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Asus A53S Laptop Review
I recently purchased an Asus A53s series computer after losing my netbook while traveling.
I would say my "honeymoon" phase of the computer is now coming to a close I can give a thorough review of what I like and don't like about the laptop.
This is the first laptop that I have bought in years so bear with me as I dig into this review.
If you're in the market for a new notebook then you may consider one from the A53s series; here's what I love (and hate) about this laptop...
It's been some time since this review. A newer model I would recommend would be the Asus X555DA which has similar (but better) features. Otherwise, you could probably find the A53s on eBay or Craiglist, still.
I needed a computer that would be able to handle my work and a bit of video gaming. What I decided upon, after many hours of searching, was the Asus A53s line of computers because they provided all the ample amount of processing, memory and video capabilities to do everything I needed.
For work, I'm able to multitask with ease. I do a lot of video editing and production; the laptop hasn't been problematic even under stressful editing environments and rendering. I also manage a few websites which the computer excels at with the ability to multitask.
One other element that I needed the laptop to handle was video games. The video card for the laptop is an upgrade from the on board models; a GeForce GT540M to be exact which has allow me to play all of my games on medium to high preferences (and some on ultra).
As for the overview of the laptop, it will fit anyone's need no problem. As for the specs and geeky stuff ...
The Asus A53s series has a nice selection of low, mid and high end machines but I settled on the mid range model.
The specs of the laptop:
- Core i5 Processor
- 6GB of Ram
- 650+ GB of Hard Drive Space
- 1GB GeForce GT540M Graphics Card
The laptop, in no way, is a super high end machine but it was a great upgrade over my netbook and has some of the best specs I've seen for a mid-range laptop model that wasn't going to break the bank.
For a few hundred dollars extra, I could have upgraded the GPU, Processor and Memory but it wasn't all that much of an improvement overall to make up for the cost especially when you consider you can take that same money to go toward a new laptop in a few years time or to buy some accessories like a new mouse or an additional monitor.
Things I Like and Hate
Even though I love this new laptop, there are a few things that I don't really care for but it may just be nit-picking because I'm bit of a nerd when it comes to computers. This would be my 7th computer over the last decade or so.
What I like:
- The screen is very crisp and handles HD videos no problem
- The speed is really top notch for a mid-range machine
- The keyboard is wonderful (spacing in keys) for typing (I do a lot of freelance writing)
- The aluminum design keeps everything nice to the touch
- The laptop gets hot but the cooling is excellent
What I don't like:
- The headpone jack is on the right side which gets in the way of your mouse (right handed)
- The power cord is close to the USB ports which is annoying when you have something plugged in
- I had to fix the touch pad even though the laptop was recently released (new drivers)
- The laptop has a bit of 'bloat ware' which I removed (this is more a pet peeve)
- The DVD player's button doesn't seem super responsive at times (to open it)
In terms of the good and the bad, the good greatly outweighs the bad especially if you're a general user of computers.
In all, the laptop is blazingly fast and efficient at doing just about anything you need it to from playing high definition movies, browsing the net, working and playing video games. An average computer user will be blown away at the speed of the machine; geeks could ask for more but it's still one of the better computers you can pick up especially for its low price.