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to deliver plenty of eye candy
and back it up with stellar
sound. And that’s exactly what
the AsUs n53JF-Xe1 does.
this 15.6 -inch laptop pairs a
full HD display with booming
bang & olufsen speakers.
What about performance?
the n53JF has you covered
there, too, with a Core i5
processor and nvidia GeForce
Gt 425M graphics.
Despite a limited palette
of several shades of gray, the
AsUs n53JF looks stylish.
the brushed metal looks
and feels sturdy. Weighing
6.4 pounds, this machine
is heavier than competitors
such as the Dell XPs 15 (6.1 pounds).
Featuring the new “wave” keyboard,
the AsUs n53JF sports large keys and
a number pad. the key feel was bouncy
but slightly mushy, and we noticed some
flex. the nice-sized touchpad has just
the right amount of matte texture.
the 15.6 -inch, full HD (1920 x
1080-pixel) glossy display provides a
gorgeous canvas for 1080p content.
When watching a blu-ray of Iron Man,
we noted bright, popping colors and
smooth action sequences.
the real stars
of the multime-
are the bang &
output both on the
speakers and when
listening via head-
phones. the result
is rich audio with a
wide range that’s well
above the average
AsUs packs in a
few ports designed
with the media maven
in mind. the HDMI 1.4
port is ready for the
next generation of HD
connectivity, and the
Usb 3.0 port next to
it ensures you’ll be
able to take advan-
tage of super speedy
webcam is just okay. Its images weren’t
the sharpest, but the camera continually
adjusted for different lighting during a
scoring well above the mainstream
average on PCMark Vantage, the n53JF
is powerful, but it still trails the Dell XPs
the hard drive completed the LAPtoP
File transfer test nearly 10 Mbps faster
than most mainstream machines. And it
booted Windows 7 and transcoded videos
faster than average, too.
thanks to nvidia’s GeForce Gt 425M
GPU and 1Gb of dedicated video memory,
the n53JF has considerable graphics
oomph, scoring almost twice the average
Casual games ran smooth and fast on
the n53JF. the laptop notched a nice 70
fps on World of Warcraft at full resolution
(1920 x 1080) with the default settings.
on the more intense Far Cry 2, the laptop
managed a playable 50 fps
at the default resolution
(1024 x 768), but when we
upped the res and effects to
maximum, the rate plummeted
to an unplayable level.
Fun in Full HD
multimedia power, sweet sound, and a modern design make the asUs n53JF a great choice.
Despite the battery-saving prowess of
optimus technology, the n53JF lasted
only 3 hours on the LAPtoP battery test.
the average mainstream notebook lasts
an hour longer, but the AsUs is in good
company: the Dell XPs 15 only gets an
extra 6 minutes.
AsUs’ Video Magic (pre-loaded) is a
feeder program that pulls together all your
DVD and blu-ray tasks into one portal to
optimize color and brightness settings.
Also included is the familiar expressGate
the AsUs n53JF-Xe1 offers quite a bit
of muscle and multimedia satisfaction.
For $1,029, you get a full HD display,
impressive audio quality, and enough
graphics power to play popular games.
some may prefer the Dell XPs 15 for its
slightly better performance and better
bass for less dough. However, that ma-
chine has only a 1366 x 768 screen, and
we prefer the overall design of the AsUs.
k. t. bradford
PCMark Vantage 5,895 4,851
3DMark06 6,823 3,496
test (h:m) 3:00
test (Mbps) 33.9
Far Cry 2
* Lower is better
cPU: 2.53-GHz Intel Core i5 460M Oper-
ating system: Windows 7 Home
Premium (64-bit) ram/expandable
to: 4Gb/8Gb hard Drive size/speed:
500Gb/7,200 rpm Optical Drive: 8X
bD-RoM/DVD±RW Display size/resolu-
tion: 15.6 inches/1920 x 1080 Graphics/
Video memory: nVIDIA GeForce Gt
425M /1Gb Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Ports:
two Usb 2.0, one Usb 3.0, esAtA/Usb,
ethernet, HDMI, VGA headphone, mic,
kensington Lock slot card slots: express-
Card/34, 5 -in-1 memory card reader size:
15.6 x 10.6 x 1.6 inches Weight: 6.4
pounds Warranty: two-year limited/24/7
sharp and bright 1080p display
Very good audio quality
strong graphics performance
blu-ray and Usb 3.0 on board
keyboard has some flex
short battery life
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