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ASUS N53JF Performance Review

February 03, 2011 By: lilybird Category: Desktop and Laptop

A perfect entertainment notebook needs to offer lots of eye candy and support it with stellar sound. And that’s exactly what the ASUS N53JF-XE1 does. This 15.6-inch laptop pairs the whole HD display with booming Bang & Olufsen speakers. Why don’t you consider performance? The N53JF has you covered there, too, that has a Core i5 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 425M graphics.

Design
The ASUS N53JF is one of the few notebooks which uses a really limited palette yet manages to look stylish. The fine lines in the brushed metal lid lead gracefully for the slick little curve on the hinge, which adds a bit of a wave for the deck. The palm rest is usually metallic, which provides a laptop a sturdy feel.A strip of chrome above the keyboard houses buttons for multimedia, power, plus more.At 15.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 inches and 6.4 pounds, the N53JF is heavier than competing notebooks such as Dell XPS 15 and Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d , but comes off as sleek because design. Just don’t intend on vacationing with this laptop.

Keyboard and Touchpad
Asus kept the bar low using the buyer. The N53JF-XE1 avoided the chiclet-style keyboard which every other Asus laptop looks like it’s using these days, and instead, opted for a normal one. It’s a fine keyboard for many typing styles, and it also even comes with a adjacent numeric keypad, albeit with half-size keys. It lacks a backlit keyboard, just like the one for the Dell XPS 15, which can be useful those invoved with low-lit areas. Its mouse buttons are far too noisy for my taste and aren’t as soft as the ones from the Dell XPS 15.

Display and Audio
The N53JF carries a 15-inch screen by using a 1080p (1920×1080) resolution and LED backlighting. It provides a glossy surface, which improves clarity and contrast but in the expense of usability; it seems as if an image causing problematic reflections under bright indoor lights or sunlight. The glossy surface also can make it challenging maintain your screen clean.But the resolution is probably the best obtainable in a 15-inch notebook, the display quality is pretty average to get a consumer notebook. With default settings it features a slightly blue/cold look and colors learn to look washed out after you move outside of the viewing sweet spot on the screen. The LED backlight brightness is likewise average: not too dark that it is unusable in typical indoor situations yet not bright enough for use outdoors under direct sunlight.

Features
The set of features is more than any average user could obtain. A Blu-ray drive-which you additionally find in the Samsung R580-JBB2, HP dv7-4183cl, and XPS 15-keeps you current with many of the latest movie releases in full HD. There are 4 USB ports, two which house additional technology: The only one in blue is USB 3.0, which will transfer content much faster than USB 2.0 when used with a compatible harddrives including the HP Portable External Harddisk (1TB). The next one is an eSATA combo port, that’s similar to USB 3.0 in that it is possible to expand storage without having to sacrifice transfer speeds.

Performance
The N53JF delivers top notch efficiency with thanks to the fast Intel Core i5 460M dual-core processor as well as enthusiast-grade Nvidia GeForce GT 425M dedicated graphics. The Nvidia GT 425M graphics card has an abundance of power for playing up to date games at 1080p resolution with medium settings otherwise you incorporate the use of maximum settings and play with a lower resolution. The hard drive isn’t the fastest solution available; our review unit stood a Seagate 7200.4 drive with a rating of 7200RPM but it really struggles to maintain a few of the faster 5400RPM drives who have shown up inside notebooks during 2010. About the advantages, it can provide 500GB of storage to your media library.

Battery life
Regardless of the battery-saving prowess of Optimus technology (which switches between Intel’s integrated graphics and Nvidia’s discrete GPU on the fly), the N53JF lasted only 3 hours in the battery test. The normal mainstream notebook lasts sixty minutes longer, but the ASUS is at good company. The Samsung RF510 is appropriate behind it at 2:49, plus the Dell XPS 15 only gets a supplementary 6 minutes. The HP Envy 14 can last nearly 4:20 running on integrated graphics, nonetheless it beats the N53JF by 14 minutes in discrete mode.

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