ASUS G53J - A 3D gamer's delight but we want more Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Jan 13 2011
ASUS G53J - A 3D gamer's delight but we want more Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    70

  • performance

    70

  • value for money

    60

  • feature

    70

  • PROS
  • Bundles with NVIDIA 3D goggles
  • Good build quality
  • Support for DirectX 11 graphics & USB 3.0
  • CONS
  • Expensive
  • Ordinary speakers

Verdict

The ASUS G53J does not compare well with any of the top gaming laptops like Alienware 15x in terms of overall performance. However, it is a decent performer which even tops the Alienware M15x in the overall 3D Mark score. A staggering price of Rs. 112,499 is too much for a decent gaming laptop; as you could buy a superior gaming desktop at half the price sans portability. However, the two big pluses are the bundled 3D goggles with enhanced NVIDIA 3D vision technology and support for Direct X11 graphics.

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ASUS G53J is the successor to the famed G51Jx 3D claimed to be the World's first gaming notebook with support for NVIDIA 3D vision. The G51Jx ships with the NVIDIA GeForce GT130M graphics card and an external 3D receiver, while the G53J, comes with 8GB memory and two 750 GB drives sans RAID. The G53J differs from the G51Jx with the powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX460M graphics card and an embedded 3D receiver. Please note that the G53J model is only available as a review sample and not for sale. Overall, the G53J and G53Jw have identical looks & design aesthetics. However, the G53Jw (which is the retail model), is the scaled down version with 6GB memory & a 500 GB HDD.


ASUS G53Jw with accessories

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The ASUS G53J is built like a tank with a slightly thicker than normal plastic body and a rubberised matte-black finish on the outer surface of the lid & palm-rest, giving it a rugged feel and look.  The airflow vents at the back, really help in keeping it cooler even after hours of gaming, as we discovered. The G53J adopts the isolated keypad design, which enables quick & accurate typing with comfortable navigation room around the keypad. The presence of hot keys for turning on keypad LEDs, power-mode modifier and the gesture-based zoom-in & zoom-out functions built into the touchpad are nice touches.

G53Jw - Kensington slot & exhaust vents

The NVIDIA 3D goggles (active-shutter glasses) bundled with the laptop, should come in handy for watching 3D Blu-ray movies and also play 3D games with stereoscopic 3D effect. We noticed that the 3D goggles battery drained much quicker than expected, forcing us to keep the USB cable connected to the PC while gaming. Also, the laptop's backup battery does not last more than 15 to 20 minutes, while gaming with 3D effects 'On' and running on high-performance turbo mode - this is pretty poor, even for a gaming notebook.

G53Jw - ports view

Read on to know the performance, our take, specifications, ratings and performance test results in the next page...

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The NVIDIA 3D vision feature delivered decent frame rates on Crysis Warhead. However, the image clarity looked blurry & disoriented at times particularly during fast-paced action. The stereoscopic 3D was very straining to the eyes, as it delivered layered images on the screen to give us an illusion of depth. Thus, we could barely manage to play the game for about 15 minutes with NVIDIA 3D effects turned on. We even tried running Crysis Warhead sans 3D effects at the native resolution with medium detail and got good frame rates. However, we did not expect the sudden system freeze that occurred, during one of the ice missions on Crysis Warhead, where we had to restart the computer manually. The speaker quality isn't great and fails to produce any impressive effects expected during explosions and gunfires. The display is good for watching HD videos and movies at decent frame rates sans stuttering or pixelation. The battery life is ordinary, but that is to be expected from such a powerful configuration.

Our Take

The ASUS G53J does not compare well with any of the top gaming laptops or even the Alienware M15x in terms of benchmarks or overall performance. However, it is a decent performer which even tops the Alienware M15x in the overall 3D Mark score. A staggering price of Rs. 112,499 is too much for a decent gaming laptop; as you could buy a superior gaming desktop at half the price sans portability. The two big pluses are the bundled 3D goggles with enhanced NVIDIA 3D vision technology and support for DirectX 11 graphics.

Specifications(G53J): Processor: Intel Core i7 - 720QM; Memory: 8GB DDR3 1066MHz; Chipset: Intel HM55 Express; Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M; Hard drive: 750GB x 2; Display: 15.6-inch LED backlit, Screen resolution: 1366 x 768; Weight: 3.6 Kilograms;

Ratings
Features: 7
Performance: 7.5
Build Quality: 7
Value for money: 6
Overall: 7

Brand ASUS
Model G53Jw
Features  
Component Specifications  
Processor Model No Intel Core i7- 740QM
Processor Speed (MHz) 1730
RAM (MB) 6144
RAM Type DDR3
Memory Speed (MHz) 1066
Chipset Intel HM55 Express
Graphics Solution Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M
Dedicated Video Memory (Y / N) Y
Dedicated Video Memory Size (in MB) 1536
Audio Chipset Realtek High Definition Audio
HDD Size (GB) 500
Optical Drive Type / Speed Blu-ray combo drive / 4X
Bundled OS Windows 7 64-bit
Characteristics  
Screen Size (Inches) 15.6
Type of LCD HD LED
Screen Resolution (Native) 1366x768
Weight (Kg) 3.6
No of Ports (USB / FireWire) 3/None
Connectivity (LAN / Bluetooth / WiFi) Y/Y/Y
Memory Card Reader (Y/N) Y
Type of Memory Cards Supported MMC, SD, MS, MS PRO
Inbuilt Webcam (Y/N) Y
Build (So 10)  
Body 7.5
Keypad 7.5
Lid, movables 7
Ergonomics  
Keypad Tactile Feedback (So 10) 6
Key Layout & Usability (So 10) 7
Shortcut Keys/Switches (So 10) 6
Biometrics Login (Y/N) N
WiFi On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) N
Dedicated Bluetooth On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) N
Dedicated TouchPad On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) N
Performance  
Synthetic Scores  
PC Mark Vantage  
TV & Movies Score 4096
Gaming Score 6992
Music Score 6125
Memory Score 4785
Productivity Score 5669
Communications Score 4581
HDD 3762
Overall Score 6580
SiSoft Sandra 2010 Pro  
CPU Arithmetic (Dhrystone ALU/Whetstone iSSE3) 4680/3290
CPU Multi-Media (Integer x16 aSSE4.1/Floating x8 iSSE2) 8718/6417
HDD Index (MB/s) 84
Random Access Time (ms) 7.46
Memory bandwidth (Integer/floating) (MB/s) 1536/1553
3D Mark 2006  
CPU Score 3228
Overall Score 12978
Maxon CineBench R11.5 (CPU Score) 2.91
Other tests  
Battery Life Test (Minutes) 130
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 1) High
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 2) Medium
Real World Tests  
Speaker Quality (So 10) 6.5
HD Movie Viewing (So 10) 7.5
WinRAR 3.9 (Compression / Decompression) (KB/s) 2228
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-sequential) (Sec) 80
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-assorted) (Sec) 110
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 Signal Strength 47.00%
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 bandwidth 54Mb/s
Crysis Warhead (fps) (1024x768, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 47.13
STALKER – Call of Pripyat (fps) (1024x768, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 95.8
Warranty (Years) 1 year global
Price (MRP) Rs. 112,499

Contact: ASUS Technology Pvt. Ltd.
Phone: 91-22-67668831
E-mail: rohan_kadam@asus.com
Website: www.asus.in
Price: Rs. 112,499

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ASUS G53J - A 3D gamer's delight but we want more

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ASUS G53J - A 3D gamer's delight but we want more

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