Here’s another winner from Asus’ Republic Of Gamers series of laptops, the G53J. If you remember the G51J, this one’s going to be a true refresher. It’s a mean machine in terms of hardware and looks. Not to mention, it’s also more expensive, so we’re obviously expecting much more.
Aesthetics is one of the major distinguishing factors of this mammoth machine, especially when you’re comparing it with its predecessor. Now, the latter was an award winner for very good reasons and the G53J seems to be following the same trend. However, this time, it’s also about looks. With a rubberized all-black matte body and rugged build, the G53J looks more like a stealth aircraft. We’re not sure if that’s where it gets the design idea, but really, even the surfaces are absolutely flat and no curves whatsoever.
On a more serious note, if you’re looking for something truly machine-like, this laptop is the answer, we haven’t seen anything like this before. So, it’s the lid and the overall shape of the unit that makes it look the way it does.
Ergonomically, typing on the chiclet keyboard is pretty comfortable, with the well-sized keys, touchpad and buttons. The one slight downer we found was the quality of plastic in some places, they could have either used more heavy gauge plastic or used a metal shell. Also, the keyboard flexes more than normal, which could be a hindrance if you’re typing out long letters and so on. Nevertheless, the overall look of it camouflages the small downsides.
In terms of features, hardware is clearly the biggest asset of this laptop. Built around the Intel HM55 chipset, it is powered by an Intel Core i7 720 QM CPU, and has 8 GB RAM, two 750 GB hard drives, an Nvidia GTX 460 GPU and a 3D-ready 15.6-inch screen (1366 x 768). With all this muscle, this laptop easily trounces its predecessor, the award winning Asus G51J, which is also a great 3D gaming laptop priced under a lakh.
Of course, the price of the G53J is higher for obvious reasons, but it’s still worth spending that extra buck. Here’s why, in addition to the spruced up hardware, you get this mean-looking machine, not to mention the higher frame rates and better game play.
Other features are rather common to high-end machines like this one. For instance, there’s a Blu-ray combo drive, and in addition to the standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi N, gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth, even a WiMax module showed up in the Device Manager. Despite of having all the required features, the machine looks pretty clean. In front, you’ll find only a memory card reader. On the left-hand side, there are two USB ports and the optical drive. On the right-hand side, there are two USB ports, an HDMI and a VGA port, audio jacks, Ethernet and the power jack. At the rear, apart from the Kensington lock slot, the only things you’ll see are the gigantic afterburners that you see in stealth aircrafts. Finally, the machine bundles with it Nvidia’s 3D Vision kit without the wireless receiver, because the receiver is built into this machine.
Performance and gameplay
After considering the benchmark scores and gaming experience, clearly, this machine lived up to our expectations. It actually fills the performance gap that the G51J created. The G51J wasn’t able to handle games at maxed out settings when the stereoscopic 3D was switched on, but with this one, gaming in 3D in not only better, but you can even go higher with the settings.
Asus G53J Benchmark Scores
While we digress, recently, we tested the Alienware Aurora ALX gaming rig which was the only desktop gaming machine (let alone laptops) that seamlessly played Crysis Warhead at maxed out settings (Enthusiast mode). Click here, to know how it is different to play games at maxed out settings. The G53J laptop churned over 25 fps in the enthusiast mode, which is pretty good. Now, we’re not comparing a desktop gaming machine to this laptop, but I think you get the point.
Onward, coming back to the G53J, of all the games, Batman Arkham Asylum was the best experience in 3D, truly a treat. The overall game play on this machine, is pretty much like it was in the G51J (click here to read it , except that with this machine, you can go that extra mile.
G51J versus G53J
While the processor, Intel Core i7 720 QM, used is common to both the machines, the RAM, hard drive and graphics card have been upgraded. There’s 8 GB RAM as opposed to 4 GB, and there’s an Nvidia GTX 460 instead of the GTX 260. Then there are two 750 GB hard drives, whereas, in the G51J there are two 320 GB drives.
Both machines bundle the Nvidia 3D glasses, but with the G51J, the wireless receiver is a separate unit to be attached externally to the machine. And the G53J has the receiver built into the unit (you’ll notice a small IR port next to the webcam). Also, the G51J looks pretty much like a gaming/multimedia laptop, but the G53J is of different league altogether.
Finally, the G51J costs about a lakh of rupees. Now, if you’re getting that extra power, with better looks, features and hardware, we don’t see why you won’t spend that 10 percent extra. The G53J costs about Rs. 1,12,499.
If I were to spend almost a lakh on a gaming laptop, I would definitely get this one by paying 10 percent extra, mainly for the looks and performance. Also, the 3D gaming on this machine is way better on this one.
- Chipset: Intel HM55
- Processor: Intel Core i7 720 QM, 1.60 GHz, 6MB L3 cache
- RAM: 8 GB DDR3
- Hard drive: 2 x 750 GB
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M (1536 MB)
- Optical drive: Blu-ray combo drive
- Screen: 15.6-inch,1366 x 768 (3D compliant)
- Battery life: 2 hours 10 minutes
- Price: Rs 1,12,499
|Processor||Intel Quad Core i7|
|Maximum Display Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Fire Wire Port||No|
|Digital Media Reader||8|
|Battery (Type)||Li Ion|
|OS||Windows 7 Home Premium|
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Published Date: Nov 03, 2010 01:47 pm | Updated Date: Nov 03, 2010 01:47 pm