ASUS G53SW 3D Gaming Notebook Review

By on March 8, 2011
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A stealthy beast.

Good: Stealth design, Rear exhaust vents are quite and effective, Sandy Bridge CPU is powerful, Nvidia GPU runs all games smoothly, Bluray & 3D playback are amazing, Backlit keyboard is nice & bright, 120Hz LCD
Bad: LCD resolution only 1366x768, Bloatware pre-installed, Matt finish on cover attracts a lot of dust and fingerprints
Price: AED 6,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

When Intel launched their new Sandy Bridge processors I was very excited to review the desktop CPUs and was pleasantly surprised by their performance, especially considering their price. However, it wasn’t until recently that I got my hands on a mobile Sandy Bridge processor as ASUS provided us with their latest 15” gaming notebook, the G53SW.

The G53SW is designed after the famous F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft which shows the some stylish edges, a completely matt black finish devoid of any fancy LEDs. The two huge exhausts on the rear not only look cool, but these blow out hot air at full blast during intense gaming, or CPU number crunching sessions.  Like the F-117, the ASUS G53SW also packs a lot of power under the hood, thanks primarily due to the Sandy Bridge i7-2630QM CPU, Nvidia GTX 460M GPU and 8GB of ram. Full specs are on the next page, but it’s important to note that we received the 1366×768 120Hz 3D panel for our review machine.

As far as the external layout is concerned, one of the best things that I personally love about the G53SW is that the LCD doesn’t open up at the edge, like normal notebooks, but the rear vents actually extend beyond the normal length of the chassis, giving the LCD panel a base of sorts to sit against. Many people will probably hate this because the LCD panel doesn’t open out to 180°, but this being a desktop replacement notebook, I like the effective design that the G53SW brings. The extended base just gives the ASUS G53SW a very sturdy look; and it is, thanks to the 3.78 kilos.

On the outer edges we’ll find all the ports on the left and right side, including the power connector. The front bottom houses all the LED indicators. Moving inside, the glossy 15.6” display is surrounded by a thick bezel, thicker than I would like, but it’s not really off-putting. The keyboard is laid out in a very nice and comfortable Chiclet size with white backlights, adjustable up to 3 intensities. Since the keys are so raised, you will notice the backlight bleeding through the edges of the keys instead of being just under them. At full brightness this is actually a little distracting, but at the lowest level it’s hardly visible.  The rubberized hand rest surrounding the mouse pad was a very nice touch, but beware of the UAE dust that likes to stick everywhere!

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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  • an interested user

    can you say a little bit to the battery? How long does it run in idle or on a stress test until you need to go back to AC?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      I didn’t post any battery life numbers because they were quite low; typical for a desktop replacement notebook of course.

      On the power saving “Battery Mode”, and keeping the screen brightness under 50% while just surfing the net, I got just around 3 and a half hours. On “High Performance” mode, at 50% screen brightness I got over 2 and a half hours while surfing the net and Youtubing a bit. Playing Crysis 2 on “High Performance” gave me an hour and a half before I had to plug in the power cord.

      Like I said, these numbers are nothing to write home about, but are standard for such a powerful notebook.

      • an interested user

        It seems the G53SW does not support the new technology OPTIMUS … or can you tell us sth. different?
        What kind of batterie(i.e. 6Cell or 5200mah) is placed in the book?

        • Taimoor Hafeez

          If you check out the Specs page, you’ll see that the G53SW doesn’t contain Optimus.

          The battery is 8Cells : 5200 mAh 74 Whrs.

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  • Joelam27952498

    is it the G53sw – 3D version? is there any review of G53sw -A1?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      The version we got was the 3D 120Hz panel. You can still check out our benchmarks above to check out the performance as they were done in normal “2D/non-3D” format.

  • Adam951

    you say that ‘we received the 1366×768 120Hz 3D panel for our review machine’ but do you know if it will be available as a 1080p full HD 3D model with 120hz screen?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      The 1080p screen doesn’t come with 120Hz panel. You can check it out in the Specifications.

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  • zack

    can this laptop support CRYSIS 2 High Perfomance settings?

    • Brandon Fernandes

      YES IT CAN !

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  • Glenn673

    hello i would like to ask the complete model number of the machine?

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