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ASUS G53JW-3DE Core i7 GTX 460M 3D Vision Gaming Notebook Review

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus

Introduction and Specifications

Gaming laptops are expensive. Almost everyone knows that, and those who don’t quickly find out when they begin searching for one to buy. Gaming laptops are also usually built-to order. The powerful hardware requires a plus-size chassis, so many manufacturers build gaming laptops much as they do desktops, inserting the components requested by the customer.

There is always more than one way to do things, however. ASUS has been seriously challenging the custom-order companies with its own pre-built options over the last few years. While the earlier models were good, the more recent launch of the ASUS G73 was, I think, the company’s declaration that it intends to be counted among the best gaming laptop manufacturers in the world. This seemed to have worked well for ASUS. The G73 is currently (as of Dec 24th) ranked 14th on the bestsellers list for laptops, and it’s the only Windows laptop in the top 20 priced over $1000.

Consistency of execution is required if ASUS doesn’t want to be a flash-in-the-pan. Having put its best foot forward among the high-end laptops with the G73, ASUS is now offering the G53, which serves as the flagship 15.6” model. Let’s look at what this beast is packing.

My review unit was reported to have an MSRP of $1559 by ASUS, but the same model appears to be shipping for $1799 on Veteran laptop gamers may recall that the G51 was shipping for $1000 not long ago, but don’t fret. The reason for the review unit’s high price is the inclusion of Nvidia 3D Vision support. The most basic G53 retails for just $1199, and isn’t substantially downgraded from the specifications above. In fact, the GPU is identical.

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November 13, 2012 | 12:02 PM - Posted by Andy Houghton (not verified)

I think it's easier to buy gaming laptops than it is to build them, but those who know how to do it properly can make highly customized gaming systems.

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