The latest addition to Asus’ X series is the X53SC, which packs in plenty of muscle under its hood. Its plain vanilla design in no way gives an impression about it being extremely powerful, but anyone’s jaws would drop looking at the configuration mentioned on the palm rest. It looks nice with a slim design and a fine textured lid – a good feature because it does away with the gloss and hence doesn’t attract fingerprints and dust. But on the other hand, those who want something that looks classy won’t like the design. At the first glance, this laptop comes across as an entry-level model.
The lid has a non-glossy textured surface
Better than Power Management in Windows
The core components that heat up are placed on the underside of the motherboard, so that the palm rest stays cool. Asus calls this feature IceCool technology and highlights it as one of the key features. Also highlighted are Palm Proof technology and Power 4 Gear. The former distinguishes between palm and finger contact on the trackpad to prevent accidental cursor movements during typing. But despite this, we faced problems while typing, which got very annoying at times. Power 4 Gear replaces the power plans in Windows Power Options with the ones provided by Asus. Power 4 Gear has its own user interface from where the user can switch power options and customize the profiles.
The rest of the laptop’s features are pretty standard. A Gigabit Ethernet port, D-sub and HDMI video outputs and a USB 3.0 port are placed on the left side. The right side houses the tray-loading DVD writer, two USB 2.0 ports and jacks for headphones and mic. The screen has a standard resolution of 1366x768 pixels, which we feel should have been higher (at least 1440x900) considering this laptop is designed for gaming and entertainment. The speakers, courtesy Altec Lansing, are placed right above the keyboard.
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