Just like cell phones, choosing a notebook is no a walk in the park these days. From basic netbooks to multimedia notebooks to high-end gaming laptops, we are spoilt for choice today and while it's still nowhere close to the choice and pricing of the West, I think we are getting there very soon. We've done plenty of Asus EeePCs in the past and quite recently, some of its high-end gaming systems were tested, but we haven't covered the middle playground - notebooks that offer a healthy mix of performance, rich features and a decent battery life to boot. Asus has recently launched a bunch to notebooks catering to this very segment and today, we have one of its top-end models called the N53SN. The entire 'N' series line-up focuses on the audio aspect of the notebook with Bang and Olufsen's ICE audio processing chip inside.
The N53SN is all about multimedia performance and in order to get the best, it is packing some of the latest hardware. For starters, we have Intel's latest SandyBridge CPU, the Core i7 2630QM which is a quad core multithreaded CPU running at 2.0GHz with Turbo upto 2.9GHz. The other big addition is the new Nvidia GT 550M with Nvidia Optimus and 2GB GDDR3 dedicated memory. The rest of the system specifications include 4GB RAM, 750GB 7200rpm drive, full HD 15.6-inch screen and finally a BluRay combo drive. Let's see how all this translates in the real world tests.
Asus bundles along the charger with drivers and instruction manuals.