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Asus launches RoG G53 3D laptop

Asus launches RoG G53 3D laptop

The Asus RoG G53 gaming laptop includes an Nvidia 3D Vision-ready display and bundled glasses.

Asus has announced its latest Republic of Gamers laptop, the G53 with Nvidia-powered 3D display, and the specifications are certainly impressive.

The 15.6in laptop is based around an Intel Core i7-740QM processor running at 1.73GHz and featuring a combined 6MB cache. Intel's Turbo Boost technology means that, when required, it's capable of overclocking itself to 2.93GHz.

The luggable laptop also includes a whopping 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 640GB mechanical hard drive for storage, while a Blu-ray drive will both read and write to Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs.

It's the display, and the chip behind it, that will get the most interest, however: the 15.6in LED-backlit display might have a somewhat disappointing resolution of 1366x768, but it does feature a 120Hz refresh rate and integrated receiver for the bundled Nvidia 3D Vision shutter glasses. If small-screen 3D isn't what you're looking for, Asus has included an HDMI 1.4a video output for connection to a big screen.

The display is powered by an Nvidia GTX 460M GPU backed with 1.5GB of GDDR5 graphics memory, meaning that the G53 should have enough poke to run most games at the display's low native resolution even with Nvidia 3D Vision switched on.

Connectivity has been taken care of in the form of integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, wired gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth, and Asus has also included a single USB 3.0 port in addition to three USB 2.0 ports for hooking up peripheral devices.

There's no denying that, even for a 15.6in gaming laptop, the Asus G53 is a bit of a beast: measuring 39.1cm x 29.7cm x 2-5cm and weighing a whopping 3.6Kg, it's not something you'll want to use as a day-to-day portable - and it's telling that Asus isn't offering any clues as to the battery life.

The Asus Republic of Gamers G53 will appear in retailers over the next few days, with the suggested retail price set at £1,599 - although that does also get you a 'gaming rucksack and gaming bag.'

Are you impressed with the G53's specifications, or has Asus taken a wrong turning with its latest creation? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 25th October 2010, 10:36 Quote
I wouldn't be admired if it doesn't come with a battery at all...
Tangster 25th October 2010, 10:53 Quote
Meh. Gimmicky.
ulfar 25th October 2010, 11:36 Quote
i don't game on the subway, bus or any other location apart from my home (or on a friends pc), £1500 would give me a massive desktop... and a new phone...
javaman 25th October 2010, 11:41 Quote
Does sound pretty good tho how enjoyable is 3D on such a small screen? Surely 3D needs that extra space and size to make it more immersive.
jrs77 25th October 2010, 11:59 Quote
If people want a powerful box for LAN-parties, then they should go for mini-ITX-systems instead and do the mobile-surfing with their iPad they magically got the money for by not buying a POS like this laptop.
Denis_iii 25th October 2010, 13:07 Quote
No surprise, another epic "**** YOU UK" fail by Asus!

Bit-tech, the next time you meet with any Asus staff please bitch slap them.

Jacking up the price AGAIN and not releasing the 1080P version of the Asus G53 in the UK is just unacceptable. By all means Asus feel free to peddle useless gimmick 3D laptops but don't screw over informed buyers by not making the Asus G53 1080P version available in the UK.
McSteel 25th October 2010, 16:57 Quote
Way too expensive for what it offers. Actually, even if the price was fair, it's still inconceivable to me why anyone would want a basically non-mobile laptop. Kinda defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
Also, I can't help wondering about the G53's ability to cool itself effectively. All of the ASUS notebooks I have been in contact with previously had trouble with staying below ~85°C when under prolonged heavy loads... Sure, those weren't really 2000+ € models, but they didn't have such a hot CPU and GPU in a 15" chassis either.
kenco_uk 25th October 2010, 16:59 Quote
Asus are probably still hurting after the Buncefield fuel depot went up and toasted their UK HQ nearly five years ago. It's the only reason I can of why the UK is getting the shitty end of Asus' stick when it comes their, frankly quite incredibly specced, laptops. I think the only well-specced-for-the-price gaming laptop available atm is Dell's Alienware M11X. Still.
Denis_iii 25th October 2010, 17:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Asus are probably still hurting after the Buncefield fuel depot went up and toasted their UK HQ nearly five years ago. It's the only reason I can of why the UK is getting the shitty end of Asus' stick when it comes their, frankly quite incredibly specced, laptops. I think the only well-specced-for-the-price gaming laptop available atm is Dell's Alienware M11X. Still.

M11x, I had the Envy14 which is a far superior laptop. Rather get that. I returned mine because the 720p resolution was to low for me to work with but the 14inch display beats 11 inch of mm11x not to mention superior gpu and cpu for same price +-
AndyAudit 25th October 2010, 21:15 Quote
This laptop is great! I I still think VAIO are better
xaser04 26th October 2010, 09:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Asus are probably still hurting after the Buncefield fuel depot went up and toasted their UK HQ nearly five years ago. It's the only reason I can of why the UK is getting the shitty end of Asus' stick when it comes their, frankly quite incredibly specced, laptops. I think the only well-specced-for-the-price gaming laptop available atm is Dell's Alienware M11X. Still.

Only if we completely forget about the MSI Gaming laptops. In terms of spec for your price they completely trounch the M11x.

Example:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=LT-025-MS&groupid=959&catid=1828&subcat=
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=LT-024-MS&groupid=959&catid=1828&subcat=
Jezcentral 26th October 2010, 09:31 Quote
I wish they would just lose the battery altogether. It would save a lot of weight, and I never use my laptop without having it plugged in, in any case. I'll bet most people don't leave their homes with their lappy, they just have one as a desktop uses so much space. A really powerful laptop won't last too long without being connected, anyway.

They would also save on battery chemicals, ventilation space inside the case and money.
JaredC01 26th October 2010, 11:54 Quote
Would rather have a new HP Envy 17 3D...

http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/envy/pdf/envy173d_datasheet.pdf

AND it's 1920 x 1080 @ 120Hz.
kenco_uk 26th October 2010, 15:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by xaser04
Only if we completely forget about the MSI Gaming laptops. In terms of spec for your price they completely trounch the M11x.

Example:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=LT-025-MS&groupid=959&catid=1828&subcat=
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=LT-024-MS&groupid=959&catid=1828&subcat=

Pfft, http://www.ndc.co.uk/Alienware_M11x_11_Gaming_Laptop__Netbook__NEW__1_YR_Onsite_Warranty-12223.html#GBP. Yes, the MSI's trounce it, but you get what you pay for. The MSI's are another £350!
itrush07 26th October 2010, 15:55 Quote
Looks cool though, I might try it.. need to replace my old one already.
kenco_uk 26th October 2010, 16:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denis_iii
M11x, I had the Envy14 which is a far superior laptop. Rather get that. I returned mine because the 720p resolution was to low for me to work with but the 14inch display beats 11 inch of mm11x not to mention superior gpu and cpu for same price +-

ATi 5650 trounces the GT335M? I had a damn good look at benchmarks between these two cards and from I saw, the 5650 fps were higher in some games, but in some the GT335 was higher. And a HP? Yuck! Their laptops are terrible imo - they are either very noisy or get really warm and don't seem to be built to last.
Denis_iii 27th October 2010, 08:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by JaredC01
Would rather have a new HP Envy 17 3D...

http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/envy/pdf/envy173d_datasheet.pdf

AND it's 1920 x 1080 @ 120Hz.

that is a very nice machine and well priced at £1300, should be able to find a few discount coupons and get 5-10% using quidco
Denis_iii 27th October 2010, 08:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by itrush07
Looks cool though, I might try it.. need to replace my old one already.

if you do please import from the states and get 1080P model
Denis_iii 27th October 2010, 08:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denis_iii
M11x, I had the Envy14 which is a far superior laptop. Rather get that. I returned mine because the 720p resolution was to low for me to work with but the 14inch display beats 11 inch of mm11x not to mention superior gpu and cpu for same price +-

ATi 5650 trounces the GT335M? I had a damn good look at benchmarks between these two cards and from I saw, the 5650 fps were higher in some games, but in some the GT335 was higher. And a HP? Yuck! Their laptops are terrible imo - they are either very noisy or get really warm and don't seem to be built to last.

can't make such a wide generalization about a company, HP aint perfect but the Envy 14 and Envy 17 are arguably best notebooks in there segment.
Also a few frames per second in that segment makes the diff between playable and not playable. Which 5650 did you compare? They come with diff gpu speeds and diff mem to but HP Envy 14 vs M11x....Envy 14 wins hands down no contest.
xaser04 27th October 2010, 09:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
Quote:
Originally Posted by xaser04
Only if we completely forget about the MSI Gaming laptops. In terms of spec for your price they completely trounch the M11x.

Example:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=LT-025-MS&groupid=959&catid=1828&subcat=
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=LT-024-MS&groupid=959&catid=1828&subcat=

Pfft, http://www.ndc.co.uk/Alienware_M11x_11_Gaming_Laptop__Netbook__NEW__1_YR_Onsite_Warranty-12223.html#GBP. Yes, the MSI's trounce it, but you get what you pay for. The MSI's are another £350!

Whilst that is a good price for the M11x I would still get the MSI laptop as for the money its spec cannot be beat. It is ALOT faster than the M11x for either gaming or general productivity.
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