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Asus X53E review

A highly capable laptop at an astoundingly reasonable price

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • Attractive red build
  • Comfy isolation keyboard
  • Intel Core i7-2670QM processor
  • High res screen
  • 4GB RAM

Against

  • Integrated graphics, Screen's not that bright
  • No USB 3.0 port
  • Low battery life

There's very little to dislike about the Asus X53E-SX1330V. The glossy red chassis looks great, the Intel Core i7-2670QM processor is extremely capable and it's well-priced, at £750 (around $1,210) full price and as low as £540 (around $870) from some retailers.

We can get tired of black and silver chassis designs, so a splash of colour is no bad thing. The Asus X53E is a deep shade of scarlet with a wave pattern on the lid made up of minute dots.

Inside the laptop, the blank red is offset with the black isolation-style keyboard, and the result is a real head-turning design. There's also hardly any evidence of flex around the body of the laptop - even in the centre of the keyboard and around the DVD drive.

The keyboard itself doesn't just look attractive, it's also functional and comfortable to type on. There's enough space between the keys, so it's unlikely you'll hit the wrong key by mistake.

You're also given a dedicated numeric keypad for data entry and number crunching. There aren't any dedicated hotkeys, but the dual-function keys are clearly marked and easy to use.

Above the keyboard is the Altec Lansing speaker grid. It's perfectly serviceable for the solo user watching a film or listening to music while working.

If you want to use the Asus X53E-SX1330V as a media machine, there's 500GB of storage space to fill with music and movies and a screen capable of 720p high-definition footage.

Asus X53E

The screen, while not as bright as other machines, boasts a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution and excellent viewing angles. Also, because the bezel surrounding the screen is particularly thin, it gives the impression you're looking at a screen larger than 15.6 inches in size.

Interior power comes courtesy of a top-spec Intel Core i7-2670QM processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU. You won't find enough graphical muscle here to play the latest games, but for other resource-hungry uses - such as editing high-definition home movies or programming your own website - these specifications are up to the task.

The powerful processor and 4GB of RAM also mean that general day-to-day usage is a fast, smooth experience. You can multitask with several web pages open, while simultaneously playing music from iTunes and checking email with Microsoft Outlook, without the computer grinding to a halt.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 197 minutes
Cinebench: 11927
3DMark 2006: 3522

If you want to plug in a few accessories, there are a few ports to take advantage of. The Asus X53E-SX1330V is furnished with three USB ports, an HDMI and VGA port, as well as an Ethernet connection and the DVD RW optical drive. We would have liked to have seen a USB 3.0 port, but this configuration is standard for a laptop at this price.

This laptop doesn't excel at battery life, though, posting only 197 minutes in our benchmarking tests, but, that's really one of the few drawbacks in evidence here.

Verdict

Overall, we can't help but recommend the Asus X53E-SX1330V as an excellent purchase. Its extra-powerful processor and impressive usability mean you can expect it to last at least for the next three years.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
TouchscreenNo
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyX53
Processor Modeli7-2630QM
ColourRed
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesX53
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelX53E-SX996V
Product NameX53E-SX996V Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberX53ESX996V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • X53E-SX996V Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter