ASUS N53JF review – Notebook

Posted by Stefan on December 30th, 2010 in Laptops | No Comments

Introduction

ASUS N53JF ,a new multimedia laptop sporting a 15.6-inch full HD display, NVIDIA graphics, an advanced sound system and powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, has already been unveiled in a recent Pepcom press event.

ASUS N53JF Specifications

This high class entertainment laptop along with Intel Core i5 460M 2.53GHz processor using the new NVIDIA T425M and NVIDIA Optimus technology, also features the NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M 1GB dedicated video card, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray combo, and Windows 7 Home Premium OS.
You will also not want to miss on the rest of features that include a built-in 2MP web camera, wireless N and Ethernet LAN connections, a single USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA connector, HDMI and VGA outputs, and a 5-in-1 media card reader.


Design and looks

N53JF is a traditional looking notebook with a brilliant blend of black, charcoal as well as silver plastics and aluminum. The massive speaker grill just below the screen is the most catchy design feature as soon as you open the lid. The speaker location is much appreciated, keeping in mind its purpose: Entertainment. Just below is a transparent bar with buttons for power, playback, etc., that light up when pressed. It’s a very subtle, but nice touch.
N53JF has an excellent design. The lid is of simple aluminum but gives a great stylish look. It’s a real solid notebook amongst the other in the similar line. It being low-priced does not make it a cheap laptop as it handles the day to day abuse beautifully. You do not have to worry about flex, even when pressure is applied from the back of the lid.
For security conscious users ASUS has included a smart security lens cover. A simple plastic cover is developed over the webcam that you can slide to prevent people from watching you. While I consider this feature wonderful, for it saves you from people spying at you, some of the users might find it troublesome, afraid of the fact that the plastic might break. But the fact remains not many of us always remember to open up Windows Device Manager and disable the webcam.
ASUS N53JF cannot be considered very light with it is and half pounds with its 6-cell battery. This notebook is heavier, thicker and wider as compared to the Dell XPS and Clevo B5130M who fall in the same class.

Speakers

Talking about speakers of N53FJ-you just need to turn your volume up and be ready to be impressed. Developed by the audio experts bang and Olufsen, they use SonicMaster technology. Unique, top-mounted speakers deliver high-volume and captivating sound quality no matter what you want to play: music, videos or movies. Technology used combines the software and the hardware for enhanced clarity, volume, and a thorough sound. No matter you Play media through the built-in speakers or connect to headphones enjoyment is absolute.

Graphics
Perfect for ultra-realistic DirectX 11 gaming and GPU-accelerated tasks like HD video editing, built on next-generation “Fermi” architecture, NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M graphics are designed from the ground up to impress. The notebook features NVIDIA Optimus Technology which automatically optimizes system performance as well as the battery life by switching between powerful NVIDIA graphics and energy-efficient Intel graphics. The LED-backlight display has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (1080p), which is uncommon for a 15.6-incher, since they mostly have 1366×768.Details are sharp, colors are vibrant.
ASUS N53JF Keyboard and Touchpad
N53JF supports the popular these Chiclet style keyboard, which are quite flat. A number pad is part of deal, dedicated specially for the data entry people. A not very pleasant aspect of the keyboard is that it flexes and bends under heavy keystroke. It would have also been great had ASUS added a backlight keyboard instead of this one as expected from the multimedia notebooks normally.
The touchpad on the contrary is nice with its matte surface similar in texture with the aluminum lid except it’s darker in color like the palm rests. Matte surface works beautifully when fingers are moist or very dry. Buttons are fairly easy to press with their distinct clicks.
Upgrading
At the bottom a single smaller cover provides access to a couple of internal wire connections, along its side you find comparatively larger one to hide RAM and HDD slots. Problem you might face if planning to upgrade your notebook are the screws securing the larger panel are hidden beneath the rubber feet on the bottom of the notebook. The keyboard comes off relatively easily though
Performance
Featuring the Intel Core i5-460M processor, the N53Jf-XE1 gives you the power you need to accelerate multiple applications simultaneously for exceptional multitasking performance. And with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, the processor automatically increases performance as you need it.
ASUS N53JF Battery life
As far as battery life concerned it would be O.K. but they cripple all these new laptops these days, battery life with only a six cell battery. An 8 cell battery option would have been more pleasing

Conclusion
Still for what this has and what it doesn’t. This is a solid setup for a laptop, but only for its battery life. Competing well against the brilliant entertainment machines like the Dell XPS 15, HP ENVY 14 and Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D, It’s definitely worth the purchase.

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