The Asus N53SV signals the first wave of powerful all-purpose laptops based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors and Optimus-enabled Nvidia's 500M Fermi GPU that don't cost a bomb. The Asus N53SV is a 15-inch home entertainment laptop claiming to deliver superior audio performance, courtesy Bang&Olufsen ICEpower sound. Let’s see how good the Asus N53SV’s onboard speakers are and also get a feel of Intel’s next-gen processors.
The Asus N53SV laptop comes with an Instant-ON operating system that boots under 10 seconds.
Looks & Design Asus laptops are a bit like Acer's Aspire notebook range -- not much design change across laptops at various price points. Asus' only striking laptops in terms of style and design would have to be the Bamboo series offerings, the U43Jc and U6V. The Asus N53SV has a slate gray look that isn’t eye-catching but it has an interesting wave design of its base chassis along the lateral edge near the screen hinge. It looks nice, and so is the feel of the metal screen lid. The N53SV laptop's speaker grille is placed prominently above the keyboard, which is another nice addition.
The 15-inch Asus N53SV laptop is a big and bulky machine bordering on a desktop-replacement laptop and its build quality is average, nothing great. It weighs 2.8-kg with a standard six-cell battery, similar to the Dell XPS 15 but heavier than some other notebooks featured in our Top 5 Laptops Below Rs. 50,000 list.
Usability The Asus N53SV entertainment laptop comes with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit glossy display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. However, it comes with only 1366x768 pixel resolution -- same as the MSI GT663R and Lenovo IdeaPad Y560, but lesser than the Dell XPS 15. The Asus N53SV laptop’s screen is of average quality, nothing overwhelmingly great. Although the screen’s brightness, contrast and color levels are good, we think Asus could’ve done a better job -- viewing angles aren’t great either. Having said that, reading text and watching movies indoors is sufficiently good. The included 2MP webcam is average at best for videochats.
Keyboard and touchpad are pretty good on the Asus N53SV. We like the closely packed keys on the keyboard deck which are nice for typing, and the dedicated number pad on the right doesn’t hurt either -- great addition for gamers and frequent number crunchers.
The touchpad sits submerged in the middle of a wide palmrest. The touchpad itself is nice and wide and easy to use, it’s gesture-enabled as well. The singe strip mouse button below the Asus N53SV laptop’s touchpad could be a minor pain, but works just fine once you get used to it.