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Asus N53S review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £728
inc VAT

The N53S is a well-designed, well-built laptop that's packed with features including a large hard disk and a Blu-ray drive.

This is the third Asus N53 model we’ve seen since the range was launched at the end of last year, but the N53S is the first to use the new Intel Core i5-2410M processor, running at 2.3GHz and with a generous 6GB of RAM. It’s a beautifully designed laptop, with graceful curves in the edge of the case and a large, bold speaker grille housing the Bang & Olufsen-designed sound system.

Asus N53S

The N53S is similar to the N53J model, with a Blu-ray drive, a Core i5 processor and a dedicated Nvidia graphics chip. Performance from the new Core i5 is great, with a result of 52 overall in our new benchmarks. As a comparison, the N53J with the old Core i5 scored 45 in the new benchmarks, so the new model gives you a 16 per cent improvement.

Build quality was superb, with little flex in the lid or keyboard, and a tasteful mix of materials. The keyboard has flat-topped keys, but they’re set close together which can cause two to be pressed at once on occasion. Their action is light, though, with a distinct bite at the top of the keystroke that provides good feedback for touch-typists.

Asus N53S Keyboard

The numeric keypad feels a bit cramped: the “0” key is half-width to fit in the right cursor key, but there’s a row of useful page navigation keys along the top row, and the rest of the layout is standard. There’s also a large, responsive touchpad with a single see-saw button: the latter is a bit stiff and has a sizeable dead zone in the middle.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-2410M
Processor clock speed2.3GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory16GB
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GT 540M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory1,024MB


Total storage capacity640GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11b/g/n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other portsminijack audio output/S/PDIF (shared), minijack microphone input


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Office 2010 Starter, CyberLink Power2Go v6
Optional extras£70

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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