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Asus G53Jw review

A strikingly designed, high-powered 3D laptop, but it's not without some notable flaws

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Good build quality and slim design
  • Full Windows 7 for compatibility
  • Good specification
  • Connectivity

Against

  • ExoPC user interface needs work
  • Battery life poor compared to Android or iPad
  • Poor viewing angle if the tablet is flat
  • No mainstream distribution yet means limited availability

Over the past twelve months we've seen a range of 3D-capable laptops released by some of world's biggest manufacturers. As well as the polarised screen technology of the Acer Aspire 5738DZG, the Nvidia 3D Vision based Toshiba Satellite A665-11Z and the ATI HD3D-powered HP Envy 17 3D, Asus was one of the first to get in on the act with the release of the Asus G51J at the start of the year – the world's first 3D laptop to use active shutter 3D glasses.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has now stepped back into the 3D market with the uniquely eye-catching Asus G53Jw.

Designed to combine the distinctive Stealth Bomber style of Asus' high-powered G73Jh gaming laptop and the 3D screen of the aforementioned G51J, the Asus G53Jw packs cutting-edge technology across the board.

Aiming to deliver one of the most feature-packed specifications yet seen in the desktop replacement laptop market, while also providing high-powered gaming performance and 3D capabilities, the Asus G53Jw has the potential to be the world's greatest 3D laptop, but only if it learns from the flaws of previous 3D machines and fixes the most common faults we've seen many times before.

Unfortunately, while the Asus G53Jw succeeds greatly in some areas, it falls flat in others, making it as much of a mixed bag as every other 3D laptop we've seen to date.

With that said, however, there's no denying the stunning combination of both style and substance on offer and, while the Asus G53Jw is not quite the market-redefining gaming laptop we had hoped for, it is certainly one of the better 3D machines you can currently buy – albeit one with some notable flaws.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 460M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
eSATANo
FireWire/i.LINKNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
DisplayPortNo
Product FamilyG53
Processor Modeli7-740QM
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.73 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.50 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
3D Type3D Ready
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height50 mm
Width391 mm
Depth297 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG53
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelG53JW-IX162V
Product NameG53JW-IX162V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberG53JW-IX162V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

To match the realistic 3D, the G53Jw features full EAX and THX audio support, delivering true surround immersion for dedicated gamers who want their in-game environments to come to life. Movies and music sound spectacular, as well.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • G53JW-IX162V Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year