Keyboard and Touchpad
The G53SW has a full-size keyboard and separate numeric keypad. This “Chiclet” or island-style keyboard has raised flat-topped keys. It features white backlighting, which is great for using the notebook in a darker environment. The keys have a smooth durable surface. The W, A, S, and D keys have special designations for gamers. The number pad keys are about 2/3 the size of the regular keys, which takes getting used to.
The keyboard has a very light feel and it is easy to press down the keys. The tactile feedback is adequate however could be significantly improved if the keys had a longer throw. Furthermore, the keyboard visibly flexes while typing using normal pressure; it would feel a lot more solid with better support. On a positive note, the keyboard is exceptionally quiet.
The touchpad is oversized and has an excellent matte/non-stick surface. It supports multi-touch features such as ‘pinching’ to zoom. The touchpad buttons need serious work, however; they are difficult to press depending on where pressure is applied on the button. Additionally, they are loud and take too much pressure to press.
Screen and Speakers
The G53SW has a 15.6-inch display with LED backlighting and a proper 1080p (1920×1080) resolution. As a TN-type panel it has viewing angle issues, where colors distort when viewed from above or below. Color reproduction is satisfactory; the display has a cold/blue hue at default settings. Pressing the [Fn] key and [C] changes the picture mode; the Gamma Correction mode makes the display look significantly more accurate. Brightness is excellent. Gaming, movies, and general productivity are a pleasure on this display.
The full HD 1080p resolution is a boon for productivity; viewing two windows side-by-side is practical and there is enough vertical resolution (1080 pixels’ worth) to eliminate excessive scrolling. Overall the screen is one of the G53SW’s best characteristics.
The G53SW has two stereo speakers located above the keyboard. They are excellent for notebook speakers, with full sound and loud volume. There is noticeable bass and minimal distortion even at higher volume levels.