Heat and Noise
The ASUS G73H we tested previously had an excellent cooling system; the G53SW continues the tradition. ASUS separates parts of the cooling system for the processor and graphics card, making it better able to cope with high heat output. Under heavy benchmarking load, the G53SW hardly broke a sweat; the top and bottom of the notebook remained cool to the touch. The most impressive aspect of the G53SW’s cooling system is its quietness; even at higher speed, it is more or less silent. The G53SW has one of the very best cooling systems amongst all gaming notebooks we tested.
Good battery life is not expected out of a gaming notebook for obvious reasons; high-performance components consume more power than typical parts. Despite this, the G53SW managed a respectable 3 hours, 11 minutes during our standard battery rundown test (Windows 7 Balanced power profile, 70% screen brightness, wireless active, and refreshing a web page every 60 seconds).
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
The ASUS G53SW is a fully-featured gaming notebook and is above average in just about every area. The second-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 460M graphics card make short work of the latest games and general productivity. The screen’s excellent 1920×1080 resolution makes multi-tasking and Internet surfing a breeze. The cooling system is one of the best we have seen on a gaming notebook. It even has good battery life (for its class) and impressive speakers. To top it all off, it comes standard with a two-year warranty.
The G53SW is not perfect, however; the keyboard could use more support and the touchpad buttons need to be redone. Other than that, there is very little to complain about. The G53SW performs well in all the right areas, making it extremely easy to recommend.
- Good quality 1080p screen
- Excellent performance
- Runs cool and quiet
- Good value
- Keyboard flex
- Touchpad buttons need improvement