Today we have the ASUS N53SV notebook on our test bench. This multimedia/moderate gaming notebook has a lot of style to accompany with some nice specifications under the hood. This machine looks really good with a brushed aluminum lid and wrist rest. This notebook has a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution screen, Intel Core i7 2630QM CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics processor, 750 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, and a lot more. Come along as we see how this notebook is made.

Good looks aside, the notebook has the power under the hood to handle your media duties and moderate gaming. Don’t confuse this machine with a dedicated gaming notebook, but if you are the type who wants one machine that can play your favorite video games, handle multimedia and general computer work with ease, the ASUS N53SV is a great machine. This notebook makes some compromises that you may need to contend with.

As with most notebooks that make compromises in order to be an all around performer, it’s not a clear stand out in any one area. The discrete graphics processor is nice, and the machine has integrated graphics as well and can change between the two graphics processors depending on if power or battery life is the goal. You can get more powerful graphics processors. The notebook does OK with multimedia, but you can get better performance on the market today there as well. What you can’t always get, though, is a good mix of capabilities, and this is where the ASUS N53SV shines.

This notebook has a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The same notebook with an optional, full HD 1080p screen is also available. Other obtainable options include Bluetooth with WiFi which are standard on the notebook. The big feature about which shoppers want to know is the processor. The ASUS N53SV uses an Intel Core i7 2630QM running at 2 GHz. The processor is a quad core supporting Hyper-Threading technology, making the operating system to see eight cores (four real and four virtual). Since this CPU has the TurboBoost technology, its internal clock jumps to 2.9 GHz whenever more processing power is required. The price for the ASUS N53SV hovers around USD 1,050 online, making this a more expensive notebook. It comes with 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium for the operating system.


Shane is a long-time computer lover who got his start in the days of the Commodore 64. Shane has reviewed notebooks and related peripherals for Computer Shopper and Laptop Magazine and writes for some of the most popular technology websites.