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ASUS Laptop G Series G53SW-XN1 Intel Core i7 2630QM (2.00 GHz) 6 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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  • Intel Core i7 2630QM (2.00 GHz)
  • 6 GB Memory 500 GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • DVD Super Multi

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  • newegg Processing Muscle The ASUS G53SW- XN1 has been updated with the recent release of Intel’s 2nd generation Core i7 for an even faster notebook. With performance rivaling that of a desktop computer, the G53SW-XN1 is ready for anything that you throw at it, from office applications to video encoding and gaming.
  • newegg Always Cool With its eye-catching design, the G53SW deploys unique cooling and noise dampening, with two huge rear venting exhausts that push both heat and noise away from users. This results in a cool and quiet environment.
  • newegg Awesome Audio EAX and THX surround audio boosts game enjoyment and immersion with realistic effects and enveloping sound, while redefining sonic performance in music and movies.
  • newegg Comfort First The ergonomic illuminated keyboard sits at a 5 degree angle to increase usability even during long gaming sessions, plus surfaces come wrapped in a rubberized material for even greater ease of use.
  • newegg Gorgeous Graphics The G53SW utilizes the brand new NVIDIA GTX 460M with a massive 1.5GB GDDR5. Based on Fermi technology, this new graphics processor offers native DirectX11 for a huge graphics gain in high definition gaming, plus dedicated video acceleration. Bundled with the G53SW is 3DTV Play from NVIDIA, which projects the high definition graphics of this notebook onto any compatible 3DTV via HDMI. This includes 3D video, games and photos, taking the experience into the living room.
  • newegg Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft’s innovative Windows 7 Home Premium provides the productivity, entertainment and security you need from your desktop or notebook PC and brings your world into sharper focus with its breakthrough design.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Michael O.
  • 5/3/2013 9:44:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsServed Me for Over 2 Years

Pros: Speed, reliable and built nice + looks and sometimes sounds like a fighter jet from behind. I really like the light up keyboard and the overclock button on this laptop.

Cons: Only problem I had with this laptop over the past 2 years, was that the copper piece inside the laptop which connects to the charger broke off twice. The problem is that the connecter has too much wiggle room there and it causes the copper line which connects into the recharger to bend a little. Over time, it will cause it to break. Now that its the second time, I will have to repair it myself and wont be-able to send it off under warranty... Although I would consider it a manufacture default. Its also on the heavier side, but that's understandable giving that this is a gaming Laptop.

Other Thoughts: Is really a nice and reliable laptop (Gaming Wise)....Just wish they would snug the recharger port better. Got 2 years out of it...just over the extended warranty for it to break again.

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2 out of 5 eggsRe-eval

Pros: Great specs, very capable and powerful gaming laptop..when it works.

Cons: Two major ones

One: Power pin, if you google the model # of this laptop you will find mounds of problems with the power pin breaking off and having to either spend $400+ on a new Mobo for it or if you are extremely lucky and its still under warrenty you can ship it off to ASUS and be without your laptop for 2+ weeks. Its such an amazing thing that such a tiny pin can ruin this laptop

Two: Hard drive failed after about 16 Months of ownership, wouldn't load windows. For a normal computer, or heck, even a normal laptop, this wouldn't be too much of a problem to replace, but the designers must have been stoned when making this design because you have to take out every single screw on this laptop (Over 20) to be able to access the internals to replace/fix anything.

Other Thoughts: Along with the HD failure, since nothing from Newegg ships with the Windows CDs, you'll have to find it from someone else or take it to a shop where they won't use any lube (if you know what I mean) when they hand you the bill for a Windows re-install.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/25/2012 2:42:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsToo much wasted potential.

Pros: Specs: The specs of the laptop itself just can't disappoint. I've been able to run multiple games at once without the slightest stutter, 3d modeling, videos, music-- all simultaneously, really, if I'm so scatterbrained. I could go over the specs, but honestly, that's neither my forte, nor entirely helpful; just read the features to see if it's enough. That said, the laptop's always handled everything I could throw at it and then some with ease, and I've a quite varied use between 3d modeling, coding, gaming, and more typical internet browsing and text editing.

Instead of a page reiterating the, frankly, rather obvious power to the machine, I'll mostly go over what practical considerations would most likely go overlooked.

Keyboard: Absolutely heavenly. The keys are so featherlight that you'll cry the next time you try another. the keys are all responsive, and after more than a year of wear, not a single key has ever had issue. The keyboard also has a numberpad-- always a nice plus on any laptop. But the most brilliant aspect is the backlight; perfect visibility. The only laptop I've never once even considered a USB keyboard for.

Display: I'm not a graphics nut, but the display is large, and has plenty of resolution for me to work with multiple windows without sacrificing visibility within each. I can fit twice what I tend to expect of a typical laptop within this display, and it has a high visibility. That said, I don't claim to be any expert on such things, I'm just citing my experiences as a long-term owner-- and there /are/ issues with the display...

Cooling: The most effective cooling I've yet to see on any laptop. The fans are massive, and the laptop never has any issue at all with dissipating heat away from it, as the fans are on the back-- inconvenient as hell in how it forces other plugs about, mind you, but brilliant from the standpoint of not having a steam-bath every time you turn on your laptop or having 'useless' fans on, say, the bottom of a laptop set on, say, a desk. I never need worry of leaving the laptop on too long and having it overheat, as with so many other brands, nor do I need to consider external solutions.

USB slots: It has them. Sounds silly, but there's far too many laptops that simply don't have enough of them, and this isn't one of them.

Cons: Trackpad: (see other thoughts)

Display: In pros and cons? Yes, well, while I happen to like the display, it also -came unplugged-. From no more strain than being picked up and moved about, in a case, for travel. A bit absurdly insecure, but the monitor's cable came loose from within, and the colors were out of alignment until it finally unplugged completely. I had to send it in for repairs... which is one of -three- instances of the laptop needing repair due to |design defects|.

Power Button: Yes, the /power button/. It likewise came detached. Funny thing about computers, when the /power/ button doesn't work, it's unusable. Period. You just can't turn it on without a -power button-. I mean really, it's like they attached it with nothing more than a plastic clip. Worse yet, this was after I stopped moving the laptop for fear of the monitor coming lose... The only movement was simply picking it up off its shelf. Not exactly strenuous, yet, the power button still managed to come loose. The second of three design flaws that render the laptop -unusable- (there's more design flaws, of course, just the fatal ones are included in that count).

Power Cable: So, after all caution short of bubble-wrapping the laptop, the most recent issue that's rendered the laptop unusable is the /absolutely worthless/ power cable. It has the tiniest connector pin imaginable, put under massive heat stress, with a -straight- connection, set into the exact /middle/ of the right side. So if you use a mouse, which you must, you risk breaking the pin. If you charge it, heating that tiny pin, you risk breaking it. If you plug it in or unplug it, you risk breaking that tiny pin. Worse yet, the power plug doesn't fit at all snugly into place, which makes the fact of -not- being an infinitely superior right-angle-plug all the more glaring. But worst of all? There's absolutely no solution. You can get it repaired (total hell), buy a new one (a different timebomb, oh goodie), or... nothing. I have yet to find any universal AC adapters that can fit the terrible plug, and I've actually yet to find anyone who even sells the standard one, newegg included in that survey. Granted, that could be poor search capabilities or the like, but I've searched for months to no avail. And of course, I can't get it repaired...

Repairs: The absolute -worst- aspect of everything. Needing 3 repairs is bad enough, only getting 2 because you're too terrified to send it in the 3rd time? That's /embarrassingly/ bad. I was worried that I'd -ever- get the computer back, repaired or otherwise, and they spent days arguing that it was me being malicious or some nonsense. Mind you, I even have the accidental damage warranty, so either way, it's simply ridiculous, but these are -known issues- that they try to pin on their customers, apparently. Oh, also nice, that they without warning erased my hard drive when repairs took nothing more than /reattaching the monitor cable/. I'm not done with cons yet, see

Other Thoughts: The fact that I've not room to fit all the cons is rather telling. -_-

Repairs (cont.): Now, blanking the hard drive for an irrelevant repair, while massively rude, would be understandable if some idiotic standard. That said, they -did it wrong-. A week after I /finally/ got it back? Windows decided to think it was pirated. And I couldn't fix it, because they took such poor care of it in repairs that they destroyed the product-ID sticker containing the windows key. I'd call them, but I'm honestly just not that masochistic. Some of the lowest competency I've yet to see in a field long known for its lack of competency to begin with.

Trackpad: Wretched thing. The second I got this I had to disable the trackpad lest it disrupt my typing with random clicks just from my wrist tapping the pad. And in a pinch, the trackpad is downright unusable, requiring a sledgehammer to click with the buttons, and interpreting breathing as clicks for the pad itself. Then again, saying a laptop has a bad trackpad is like saying that a car is terrible at flying-- largely irrelevant and typical. It has USB slots, you -need- an external mouse, but at least the keyboard's nice.


Summary: In a single sentence? The /computer/ is made by geniuses, with fantastic power, and the keyboard matches... but the case containing it, and /everything/ affixed to that casing, from the power button to the monitor to the power cable, are all but designed to fail. I can't say I regret the buy, capable as the machine is, but I do feel cheated for the fact that it seems like I've paid to rent a machine that simply refuses to stay working over such asinine poor design choices. Buyer beware, for sure: your satisfaction with the machine is just as assured as your frustration with the design.

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  • David V.
  • 10/18/2012 10:44:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHigh performance, a few issues

Pros: Speed - Processor, Video, RAM performance are top notch for this price point. This is why you are buying this laptop... if you do not value pure performance as the #1 thing then move on to something else. 10/10 for it's price and release date.

Cooling - The dual exhaust fans at the back of the unit are very effective and are the correct scale for the hardware (very usual for a laptop). You still want to keep it on a hard smooth surface to optimize the cooling.

Space for Solid state drive - I plan to take advantage of this at some point. Hard drive performance is the only drawback and this upgrade would fix that.

Mobile Gaming - Each game I have played has been on the top video settings including Skyrim, Call of Duty - Black Ops, Dragon Age 2, Diablo 3, etc. (Multiplayer on wireless can be another story... see cons)

HD Size - 500 GB is plenty. If you fill this up then you are not backing up your data enough.

Asus Service - I was forced to take advantage of their "Screen Guarantee" that guarantees that you will have no dead pixels for the first 30 days. This ended up being a bit time consuming but otherwise easy.

Cons: Wireless Networking (Atheros AR9002WB-1NG) - The poor performance of this piece of hardware has surprised me. I do not have trouble with any other wireless device in my house except this one. Disconnects and poor transfer speeds are common. Since I use network attached storage and mapped drives for backups and sharing media, this really hurt the effectiveness of this laptop for me. I should say that plugging in a network cable and turning off the wireless adapter makes it much more reliable.

Battery - You have to really turn your performance down to get any length out of your battery. Even if you do, you may only get a couple hours max (way less if watching video or gaming).

Size (2.25 Inches at it's thickest while closed) - I understood that this would be an issue going in. This is a thick, heavy laptop. Just something to be aware of. It does not fit in my normal laptop carrying case, I needed to use my larger case for it.

Bloatware - My goodness did I have my work cut out for me when I first got this laptop. It is full of "not-very-helpful" software. I recommend burning recovery disks immediately when you receive the laptop (4 discs) and immediately begin uninstalling all of the extras. If you have some tech knowledge you can get a lot more performance by removing anything you don't believe will be helpful.

Location of USB, Power, Headphone jacks - This is really bad. I am sure it is due to the excellent cooling feature but the power, network, VGA, HDMI, 2 USB, mic and headphone ports are all on the right side towards the front of the laptop. For those of us that use that space to place an external mouse (trackpads are only for an emergency), now you have lost a bunch of real estate directly to the right of the laptop. Very annoying.
* Note - on the left side there are two more USB ports and the optical drive (both towards the front as well)

Other Thoughts: Ease of upgrading - I have removed the hard drive and accessed the RAM. It is not the easiest laptop I have taken apart but it is not the most difficult either (10-12 screws, bezel, keyboard all need to be removed before bottom panel can be taken off). Middle of the pack in this category.

Quality of components - This is the most difficult issue for me. It doesn't feel like it is a really solid machine but it does seem that they put their money into the components that really affect performance (save the wireless card) and user experience. You get the nVidia video card, Intel i7 processor, DDR3 RAM, Full HD LED display, but you have to deal with the cheap Atheros wireless card, Seagate (can't say enough bad things about them) HD, and overall unimpressive feel. I would say that this is good enough for the price, you get what you pay for.

Extended Service plan - I did purchase one when I bought the laptop and its a good thing I did. I have used this once to have the video card replaced when the laptop was pulled off of a table (tripped over the network cable since it is so terrible on wireless). The warranty company wasn't bad on providing service but the website to check the status is useless. You always have to call. The website never gets updated. In addition, the 3rd party company that the warranty company uses to get the repair done botched my repair and when I got the unit back the first time (after a month) it was no longer capable of full HD resolution (1920x1080) but instead could only attain 1366x768. This was completely unacceptable. I was forced to do a factory restore and display driver re-install while on the phone with manufacturer support before the service company would admit that it could be a hardware problem.

Even though I expect to eventually get my laptop back to it's correct specs, the time and effort that I have personally had to put into this have added up to about 4 hours on the phone (10-15 calls) and could be in excess of 2 months without a working laptop.

Would I still buy an extended warranty? I am not sure, I wish that I could buy one from a company that actually does the repair themselves and keeps their website up to date. I believe I will have a working laptop but I also have a headache. If I only had one computer and depended on it this wouldn't be very effective, I would end up having to buy another one in the meantime.

Bottom Line - Would I buy this laptop again? Depending on my budget, I may go with a more expensive model. I just can't deal with the wireless networking. As it is, I may end up with an external wireless card. I can't complain about the performance to price ratio. That's great.

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  • Evan W.
  • 9/9/2012 1:24:01 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorribly Flawed

Pros: Great while it worked.

Cons: GPU Fan Issues. DC Power Jack Broken.

Other Thoughts: First the fan started making horrible noise a little less than a year after I purchased. Then the DC power jack broke a little more than a year after purchased. There was no heavy wear and tear. Apparently this is a common occurrence with this laptop. Google Asus G53 and dc power jack and you will find many cases of this happening.

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  • Jesse H.
  • 6/28/2012 8:55:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt was decent while it lasted

Pros: - fast
- i7
- decent battery
- good amount of RAM
- 1920x1080 w/ decent screen size
- price

Cons: - Dust/dirt magnet
- Heavy
- Clunky
- Battery charger broke after a few months, couldn't charge at all.
- ASUS support sucks.
- ASUS' website is hard to navigate
I sent in my laptop to get the battery charger repaired and it came back with the side all scratched up from where they worked on the charger. The particles from the shell of the laptop must have gotten into the keyboard area because the LCD screen cracked in multiple locations during return shipping.

I sent in a request for a full replacement or money back. ASUS service sucked the first time, hopefully they'll redeem themselves on the second time.

Other Thoughts: I've had a few other ASUS products that have been good (monitors etc.) that I luckily haven't had to send in for repairs.

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  • Kyle S.
  • 6/22/2012 3:41:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdo not buy

Pros: Was a pretty powerful laptop when it worked properly which was hardly ever.

Cons: * ports are all on one side of computer bad design
* unresponsive power button turns on when it wants to
* weak power pin broke off as the placement of the power socket is all on one side making the bundle of cords on one side way too much. Takes very little to break the power pin. Any pull on the AC charger in the wrong way will break it. It is a nightmare to RMA or to have fixed. IF you do get it fixed your motherboard will be the next thing to go.

Other Thoughts: Disappointed with this laptop design ASUS usually makes much better stuff.

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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 5/22/2012 10:30:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPowerful & Flawed

Pros: Price/Performance Ratio is still great even though this laptop has been surpassed by the newer G55VW series. Stealth fighter stylized design and the amazing thermal dissipation of this laptop are great. I've had this laptop on my lap for spans of many many hours in marathon gaming sessions and never had an issue, I cannot say that for my equally powerful MacBook Pro.

Cons: Here is where the fun begins...

1. The screen on this laptop is TERRIBLE, do not buy this if you value the quality of what you are looking at. The screen is white washed and the viewing angles are it are atrocious. Unless the screen is aimed at your face at the perfect degree you will see the issue with viewing angles very rapidly. The white washed look is very apparent when playing games or watching full screen videos, not so much while web browsing.

2. Sound volume leaves a little something to be desired, I wasn't looking for some Lenovo laptop with sub-woofers or an HP laptop with beats audio when I bought this, just something with decent sound quality and good volume. The decent sound quality is there but it's not very loud when cranked.

3. Only 2.4Ghz Wireless N? Would it have really killed ASUS to put an $25 Intel Chip in here that supports 5Ghz instead of the Atheros chip? I bought one from NewEgg and couldn't be happier.

Other Thoughts: The major issue with this laptop beyond the three hardware issues above is the power port. TWICE in the span of two months the power port broke. I understand the need to have the majority of the ports on one side but a Right-Angle connector would've made much more sense. I feel ASUS's design ream really dropped the ball on this. The first time I had it repaired by ASUS it took only three days at the depot and got it back relatively quickly. The second time it broke it took a whopping TWELVE days at the depot, not counting 3 day travel time each way. The also decided it was necessary set the HDD back to Factory Settings for a broken Mobo power port... I don't have enough room to go into it here but the image I received on the HDD was from 4/22/11 and took 4+ hours update Windows 7, it didn't even have SP1 installed.

I wish to buy an extended warranty through NewEgg for the power port issues alone. Asus says they do not provided extended warranties themselves on notebooks...

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  • john d.
  • 5/21/2012 8:01:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSeriously bad

Pros: Its shiny.

Cons: Bought this laptop at the end of september and within a month had to ship it to factory to fix it. Six months later the same problem again. The power cord is plugged in but it does not charge. I've owned two Alienware laptops, two ASUS laptops, one ASUS netbook and a plethora of IBM/Lenovo thinkpads.

I will stick to Lenovo. ASUS and Alienware laptops maybe give 10% performance over a thinkpad, but have about 5% of the durability. They are totally disposable junk.

Other Thoughts: Never again asus.

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  • William T.
  • 4/26/2012 11:03:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPitiful

Pros: High power when it wants to work

Cons: Terrible customer support. Crashes often. Keyboard is awkward to type on. HUGE laptop to lug around. I am very upset with this purchase and Asus as a company.

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