G53JW - Quick User Review (Text & Pic Gallery)

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  1. Voodooi

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    Asus G53JW-A1 ~ Quick User Review

    Specs​
    Screen ~ 15.6" 1920x1080
    CPU ~ i7-740QM (1.73-2.93GHz)
    GPU ~ nVidia GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM DX11
    RAM ~ 8GB DDR3 1333
    Primary Hard Drive ~ 750GB 7200rpm SATA II
    Secondary Hard Drive ~ 320GB 7200rapm SATA II
    Optical Drive ~ 8X DVDRW DL Super Multi

    Touchpad - User Rating 4/5:
    The touchpad is simple to navigate and very responsive. Page drag also works flawlessly. It also comes with two buttons, which will be difficult to press until they've been worn over time; typically 2-4 weeks depending on the usage.

    Keyboard - User Rating 5/5:
    The keyboard has been 100% responsive in both gaming and surfing. The keys do not stick to your fingers like on some gaming laptops. It comes with a backlight option that can be turned on/off at the users discretion. The keys are all very well lit in a dark environment.

    Speakers - User Rating 3/5:
    The speakers are average. You can hear both instruments and vocals fairly well, but like most users, I prefer quality headphones. The speaker cover is also excellent since not a single piece of dirt/dust/hair has managed to inflitrate it for pet owners like myself.

    Ports Placement - User Rating 5/5:
    The ports are all placed at great locations. All four USB ports (two per side) are very easy to access as their location are very close to the front sides of the unit. The remainder of the input/outputs are all on the right side. Not having anything plug in the back of the unit is great because on my previous MSI laptop, the adapter was right beside the heat exaust.

    Screen - User Rating 5/5:
    This is hands down the best screen I've ever used on a laptop. I lowered the brightness to 50% and it was equal to my previous MSI model at 100%. Everything is very crisp and clear. Both gaming and surfing experiences are excellent.

    Vents - User Rating 5/5:

    The two vents are placed in the back with an upwards tilt. This prevents any heat from ever coming into contact with your lap. This is the first laptop ever to not burn my legs while I either surfed or gamed. The noise is almost non existent, even with my headphones off, I can barely hear anything.

    WebCam - User Rating 2/5:
    2MP isn't great. I tested it out through MSN's video chat. 3MP and up should be the standard in the industry, but I rarely use it, so it doesn't really matter to me.

    Gaming - 5/5:
    So far, it has handled all my games on ultra without lag and any sort of delays. I'm still in the process of installing my games, and will post more information once I'm complete. Unfortunately they were all digital download purchases, so it's going to take a while for me to get them all.

    Weight & Dimensions - 4/5:
    Unlike some of the many rumours that are going around, claiming that this machine is very large, I will have to respectfully disagree. I find it as light as a feather when I carry it in the Asus Targus bag that comes with the unit. When I have it out, it's very easy to move around. I've had it on my lap for a total of 6hrs~ in one night without discomfort.

    Battery Life - 3/5:

    Average battery life for a gaming laptop. Using "Battery Saver" with minimal settings I got approximately 2hrs03mins. This is with two firefox tabs, MSN and WIFI. You could probably squeeze a little more, but what's the point.

    Targus Bag (Free) - 5/5:

    Best bag I've ever owned. Luckily you get this with your unit and it can carry your laptop, mousepad, gaming mouse and smaller headphones as well as some documents. It has a chest strap to it for added mobility. It's so light, I sometimes have to check if the laptop is still in my bag (I've done that twice thus far).

    Razer Abyssus Mouse (Free) - 1/5:
    Mouse for small hands. No side buttons which makes it awful for gaming and even browsing. Buttons on the thumbs is a must! The wheel doesn't even tilt left or right either. My Logitech G9X blows this mouse away. I will be using this mouse only as a back-up incase my G9X breaks down and I await a replacement to ship to me.

    Reseller Satisfaction - 5/5:
    I purchased my particular unit from GenTechPC. Ken provided above and beyond service, responding to my e-mails in hours and keeping me up to date with honest answers for each delay (I believe there was four in total).
    To not play favouritism and jeapordize my post, you can also purchase this unit from other respected resellers on this forum that frequent it daily such as: PowerNoteBooks, BTOTech, and XoticPC.

    Overall Satisfaction - 5/5:
    Overall, this is the best laptop I've ever owned. I'm a very happy customer and would recommend this to anyone who desired a laptop.

    User Recommendation - Must Haves!
    There are two particular items that I highly recommend for your unit. The first is protection material for the outer shell of the laptop. It is VERY easy to smudge and leave cleanable marks, but you will find yourself cleaning it excessively. Besides protective film for your cover, palmrest film is optional, but not critical.

    The other item would be a ShaggyMac 17" laptop cover (perfect fit), which you place between your keyboard and LCD when you close it and travel. This prevents the keys from scratching your LCD if outside pressure ever squeezed your bagged laptop.
    Purchase Link:
    17 Widescreen Laptop Screen Protector [SPaStd17w] - $16.95 : ShaggyMac, Laptop Screen Protector & Keyboard Cover, Laptop Cleaner & Accessories

    Picutre Gallery Video:
    Nothing special. Just a dozen or so pictures I took today. My camera wasn't really amazing (smartphone), in case anyone was interested:
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  2. wajusay

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    Great review!

    I am also a fellow Canadian and am considering getting this notebook.

    Really looking forward to those gaming benchmarks, especially SC2!

    EDIT: +1 rep for you
     
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    kutthoat5150 Notebook Geek

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    Thanks for the review, considering this laptop myself. Looking forward to your benchies!
     
  4. ECKS

    ECKS Notebook Prophet

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    Thank you thank you! Could you post a picture of the mouse on top of a standard sized DVD? I'm hoping that it'll fit my petite man-hands lolz :)
     
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    I'll do it @ school tmrw since my place has poor lightning :)
     
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    ECKS Notebook Prophet

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    You could use your backlight or the laptop screen as the light :) Or even your phone's flash?

    I'm just too excited!
     
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    Voodooi AFK for a while...

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    LOL Fine. I'll do it right now :p

    Edit: Metallic wanted keyboard-CD and here's mouse-CD you requested ;)

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  8. ECKS

    ECKS Notebook Prophet

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    Wow--that's totally gonna fit my hand! It's like the same size as my basic optical Logitech mouse. Also, it was very kind of you to put them on top of the backpack too! I hope that it's not a huge one like the rest of the stuff that's out there that makes me look like I'm going hiking :p

    Also, could you (tomorrow or whenever) take some more pics of the backpack (maybe to a light review on it too?) THX BUD!
     
  9. Morticae

    Morticae Notebook Geek

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    Haha, I actually hate the mouses with anything other than two buttons and the scroll wheel/click. Side buttons, ugh! I can't tell you how many times I press them on accident. Glad you enjoy the notebook though, happy gaming... with a little work in the downtime, I suppose. ;)
     
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    Some should of got the first batch today - More user reviews, people! :)
     
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