While looking for a budget laptop with decent performance, we checked out several laptops last week and found our winner, which is ASUS X53S which is surely one of the best laptop you can buy today for the price of just Rs.38000. The laptop configuration goes like this:
CPU: Intel Second Generation Core i5
GPU: Intel HD Graphics and Dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT520MX 1GB
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Screen: 15.6 inch LED HD
Optical Drive: DVD Multi Recorder
Battery: 6 Cell Lithium-ion
Web cam: VGA 300k
Ports: USB (2 USB 2.0 & 1 USB 3.0), LAN, VGA, Mic and Headphone Jack
Kensington lock: Yes
The laptop feels sleek than actually it is due to its chassis design. The laptop is not as sturdy as IBM thinkpad series and at this price we cannot complain as the built quality is acceptable for this price. The first unit came with broken LCD because someone sat on the box while the second unit came with keyboard slightly pulled off which we manage to snap into its place.
The 15.6 inch LED backlit LCD of this laptop is of glossy type. Many people complain of reflection problem with a glossy screen but we did not find any problem in using the laptop. When screen is displaying something, there is hardly any reflection. Only problem with the LCD is the poor resolution of 1366×768. Normal users will hardly see any difference but graphic designers will hate this screen.
Keyboard is of chicklet style which is the recent trend in laptops. Feedback from keys while typing is good. Due to perfectly flat keys, ladies with even slightly grown finger nails will have problem in typing. This laptop also has a numpad. Arrow keys also work as media player hot keys for play, pause, stop, rewind and forward. The enter key in numpad when pressed with function key brings calculator alive, little but sweet function.
Touchpad is big in this laptop which is a plus point and even better thing about it is that it supports various gestures. Just like in Samsung galaxy phones, you can zoom by sliding two fingers away from each other and vice versa. If you swipe two fingers, it works as a vertical scroll and tapping with three finger works like right click!
The speakers are from Altec Lansing in this laptop and Altec is a reputed name in audio equipments. Disappointing thing is that the speaker sound same as every other laptop speaker does, infact we found is slightly low in sound output.
Battery & Charger
Battery gives a good 3.5 hours backup on normal use and also charges pretty quickly for which credit goes to the mighty ASUS charger. Charger is quite heavy which tells about meaty caps and solid SMPS unit inside the charger. It also has a nice blue LED.
A small video to show how well it handles high graphics games. The game is Need for Speed Undercover in Max setting.
Laptop works well for its configuration and does not heat up until you start playing game. In normal use the laptop did not heat up at all but when you start any game, you can hear extra fan noise (which is of GPU) telling that the GPU is kicked in and it starts blowing hot air but still the chassis of laptop is not hot from anywhere. IceCool technology (which ASUS calls it) really works and keep palm rest area cool. One last thing to end, it weigh 2.6 kg which is on heavy side and similar size laptop like Dell Vostro felt much lighter when compared to this.
3. Good touchpad
4. Do not heat up
5. Sturdy charger and decent battery backup
1. Weight, I won’t be surprised if I open this laptop and find mercury dripping.
2. VGA web cam.
3. Driver CD is only for 64bit version of windows, 32bit drivers can be downloaded from ASUS website though.