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Asus X53E review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £500
inc VAT

The X53E's fast processor makes it a powerful laptop for the money, but it cuts too many corners to keep the price down


Unfortunately, the X53E’s screen isn’t quite as impressive as the K53SC’s. It’s just as bright and has great contrast, but it has a slight yellow cast. If you’re just watching movies, this actually works to your advantage, adding a certain warmth to the image. If you plan on working with photos, however, or another medium where colour accuracy is important, you may find the yellow cast a hindrance.

Asus X53E

That’s a shame, because the X53E’s fast processor means it’s well suited to running photo or video-editing applications, or other CPU-intensive tasks such as 3D modelling and transcoding. It’s equally at home running single applications or multithreaded ones, scoring 77 in the image-editing test and 54 in the multitasking section.

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Speed isn’t everything, of course, and the X53E’s focus on the processor means that other areas have lost out. Our main concern is the small hard disk. 320GB isn’t enough room anymore, especially if you want to store large photos or videos. The 4GB of fitted RAM may prove insufficient for multimedia editing too, but there’s a spare slot if you want to add more. A battery life of over five and a half hours is overkill for a laptop that weighs 2.6kg because you’re unlikely to carry it far from a mains socket.

Because it has the same design, a dedicated graphics card and a better screen, the Asus K53SC is a better buy than the X53E, but if you want the fastest laptop you can get for £500, the X53E is it.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i7-2630QM
Processor clock speed2GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory192MB


Total storage capacity320GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD
Other portsminijack audio output, 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

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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