I needed a new laptop for my 3D projects but at the same time I can’t afford to spend too much that will dig a huge hole on my wallet. Scouted for about a few weeks before I managed to convince myself to go for ASUS N53SV. As part of the N Series, ASUS N53SV is mainly for entertainment and multimedia use, as can be seen the speaker is specifically designed horizontally in the middle. The version I bought is equipped with Intel Core™ i5 2410M, 4GB DDR3 Ram, 640GB Hard disk drive and NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with 1GB RAM. The full specs for this laptop is available here. So, let me quickly review this new baby.
The laptop looks amazingly sleek with its metallic cover. With its 15.6inch HD screen, its looks kind of heavy. But I was proven wrong as it’s actually very light compared to other 15-16 inch laptops. In fact, it’s lighter than my old 14-inch Lenovo. The boot up is fast and I have no problem running games or application with high-graphic settings since it supports Direct X11. I will probably do a complete benchmark test and update it here later.
The laptop also comes with 4 USB ports and HDMI port. The ventilation system is also highly efficient as you don’t feel the heat even when running heavy graphic software. You can’t hear any noise as well.
The speaker is powered by SonicMaster co-developed by world-famous Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. The sound quality is decent, you don’t really need an extra external speaker to play your favourite music.
As for the keyboard, there is an extra section for the number pad on the right. This is just like having a full keyboard on your laptop. The only issue I have with the keyboard is there is no clear separation for the number pad, causing me to accidently press the num lock key when I wanted to press on the backspace key. I kind of miss the keyboard on Lenovo laptop which is for me one of the best I have used so far.
With the 6-cell battery, the laptop could last for about 2 and a half hours and it could last longer on power saving mode. I guess this is pretty common. For longer period of usage on the go, a 9-cell battery would be a good option.
The laptop is available for a recommended price of RM2,790 which also comes with a standard 2-year global hardware warranty. More details at ASUS Malaysia website.
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