Asus G53 cosmetic review, software, screen separation, etc

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  1. Butr0sButr0s

    Butr0sButr0s Notebook Evangelist

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    I've had my G53 for a week now so I thought I'd put up a short mini-review dealing with my experiences so far.


    Build Quality:
    I'm not going to put any pictures up for this section, I think anyone interested has seen the system so far. I'll say the build quality is very good, without any cosmetic defects or major issue (see note below about screen separation).

    The lid and body are made out of a non-glossy matte plastic. I've heard one or two people who were worried about the lid scratching but I cant see this happening unless you go out of your way to do so. I've run my fingernail across it without leaving a mark, and slipped it in and out of the supplied backpack a few times. I don't think it something you have to worry about unless you're rough with the notebook

    The palmrest is a soft rubberized material, similar to the razer Abyssus mouse that comes with the system (this model: Razer | For Gamers. By Gamers.? | Online Store - Razer Abyssus High Precision Optical Gaming Mouse | 3500dpi Razer Precision? 3.5G Infrared Sensor. So far it hasn't been a fingerprint magnet, and all of the stickers came off without a problem.

    Also, the system opens very wide. I was afraid the hump at the back would restrict the maximum angle, but there's nothing to worry about. Here's a shot of the system opened to the max position.

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    Bloatware removal:
    I was happy to find out there wasn't too much bloatware on the system when I first loaded windows. There's a fair amount of what I would call 'optionware' - things that may or not be useful but are fairly unobtrusive. For those interested here's a list of what I took off/removed:

    Uninstalled:
    Acrobat.com
    Adobe AIR
    ASUS - AI recovery
    -lifeframe3
    -liveupdate
    -mult
    -smartlogon
    -splendid video
    -virtualcamera
    Trend micro internet security
    G series screensaver
    Express Gate Cloud
    Control Deck
    Realtek audio drivers

    Debating: Roxio Cineplayer

    Turned off:
    Disk Indexing
    System Restore
    Defragmenter (don't need this with a solid state drive)
    System Hibernation
    Sidebar Gadget Platform

    Disabled in MSconfig startup:
    Sidebar
    Creative updreg
    bluetooth
    setwallpaper
    sessionloon
    cpmonitor
    wireless console3
    ATK media
    Synaptic

    Removed taskbar icons:
    touchpad
    realtek audio
    bluetooth

    Audio:
    When I turned on my system my speakers sounded like crap. The actual computer speakers were great, they are very loud and clear, better than any laptop I've owned. However, audio out over my 2.1 system sounded muddy and muffled. I tried tweaking the equalizer and downloaded multiple versions of the audio drivers but couldn't fix the problem. I ended up getting frustrated and uninstalled the realtek software completely and it totally fixed the problem. If you feel like your audio isn't quite right try the above, you can always put the drivers back on if nothing changes.

    Keyboard:
    The keyboard has a nice amount of spring and feels good. I haven't had any input lag, and I miss a key here and there but that's simply the learning curve that comes from switching systems after using my previous laptop for three years. I find myself being way too gentle while typing, and as the past week went by I've found myself using more force and making less mistakes.

    The backlight is quite nice and goes in three levels. Whats also nice is if you turn off all the 'system lights' with the hotkey in the upper left corner, you can still turn on the backlit keyboard (big plus for me).

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    There is a bit of spring in the lower left hand corner. Its slightly spongy and you can tell the Ctrl key rests too close to the surrounding boarder. Putting a finger on the corner reveals a bit of play, but it doesn't effect the typing at all. I've taken the keyboard off to figure out a solution but it's not a seating issue. If I get some double sided tape I'll try to put a small piece in that corner to see if it changes the action of the keys.

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    Screen

    I've found the screen to be very nice. Its vibrant and exceptionally bright (I use it about 3 tics from max brightness at work and at home). The desktop came at the medium 125% default, which is very usable.

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    I did have the problem that a few others on this site have mentioned, which is a separation of the lid and the screen. It feels like its held in place with some kind of weak tape, so opening and closing the system by holding the corners of the screen causes this problem. Here's a shot of the right and left - made as terrible as possible with me putting pressure on the crease. Again - its never usually this bad, but it did only take moderate force to make this happen.

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    Not content with the slightest imperfection I decided to have at this defect. My biggest fear was that over time with the repeated opening and closing of the lid it would only get worse. My solution was to use a tiny amount of super glue, enough to hold it in place but not so much I couldn't break the seal if I needed to get to the screen for some reason. Luckily I work in a lab with tons of equipment available, so I grabbed a 24 gauge needle, some superglue, and got creative.

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    Using the thin needle and drawing a small droplet into the syringe, I was able to put a small dot on the top and sides of the plastic below the frame, then hold it together for a minute or two. It seems the left and right sides were the key parts, the top of the screen actually doesn't contact the frame very much.

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    If unlike me, you don't just have mutiple gauges of needles lying around, I'm sure a thin paper clip or the tip of an exacto knife would work the same, just use a very small amount of glue. The result was great, none of the glue spilled out and the screen is now held firmly in place. I can barely see the small glue spot, and I'm certain I could pop the two pieces apart again if the need arises.

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    Overall I'm very happy with the build of the machine. It looks nice and feels sturdy, without an major problems. It runs extremely quite (coming from the Envy14 and MSI 640 it's heaven) and even when I game for an hour or so I can barely hear any noise coming from it. I'd recommend a fair amount of venting from the rear however, don't push the system up against the wall or you might make the fans work a bit harder than needed.

    Portability wise its pushing the limit for me. The system is fairly large (it doesn't fit in my old 15'' laptop backpack so I'm glad it came with its own slim bag) and its got a lot of heft. The power brick is also a beast and will add a couple pounds to your commute. Its definately do-able but if you're looking for something mobile it might be wise to examine all your options before taking the plunge.

    The only other negative at the moment is the dvd drive buzzes a bit when I type hard or tap on the table. It feels loose on the bottom and when I wedge a piece of paper underneath or put my finger there it stops. I've opened the dvd drive and tightened all the screws around the laser, but it looks like I'm going to have to open the whole case sometime and re-seat the drive. The good news, for me at least, is that a rattly DVD drive is a much easier fix than digging through the innards for some unknown loose part, and my small wedge of paper is working wonders in the meantime.

    Let me know if you have any questions - and for a parting pic proof that the asus logo on the lid really does light up.

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  2. Keith

    Keith Notebook Deity

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    Nice writeup. +1 for you.
     
  3. ResearchFanatic

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    Really informative.Thanks for taking your time for this review +1 rep xD
     
  4. psteiny

    psteiny Notebook Guru

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    yeh agreed +1, I can't wait to get mine...

    About the software you took off, I haven't used Win7 before, is any of it needed for any extra type of functionality for the machine, or is it just extras to make it windows more "flashy" so to speak. I like running my OS with as little frills as possible and will probably take off most if not all of what you have unless there's some reason not to.

    Thanks
     
  5. bendok

    bendok Notebook Guru

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    Good post. I own the G53 and agree for the most part. Such an amazing cooling system in a 15" laptop I think is what impresses me the most. It's so quiet. The only time it really gets audible is when I ran furmark to test the GPU temps (fan only kicks into high gear when the GPU goes above 80C).

    The corners of my screen never separated but if i put pressure on the corners there's a tiny bit of movement - I think I'll just leave it for now since I only found it after reading posts on here.

    As for the case, it will fit in very snugly into a 16" laptop case but as the OP said there's no way you are getting this into a 15" case.

    Oh and the lightup Asus logo on the back of the lid is awesome.
     
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    noelsairplanes Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi everyone,

    New to the forum but a proud owner of the G53 for a few weeks now. Opinions of other members, to date, are helpful but, have a few of my own to offer.

    1. Location of the plug for A/C adapter is awful if you use a external mouse as I do.

    2. Location of USB ports not convenient, wish they were mounted further back.

    3. A royal pain to switch drives. Not difficult once you've done it but, in my humble opinion, unnecessarily complicated.

    4. Like some of you, I've removed, or disabled many programs that are not necessary and it certainly helps.

    5. Ordered mine with a Crucial C300 SSD and I'm pleased with the performance. Did a cloning ( as a safety backup ) to a WD Scorpio Black 320GB HDD and, after getting use to the SSD, found it to be a real slug!

    5. Overall, very pleased so far. Screen is fine. keyboard OK but don't particularly like the layout. Conservative but attractive appearance and performance so far, very good. Did a Nvidia driver update thru Nvidia site, rather than Asus and, no problem whatsoever, unlike some stories I heard about the G73's.
     
  7. bendok

    bendok Notebook Guru

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    Oh yes, the AC adapter location is unfortunate. It would have been alleviated somewhat if the cord was bent 90 degrees at the tip that plugs in so it didn't stick straight out. Hmm I wonder if you can buy little adapters that do just that?
     
  8. Butr0sButr0s

    Butr0sButr0s Notebook Evangelist

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    Nothing I took off is needed for the machine to run, its mostly 'flashy' applications and accessories. For instance, one application lets you play around with the webcam, but since I use skype its unnecessary. My computer runs at 0% processor usage even with a browser open or music playing, and there's very little running in the process list, just the way I like it.


    I'd leave it a lone too. Mine had some slight separation naturally, just a few millimeters but I didn't want it getting worse and I was afraid dust could get in there. A little give shouldn't be a problem as long as you cant see a physical space between the two pieces.
     
  9. ibraveheart

    ibraveheart Notebook Evangelist

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    I agree with your points
    but would like to know which programs should be disabled ?

    Thanks
     
  10. miahsoul

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    Nice review man. But so? What are the needles for, eh?
    *wink*



    edit: jk
     
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