ASUS G53SX-A1 Review: Powerful Portable Gaming

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.86
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Good 1080p screen
    • Excellent performance
    • Runs cool and quiet
    • Two-year warranty standard
  • Cons

    • Average port selection
    • So-so keyboard
    • GTX 560M graphics not as fast as outgoing GTX 460M

Quick Take

The ASUS G53SX-A1 offers fantastic performance, a great screen, sharp design, and even has decent battery life

This latest addition to the ASUS G-series gaming notebook lineup has fantastic performance, a great 15-inch 1080p screen, and a stealthy design. See why we recommend it.

Build and Design
The G53SX’s design is based on a military stealth bomber aircraft. The wedge-shaped chassis is covered in black anti-glare plastic. Most of the viewable surfaces have a grippy rubber finish. The quality of plastics used is good and does not flex, even when pressure is applied. The overall fit and finish of the notebook is good although some of the angled edges are a bit sharp.

The overall design and wedge shape of the notebook makes it bulky and difficult to handle. It is perhaps the largest 15.6-inch notebook on the market; it is about as large as a typical 17.3-inch notebook and heavier. The lid is securely attached to the chassis; pushing in on the back does not produce any ripples on the screen. It resists twisting well. I wish the screen tilted back a bit further.

Upgrading the G53SX is not an easy task; it involves removing the keyboard and palm rest to access the RAM and hard drive. This notebook actually has two hard drive bays; our review unit only has a single drive.

Ports and Features

Despite its size the G53SX has a below average variety of ports for a notebook this size; the only notable inclusion is a single SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. The G53SX lacks an ExpressCard slot, eSATA, and DisplayPort. All picture descriptions are left to right.

Front: Media card reader, status lights

Back: Cooling exhaust vents, lock slots

Left: DVD burner, 2x USB 2.0

Right: Headphone and microphone jacks, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, AC power


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  1. daviddeen1983

    I must say that while I have greatly enjoyed using this laptop it has given me a few complications. I treat this laptop better than I would treat my own child. Yet within the first year of use I had to send it in for repair regarding a power issue. Now, I am having more power issues and the laptop is less than 3 years old. I have had great difficulty in getting it to run.
    I was able to speak with an ASUS rep, and they were able to help me get it running again through a series of steps involving removal of the battery, and depression of the power key for approximately 1 minute. This resolved the issue the first time, and now when it happens I have to do several cycles of this process. My fear is that the $1,400 super ASUS computer that I purchased less than 3 years ago will fail to live up to its world renowned credentials of being one of the most reliable computers.
    To say the least, I am disappointed in the overall reliability of this laptop, and just want the problem resolved. I would love for ASUS to contact me with possible solutions. Otherwise, I doubt that I will be revisiting such a large purchase from a reliability standpoint.