ASUS N Series (N53SV) Review – The Entertainment Power House

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.

UPDATES:

If you like to add some creative spice to the N Series notebook, check out Asus N43SL Incredible J – Jay Chou Special Edition Notebook

Comments:

31 Comments

  1. Cyril Dason April 3, 2011 at 12:05 am - Reply

    The ventilation. Something ive never considered when buying a laptop. On my current laptop, you can cook an egg while using it.. No joke!

    • KeeMan April 3, 2011 at 12:13 am - Reply

      Hahaha…usually, that’s the third thing I consider when I go survey for laptop. You’ll see me touching the laptop on display very often. I realise Toshiba, Dell and HP can be very hot for long period. But it might depends on models.

      • Cyril Dason April 26, 2011 at 8:04 am - Reply

        Oh yeah… I went and see Asus latest model the other day. Not bad design… and yep, definately cooler than the rest! waiting for the pc fair to seal the deal.

        • KeeMan April 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm - Reply

          Yeah, ASUS has come up with several good design and specs lately. I think my model might be slightly cheaper during PC Fair.

  2. Luffy May 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    may i know the price for urs lappy?
    im looking for laptop also(not so priceyla) and at the moment my searchbut it do come to asus i think N53SN with i7 processor….
    i think same spec wit u except the processor..
    can i hv opinion bout this model also…tq

    • KeeMan May 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Luffy,

      I bought mine for RM2,599. Yes, there is another model with i7, i think about 300 extra. I personally like this model because of the performance and usability. Very quiet and you don’t feel the heat during heavy usage.

  3. Joey June 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    KeeMan, gotta ask, where did you buy your laptop? Did you get at least a 2 year warranty for it?
    I m actually planning to get that laptop as well but I am having a dilemma as to where I should purchase it.
    Plz help :)

    • KeeMan June 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Joey,

      I bought mine in Kuching. Yes, I got 2 years warranty for it. Where are you located? If you’re somewhere near KL, you can buy this at Plaza Low Yatt or

      The price dropped I think. Less RM200 for 17inch. There is also a 14inch version with the same specs, also cheaper.

  4. Jach June 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Keeman, good informative review.
    Any problems so far after using? I’m comparing between this and Dell XPS 15 promo.. Costs 2499 online. This particular model costs 2599 from shops in Miri. Any comment?

    • KeeMan June 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Jach, so far no problems and it’s performing well with games and work. Not sure about Dell XPS, but ASUS N Series has been good.

  5. Scania360 July 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    I have been a month of buying ASUS N43S (14 inches display). Overall i do satisfy especially the sleek and beautiful design, metal alluminium sheet stylish top cover. The most interesting features, high quality and loud speaker plus real surround effect when you play movies.So Great! It is a light weight laptop in its class, sharp, cool vivid display with multi-preset display mode. This model seem really fast to boot in windows 7 home (pack together with the system). It also has multi fingers function on touch pad (single-2-3 fingers stimultes drags, mouse right click, enlarge pictures..etc)

    the only drawback i discovered is the inadequate clearance for the keyboard adjacent buttons( I was familiar with my old DELL Inspiron). How ever if you use it more frequent you will feel ok plus the smooth and soft key whe pressed.

    I do really love this N43S! you feel it- fullfill your entertainment and graphics richness

  6. Anon July 21, 2011 at 5:32 am - Reply

    btw just to point out that in your article you wrote that this model gives you a 550M graphics card, I suppose you mean 540M?

    • KeeMan July 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Oh yeah! Thanks for pointing out! It’s supposed to be 540M.

  7. Min July 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Hi keeman, i wish to know the difference between A series and N series. I am comparing A53SV and N53SV(same as yours)..but i dont know which one more suitable for me. I use it mainly for gaming and movie purpose.

    • KeeMan July 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Min,

      I guess not big difference in terms of specs. The difference is the design (look and feel) plus the speaker. N53SV is powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEPower. And audio for both models are damn good actually, it just that the speaker for N53SV is strategically placed for better surround.

  8. Min July 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Is the quality of sound noticeable compared to A series? I think this is the only reason i choose N over A..

    • KeeMan July 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Actually, not major difference, since A series is powered by Altec Lansing. But the sound quality is better in N series, which is what they are build for.

  9. king August 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Hi i’m planning to buy N series and i think this laptop would be my best choice :)
    anyway i would like to know is the N series Jay Chou exactly same design and spec with N53SV?

    • KeeMan August 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Yes, Jay Chou version is the same, just with his design. But i do recommend Jay Chou’s version since it’s newer and almost the same price.

  10. king August 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    The problem is Jay chou version only having 14″ display :( it’s quite small for me …

    • KeeMan August 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Oh yeah, the screen is smaller…If you want bigger screen, then go for N53SV, perhaps look for higher spec if available now.

  11. wayne August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Hi KeeMan,

    I am from Philippines and I am planning to purchase N43S since that is the only available model as of the moment. In your N series laptop heat is very minimal?

  12. wayne August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I just want to know if the heat is not a problem for Asus N43S. It is very hard using a laptop that burns your palm. ^_^

    • KeeMan August 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Wayne,

      This model has a very good cooling system, and it comes with cool palm technology, so you won’t feel the heat! Use it for long hours and you barely feel it!

  13. wayne September 3, 2011 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Keeman,

    Thank you for the information, if the unit is not connected to AC power how many hours thus the battery can keep before it gets empty.

    • KeeMan September 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      It comes with Power4Gear Power Management, under PowerSaving mode, it would last for about 4 hours plus. Under performance mode, it would last for about 2 and half hours. Of course, it would depend on your usage.

  14. wann September 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Found this at Challenger itshop at The Mines recently…the design just really seducing! Gotta get this next week?

  15. Nicholas October 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Planning to buy either Asus nseries i5 processor or Dell inspiron 15r i7.. Which is the best…?

  16. bryan October 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    i just bought N43s…i feel so amazed by the performance of this laptop.. really smooth and the ventilation systems is incredible…better than Acer…;)

  17. Required: Name December 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Hi, i just want to know much about this laptops,n43 xv1and this n53 nv, with the prise

    • KeeMan January 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      It’s around 2,699. But not sure if the model is still available.

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