I purchased this ASUS N53SM-ES72 15.6-Inch Laptop (Silver Aluminum) for about $800 and to me it was the cheapest price I have ever seen for a laptop with a quad-core i7 processor, 6 GB of RAM, a 750GB 7200rpm Hard Drive, an Nvidia GeForce GT 630M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM graphics card, 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth v3.0, with other specs.
This baby weighs about 6.4 lbs, has an attractive look, and the construction appears to be very solid. There is an on/off button for the built-in 2.0mp webcam and wifi which are helpful.
Every new laptop has bloatware and this one is no exception, although compared with other laptops I have ever bought, it has less bloatware.
ASUS N53SM-ES72 7200RPM 750GB Hard Drive
The 7200rpm 750GB hard drive runs quiet, and when it’s being intensively used, I can only hear a very little clicking sound, although it will be gone shortly.
The vibration or sound is so minimal, it’s even fair to say this laptop is really quiet even if you use it heavily, you won’t notice the fan.
The screen looks incredible so is the viewing angle, and it’s a matte screen. I have often modified the screen position of my previous laptop because they mostly either look too washed or has too dark edges.
In terms of screen, I definitely don’t have any complaints. Also worth to mention, the back side of the screen is an attractive smooth brushed aluminum.
The screen frame is another thing, it’s glossy and a big fingerprint magnet! The casing isn’t really glossy, overall it looks nice.
There is nothing so spectacular about the keyboard, I don’t think I really love it, but it has numpad and nice to type on.
Good spacing between the keys, not flimsy at all, and the keys appears to be like traditional laptop keys, more deep. I haven’t seen any flex so far and the keys aren’t loud at all.
The Bang and Olufsen built-in sound speakers is the most brilliant and best laptop speakers I’ve ever listened in my whole life even without tweaking the equalizer settings.
ASUS N53SM-ES72 Battery Life
The battery life isn’t bad at all, I got 4-5 hours with wifi on, bluetooth sometimes on, and screen brightness set between medium and max. I will get more than 5 hours without wifi or bluetooth.
This ASUS N53SM-ES72 came with “Power4Gear” software for managing the laptop power saving, just to make sure you will use it, and not the power features from Windows itself, because it’s going to override.
The discrete graphics is nice, and so is the graphics switching option. You can use it by right clicking on your icons, although I don’t do it often.
I mainly use the intregated graphics and I can barely notice which one is actually running.
This ASUS N53SM-ES72 is a beast, perfect combination between speed and performance.
The 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor has a fantastic benchmark. If needed, it will overclock to over 3.1 GHz with the Turbo Boost. And it has a plenty of RAM, 6 GB is definitely more than enough, if you are basic and average computer user, you will never use 6 GB while 4 GB is more than enough.
For gamers, the Nvidia Geforce is the best discrete Graphics memory to play games.
Overall, this ASUS N series laptop is the best bang for the buck. If you look for a laptop with the same specs and features, it would cost you around $950 until $1000.
I am very happy with this ASUS N53SM-ES72 and will recommend this laptop to anyone who looks for i7 Intel quad-core processor.