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to use them as controls. The large touch-
pad offers multitouch gesture support,
but the buttons were a bit stiff.
We didn’t notice a single hot spot on the
G53Jw even when we were gaming—and
that’s quite an impressive feat.
As with most 15.6 -inch displays, the one
on the G53Jw has a resolution of 1366
x 768. While this is fine for mainstream
audiences, we would have hoped for a few
more pixels, especially on a 3D gaming
machine with a Blu-ray player.
The speakers on the G53Jw provided
audio that was loud enough to fill a living
room, and good enough for watching films
and playing games. We were disappointed
in the lack of bass.
Like the Acer Aspire 5745DG, the
ASUS G53Jw uses Nvidia’s active-shutter
technology to generate and display 3D
content. A transmitter inside the notebook
communicates with a pair of included
glasses, whose lenses flicker on and off
to create a 3D effect.
Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology currently
supports roughly 450 games (about
100 more than TriDef/ATI), including
such popular titles as Call of Duty: Black
Ops and World of Warcraft. First-person
shooters take some adjustment, as look-
ing through a rifle scope in 3D is a bit
disorienting. Fortunately, Nvidia adds a
laser sight to help you aim—you can
even select what the sight looks like in
Nvidia’s control panel.
Thanks to its GTX 460 discrete graph-
ics chip, the G53Jw has fairly strong
graphics capabilities. On 3DMark06,
Want the power of a 17-inch gaming
system in a slightly smaller package?
ASUS took the components from the
G73Jh—a Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX
460 graphics, Blu-ray, and a USB 3.0 port,
to name a few—and squeezed them into
the 15-inch G53Jw-3DE. While it may be
smaller, this $1,769 system still looks like
a stealth fighter, and it has the muscle to
fly through the latest titles.
The G53Jw-3DE is the smaller cousin to
the G73; as such, it has the same stealth
fighter-inspired design, only in a (relatively)
less bulky package. At 15.6 x 11.9 x 0.8 -
2.1 inches, the G53Jw is about an inch
smaller than the G73. At 7.9 pounds, it’s
also about a pound lighter.
The sleek, angular design and gunmetal
gray exterior make the G53Jw one of the
most attractive systems we’ve seen. The
dual exhausts on the back combine with
the subtle silver ASUS logo and Republic
of Gaming emblem to make this product
look more like one of the planes you’d
fly in a game than the notebook you’d
be gaming on.
The G53Jw has a decent amount of
ports on its large frame. On the right
side are Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, and two
USB ports, one of which is USB 3.0. On
the left side are a Blu-ray drive and two
more USB ports.
Unfortunately, the arrow keys and
numeric keypad—both essential for
gameplay—are smaller than the rest of
the keys on the G53Jw, making it difficult
the notebook scored more than double
the Aspire 5745DG, but is still dwarfed
by the Envy 17.
The G53Jw is a very capable gaming
rig, notching 97 fps in World of Warcraft
and 41 fps in Far Cry 2 with the screen
at its native resolution and settings
maxed. While much better than the
Aspire 5745DG (which topped out at
18 fps on Far Cry 2), the G53Jw’s result
is nearly the same as the HP Envy 17’s
(41 fps), and that system has a 1080p
display to power.
We don’t expect good endurance on
gaming systems, so we weren’t surprised
that the G53Jw lasted just 1 hour and
59 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test.
That’s about 50 minutes less than the
desktop replacement average.
On its own, the ASUS G53Jw-3DE is a
powerful 3D gaming notebook: You get
a Core i7 processor, Nvidia graphics, 3D
display, and Blu-ray for $1,769. The ATI-
powered HP Envy 17 3D is also a good
option for less money. Still, Nvidia’s 3D
Vision technology supports more games
than ATI’s, which powers the Envy, and
you don’t have to use special software
to start playing.
Stylish stealth fighter-like design
Impressive graphics performance
Immersive 3D experience
Blu-ray and USB 3.0
Stiff mouse buttons
Display not 1080p
Laptop | March 2011
The dual exhausts on the rear help make the
ASUS G53Jw-3DE look like the F-117 stealth
fighter it’s modeled after.
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