This recent addition to the popular G53 series makes the most of tomorrow’s cutting-edge technology, setting it apart from the rest of today’s gaming notebook market. Gamers lucky enough to try out the Asus G53SW will soon find themselves fully immersed in a world of realistic gameplay. This notebook without a doubt provides serious value for a gamer’s money.
The design of the Asus G53SW is as practical as it is eye-catching. It is designed with two massive rear venting exhausts that push both heat and noise away from users, leading to a cool, quiet and comfortable environment. In order to increase usability, the ergonomic illuminated keyboard sits at a 5 degree angle, which is beneficial even during the longest of gaming sessions. The majority of the notebook’s touchable surfaces are covered with a rubber finish, which not only feels great but also contributes to the long-term durability of the product. As for the lid, this is attached to the chassis by one big hinge and is possible to open with one hand. Both the lid and hinge could arguably be slightly sturdier.
One of the most remarkable features of the Asus G53SW is the brand new NVIDIA GTX 460M with a huge 1.5GB memory. This new graphics processor is based on Fermi technology and offers native DirectX11 for a huge graphics gain in high definition gaming, as well as dedicated video acceleration. Some users might find that the G53SW doesn’t have a big enough number of ports for their liking. For example, the notebook doesn’t have an ExpressCard slot or eSATA. What it does have in terms of ports is a media card reader, lock slots, DVD burner, plenty of USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and AC power.
Specs and Features
- 15.6-inch 1080p (1920×1080) glossy panel with LED backlighting
- Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor (2.0GHz~2.9GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache, 45W TDP)
- Intel HM65 chipset
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M graphics w/ 1.5GB GDDR5 dedicated memory
- 8GB DDR3-1333 dual-channel RAM (2x 4GB, supports up to 16GB – 4x 4GB)
- 750GB 7200RPM Seagate hard drive (ST975042AS)
- Atheros AR9002WB-1N wireless network adapter
- Integrated Bluetooth wireless
- DVD burner (HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT34N)
- 8-cell li-ion battery (14.4V, 5200mAh, 74Wh)
- 1x USB 3.0 port
- Backlit chiclet keyboard
- Weight: 8.1 lbs.
- Dimensions: 15.5 x 11.75 x 2.13 inches
Everything about the Asus G53SW is second to none, from its powerful performance to its bold design to its foolproof functionality. Gamers looking for a notebook that not only looks the part but also performs fiercely well need not look any further. The great thing about the Asus G53SW is that it’s good enough to meet not only a user’s gaming needs but also all his or her other computing needs.