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Asus N53SN review: Asus N53SN

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Those meaty components we mentioned before certainly seemed to pull their weight in our benchmark tests. The CPU is a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM clocked at 2GHz, and there's a monster 8GB of RAM too. With an Nvidia GeForce GT 550M graphics card also nestling inside, the N53SN scored a mighty 8,280 in the PCMark05 test, and a similarly impressive 8,815 in 3DMark06, which rates a laptop's graphics performance.

With scores like these, you can expect this laptop to run most games without breaking a sweat, unless you're playing especially cutting-edge titles with the settings turned up high. HD video playback is a no-brainer for a computer of this stature and, indeed, it has a Blu-ray player to meet your visual needs. If you want to slice some cash off the final price, there's a version with a DVD rewritable drive instead.

Ports illustrated

The N53SN's connectivity is decent, but we'd expect no less given the size of the chassis. VGA and HDMI outputs are present, along with a multi-format card reader, 3.5mm sockets for headphones and a mic, three USB ports (one of which supports USB 3.0), and a 2-megapixel webcam lurking above the display. This laptop runs the 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Home Premium, and packs in a 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive for good measure.

The trackpad's fine, but the keyboard makes us feel sad. 

The laptop's battery life is pretty good. We weren't expecting much from a machine that's not built to be particularly portable but, when we ran the N53SN's CPU at a constant 100 per cent, the battery held out for 2 hours and 33 minutes before conking out. You can expect longer battery life with more responsible use.


The Asus N53SN's design leaves something to be desired, but it's a very capable multimedia machine that'll churn through loads of processor-intensive tasks. We've seen sturdier, classier machines, but, in terms of pure performance, this is a solid machine that offers good value for money.

If you want even more mind-melting performance, check out the Medion Erazer X6811. If you want a multimedia laptop with a slicker design, the Sony Vaio VPCF13M0E/B will be worth a look.

Edited by Charles Kloet 

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