, Grand Theft Auto V, and Cities Skylines all work really well. I haven't had any troubles with this machine and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great, mid-level gaming laptop that doesn't break the bank. :)