Reviewed by GEV.com
The Asus G73 was a monster of a laptop. Impressive through performance, design, dimensions and weight. The price doesn’t matter when you want to fight hand in hand with the exclusive manufacturer like Alienware.
His baby brother, the Asus G53 model was announced at Computex and we hoped that we can also get our hands on it to test it like crazy.
This has happened a few days ago and, now we can tell you the results. Now it has come the time to speak more in depth about a laptop that might please even the most demanding gamers.
Only if you have a passion for philosophy and literature you might not be impressed by the design of the Asus G53J. Massive, with a plastic case, nice to touch, with quality bindings, this laptop tells you from the start from which category it belongs and to whom is it was built for.
Just like the 17,3” model, the device is significantly thicker in the back when it is closed. That’s where the processor and video card are located, connected to a cooling system that vents the worm air through the back.
Under these conditions, I do not recommend to keep this laptop on a textile surface because the cooling system also sucks it air through some vents located somewhere under the restpad.
The battery was placed somewhere between the two vents in the back of the Asus G53 and seams to be pretty compact for it’s capacity.
Most connectors are to be found on the right side, opposite you can find the Blu-Ray optical drive and the two USB 2.0 ports.On the front side we have four LED and the card reader. Closed, Asus G53J has a design inspired by stealth places with angular shapes.
Looked from the back, someone might notice a similarity with the Asus VX6 and VX7. The strident colors and shiny plastic were not considered when the case was built. Not even the ROG logo on the cover of the screen is not colored.
If you want to take Asus G53J out for a ride, get ready to leave the house along with an imposing charger that weights almost 1 kg’s.
Also, you can also take with you the Nvidia 3D Vision goggles included in the package. You don’t need the synchronization module because on top of the screen, near the web camera, you can find an infrared transmitter.
The keyboard is identical to the one of the G73 and it is very easy and nice to use. The touchpad has separate buttons and a decent behavior when it i used to navigate through the operating system.
The only less pleasant aspect regarding construction is the location of the charging connector. Initially I have thought that it’s positioning more to the center of the right side is not going to cause any issues.
Practically, using a mouse might be a bit uncomfortable. The power cable, which is pretty thick, has a magnetic filter very close to the slot and requires a 7-8 cm wide free zone near the laptop.
Even so, the mouse will not going to sit very far away from the keyboard, and many users might not be affected at all by this issue.
- Screen: 15.6″, 1366×768, glare, 120 Hz
- Processor: Intel Core i7-720QM, 1,6 GHz, 2,8 GHz Turbo, 6 MB Smart Cache, 45 W TDP
- Chipset: Intel HM55 Express
- RAM: 4 x 2 GB DDR3, 1333 MHz
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M, 1,5 GB RAM
- HDD: 2 x 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB buffer, SATA 3GB/s, Seagate
- Optical Drive: Blu-ray Writer LG
- Network: LAN, 802.11b/g/n, WiMAX, Bluetooth
- Connectors: 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, 2 x audio
- Others: card reader, web camera, Nvidia 3D Vision goggles
- Battery: 8 celule, 5200 mAh, 63 Wh
- Dimensions: 391 x 297 x 20-50 mm
- Weight: 3,6 kg
At least impressive equipments
Compared to the Asus G73 this model comes with the same processor, the same RAM quantity and a video card with similar performances. The advantage of the G53 model, if we can say that, is that the screen’s resolution helps to get better performances when playing games.
According to the details we found on the official web sites, the most advanced processor that might come with the Asus G53J model is Intel Core i7-820QM at 1.73 GHZ. The maximum RAM memory is 12 GB.
Probably you have already noticed that the laptop comes with a WiMAX modem. The video card is one of the most advanced cards there is for laptops from Nvidia right now. In the future, Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M is also going to be released.
The 120 HZ frequency screen is not something new. We have seen it before on the Asus G51 3D Model. In this case it integrates the synchronization module for the Nvidia 3D vision goggles. They are delivered in the package for models with compatible screen and is not very different compared to the ones we tested previously.
The storage capacity of the Asus G53 model is impressive, however to get everything out from a system like this we recommend that you use a SSD instead of a HDD. The battery is not weak, however when it comes to playing games the battery becomes useless.
Without Nvidia Optimis
Maybe you might have wondered I am not talking about the Nvidia Optimis. I don’t because I have nothing to talk about. This processor does not have an integrated video card, and the displaying part is done by the dedicated GTX 460M card.
This is very important when we are going to talk about autonomy. Another thing we can mention is that the Power4Gear profiles is missing. Asus probably through that they are not necessary for this configuration.
I have played four games with the help of the Asus G53J: Crysis Warhead, CoD: Modern Warfare 2, FarCry 2, and NFS Shift. In all this cases we wanted to see the performances with the 3D goggles and without them.
With the exception of Crysis Warhead, all the games behaved very wll on the 1366 x 768 resolution with the graphical settings set at maximum.
For the mentioned game we had to use the Gamer settings, the medium frames per second number being 33. In the case of FarCry 2 we had a 37 fps average, Modern WarFare 2 was played with maximum details at 56 fps and when playing NFS Shift we recorded the 54 FPS value.
Those of you who have tested the Nvidia 3D Vision know that the games have a certain complexity level with this technology. There are some exceptions, some very new games that offers native support. None of the games mentioned above do not fit in this category.
For a better visual experience, Nvidia recommends that you disable some graphical effects for each game. Under these conditions, the number of frames per scond recorded increased for each game.
With the exception of Crysis Warhead where there are problems in displaying the water and other elements, all the other games behaved excellent on the Asus G53J model with the Nvidia 3D vision goggles activated.
The demands regarding autonomy should be small because Asus G53J is a gaming laptop created to sit more on the desk than in a bag. We mentioned earlier that because of the video card the autonomy had to suffer.
For office work we have used, as usual, the wireless card to browse the Internet, edited documents and listened to music. With the Power4Gear Quiet Office system profile and screen luminosity set at 50%, the autonomy was one hour and 35 minutes.
For the multimedia test we have used an HD movie running at 720p resolution that required 8 GB of hard drive space. Using the Power4Gear Entertainment profile with the screen luminosity set at 70%, the battery ran out in one hour and 30 minutes.
We mentioned that the wireless card was disabled and we used a pair of headsets. If you are on a plane or train with the Asus G53J, without having access to a power slot and you want to play games you should only expect 35 minutes of autonomy.
For this test we have used the Power4Gear High Performance profile, the screen luminosity set at maximum and used the Nvidia 3D Goggles.
I can say from experience that the illuminated keyboard is excellent for nocturnal gaming sessions. Illumination can be adjusted on three levels to have a better working experience in dark rooms but also in rooms with strong light!
Because the keyboard of the Asus G53 is identical to the one of the G73, the illumination leds are visible only from certain angles. We can’t say that this is a disturbing problem, however other manufacturers have more aesthetic solutions, however at a bigger price!
During the autonomy tests we haven’t used the keyboard illumination. The integrated speakers have a decent volume and an acceptable quality. They can replace, at times, a pair of headsets, however I think that gamers are more demanding.
During games, the cooling system does not get very loud, but the objects placed right in the back of the Asus G53 are going to get worm.
I have appreciated the fact that the restpad and keyboard are only getting a bit worm. The viewing angles of the screen are a bit over average, and the ghosting effect is hard to see. Action games can be played without problems.
Asus G53J is an impressive gaming laptop and, from some points of view, very accessible regarding the price. Users that want one of the most advanced mobile video card will be happy!
Pluses and Minuses
+ top gaming performance
+ 120 HZ screen and 3D Vision goggles included in the package
+ quality construction
+ efficient cooling system
+ illuminated keybord
+ accessible price
– without Nvidia Optimus for some configurations
– we would have appreciated a bigger optional resolution.