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The Asus X53E is Beautifully Designed and Geared for Multimedia

Asus X53E-SX398V

Rating: ★★★★☆

Design

The Asus X53E laptop’s case with it’s shiny but textured surface is attractive and pleasantly nice to touch.The brushed aluminium surface around the keyboard particularly made a good first impression.

Below the keyboard is a very large touchpad and mouse keys found within this, The touchpad has a very smooth surface which made gliding over the surface very easy. Overall, you can work well with the touchpad although I did find I kept knocking it with my wrist when typing on the keyboard which interfered with the operating process. This happened quite frequently which was a bit annoying.

Although the keys are nicely spaced out, I did find them a little slippery, often hindering my typing and producing incorrect spelling. However, the crisp pressure point did convey a pleasant typing feel.

The keyboard comes complete with a number pad on the keyboard’s right, which will especially delight users who work a lot with numbers and spreadsheets.

Display

Asus uses a 15.6 inch display with LED backlight and has a reflective surface. The display’s resolution is 1366×768 pixels and consequently has an aspect ratio of 16:9, great for watching your movies. I would say that the viewing angles are pleasantly good on this X53E.

Connectivity

The Asus has placed almost all the interfaces in the front areas of this notebook. The majority of ports are especially found on the left, such as the power socket, VGA port, HDMI port and LAN. There are fewer sockets on the right and both USB ports are quite close to each other.

I found the 4in1 card reader’s position a bit awkward. It is on the front, but has been placed quite deep underneath the laptop. Therefore, you have to lift the notebook slightly in order to access the card reader. The great thing though it that the card reader supports formats including MMC, SD Memory Card, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro.

Performance

The X53E comes with an Intel dual core Pentium Processor and 3GB of RAM which allows for good performance such as gaming. This laptop also comes with 320GB hard drive which is a generous amount of storage space and a DVD re-writer for burning all your documents and memories to disc.

Communication

The Asus X53E comes with a Gigabit Ethernet adapter, taking care of wired connections, while the Wireless Network adapter is used for wireless connections.

Speakers

Asus advertises the fact that it comes packed with Altec Lansing speakers. They actually provide a more balanced sound than I expected. The pitches appear to be very clear making it great for watching movies, playing games and listening to music.

Battery

I was pleasantly surprised with the battery life. The laptop achieved a bit more than three and a half hours of normal use for surfing and word processing and you’ll have enough time to watch long movies to the end.

Noise and heat development

There’s not much to complain about in terms of noise and heat development. The Asus is fairly quiet and I didn’t hear the fan at all.

Heat development is also kept to a minimum, in particular the wrist-rest , which never eve got close to being unpleasantly warm.

Pros

  • Speaker Quality
  • Batttery Life
  • Low Noise/Heat Generation
  • Performance

Cons

  • Port Layout
  • Large Touchpad
  • slippery keyboard

Verdict

In my opinion, the strengths are found in the X53E’s pleasant design and feel. The display is bright and the viewing angles, as well as the speakers are of good quality.

The keyboard and unfavourably positioned ports let’s this laptop down, however, the low noise and temperature generation, as well as good battery life, which allowed for durability on the go are highlights to this machine.


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