ASUS G53JW-A1 15.6″ Republic Of Gamers Laptop Review




4-20-11…,,, Coming Soon folks, ordered one of these “bad boys” 2 days ago, should be here in about a week, will post a full review.

Asus G53JW ROG

Asus G53JW ROG

Asus G53JW-A1 Laptop Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 740QM
  • Screen 15.6″ LED Backlit
  • Memory 6GB Expandable to 16GB
  • Hard Disk: 750 GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
  • Video Memory: 1.5 GDDR5 VRAM
  • Chipset: Intel HM55
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 Full HDD
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX460M
  • Graphics Type: Dedicated Card
  • WLAN: 802.11 B/G/N
  • 3 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0
  • Keyboard: Backlit
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 8 in 1 Cardreader
  • Webcam 2.0 MP
$1389.00 – $100 Rebate Card = $1289.00
1 Year Asus Accidental Warranty
2 year Parts & Labor Warranty

 
 
 

5-2-2011 Asus G53JW-A1 ROG Review:
Very well designed, sleek, power packed laptop by Asus. Outside casing is solid, smooth black matte, heavy plastic, with the design of a stealth bomber kind of look. Palmrest is rubberized, which gives it a nice feel.
Asus G53JW Cooling System

Asus G53JW Cooling System

Super state of the art cooling system in this G53JW-A1 laptop. The CPU & GPU both have there own separate heatsinks, cooling fans AND exhaust vents. Rear left side exhaust cools and vents the CPU, the rear right side exhaust cools and vents the GPU. Intel Turbo mode automatically overclocks, and kicks in the cpu when needed. Have watched cpu meter jumpo from 1.7 Ghz to 3.2, and fluctuate back down and up as needed. You can also manually adjust throught the “Super Hybrid Engine Widget” by Asus with 4 preset settings: Battery Saver Mode, Quiet Office mode, Entertainment mode, and High Performance Mode.

LCD Screen: Cyrstal Clear 15.6″ LED FULL HDD at 1920 x 1080p resolution. 30 Day Zero Dead pixel warranty by Asus. Awesome screen! Have used , and repaired many laptops, have seen no other laptop screen like the quality of this screen on this Asus G series laptop.

Asus G53JW-A1 Palmrest

Asus G53JW-A1 Keyboard & Palmrest

Keyboard: Full numerical “chiclet” style keyboard which is backlit. Using the function keys up top, can turn backlighting completely off or adjust/dim keyboard with 2-3 clicks. Keyboard is also angled at the right angle for typing OR gaming to!

Palmrest: is rubberized which gives the palmrest a nice soft feel to it. Has the “ROG” logo and “Republic OF Gamers” on the right side of the palmrest.

Touchpad: 3.25″ L x 2″ Width

Memory: 6 GB DDR3 Memory upgradable to 16 GB’s. At “idle desktop” memory reports 19% in use with system preloaded by Asus, 4290 MB free. With Firefox open as now, memory at 23% use. CPU usage at “idle desktop reports 2-3% use. Avira Anti Virus Installed. Laptop comes with a Trend Micro AV Trial, which I uninstalled.
Hardware Info gadget reports: Hynix PC3 10600 DDR3
 
 
 

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Hardrive: 750GB Sata 7200 RPM. C Drive factory partitoned off at 173 Free, and D (Data) Partiton at 500GB. And an available slot for 2nd hard drive………

Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit. Recovery partiton via F9 on boot up. Burned recovery disk set right after first boot, took 5 DVD’s, 2 hours to complete. Using A1 Recovery Burner software from ASUS on laptop.

Wireless: 802.11 bgn, with BlueTooth

Asus G Series Laptop

Asus G Series Laptop

USB & Ports: 3 x 2.0 USB, 1 x 3.0 USB, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Microphone Jack, 1 x Headphone Jack and a 8 in 1 Card Reader.

Graphics: Nvida GeForce GTX 460460m / 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM. Amazing game graphics and power for a laptop. As a benchmark I ran the original Crysis game. All high setting, no AA, full 1920 x 1080p resolution game ran smooth, great graphics, and FPS using Fraps reported 28-38 fps. When switching to 1024 x 768 game resolution, same high game settings Crysis ran at 45-65 fps! GPU temperature during Crysis ran 77-82 celsius, with a CPU temperature of 68-73 celsius. Both GPU & CPU cooled down to 42-48 celsius 40 seconds after ending Crysis. I was quite impressed.
Pixel Pipelines: 24 | Shaders Unified: 192 | 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM
 
 
Cooling: Best cooling system I have seen in a laptop! With 2 separate heatsinks & 2 separate fans each for the CPU & GPU. (See stock photo above) With 2 massive separate “afterburner” exhaust vents for the CPU & GPU. Back left corner exhausts heat/cools the CPU heat, back right corner exhausts heat/cools the GPU. Main air intake is on the bottom, near center of laptop. Intake vent is approx 6″ in length x about 2″ in width. And the laptop is quiet, even when gaming.

Asus G53JW A1 Dual Rear "Afterburners"

Asus G53JW A1 Dual Rear "Afterburners"

Battery: 8-cell lithium ion battery. Have not fully tested the battery and run time. From what I read on other reviews, battery life is not that strong. But considering the Intel Core i7 740QM, and the power of this Asus laptop, I expected that. I charged it fully once, and ran till discharge, about 1.5 – 2 hour run time on first charge. During a game it dropped even faster. So keep it plugged in, battery out when not is use.

Weight Size & Size: Laptop with Battery weighs in at 8lbs 2 ounces. Charger cord with power block at 1 lb 14 ounces. The charger block is huge, 150 watts, 19.5 volts, 7.7 amps, almost the size of the xbox360 charger block, cord itself is heavier, thicker and stiff compared to most laptops. At first when I pulled laptop out of box I thought they sent me the 17″ model, the laptop is larger than other 15.6″ laptops. I intend to use for some gaming, but as a desktop replacement. This is not the type laptop you want to be carrying around everyday for work or school. The laptop came with a Targus brand backpack for transporting. Quality backpack, black in color with Asus & ROG logo on backpack. Also came with a nice Abyssus Razor gaming mouse.
 
 

Asus G Series ROG Laptop

Asus G Series ROG Laptop

Case Design: Well design engineered laptop overall. Solid smooth black matte casing. With Only a few minor preferences: I’m right handed as probably most are, the dc jack, RJ45 jack, vga port, HDMI port, 2 USB’s and headphone/microphone jacks are all on the right side. Left side has the Super Multi DVD RW drive, and 2 2.0 USB ports. DC Jack is in a bad location on the right side about 3/4 the way back from front palmrest, and can be knocked & broken very easily. It is a straight cord plug coming out of laptop, so get yourself a right angle adaptor part# LC53 on Ebay here. This will help, and angle the power cord towards back of laptop. These dc jacks on all laptops are very weak, and can break very easily. Better location for the dc jack would of been on the rear or back left side possibly. Reading many reviews myself on this laptop, many have broken the dc jack very quickly, so be careful!

Not the easiest laptop to do a simple memory upgrade, or to access the hard drives for example though. The rear case is screw-less. Keyboard, palmrest need to be removed, and about 10-12 screws in the palmrest compartment need to come out just to get rear back panel off. Hard drives are located under the palmrest. 1 memory back below the keyboard (no problem), 2 more after you get rear panel cover off (not that bad), and 1 more memory bank which is only accessible by tearing down the laptop completely (4th slot not easy at all). So a 16GB memory upgrade would mean accessing all 4 memory slots, complete tear down of the laptop.

Warranty: 2 year parts & labor, 1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty – Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge. Reading through the paperwork quickly the ADW warranty states “1 claim per unit”, so if your the type that drops, spills, and steps on your laptop frequently, they will not help you more than once. Only makes sense to me anyway.



Included With The Asus G53JW-A1 Laptop:
– Laptop Power Cord
– Soft Cleaning Cloth For LCD Screen
– Black ASUS ROG Backpack (by Targus)
– Black Razor Abyssus Razor gaming mouse
– ASUS Driver Disk
– Factory Recovery Partition via F9 on boot up (No OS Recovery Disks)
– Manual, registration and warranty Information card



ASUS G53JW-A1 Temperatures:
– CPU Idles at 44-48 celsius (This is summer temps here now)
– GPU Idles at 46-47 celsius

ASUS G53JW-A1 Full Load Temeratures:
Running Crysis CPU Temperature of 66-71 celsius (This is summer temps here now)
Running Crysis GPU Temperature of 70-74 celsius

Running Bulletstorm CPU Temperature of 62-68 celsius (This is summer temps here now)
Running Bulletstorm GPU Temperature of 66-68 celsius



Furmark GPU Test running for 2 hours had GPU max’d out at 82 celsius
Good decent temperatures. CPU or GPU is not overclocked.
GPU can be overclocked using MSI AfterBurner software from what I have heard. No reason to overclock not much gain from it anyway. You run more of a risk of killing the laptop completely when overclocked. Have read that some of the G73 17″ had a overheat problem running over 100 celsius. Seemed to be dust accumulation after some time on the fans, and ASUS’s cheap poor thermal compound possibly breaking down after some time. Good idea to install a temperature monitoring program on ANY laptop, to keep an eye on your temperatures. It’s a Quad Core i7 cpu, with a hell of a video graphics card in this laptop, why would you want to run the risk of overclocking this laptop, it will run anything out there! If all you want to do is “tinker” around, push it to the max and brag about in your “signature in forums and all…. go for it. Your expensive investment will end up having a short life. Hardware failure due to overclocking will void your warranty!

These temperatures above are with using the COOLER MASTER NOTEPAL X2 Laptop Cooler on this ASUS. Cooler fits it perfectly, and does drop temps down by a few degrees. Cooler is quiet and has an adjustable fan speed control dial.

Keep in mind this is an Intel i7 Quad core, with a Nvidia Geforce GTX460M graphics card in a laptop! Keep a temperature monitor program running, and monitor your temperatures!



Overall: Asus quality all the way around on this laptop. Runs Crysis with no problem, all high settings, full1920x1080p resolution to! 5-9-11 just ran BulletStorm demo on high settings, full rez without any lag. Power packed laptop for gaming, video editing and office to! I have repaired MANY laptops, and have seen MANY laptop hardware failures mainly in HP, Dell and Gateway laptops. Think I have worked on maybe 5 Asus laptop all together. Even Asus’s standard laptops are solid, well built & engineered compared to the others mention above. And alienware, who needs fancy LED’s and 100’s more in cost for the brand name alienware?



Pro’s: (Now After 6 Months Owning)
– Solid Case Design
– Nice 15.6″ 1920x1080p LED Display
– Power Packed Laptop
– Quiet, Fans Not To Loud Even Under Full Load



Cons: (Now After 6 Months Owning)
– Very WEAK speakers, Poor Sound For A Gaming Laptop, Even With Headphones
– DC Jack, RJ45 Jack, VGA Port, HDMI, 2 USB Ports, Headphone & Mic Jack All On Right side
– Heavy Laptop. For Carrying Around – Not Good, For Desktop Replacement – Excellent.
– Awkward To Do Any Internal Cleaning Maintenance, To Get To Hard Drive or Memory Upgrade
Very Bad, Weak DC Power Jack For This Expensive Laptop, Can Break Off Very Easily
 
 
 
 
CNT-LC53 90 degree right angle connector for the Asus G53JW-A1 series laptop. The ASUS actual power plug as mentioned above sticks straight out of the right side, where your mouse is at (if right handed). The ASUS DC power plug itself is actually very tight fit, and you have to apply some force to plug it into laptop. This could eventually break the dc jack, along with knocking it with your hand. This right angle adapter helps greatly, and the adaptor plug has just a little “looser fit”,, slips into laptop with no force to.

Have read many reviews on this laptop, all excellent. Many have mentioned that they have broke the dc jack off on the laptop, some multiple times. The dc jack on this ASUS is no different them any other laptop, for it is a known weak spot on all laptops. Why can this happen to this ASUS so easily?
– Located on right side, bad if your right handed
– Stock power cord sticks straight out the right side
– Power Cord is heavier and stiffer than most laptop cords
– Power Cord plug is a tight fit, takes some force just to plug it in.
(People mentioning the center pin coming right out in the power cord)
– Trying to use on lap, would not be a good idea. Movement and heavy cord can loosen break the jack.

So get your self that CNT-LC53 90 degree right angle connector this will help greatly! This right angle connector has a a looser fit on the dc jack, slides on and off with very little force. Plus angles the cord straight back instead of straight out the side. I use it myself, stays on cord permamently now.











BulletStorm Demo recorded last night with FRAPS



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5 thoughts on “ASUS G53JW-A1 15.6″ Republic Of Gamers Laptop Review

  1. Greg May 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Hey,

    Great review. I have the same laptop and as you have mentioned the power plug socket pin is very fragile; it got loose twice in the last 2 months. The first time Asus changed the motherboard and I just shipped it again yesterday because of the same issue.

    I just bought the 90 degree adapter and hopefully that will help. Its ashame that they designed this part in such a bad way, especially for such a pricey laptop.

    • augustapcrepair May 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Your right Greg, such a solid well built laptop by ASUS,, but to put the dc jack on the right side, these dc jacks on ALL laptops are the same way. Very fragile piece. The right angle adaptor will help, I use it now 100%. Have read reviews myself on this laptop, with many breaking the dc jack very easily. what makes it worse is the power cord is heavier, thicker and stiffer, and movement on the cord can break it also. Asus’s cord plug on this one fits very tight into jack, the LC53 90 degree adaptor slides onto the jack much easier with no force also. Some people actually use this huge laptop on there lap gaming (don’t know how) plugged in,, I can see that cord getting twisted, yanked way to easy. I repair many dc jacks on laptops, the jack is not made for ANY stress, such a small important component.

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  3. Kyle John Senk May 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Is there a way to fix the DC jack without having to replace the whole motherboard? I broke mine the second time now, and it really frustrating. Hate to have to buy a new laptop just because of one small issue.

    • augustapcrepair May 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      99% of the time, the dc jack can be replaced and the laptop repaired and working again. Only a few times, I have found dc jack broken along with damage to the motherboard also. Damage meaning the dc jack was hit so hard have seen the board cracked also, or even burned area around broken jack.

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