The Bottom Line
May 24 2011 - For a multimedia focused laptop, ASUS seems to have missed the market and put out a highly capable gaming system with the N52SN-XV1. The 1920x1080 display allows for HD video but they seem to have forgotten to add a Blu-ray drive. Instead, they put in a very capable GeForce GT 550M graphics with some superb audio. The hard drive provides plenty of space for media files but it is a bit on the slow side. A solid choice for anyone looking for a high res display and solid graphics.
- High Resolution, 1080p Capable Display
- Strong 3D Graphics System
- Very Strong Speakers
- Could Really Use Blu-ray Drive
- Hard Drive Feels Very Slow
- Intel Core i5-2410M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 640GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WUXGA (1920x1080) LED Backlit Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M Graphics With 2GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- One USB 3.0, Two USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.6" x 10.6" x 1.6" @ 4.9 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Guide Review - ASUS N53SN-XV1 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
May 24 2011 - The heart of the ASUS N53SN-XV1 is the new Intel 2011 Core processor. For this particular model, the base Core i5-2410M dual core processor is used. While this is the lowest of the new Core i5 models available, performance from it is still quite good and tops the previous generation with ease. This combined with 4GB of DDR3 memory should allow this system to handle any tasks one might throw at it. The only area where it stumbles slightly is in graphics encoding where the new Core i7 quad core does a better job but they typically are a bit more expensive.
For a multimedia focused laptop, the ASUS N53SN-XV1is really a mixed bag for the storage. It comes with a fairly sizable 640GB hard drive that allows it to store lots of high definition media files which is great. The downside is that the drive spins at a more sedate 5400rpm spin rate. The result it a drive that slows down the overall performance and feel of the system. It would have been nice to see ASUS also include a Blu-ray capable drive for watching the HD media on the go but instead they use a more typical dual layer DVD burner.
The standout feature for the ASUS N53SN-XV1 is the display and graphics. They have managed to pack in a 1920x1080 display onto a 15.6-inch screen. This gives it extremely fine detail and excellent support for high definition media. On top of this, ASUS also manages to include an NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M graphics processor with 2GB of memory. This actually makes the system a quite capable mobile gaming platform. It may struggle at times to play games at the full display resolution but many can do it without anti-alias features turned on.
Since it is designed for multimedia, the speakers are also worth pointing out. The overall experience is quite amazing for a laptop with some very loud and clear audio. The only downside is that when the volume is turned up towards maximum, the audio does start to get some distortion. Of course, this will probably be louder than most people would actually listen at.
The battery for the ASUS N53SN-XV1 is a fairly typical six-cell unit with a standard 4400mAh capacity rating. The net result is your fairly typical 15-inch laptop in terms of running time. In DVD playback tests, the laptop lasted just over two and a half hours before going into standby mode. More typical usage should yield about an extra hour.
They keyboard for the ASUS N53SN-XV1 uses a flat style key design that has a more traditional feel rather than the isolated ones that have become popular of late. It is function but it would have been nice if the keys were spaced out a bit more as there is a fair amount of extra space to the left and the right of the keyboard. The trackpad is large and spacious which is both good and bad. With its close proximity to the keyboard and slight offset of the spacebar, it wasn't uncommon to accidentally touch the pad with the right palm and shift the cursor during use. The trackpad buttons also use a dreaded bar design rather than distinct buttons.